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  1. Thanks- I see a few possibilities on that page.
  2. Hi there- Can you possibly let me know which aftermarket tips you are using for the 2.5" pipes? My 429 CJ-R has long-tube headers and 2.5" pipes. Would love to add the tips as a finishing touch if they are close to stock looking.
  3. Thanks for that justdashes.com site. I might also get a quote from them. The original door panels on my '71 J-code look very nice and fit in well with the rest of the interior as far as condition. My driver's side door pull is loose, which is common and I can deal with that. A previous owner cut out the carpet at the front of each door panel for speakers, and the speakers were removed at some point so it is kind of ragged looking there. I don't believe a set of stock speaker covers would hide those areas, and I'm not sure how those mount with no actual speaker in the opening. It is also a AM radio car with only the stock dash speaker, so speaker covers on the door panels wouldn't be correct. I have the replacement carpet for the bottom of each door panel, but the cardboard would still be cut out where the speakers were located. It's a shame because as is typical, the passenger side door panel is mint except for that ragged speaker opening. Driver's side is also pretty good looking, without very much wear, certainly not enough to warrant replacement. I kept thinking of some in-place solution but the door panels will likely need to come off, and then I'll be dealing with uncooperative clips and so forth. I thought of grafting in pieces of carpet that match the door panel carpet, but I doubt that could be done without being obvious (might be better than the holes now). The car is so much fun to drive that I don't even think of those speaker openings while I'm on the road. That's also why I haven't mounted the rear view mirror yet. lol Plus I have read of people having so much trouble with that adhesive. I reinstalled a dozen rear view mirrors in the early 80's and they never fell off back then for some reason.
  4. Yes incredible job there Ryan. When I first read your reply I thought, what is this guy talking about, he has a urethane front bumper. heh I think it would take a certain skill level to get it that smooth. I think it looks better than the actual urethane bumper, which is usually off a bit on one side or the other. It was the same on the urethane bumper for my '68 GTO back in the day. It fit pretty well but had a slightly different gap on one side. I saw some of those where I swear the gap on each side was a quarter of an inch rather than fitting flush with the front fender.
  5. On a Sportsroof the rear view mirror is almost useless. Just use the accelerator pedal instead. ;)
  6. I'm not trying to be a wise guy, but did you forget a zero? It's going to cost a lot more than $3000 to repair lots of rust damage and repaint the car. Maybe a number of the panels could be saved if they are cleaned up internally and something like POR-15 is applied. But removing, treating, and replacing all of the panels where this is possible is going to be quite expensive. If anything is bad enough that it needs to be cut out and patch panels welded in (floor pan, trunk pan, rear quarters, etc.) it is going to be a very large bill to pay a shop to do that. Another story if you could do all of the work yourself. If not, it would be better to purchase a nicer car to begin with and save all of that extra expense.
  7. This is good advice regardless of what is being discussed. Do not use Chinese *anything* if there is another choice.
  8. Do you mean the Hemmings car was changed to red from light pewter? The door tag shows color code 3, which is bright red. So maybe it was that different color and they restored it back to the original bright red? Also, the axle code on the door tag is A, which is a 3.50 conventional axle. Could have been changed at some point to a Traction-Lok axle of course.
  9. Yes I just went out to the garage and mine has that 5th button "Lock". I always assumed it was to lock out the other window controls, since that feature is even on our modern-day Navigator, and likely many other vehicles. The Hemmings red car ad states "Power Windows & Locks", so perhaps there was some confusion there. I don't believe that 5th button is for power door locks, or is it? I pressed it with the car off and the door locks didn't move.
  10. It's like the 1967 James Bond film- "You Only Live Twice". This car was original twice. lol Where did they get that $120K that is crossed out below the $72.9K. Crazy. As others have stated this car has a lot of things incorrect and should be way less. It's only saving grace would be if the drive-line is numbers-matching to the chassis. I recall seeing additional 429 emblems on the Torino Cobra, but these are a joke. My numbers-matching 429 CJ-R 4 speed car also has factory power windows. I guess it's also a one of one. ;) I also like how the engine specs decal is where the rev limiter is supposed to go. The Hemmings car on the other hand is gorgeous, assuming things check out. Perhaps in this market they would come down a little, but the price is not out of line for this car. Says power windows and locks, and I'm not sure i ever saw power locks available (might be wrong). Has the rev limiter in the correct spot, not sure if it's functional or not. AC, now that's what my car really needs for summer driving. Rochester carb, nice, I'll bet most were tossed (mine was).
  11. It would draw a lot of flak from lovers of other marques, but I have felt for a while that the '71 Ford Boss 351 might just be the best factory small block V8 engine ever manufactured. Perhaps I should say smaller displacement engine rather than small block, you get the idea. There is also the '70 Chevrolet LT-1 350, a potent combination in its own right, but I still hold the Boss 351 in higher regard.
