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  • Birthday 03/26/1955

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    1971 Mustang Mach 1 ram air 351c H-code, fmx, ps,pb, medium yellow-gold, hubcaps and beauty rings. Added stripes, wing, 3.50 trac-Loc, heavier suspension, chin spoiler


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  1. When I first bought my Mach, lo some 30 years ago, the Ammeter wouldn't move either way, charge or discharge. I was working at a shop, and the owner had a look at it and told me , wiring-wise, it was hooked up correctly. I guess it's just a bad guage, but I've never replaced it since I bought the car. I'd really like to replace the whole 3-guage set-up with some matching AutoMeter red-orange pointered , factory appearing guages. To do so will require some adaption, and I just don't want to stop driving it to do the adaption , just because of that. The Oil Pressure and Temp guages , in that tri
  2. My computer is telling me that I can't send any more messages because my Message box is full. So......How do I dump all of the previous messages to clear it out? Make this easy on me, I may not comprehend Technical Terms, but I can follow directions.
  3. Mudbilly, I am aware of a few window adjustment points inside of the door, that can affect the "lean-in", and "lean-out" of the glass where it meets the roofline. Perhaps you've already been through all of the window adjustments, but if not, they're worth a try. Whistling air sounds can really drive one nuts. I believe, the shop manual regarding the body shows all the different adjustment points, if you have one to look through. If your "Roof Rail Weatherstrip" has dried up, and that's the culprit, it's not that difficult to replace. The biggest part to that on mine, w
  4. I was a passenger in a friend's 69 Camaro when, on the freeway, the right rear wheel came off. The cause was that he was missing one or two lug nuts, possibly broken studs. My friend had been driving the car this way and didn't think it mattered. The moral of this story to ALL of you, is don't drive if you are missing any lug nuts or have a broken stud. Fix it, or get it fixed. You will save money in the end, and maybe even save a life.
  5. I just thought I'd enter a tongue and cheek entry to what I've done recently on my car. In a nutshell.... a whole lot of nothing. As I have posted before, I drive the car everyday, to and from work. My wife and I went to a Mexican restaurant tonight in my car, met another couple, but that's common for us. Very Common for the useage of the car. Point is, although there's a few items I need to attend to on the car, It keeps going day, after day, month after month. My car seems to be comfortable getting used as the factory intended. When I work on the car, It's to drive it, not to store it, and m
  6. Today is March 30th, 289 heads should be finished with the porting pretty soon..........hold on
  7. Continuing on here, out of sequence, bronze the K-Liners show here, but were installed prior to any seat and chamber work. First two photos show heads and chambers, ready to undergo porting and polishing. Second photo shows top side of head, with pushrod slots drilled open ( done for guideplate useage ), stud bosses milled and tapped, and guides trimmed for PC seals. "4M2" casting equates to December 2nd, 1964
  8. Next photo here, shows machine blending of Intake ( 1.880") and exhaust ( 1.600"). All seat work is held to the exact same depths, making spring set-ups and chamber CCing accurate. Shelbys never ran 1.940 intakes in 289s, as some people foolishly attempt. Don't even consider it. Breathing with those intakes is no better and the valve margin hangs over the spark plug recess.
  9. I know the blog started out as an Australian Head project heading, but the 289s are further along, so I'll show you those. The first photo shows the new hardened exhaust seats installed, sized to accept the 1.600 valves. Chambers are "roughed and relieved". Note gentle radius of chamber wall to seat.
  10. The 289 is a Hi-Po/ Shelby engine build up I'm doing for myself...from parts...I don't have a car for it. I'd like to put it in a '32 roadster eventually. When I see small block Fords in hot rods, it seems I've seen every incarnation except this legendary powerplant, so I got the calling to build one from scratch. I had a C5AE-E block, bought the main caps from a private source, along with the harmonic balancer, centrifical dual point dist, flywheel, had a Hi-Po crank, rods, early timing set with the counterweight, etc. Holman/Moody supplied the cam ground on a factory Hi-Po core. This will,
  11. Boise, Idaho where my wife is from, and all of her family lives there. I've been going there for the last 20 years, and have gotten to know a few miscreants there. I'm gonna have to get another car to drive in Winter inclement weather. That's one of the hardest things to wrap my head around, with the move. I'm not a truck guy at all, most guys there are pick-up minded, I may have to bow to necessity.
  12. Well, it looks like I'm moving around June 1st, so I have to take a hiatus from the Aussie head work-up, as time is creeping up and I have lots to pack. The 289 heads however, have a head start, are coming along nicely, and will be part of a Hi-Po build. Photos of that process are being taken and will get posted when completed, before the move. I just had 3 engine blocks acid-dipped to remove rust and corrosion, prior to moving, because I'm not aware of any acid dipper where I'm moving to ( sigh ). For the 289 Hi-Po project, I'll be modifying a set of '65 289 non-Hi-Po castings, as modify
  13. McMaster-Carr is "the bomb", and their delivery is faster than anyone. I really like that company.
  14. That roller bearing arm seems like a good idea, and the price is higher, but not out of range. Next time you go to the grocery store, look at what stuff costs. It's all kinda relative in the big picture. Most of the time the better things just cost more. Not to appear snooty, but there is an old saying....."Anyone can make something a little bit cheaper in design, price and quailty,.....and those who consider cost only, are that man's lawfull prey." Just saying........
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