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  1. I have a weird question. My convertible top rear ridge rubber insert seems to be walking toward the passenger side of top (see pics).

     

    Can this be corrected easily? Rubber insert is very hard and I am afraid it may be brittle due to age.

     

    Any ideas how to correct this problem without damaging anything?

     

    Thanks Rodney from SW Florida

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  2. Thanks David! Appreciate your expertise and support. (BTW, you never told me how addicting this Forum is....tons of amazing info.)

    Rodney- I'm off tomorrow, so I'll go out and snap a bunch of engine pictures for you to show stickers and such. Send me your email address.

    Ray- thanks as well. Agree w the weight of the letter. I'm so thankful Dan could recall all that detail. Even today, he loves that car and still helps me. He had his 90's mustang painted exactly like the 73. Btw...where can I find susp info? If I tell Dan that he's wrong, he'll freak. Actually, he's never been wrong before, so I'd like to research what you are saying about the close vs wide before I approach him. Any help would be appreciated.

    Jim

     

    Jim

    carguy4sp@hotmail.com

     

    Thanks

  3. Thanks for all the compliments! And I totally agree with you. Not that I drive her much, but in those rare occasions that I go to the garage and unzip the AirChamber to let her out for some fresh air.... my heart starts pumping faster. Nothing more thrilling than driving her. It's just time to let someone else enjoy the thrill.

     

    Good point about the restoration. If anyone needs specific pictures to look at original configuration for a project, just let me know.

     

    Can anyone see the letters I posted?

     

    Thanks

    Jim

     

    Jim great story and a damm nice car.

    I have one that has 44k miles on it but I am driving it and enjoying it.

    If you have any pics of your engine bay markings and paper decals that you can share that would be great.

     

    Rodney from SW Florida

  4. Rodney,

    The hood looks great. How did they do it was it done like the side stripes cut on a piece of paper to hold it in place, place on hood then peel off the backing and lay the stripe down? I would have thought they did on computer and would have the program now? Any pics of the apply?

    Glad it worked for you. I would like to get the stripe used on the flat hood like the sprints and some special order cars.

    On the painted hoods the side stripes have more shine than the hood it really has a texture to it not really smooth where the side stripes are smooth because they nd plastic.

     

    I did not see how they did it but I think they used an oversized piece of wrap material and used special cutting tape under the wrap material to do the cut on the car. And yes it looks good.

    Thanks to you it looks good.....

  5. Thanks to everyone especially David for helping with my hood wrap project.

     

    The outcome was OK but I asked for a satin black instead of saying match the side stripes and the hood is lighter color than the side stripes but for $225 I cannot complain and it was my mistake.

     

    Overall they did a good job thanks to David's hood rub he sent me.

    I would like to offer his hood rub to anyone on the forum that is going to do the same as I did. If you want it PM me an I will send it to you.

     

    Rodney from SW Florida

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    Sent to Brad 3K73

    Hope you get good use from the rub and please pass it on to the next guy when you are done.

     

    Thanks

    Rodney from SW Florida

  6. Howdy folks,

     

    Have any of you ever added a hood tach to a 7173?

     

    Summit offers this: https://www.summitracing.com/int/parts/sdk-c8az17a326b/overview/

     

    From reading I understood that Ford didn't provide any from 1970 onwards.

     

    My car doesn't have a tach and I would like to keep the dash original (which means no tach and no center guages) so a hood tach sounds like a possibility to me. Or would that be a terrible sin?

     

    Cheers,

    Vincent.

     

    No hood tach it would not look right. Add a steering column mounted tach which would be period correct.

  7. Thanks to everyone especially David for helping with my hood wrap project.

     

    The outcome was OK but I asked for a satin black instead of saying match the side stripes and the hood is lighter color than the side stripes but for $225 I cannot complain and it was my mistake.

     

    Overall they did a good job thanks to David's hood rub he sent me.

    I would like to offer his hood rub to anyone on the forum that is going to do the same as I did. If you want it PM me an I will send it to you.

     

    Rodney from SW Florida

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  8. Hi everyone. I am just south of Detroit by about 10 miles. I worked at the Dearborn plant (still am) but didn't start there until 76. I have a 73 convertible in continuous restoration. I have enjoyed reading the posts on here and thought it was time to join.

