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Bill73Ragtop

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  1. Eckler's bought out Mac's a few years back. They still use the warehouse facility in Lockport, NY for local pickup, but most items come out of their southern warehouse.
  2. Don't brace your elbows on the top of the fenders when lifting out the heads....even with fender covers. I did it once without thinking about it and the resulting dents were painful to see.
  3. Interesting write up. I have to wonder if the excessive force required was in some part due to the age of the 'rubber compound' sandwich. Photo also shows a bit of what appears to be corrosion between rubber and steel which would certainly increase the adhesion. The original push/pull force required may have been considerably less when the components were only 1-2 yrs old (which was probably the design intent) Austin; glad to hear you are enjoying retirement.
  4. I'm following this write up with interest since doing the HRPT remains on my 'to-do' list. Last year I had registered for the long-haul but as we know it was not to be. Decided not to do this year's tour thinking the late August high mid-west temps are not in my comfort range these days. I'm curious as to how many cars the HRPT is seeing this year as compared to 2019 and earlier. Keep up the good notes and pics!
  5. Dental floss also works to pull out the barrel clips
  6. Nothing like a properly tuned and running carb to get the beast ready to roar! Glad to hear you folks are getting the opportunity to finally participate in a show. Looking forward to pics from the event....weather permitting.
  7. Great write up for an unforgettable driving excursion with mustangs being driven they way they should be on fun rides. I'm sure there are many of us reading your journey notes who are very envious of the trip. Well done!
  8. Back in the mid 90's I donated my late build (June 1973) 73 convertible original 351C / C6 transmission lines to Classic Tube when I found their initial stainless steel lines did not match the original configuration. They said they would hang them in their template room. Classic Tube is located here in WNY. They adjusted in the incorrect lines to match the original. The bend at the transmission end was wrong. My original lines used a brass fitting for the 90 deg bend. The SS bend was too large of an arc and rubbed against the the tunnel. The biggest issue I hear is for those who require shipping, they fold the lines to fit a box for shipping and you need to carefully unfold them.
  9. I can recall this as a common problem. Constantly sliding it closed. Try wedging a folded piece of paper in one of the slots on the underside. There used to be such things as matchbook covers that were used for all sorts of things (like setting points gap on the side of the road) beside striking a match.
  10. Might be worthwhile to check torque on all bolts related to the spindle. Which will mean dismantling everything and reassembling with lock-tight and correct torque settings. I had a similar issue at one time and found hub / spindle bolts (20310 above) loose. Could not find it or see it on while on lift, but driving over bump created a rattle. You have replaced a lot of components - 1. Lower arms , ball joints, sway bar links and bushings , shocks and ball joints. - so you will need to carefully inspect all fasteners related to each and ensure they are secured correctly.
  11. I've used them for over a decade with no issues. You can shape the channel for a tighter fit. My understanding is Jaeger Bros is very good at addressing issues with their products. You might want to contact them directly (as well as NPD if you want to return them)
  12. If you did not loosen and re-align the flex plate with the converter drain plug (you don't say you did), rectify that and eliminate that as a potential source. Don't want to entourage running engine with that noise too often (damage is occurring somewhere) but using section of rubber tubing as stethoscope can narrow down the area the noise is coming from.
  13. My combo in my 69 vert has 302 and AOD. I use Headman shorties and we had to modify the collector sections by angling them out just a few degrees. I cut them and we welded them back at the required angle.
  14. My 73 vert was 99% unmolested when I purchased it (1994). The round external piece on the expansion valve had a red plastic cap that snapped on. It had a piece of insulation material inside the cap. Unfortunately no pics. The plastic cap split from age so I never reinstalled anything over it. The AC worked just fine as long as the refrigerant charge maintained pressure in the system.
  15. A small BB sized ball of 3M strip caulk will do the job at each stud
  16. Summit sells Prothane grommets which you will never have to worry about https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ens-9-8126g?seid=srese1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw9_mDBhCGARIsAN3PaFPWGKDQrSwMjuLw91n2fIKZ7eOLdnKOMG7e6Vun0jKYGIrMUs2lHt0aAmgkEALw_wcB
  17. Without VIN, is it really a proven Boss...folks have been know to add decals and paint schemes to duplicate. But if it is the real deal, there is one less remaining in the world. Fire damage alone makes heat stressed body metal pretty worthless.
  18. All turn signals work with full brightness & timing? Lamp bulbs in tail lights and front turn signals are all incandescent? For sake of clarification, did you check both flashers...the turn signal and the emergency 4-way flashers? It's possible the flasher is bad out of the package.....not uncommon these days for these older style replacement units.
  19. I've used dental floss for years to remove emblems held on with pins with barrel nuts. Also can be used to remove the barrel nut - which in the case of refinishing / repainting - should also come out. It's a bit tricky to catch the edge of the flange, but it can be done.
  20. I typically start in the middle and work my way out - alternating right and left - to the ends. Start snug, then torque.
  21. I would recommend Remflex header gaskets http://catalog.remflex.com/category_s/99.htm Best to call them to get best gasket for your setup. I use them with my Hedman shorties on my 302 with the Holley EFI.
  22. I find it so frustrating that so many hobbyists always assume the dash plate HAS to be original to a car. After decades of UV exposure and other abuse, many original dash pads dry out, split, and become something no one wants in the car. Replacing it with something from a junkyard or picked up swap meet or online parts sale was the path of minimal effort for previous owners and shops. Jokerman2k now has a real problem with non-matching title to actual vehicle VIN. I wish him luck on resolving things.
  23. As I watched the car go thru the bidding, I kept thinking "that rear spoiler does not look like it's mounted correctly". Maybe it was the angle the camera was at. I would appreciate someone confirming it's in the right location as shown. $170K has to be high water mark for 71-73 years. Overall it seems buying prices are up across the board with this B-J auction and the recent Mecum. Possibly pent-up $$$ being spent after a year of Covid sequestration?
  24. Like Stanglover, I've built wood shipping cases to ship (FedEx) cast iron intakes and such. Wood materials are inexpensive, but you need to have some basic construction skills & tools as well as some respect for the parts themselves and the shipping trauma they will endure.
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