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  1. COOL!! ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb:: Shoulda made the '71 Pewter with Cragars, though. rofl Seriously - Nice job! Can't wait to get 'em!
  2. The MSD Atomic set up does not require a return line. I have this set up on my car, my wife's car, and four of my buddy's have them on their cars as well with no return line. Just an option. will put a link from summit racing for the master kit. BTW its half price of what I paid when I installed mine LOL. I have everything to let it control the timing but I have heard all of these systems seem to struggle with that so I have chosen to not go that route yet. Here is four of the cars that it is installed on. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/msd-2900?seid=srese1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxKKln7Hq6QIVCYizCh196AqCEAQYAiABEgI3jvD_BwE [/url] Yes, "returnless" is the way to go. My Edelbrock E-Street has a high-pressure pump/reservoir for a returnless system. Having said that, I would think as long as you remove the vapor canister from the system and simply utilized the hard line as a return line (with flexible FI-rated fuel hoses & clamps to make up the difference), you should be OK. Hopefully, some of the guys running "return" systems will chime in as to how they made it work.
  3. Sometimes it's a lot easier/faster to unhook the hangers vs removing the bolts. Four bolts at the manifolds, o2 sensor wires, pop the hangers and it's on the ground, out of the way. Understand and agree, but 'removing the exhaust to the rear, and all as one piece' said to me, "up and over the axle" as well. That's not so easily done all as one piece no matter what kind of lift is used. ;) Again, I'm no expert on this matter - just trying to picture it all. But, a quick Google image search shows that with IRS, the exhaust passes under the rear-end assembly, so not so much the case of having to wiggle it out from above the rear axle like with the solid axle cars (I hadn't taken the IRS into account). I'm trackin' now - still completely doable on a 4-post lift, though. ;) :cool:
  4. I agree that each type of lift has their own characteristics, pros & cons, and advantages/disadvantages. However, the closest I've come to using a 2-post lift was having a 2-post drive-on lift at the Auto Hobby Shop on base. Even though it was a drive-on lift, it still had specific load balancing requirements, otherwise risking dropping the vehicle off the lift. Fortunately, it had flip-down support posts to set it down level at a good work height, but getting the car centered properly for load balancing was a major PITA, and forget using the doors to get in/out of the cars. Give me a 4-post drive-on lift any day of the week. I'm also not an expert on 2018 Mustang GTs, but: 1. Why are we replacing a clutch after only 2 years? And 2. Why the need to remove the entire exhaust system simply for a clutch job? If it's a performance thing, that's a perfect opportunity to upgrade the exhaust while swapping in a hot clutch, so why take such care in removing the entire exhaust in 1-piece? If not, and the exhaust needs to stay intact, simply dismantle the hangers and drop the exhaust far enough to wiggle the transmission free and handle the clutch replacement... or drop the rear axle and pull it out that way (for as much work as it's being made to sound like)... all of which is still quite doable on a 4-post drive-on lift, BTW.
  5. Hell, that happens to you simply by opening up the forum every day, doesn't it? You noticed :P Hard to miss, more like. You're not exactly, shall we say, the most 'discreet' fellow about. ;) rofl rofl rofl rofl rofl
  6. I have a silver & blue aluminum Pittsburgh 3 ton low profile floor jack - works like a champ. I might need the long reach version for my Jeep at some point in the future, though.