     

    Mike

     

     

     

     

    Welcome fellow vert owner.

    Rodney from SW Florida

  9. The heat must be getting to you down there............NC not old car friendly?

     

    Mustang 50th anniversary was here

    NPD distibution center (they own me)

    2 classic car speedway shows every year

    nascar hall of fame

    Jeff Gordon lives here-------don't hate :)!

    ......and the list goes on

     

     

    Just messing with you:).

     

     

    I did have to sell an old firebird because of not having "original emissions equipment" but it wasn't old enough to be a classic! And yep, someone from SC bought it since they didn't have emissions testing. No problems for classics though. No inspection except for the visit to the theft bureau at the DMV. They run your vin numbers to make sure the car isn't stolen. Not sure if you even need to do that if the car is already in your name.

     

    DMV Trooper was cool! He had some great stories of cars that were found to be stolen. Said that the bureau was started back in the 20s due to thefts of model T's? Nice getaway car right! Other than that no problems. Takes a couple of months for the theft bureau to get your results in the mail. Scarey couple of months when you just bought the car from someone! Your never know these days.

     

    Just had my first day cutting sheet metal. Will be posting my amateur work today :)!

     

    Measure 5 times cut once..........hahaha.

  10. I am thinking of retiring next year and we are thinking of rural South Carolina.

    I have lived in North Carolina before and I remember that they are not old car friendly but I need to know are they hard asses about old cars in South Carolina.

     

    Also if anyone can help a fellow car guy out be recommending some areas to look for home purchase in the 100K range.

     

    Thanks Rodney from SW Florida

     

    You can pretty much get anything registered here. no safety inspection, no emmissions tests, and everybody likes old cars.

     

    There are plenty of homes in the 100k range in my area, the Hartsville/McBee/Bethune region. not far from Columbia, charlotte, the beach or the mountains.

     

    Thanks I will start my search in the area you recommend . We are starting to spruce up our house for sale now but we are in no hurry . I have about 15 years of accumulation of stuff to get rid of that I do not want to move. I thank you for the info and if you have any other areas you think would be good to close out please let us know. Looking for a quiet rural area mabe one to two acres.

    Rodney from S W Florida

  11. North Carolina has no restrictions or laws on old cars. Any car 35 years old or over can run a tag for the year the car was built just keep the real tag in the car. The only requirement for cars coming from out of state is to have the serial VIN# searched to verify it is not stolen which is done by most states. You do not have to be inspected, no stickers, no emissions check nothing. Just get a tag and insurance and you are good to go.

    The area I am in has restrictions on leaving them sitting outside without registration or a junk yard.

    I have 12 mustangs of various years, 4 1950 fords, 1956 ford, 1957 ford 1971 Maverick so 19 old cars and no issues. Going to thin the herd some getting older and will never finish half of them.

    S.C. is too hot for me worked there 25 years and drove 100 miles a day to work so I could live in the mountains, lol. I lived in Orangeburg S.C. for 5 years the arm pit of S.C. for sure one big swamp, sorry but true.

     

    Thanks David it has been about 20 years since I lived in Greenville N C so I guess times have changed.

     

    I got my hood done this week thanks to you. I will take some pics this weekend.

    I will offer your hood rub in the pay it forward section to see if anyone else wants a wrap instead of paint. Good dollar savings.

    Rodney from SW Florida (hot and sticky)

  12. I am thinking of retiring next year and we are thinking of rural South Carolina.

    I have lived in North Carolina before and I remember that they are not old car friendly but I need to know are they hard asses about old cars in South Carolina.

     

    Also if anyone can help a fellow car guy out be recommending some areas to look for home purchase in the 100K range.

     

    Thanks Rodney from SW Florida

  13. So I was going to purchase a spoiler for my 73. Should i buy a ABS or fiberglass? Which fits better?

     

    ABS has more flex and is more forgiving .

    Fiberglass is more rigid and will break an crack easily when bumped on curb stops.

    ABS comes pre finished in black.

    Both are reparable .

  14. you need to set yor timing curve so it is optimal for your engine.what is the proper timing?

