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Flatback72

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  1. Every year for the past 5 years or so, on the break-up day preceding the Christmas close-down period, my workplace hosts a car show for employees to showcase their cars. Out of about 250 employees that work there, we manage to scrape up a fairly good proportional quantity of eclectic automobiles, motorcycles and other assorted memorabilia. I was there representing the 71-73 Mustang contingent of course. I thought I'd share a few pics of yesterday's event to give forum members a look-see at what average Australian auto enthusiasts are into! The show was judged by a couple of blokes from a nearby hydraulics firm that we deal with, and they declared the winner to be the old orange original FB Holden Ute that was parked next to my Mustang. It was an ex-Sydney Airport maintenance vehicle that the current owner had rescued from an assured rusty death in a back paddock in the middle of nowhere. I wonder, does anybody else's workplace do something similar?
  2. I love these little time capsule stories! When I put the wind down quarter windows in my fastback I noticed the the top metal bracket just under the quarter window, the one that ads a bit of internal support for the interior quarter panel, was missing on one side. In fact it was obvious that the bracket had never been fitted because one of the screw holes on the inner wall of the car was 90% missing due to a fault in the panel stamping process. A few years later the mystery was solved when I was sprucing up the floor panels. I pulled up the factory insulation in the rear footwell and there was the missing bracket pressed into the insulation. I surmise that Fred Blogg's the factory assembler realised he couldn't screw it on because of the deformed mounting hole and so decided to piff it on the rear floor instead. So after forty something years later I did the factory workers job for him by drilling out the hole and screwing the bracket into it's rightful intended position.
  3. I put a back up camera on mine as well, but it did stop working about two years ago and now I have a lot more confidence backing the car these days so I haven't bothered to replace it yet. The best thing I ever did though was add a camera that looked out into the rear passenger side blind spot. I literally look at it every time that I change lanes to the right and it's been invaluable for spotting cars hiding behind the massive rear roof pillar. I used a spy camera rather than a reversing camera though because the spy cameras aren't wide angle vision. Before this I had tried the wide angle camera and it was useless because it made the cars on the screen too small to see.
  4. First look at some 71-73 interior photo's to see where the location of the upper mounts should be, then run your finger along the headlining in that particular area on your car and you should be able to feel a hole (tapped 3/8" UNC) where the mounting boss is located. My car had a factory installed drivers 3 point seat belt, but only a lap belt in the passenger side, I ran my finger along the passenger side headliner feeling for the mounting boss hole, found it, cut a small slit in the liner over the top of the hole and then mounted my new upper belt to it.
  5. This is how mine turned out, pretty unobtrusive:
  6. Yeah, I needed to get lap/sash belt too to get rego for mine. But my fastback didn't have the fold down seat so it was an easy install of the retracting mechanism on the parcel shelf. They might have to find an anchor point further back on the C-pillar for yours, as there is positional calculations required for the mounting points so that the belts are positioned over the passengers shoulder in the right spot.
  7. Hey Geoff, do you know if your kit altered the track width at all from the standard drum brake set up? I asked the rep at Leed Brakes and he didn't know. Apologies too to Nailpounder for hijacking your conversation thread :whistling: , I promise to post here my thoughts on the disc brake set up once it's installed and tested (though not sure when that will be, I've got a few things going on at the moment that are getting in the way) Brett
  8. Thanks heaps Geoff for the tips, especially the threaded holes size that needs opening up. I'm not going to do the job myself (more through laziness than lack of ability!) but I will pass these tips on to the brake shop so they know up front what they are getting in to. I've just looked at some online pics of the cover plate and see what you mean - I thought it was just a flat plate but yeah with the bosses and such built into it it looks like it definitely needs to stay in place. BTW I am also a machinist by trade too - 25 years on lathes, mills, NC lathes and NC machining centres (though I've spent the last 9 years in a cushy office as a purchasing officer) and just over 34 years at the same factory. Brett
  9. Following up from my previous reply, Leed Brakes responded to say the rotor in the conversion kit is standard 65-67 Mustang rotor with 70-73 wheel bearings. So bottom line is that all the parts in this kit apart from the spindle adapter plate are standard easy to buy anywhere parts. Handy to know for future brake maintenance and parts replacement.
  10. I haven't done the conversion but 3 days ago I ordered this power brake conversion kit from Leed Brakes, though I bought mine using their ebay store ($899): https://leedbrakes.com/i-23438943-power-disc-brake-conversion-1971-73-mustang-4piston.html I asked a few questions before I ordered it: Calipers and pads are same as 65 - 67 Mustangs, so no problems if future replacements needed. Booster used is a 70 to 73 Mustang booster and master cylinder. Leed say it will clear the clutch linkages on a manual car (mines a manual). The brake pedal does need modification though, a half inch hole needs to be drilled in the pedal and the a new connecting pin installed 2 inches below the original. Pin is supplied with the kit and is held on with a nut. Leed say a standard power brake pedal will work perfectly if one can be obtained second hand and you can't be bothered with drilling the original. Have just asked Leed if rotors are specially made for the kit or standard, awaiting their response. There's an installation instruction pdf for download at the bottom of the linked webpage to read so you can see what you're getting into (plus a short video). Noting that the instructions say that holes need to be drilled into the firewall to fit the booster, pretty sure this is not required as the holes are already there. I'm not sure when I'll be able to book it in for installation, probably sometime in the next month or so, and will report back then on my thoughts. Really looking forward to getting rid of the drums for good!
  11. We seem to be the minority. I was surprised to learn that many if not most 1,2,3 fans are actually not fans of their taillights. Yeah, putting my hand up here to say the 71-73 taillights are not appealing to me. Don't hate them, but do feel they would look better if they had been designed like in this photoshop image:
  12. G'day from Bendigo, Vic. Yet another Mustang appropriated by Australia, well done!
  13. Glad you found the tutorial useful Jon71. If you can't find the stops then I reckon in a pinch you could probably fabricate a pair yourself using slices of angle iron with a drilled hole to put a nut and bolt through.
  14. Welcome from down in Bendigo. I count myself lucky, I got my rust free Californian Mustang back when the Aus dollar was parity with the US dollar for only $18000 AUD which was pretty cheap even considering that the bloke who imported it probably made five or six thousand profit on it at the time....
  15. In the interest of closing out a conversation thread, thanks to the guys that indicated my fuel gauge issues may be the instrument panel voltage regulator. It only took me 15 months but I finally did the change out the old regulator this week with a new solid state regulator and the fuel tank gauge now seems to be functioning correctly.
  16. So if your wife made you choose between her and a Mustang then what would be your choice, a convertible or a fastback?
  17. ::thumb:: G'day from up the road in Bendigo.
  18. G'day from Brett in Bendigo, VIC. Here's my ride, buried under all the yellow is a 1972 Sprint. All the non-factory mods on the car were done by it's previous US owner - normally I'm a stickler for originality but when I saw this little yellow beastie for the first time with it's c-stipe and non-factory scoop and spoiler it reminded me of the hot wheels cars I used to play with as a kid so I just had to buy it. The things I like best about these fastbacks are the 40 foot long bonnet, hidden windshield wipers and the ludicrous angle of the backlight plus the lowness of the roofline.
  19. With all respects to the good people who run and maintain this forum, I'm not really a fan of the recent change where the top menu stays at the top of the screen (where I've scribbled in red) and won't scroll out of the way. On my monitor I've lost 2 inches of forum viewing space at the top, makes me feel like I'm viewing the forum through the back window of a 72 fastback! :-/
  20. It was posted on the "Survivor Car Australia" Facebook page, so I snaffled it and posted it here.... :cool:
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