  7. Not everybody lives in the boonies and has a giant building for their garage with enough space for their toys and to become the next Booster King - nor, I'm sure, would everybody want to (Me, for one - the Carolinas are pretty and nice to visit... but they're all yours). Some (most) of us have 1-, 2- or 3-car garages attached to our homes with 9-foot average ceilings. Sure, I suppose I could raise the ceiling, but doing that with enough clearance for a vehicle on a lift under a pitched roof turns my 2-car garage into a 1-slot shop (I suppose I could stuff 2 cars in if I stack 'em, but why would I want to?). Being 6'5", raising the ceiling a couple feet just won't cut it - that lift needs to run up to full height sometimes... and with a 6-tall Jeep or Ram pick-up on top of it, there's 12 feet right there. I'd wager the peak on the roof over my garage isn't even 16 feet - not enough room for a lift to run up to full height, defeating the purpose. Digging a pit in a 22x24 two-car garage space in a residential area is also one of the single most 'not smart' ideas I've heard in a LONG time. Besides, I have the Auto Hobby Shop on the base pretty much whenever I need it - which makes me more fortunate than most because I actually DO have a lift at my disposal. Geez - I just mentioned needing a new set of jack stands (just like most others on this thread), and now the 'sage advice' is saying I need a lift or a pit in my residential 2-car garage. Wow. Talk about 'out of touch.' There is a natural progression. I changed rear end in middle of road with two bumper jacks as a teenager. Then got me a set of ramps, then jack stands. Then Dad felt sorry for me because I broke so many transmissions he dug the pit in the garage. Could change a transmission in under an hour by myself and no jacks or stands. Buil a pole barn and gather a few cars. Then you get married , engineering job and kids and no need for a garage except to change the oil no way you going to build a car. No time and no money. Then wife and kids gone and you can do what you want when you want. So why not have a lift when you cannot bend over anymore, lol. I use the jack stands to just get the tires off the floor now days. Not going to fall on me no matter what. Heck I used more concrete blocks for jack stands than I have jack stands. Oh by the way I do not live in the Boonies. I live in what is usually in the top ten paces to retire in the U.S.A. You can buy the land across the road from me for $35,000 an acre if you buy 30 acres. I have over 3,500 cars a day pass my home according to DOT last survey. Wish I did live in the Boonies every time I use to shoot guns sheriff would show up but I had a range and they could not say anything. He would just say we had a shots fired call and have to come look. He would tell me I was good and want to look at the rifles. I probably have less in all my cars than you guys do in one. I never had any money if China had not paid for my garage and several cars I would not have them. Oh BTW what does you digging a pit in your garage have anything to do with your neighbors or community. Do they not allow basements? I meant 'Boonies,' in comparison to "the 'burbs." You have acreage and actual 'woods.' I have a quarter acre lot in a neighborhood. That's the difference. Basements are just not done in West Texas - slab foundations are the rule, not the exception. There's this stuff called 'caliche,' and it's basically a layer of natural cement under about 6-8" of top soil (which is also crap out here in the West Texas desert wasteland). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caliche Caliche is some seriously weird stuff. It's naturally occurring in a variety of thicknesses from a few inches to many feet - I have the 20" thick kind under my yard. When it's extracted, they use it for all kinds of things. When they build roads with it, the stuff is rock hard when dry, and turns to liquid snail snot when it gets wet - then looks like you drove through a cement mixer if it has a chance to dry on your vehicle. It is not an easy thing digging holes around here. That, and I don't want a pit in my 2-car garage - never have wanted one, never will.
  8. FWIW - my HF jack stands are NOT part of the lot listed under the recall. Doesn't mean I'm going to be any less careful when using them, of course, but at least they're not the ones being recalled. :cool:
  9. NOICE!! ::thumb:: ::thumb:: ::thumb::
  10. I don't think it's a COVID-19-related issue, with regards to CJPP... it's been a chronic issue for years. I've ordered several things from them that have fallen into the 'back-order black hole,' and had some Hell of my own getting out of that situation. Also, I'm not sure we can really lump everybody into the same big box of 'customer service sucks because of C-19.' I recently blew my wife's stimulus check on a new hot-rod gaming computer for her (components, not an assembled system), and everything arrived within days from Newegg.com. As well, I screwed up the paint on the backside full-metal panel (painted the mural 90-degrees out of alignment), so I contacted the case manufacturer (Fractal Design) and asked to purchase a replacement panel - they said they couldn't sell me one because they're not set-up for direct retail, but would send a new one as long as I paid for shipping. They didn't have to do that, but they did and aside from the awesomeness of their products, they are now by far my favorite computer case manufacturer. The supply chain has indeed taken a massive hit thanks to this... pandemic, as has just about every other aspect of our lives. But I'm still of the opinion that there's a lot more 'self-inflicted grief brought on by our government and main stream media' by politically weaponizing these latest world events... just as they always do for the purposes of making the other side look bad when their agendas are threatened (I'm not picking sides, either - they all do it). The problem is that We The People do all the suffering when these things happen. I don't know how to do it, but it's gotta stop. All the while, OMS, NPD, Newegg, Fractal Design, Amazon, Wal-Mart, et al, continue to do their best (which ain't all that bad, all things considered) while CJPP continues to disappoint.