     

    what carb do you have?4300d

     

    how do you know the secondaries are not opening?can,t tell but sluggish and slow to build rpm.

     

    why dont you fix the carb you have? I want a performance upgrade.

     

    a vacuum secondary carb is not "best" for a manual trans car. Thanks

     

     

     

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  15. As Tommy K said the summit VS carb is a good value as is the QF HR series carbs. Another good value is the QF Slayer, lots of tenability for not a lot of money. The Holley HP series comes calibrated for street/strip to racing configurations and would require significant recalibration to work well in your application. Trans-Dapt makes an adapter for the manifold. I too am a fan of double pumpers for many applications. The four speed helps the case for a DP but the 3.25 gear does not. I too would suggest a VS carb for your application. No matter what you buy, expect to do some calibration to arrive at optimal functioning. Just my thoughts. Chuck

     

    Thanks

    I have 3:50 gears

    I am also thinking of the spread bore Holley.

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    You will need to run Holley square bore to Motorcraft spread bore adapter.

     

    For a budget carb the Summit carbs are hard to beat.

     

    If you want something with a little more bling and tune-ability then a Quick Fuel 680VS would be my choice.

     

    no bling required just a good punch when you need it.

  17. Guys I have a near stock 351 Q code 1972 mustang with a 4 sp. I took it for a 2 hour ride last Sunday and all systems worked well except carb. I have a 3:50 traction lock and my car is sluggish off the line and my secondary butterfly's are not opening. So my 4v is running on two barrels.

    I really like mechanical secondaries but the pro carb builders say vacuum is best.

    I was thinking of the 600 series of the HP Holley line.

     

    The car will be just a street car but I would like a quick snap when I lay the right foot all the way down. I guess a crisp snap would be a good way to describe what I am looking for.

     

    I want an upgrade from my stock carb, what would you recommend any why ?

     

    Thanks Rodney from SW Florida

  18. Thanks guys for the good info. I started very earl this morning and ran a tape stripe to use as a ref point. I started at the front and by the time I arrived at the rear I noticed the downward slope of the stripes not noticeable until the last stripe. I am ok with the the way they turned out but I sure could do better now that I know what to look for.

    The rear stripe was off quite a bit I had to reroute the inboard small stripe lines.

    Thanks

    Rodney from SW Florida

     

     

    Glad you got it on OK. They are a pain to do, just takes patients and time. Post a picture when you get time.

    Geoff.

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  19. Ray,

    I sent Carguy a template. I took craft paper and put on the hood of my original car. I then took lead pencil and did a rub over the stripe. He is going to try to get a wrap made for the hood instead of paint. I don't know how they can get the narrow stripe to stay in position with a wrap but he will report what happens.

    I am sure that every car will be a little different since they just threw down a template and sprayed the cars. It was for sure tape and not a vacuum mask since I can see where they wrapped it around the rear of the hood. Like Pastel my hood is out of center by 7/16" it is 5" from graphics to edge of hood on passenger side and 5 7/8" on the drivers side. You do not notice the difference looking at the car. Couple pics attached of making the rub off. I think it is better that trying to measure and reference dimensions.

    If I was still working we had a huge scanner that would scan to scale and convert to Auto Cad file but I don't have that luxury anymore. You could have then plotted a full size or even cut a mask on a cutting plotter. That is the only way you can take the human error out from taking measurements especially the radius. The gap between the black out and the outer thin stripe showing body color measures .480" to .490" measured with dial calipers and everyone uses .500 tape. I do not know how close that masking tape is cut you would have to take a huge sample to determine. Before you could buy the thin pin stripe tape we would take a wide roll to butcher shop and he could slice it on a meat slicer to what thickness we wanted. I use a rotary scissors and cutting board to make what little I need now.

    What bugs me is that people paint the hood shiny black or shiny argent or take it all the way over the front edge of the hood. The whole reason they did the black out was to reduce glare on race cars. Oh by the way I did take a bucket of clean water and wipe off the hood before doing the rub. It still looks pretty darn good for sitting for over 30 years without a bath.

    David I received your package today ,thank you so much.

    Rodney from SW Florida

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