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  1. So it looks like the gasket does, indeed, fit around the outside of the lip on the panel. Yep, I might as well face it....gonna be cutting some spot welds. Darn it, I thought I was all done back there for a while.
  2. What is the correct position of the tail light gasket relative to the tail light panel? I looked in my assembly manual and couldn't find anything.....but there were 5 pages dedicated to spare tire arrangements! I replaced the tail light panel and am having difficulty with the lights. The panel has a lip facing inward. It looks like the gasket would go around the outside of that lip and the bright trim on the tail light would nest inside of the lip, with nothing separating the lip from the bright trim. One surface of the gasket would rest on the vertical part of the bright trim, and one side on the vertical part of the panel. Is that correct? The tail light hangers on the upper side of the tail light cutouts are mounted very close to this lip. I looked at my original and there is probably 1/2" of clearance between the lip and the hanger. This is preventing the gasket from sitting against the inside surface of the panel. I wish I had looked at this before I welded in the panel!
  3. I'd be interested if you were shipping, but totally understand the headache!
  4. I'll take a close look at mine this weekend and let you know if I want it. I am pretty sure this portion of mine is fine...all of it was working when I started replacing sheet metal but there are some sockets that have been replaced and a few of those blue wire taps in the mix that I'd like to eliminate.
  5. Did you sneak into my garage and take those out of my car? J/K, but they are nearly identical to what's in my car...right down to the tear on the lower cushion. :) Good luck with the sale! Seems like a very reasonable price.
  6. Thanks Don, I'll check in with Midlife. Mustang Guru, I don't know if there's a difference, I just noted mine's a sportsroof incase there was.
  7. I'm interested in either a repop or very good condition OEM tail light harness. Wasn't there someone on the board that made repops? Thanks, BT
  8. I'm wondering if they used 71/72 fenders and valance with a 73 bumper?
  9. Kevin, When you align the panel to cut both simultaneously, do you offset the panel downward slightly to compensate for the width of material that gets cut away (kerf)? I'm finally working on the sheet metal on my mustang and find your post, and those like it, very very helpful. Thanks, BT
  10. I have 2 71 ranchero projects and a parts car. Progress has been slow this summer...I don't know if it's the heat or me getting old lol ...anyway, I'll be back in force when it cools down. Post pics if you get it.
  11. It may be that the level of manifold vacuum is greater than ported. If you have a vacuum gauge, you can answer that quickly. The premise is that you haven't adjusted the canister enough to back off the max advance at the (suspected) higher vacuum level.
  12. The *4 heads are not necessarily open chambered but they may have a slightly larger (up to 3 cc's) chamber....my guess...and it's just a guess...is that you have one D0AE-N head and one D1AE-GA head. No biggie to have that mixture. To know for sure what you have, you need the casting number and the date code. You have to pull the intake and use a mirror to get the casting number...the date code is under the valve cover. Date code is likely sufficient to say whether it's close or open chamber.
  13. He's using the blue positive seals, but didn't specify if they are all viton or have the teflon ring that contacts the valve guide. I totally agree...those 1 piece teflon seals are junk...very hard to get them on without distorting them.
  14. Yep, I know the rocker stud holes don't protrude into the ports on the iron heads...which is why I speculated that someone would have to have bored the holes too deep for that to be a path for oil. My comment wasn't at all clear. I have not worked with the P51's or the Ford Motorsport SCJ's and wasn't aware that they do...but that explains why I've read about that particular path. When I was a kid, I rebuilt an XR500 motorcycle engine....I put the 2nd piston ring on upside down...it ran fine but smoked really bad. Let's hope that's not the case here....lots of oil on the rings can make compression numbers look good. I don't have any experience with a leakdown setup so I can't comment on how that would be affected by an upside down ring.
  15. Also...when you ran without PCV, how long did you run it (I asked this before but don't recall a response....forgive me if you already answered)? You need to drive it around for at least a half an hour to get a clear signal of whether or not it made a change.....when you said it only has 150 miles on it, it made me think that you may not have given it enough time w/o PCV to make a clear call.
  16. You had some questions in a prior post regarding the HV pump so I'll give you some fluid dynamics based input. Flow through a fixed orifice is proportional to delta-p (change in pressure) across said orifice (there are most definitely limitations to this statement, but in the flow regime we're talking about, that is the case). So, if you now have more oil pressure than before the rebuild, you also have more flow. The fixed orifice comment relates to your comment about maintaining the same clearances. Same pressure, same clearances = same flow. The bottom line is, if you added a HV pump but didn't restrict flow to the top end, you'll get more oil up top. That doesn't mean your problem is due to excess oil up top, but it puts it on the list as something to verify. Flooding the valve stems with oil will result in an increase in consumption vs the usual splash that takes place. I've also heard of oil consumption through the rocker stud holes...I've never experienced it and not sure what the path for oil is into the cylinder....speculating, I'd say that someone bored the holes for studs too deep....with CJ heads, there would be no reason to mess with this, so I don't see this as a possibility...wanted to mention it anyway just in case.
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