  11. Nice! I've never seen front speakers mounted like that before - very innovative and well done! ::thumb::
  12. Sorry guys - I started my reply before seeing your comments. Apologies for the bickering and apparent thread-jacking, but I'll only claim partial responsibility in this one, as I was not the one who chose to take it in this direction. I would invite the moderators to take appropriate action as needed, because if I were to do so, it would then be viewed as an integrity issue... and it's apparent my moral compass couldn't handle such a strain. :whistling: We're good. My first reply was about being more positive, that's all really. But then you told me to "shut TF up." Where I'm from that's when you woulda got punched in the mouth. Just be kind and we'll all be good. I don't think you're mental, just a slightly negative ass but I can be an ass too. I still love ya. And as for the rest of you, you gotta admit it was a little entertaining. ::thumb:: I'll admit to the fact that I can be an ass, but I am not anywhere nearly as negative as you think - and never intend to be hurtful with any of it. My retort to your reply came straight out of 'tired of being called out for negativity when there was none there.' If you're good, I'm good. Life's too short to get wrapped too tightly around these kinds of axles.
  13. Eric, (Mister 4x4) I've told you before, I don't dislike you. I truly believe you never mean to be an ass, you just are. I would suggest that prior to clicking on that "post reply" button you should ask yourself one question…"will this post make the person feel good about him/herself and/or their decisions they've made regarding projects they've done on their car. If the answer is "no" or "I'm not sure" then you should reconsider giving your opinion. When someone does something to their car and posts it up, they're not looking for others to tell them why they don't like it. We should encourage others or keep our opinions to ourselves (especially when they're not asking for your opinion) When you give your unsolicited "Nancy-negative-opinion" and then wrap it up with, "However, I kinda like they way those look..." You remind me of Rodney in Caddyshack…"you buy a hat (LED's, Magnum 500 Stealth Rims, etc) like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup…Ohhh, but it looks good on you!" Some people never cease to amaze… I believe you offend people with your...I'll use your words..."writing style." I have noticed how people respond to your "writing style." Noticing how others feel is called empathy. You speak of my trend in calling you out. My trend would not exist without yours. I do believe blaming your perceived negativism on your "writing style" is actually deflection. This is a way of separating yourself from accountability for your actions. Maybe you should talk to someone about this. I'd imagine I am not the only one who has noticed this about you. You are a huge contributor to this site and are of great value to it. It is a shame because you could be so much more. Just ask yourself that question I mentioned at the beginning of my reply...BEFORE clicking on "post reply." Hey.......My name is Rodney :-( Guys you both contribute a bunch to folks, in need, on this sight. Please Stop this bickering. I value both of your opinions but feel Im loosing some of that high respect I have of you guys. I didnt have to say anything, easier to just shut the screen off. But it is important to me and others that this stops. There must be neutral ground here somewhere? For some folks the world is being totally unfair to them right now. The ability to have this forum as a retreat from the madness of the world is precious to most of us 71-73 lovers. Thanks for at least considering my thoughts. Wow, just read this thread and had to go back to re-read several times, maybe I missed something but to me I came away with this: "I like to keep classic cars looking how they were when made, many modern lights are not my style but the lights in question actually look good". And I agree they do look good, hope no one is offended by me saying they look good, I may even consider them for my car as I live in the mountains and it is DARK up here. Sorry guys - I started my reply before seeing your comments. Apologies for the bickering and apparent thread-jacking, but I'll only claim partial responsibility in this one, as I was not the one who chose to take it in this direction. I would invite the moderators to take appropriate action as needed, because if I were to do so, it would then be viewed as an integrity issue... and it's apparent my moral compass couldn't handle such a strain. :whistling:
  14. Well, my opinion is that if either of you valued reading comprehension above the basic need to find a way of twisting something I've said into something negative to nit-pick, you would realize that I actually complimented his choice of LED lights. My comment of 'junk,' was referring to a cheap set of ebay JDM driving lights I mistakenly purchased years ago for my Honda Civic - which sucked, BTW. I think it might be time to try a new strategy: either grow, or shut, TF up. Eric, (Mister 4x4) I've told you before, I don't dislike you. I truly believe you never mean to be an ass, you just are. I would suggest that prior to clicking on that "post reply" button you should ask yourself one question…"will this post make the person feel good about him/herself and/or their decisions they've made regarding projects they've done on their car. If the answer is "no" or "I'm not sure" then you should reconsider giving your opinion. When someone does something to their car