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  1. Wow! Looks like you used to do a lot of work with image enhancement algorithms.
  2. reading material re spring in the lower hose that I came across from somewhere: Original equipment molded radiator hoses often were equipped with a coil inside them. Some refer to this coil as a spring, but it isn't really a spring. Actually just a piece of thin metal rod that has been twisted, it was designed to facilitate the installation of coolant on the assembly line, and nothing more. When the cooling system of a car is completely drained, or in the case of a brand new car under construction, never had coolant in it, there is a considerable amount of air in the passage ways. Normally, when filling up the cooling system, you start the car to circulate the coolant, displace trapped air, and then top it off. On the assembly line, this wasn't feasible, so air in the cooling system was evacuated by essentially pulling a vacuum on it. This also had the added advantage of speeding up the introduction of the coolant mixture to the cooling system as well. The coil in the lower radiator hose prevented the hose from collapsing under this higher than normal vacuum. Once the car left the factory, the coil served no further purpose. This is why replacement hoses usually do not have a coil in them. Most cooling systems operate at 12-15 P.S.I., which is controlled by the radiator cap. This is enough pressure to allow a normally functioning cooling system to operate efficiently, yet not enough to cause collapsed hoses or leaks in seals if they're in good condition. If the lower radiator hose collapses, it is normally due to a fault somewhere else in the system, and is not necessarily indicative of a bad hose, although an old hose certainly might be susceptible to collapse due to age. Normally, if the hose is in good condition but collapsing and blocking the flow of coolant, the radiator cap is bad or there's a blockage somewhere else causing pressure to build up in the cooling system. As vehicles with original hoses began to age, the coil would sometimes begin to corrode and deteriorate, circulating tiny pieces of metal throughout the cooling system. We'll leave it to your imagination what this did to water pumps and thermostats. This is just one of many interesting stories about automobiles, the people who build them, and how they were built, brought to you by Automotive Mileposts.
  3. I use Amsoil. No additional additives needed, has zinc and also has rust preventative. https://www.amsoil.com/p/z-rod-10w-30-synthetic-motor-oil-zrt/?code=ZRTQT-EA
  4. I had my steering box rebuilt last year. After reinstalling everything, I noticed the steering wheel is off center slightly. I have read other related posts on here and have rechecked things but still have one question. Right now, steering wheel to shaft marks are aligned, rag joint is keyed and is centered with bolt where it should be pointing 12 oclock, pitman arm only goes on one way and was installed by rebuilder. MY question relates to connecting the pitman arm to center link. I had the steering wheels pointed straight when I made the connection but is it possible that the pitman arm / center link connection is a few degrees off that would cause the steering wheel to be a few degrees off from center?? Am I correct in that there are just splines in that connection ( pitman arm/center link ) as opposed to a keyed connection? So, I could make an adjustment there. I'm still going to have the overall alignment rechecked but wanted to start with this check.
  5. This diagram may help even though it has the tach:
  6. I bought white door panels for my 71 from Mustang Market. The color, fit, construction and price were all good. https://mustangmarket.net/Mustang/1964-1973 Mustang/Mustang-Main.htm
  7. I'm not currently looking for a car but check dealer inventories on occasion. Here is a Boss 351 that seems nice and the price is lower than the $70-80k, others I've seen. As far as detailing and an AACA winner, I dont notice any decals under the hood. Probably other little things, I'm missing. IF I was looking for a car, with my limited knowledge I would be tempted with considering this one. Be interested to hear what opinions do you all have? Thanks! https://www.southernmotors.com/Inventory/Details/5202
  8. Surprisingly I did find the VIN nbrs. The whitish area in my first post is the area I sanded a few years ago. The lightly stamped numbers can be seen there 20047 <something>
  9. Well here is a diagram from a previous post from this site. Possibly one of the connectors with the '???' on them which are described below. The white and green connectors look similar to those in your pic. The flattish connector with four wires, looks like the 'Engine Feed' labeled below. At the time, I was only concerned with getting the VIN # on the head. Its hard to get oriented under there with a little scope and looking at the picture on a phone. Thanks!
  10. Any idea what the connector is for or is it a tube? If it is an unconnected connector is it just in the harness used for some accessory I dont have? I may have to fish the scope up there again to get a better look.
  11. I reached under the car the other day with the borescope I bought recently to see if I could get a picture of a previously seen VIN on the back of the engine. I take the picture and when looking at it I see some object in the background. Its kind of difficult to get oriented when looking at the scope pic on my phone. Once I move the car from storage and can properly get under it I can probably tell better what is is, but in the meantime, or to save me the trouble, I was wondering if someone would know what the circled red item is? Thanks!
  12. Good point about a possible spark! Here is the one I bought off Amazon in case anyone is looking for an affordable one. Forgot to include the link in my original post. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C9C6P5D/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  13. Recently read on here about people using a borescope to look at things otherwise normally hard to see. I bought this from amazon and it seems reasonably priced or cheaper as compared to others for sale. It connects to your phone (depending on type) and works pretty good actually. I can see where it would be good looking into sparkplug holes or under the dash where its hard seeing things. The question I have is related to the "waterproof" feature. You think it would it be safe to look into a radiator or gas tank?? Checking for internal condition, debris, fuel sock condition etc...
  14. NPD has the vacuum control valves where the vacuum ports are metal as opposed to the typical plastic. https://www.npdlink.com/product/valve-assy-distributor-vacuum-control-3-port-mounts/169678?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3Ddistributor%2Bvacuum%2Bcontrol%2Bvalve%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D They also have the socket to remove/replace them to avoid breaking the vacuum ports. https://www.npdlink.com/product/socket-vacuum-control-valve/205949?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3Ddistributor%2Bvacuum%2Bcontrol%2Bvalve%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D
  15. As mentioned, the rag joint need to go on further so that the bolt is inline with the groove. But what more confusing, it looks like parts are missing. Here is a pic of my old one and notice the circled studs and bolts that fit to the steering column. Why the difference??
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