  12. That's a great thing to have! Is the 8-track player still in your car? My first two cars had 8-track tape players. I still have the Beatles White Album on 8-track buried somewhere in my moving boxes from decades ago (car was '68 GTO).
  13. Great work- yes took a few weeks but this was no doubt in your spare time. Your second gear theory makes sense as well.
  14. I sure hope that's it. From working in IT for 30+ years, it seems you have found "a" problem but possibly not "the" problem. Still seems odd that this kink would cut off right at 3K rpms but allow up to 4K rpms when dropping down to second gear. Well I guess you have to replace this section regardless and hope for the best. I keep thinking about the trans itself but that makes no sense whatsoever. This is not by any means a car controlled by computer modules. It's great for that reason, but it sure wouldn't be a bad thing in this case to be able to plug into a OBD connector and see some errors. lol
  15. Hello- Welcome to the forum. From the looks of that picture, you had better get many more pictures. Why do you need to make a decision quickly? You could be in for a lot of sheet metal repairs / replacements. If you expecting to do that anyway, then it might not be an issue. Still, you'd want to get a car in the best shape possible for your budget.
  16. Looks very nice- you did a much better job than a number of the original 1971 UAW guys at the factory! 😉 I have seen survivor cars with fairly low miles, no door sagging issues, and the stripes don't even meet up at the door and rear quarter panel. lol
  17. Just piling on here. Beginning in 1980 and for a few years, I drove a '68 GTO 400 4 speed daily where I had opened the hood scoops. The inserts were metal so I carefully cut out the opening in metal shop. Didn't even flake off any of the paint around the opening. Drove that car in rain and snow without a problem. I did not have a Ram Air-style air cleaner, so whatever water got in there was accessing the engine compartment. 18 year old me just thought it would be "cool" to have open hood scoops. 😉
  18. If it cuts out almost precisely at 3K rpms in a predicable manner, it almost seems like it has to be ignition-related. That thought and 2 bucks (or whatever it is now) will get you a cup of coffee in any US diner. lol I used to troubleshoot this type of stuff in the early 80's when I tried to do all of my own work to save money I didn't have. I had the plug wires arcing issue once that someone else described earlier. I worked at a regional auto parts chain and had full use of a unused four-bay shop in back with a lift, plus unlimited parts access. 19 years old and no other responsibilities, sometimes I miss those days. ha Anyway, I'm thinking that if it was a fuel or carb issue and the car is being driven in different temperature ranges, this issue would not repeatedly occur at 3K rpms. Keeps coming back to ignition in my mind. It will be interesting to see what the pro mechanic comes up with. Probably similar to your current situation, now I have plenty of money but no time.
  19. Just trying to throw anything out there. Does any ignition component you're running have a rev limiter capability that can be modified by the user? Maybe it somehow became accidentally set to 3K rpms. Of course that still doesn't jive with the fact that you can downshift to second gear and take it up to 4K rpms. Is that still true?
  20. The Gremlin body cut up made a lot of nice modified stock cars back in the 1970's in my area. The (used to be) famous Reading Fairgrounds Speedway was a few minutes from my house. That half mile clay track was knocked down in 1979 to build a shopping mall, and right now that derelict shopping mall is finally being knocked down 41 years later. Just like I go for the '71 to '73 Mustang body style, I also like the '71 to '74 Javelin body style.
  21. I believe he said if he drops the trans into second gear he can go up to 4K rpms, so that still shoots down a number of the theories that are being revisited.
  22. That company, East Penn, is not far away from where I live. They manufacture high-quality batteries under many brand names. My neighbor and my lawn and landscape guy both work there. It's nice to know that something good is still manufactured in the US.
  23. Interesting explanation- I'll admit I know next to nothing regarding boats! Then the 351W / 5.8L engine is re-branded as a Volvo? I'll bet that engine sounds incredible out on the water. And think of the irony, the Ford V8 in a boat named Regal, as in Buick Regal. ;)
  24. Very nice! If it has survived in that condition and hasn't been restored, other than maybe a paint job, that is incredible for a pickup. If the bench seat has a tear or something just put a nice seat cover on it, as would have been done back in the day. The 390 and manual trans is awesome. Back in the day a friend of mine had one with the 300 inline 6 and three on the tree. There hasn't been a basic pickup truck available new for ages.
  25. Definitely shouldn't be driving that car with the way the subframe is welded. It might be fine for cruising around, but if he needs to make a sudden maneuver the thing could let loose. If the floor pans were professionally replaced and that's how they left things, I'd hate to see unprofessionally replaced. Like someone else said, it could be a fun car at a good price since it's non-numbers matching. And if he has a 429 CJ engine in there it's better than dropping in a low performance 429 from a regular passenger car. Still, with the VIN issues it's likely no one will touch this with a ten foot pole. And that fender that was cut up to expose the VIN really needs to be taken care of or replaced. Maybe Ford should have had something clear there like Plexiglas from the factory so the VIN stampings could be seen without removing or cutting the fender. lol
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