and posts it up, they're not looking for others to tell them why they don't like it. We should encourage others or keep our opinions to ourselves (especially when they're not asking for your opinion) When you give your unsolicited "Nancy-negative-opinion" and then wrap it up with, "However, I kinda like they way those look..." You remind me of Rodney in Caddyshack…"you buy a hat (LED's, Magnum 500 Stealth Rims, etc) like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup…Ohhh, but it looks good on you!" Some people never cease to amaze… I believe you offend people with your...I'll use your words..."writing style." I have noticed how people respond to your "writing style." Noticing how others feel is called empathy. You speak of my trend in calling you out. My trend would not exist without yours. I do believe blaming your perceived negativism on your "writing style" is actually deflection. This is a way of separating yourself from accountability for your actions. Maybe you should talk to someone about this. I'd imagine I am not the only one who has noticed this about you. You are a huge contributor to this site and are of great value to it. It is a shame because you could be so much more. Just ask yourself that question I mentioned at the beginning of my reply...BEFORE clicking on "post reply." OK - advice taken. I took stock of my reply and immediately thought, "Wow. Who's being the ass now?" I came to the conclusion that it's not just me and clicked the button anyway. So, you're calling me an ass and saying I need professional help simply because you don't like what I had to say. Well, I have some news for ya - I'm not obligated to run my comments through anybody... least of all someone who apparently still struggles with reading comprehension. My comments to both the Magnum 500 Stealth wheels and LED lights (since you mentioned them specifically) were intentionally set in such a manner as to let the person know how much of an impact their decision has made on my way of thinking. Yes, I said I wasn't a fan of this or that, but I followed it up with "but I like how it turned out in your case." That's a compliment. Not a back-handed one, either. That's also not negativity. That's taking something I traditionally view as being negative, and expressing it in a positive. That's telling the guy that he's had an impact on how I look at things and will most likely view them going forward. How is that a bad thing, again? I'll tell you: because we tend to associate specific things with individuals and have predisposed notions of how things will go from those points forward. You had issues with my comments awhile back thinking that I believe everybody should have a hot rod if they want them, when I was trying to point out that over-inflating the value of everything is bad for the hobby. We flung lots of words at each other, and neither one has changed each others' minds on that one (I'd wager). The point is following that exchange, you are now programmed with your predisposed notion to take anything I might say out of context, looking for whatever shred of negativity you can conjure up, and using that as justification to call me out as being negative. That, is human nature, everybody does it, and don't worry - it's probably not your fault. You should maybe seek out whomever you think I need to talk to if it bugs you that much. I'm not going to start filtering my comments because one or two people whom I've had dust-ups in the past seem to have issues with what I have to say - there are over 7400 members here, after all. Much like COVID-19 and given those odds, I rather like my chances of survival. My invitation is open to all: if I'm such an offensive ass in my comments, please let me know - start a new thread in the VIP section or something, or PM me directly if you like. Aside from a handful of those who've had disagreements in the past, I'm pretty sure it's going to be a short list. At the end of the day, this is an internet forum. A little bit of negativity is to be expected along with all of the other good stuff with so many different perspectives. Opinions are what they are, and always welcome. Even when you're calling me an ass. rofl
  15. I only push back when there's a trend for certain individuals calling things out when there's nothing to call out. There's a history with certain individuals, I've said nothing wrong, and I'm not bent out of shape... but, I'm also not rolling over, either. You've decided to jump on that band-wagon because we had a disagreement a few weeks back (which neither of us were anywhere close to the actual issue, BTW) and you got all butt-hurt about it when I asked for us to move past the tension. So, pile on if you like. This is an internet forum. People have opinions, as well as people have different writing styles that don't always translate across the same for everybody. Nobody's opinions are any less valuable than the next guy's. Without people sharing those opinions, there wouldn't be much content to read. Don't like someone's opinion, fine. If they don't happen to like yours, so be it - usually, people are going to just ignore it and move on. If someone doesn't like someone else's opinion enough to take a swipe at them, well... they can usually expect the same in return. If/when it gets ugly, the moderators will step in and all parties involved will get warnings... over what?! Someone's misinterpretation of a comment because they don't 'like someone' (or writing style, more like). If there's an actual problem, let's resolve it (PM me if you like... I'm not going anywhere). If not, quit playing these stupid games.
  16. +1!!!!!!! Well, my opinion is that if either of you valued reading comprehension above the basic need to find a way of twisting something I've said into something negative to nit-pick, you would realize that I actually complimented his choice of LED lights. My comment of 'junk,' was referring to a cheap set of ebay JDM driving lights I mistakenly purchased years ago for my Honda Civic - which sucked, BTW. I think it might be time to try a new strategy: either grow, or shut, TF up.
  17. Wow. That sucks. Have you been in contact with the restoration service yet? I'd be interested to hear how they defend that. I'm sure some of the other concourse guys might have some other resources for you to explore.
  18. I'm not a big fan of modern LED lights on old cars - just looks a little too weird to me for some reason... my opinion, of course. At the end of the day, it's all about being able to see at night, and I'm guessing the newer systems do a great job of lighting up the road and pissing off oncoming traffic (aside from the absolute ebay junk - lots of 'JDM' stuff out there falls into that category). However, I kinda like the way those look. They look stockish for the most part, and the LED isn't overstated, like some of the others out there. Too bad CJPP is so proud of 'em.
  19. Growing up in the '70 & '80s, black rims just seem to me that the owner lost a hubcap or two and either didn't care, or was too cheap or lazy to replace the hubcaps. Again - that is just my opinion on black wheels. Now, having said that, there are some really nice black wheels out there, and some actually do appeal to me... depending on what they're on. As far as those Magnums go, I'm with the others - I think black chrome would look better than that finish shown in the pic you provided. Honestly though, black chrome can also look a lot like excessive brake dust and the owner is too lazy to clean the wheels. ;) Interestingly enough - I like that look on your car. Those Grand Marquis rims actually look really good blacked out, and right at home on your car. I wouldn't change a thing. ::thumb::
  20. At least it doesn't have Mach 1 or Ram Air stickers on it. :cool: Looks like a nice enough car. I agree that the engine compartment could/should be nicer, but it is what it is. Not sure if it's worth $50K, but still looks like it could be a great find.
  21. Yeah, I don't have anywhere near that amount of ceiling. My Jeep is 6'6", barely squeezes through the door, and the door opening is roughly a foot lower than the ceiling - so I have something more like an 8 foot ceiling (I keep forgetting I can easily flat-foot touch an 8-foot ceiling... not so much a 9 footer). Even a tall set of jack stands would have the roof of the Jeep up against the ceiling for any kind of height over a foot (just enough elevation to take the wheels off). Fortunately, I don't need any more than that, since all of the underneath stuff has been done. Even changing out a transmission or transfer case doesn't need a lift, let alone fluid changes.
  22. That's awesome! Drive-on lifts with trolley jacks are the best! ::thumb:: Even if I were retired and had a lift in my garage, I wouldn't use it even almost daily - maybe monthly... maybe not even that often. Working on cars is fun, but not something I want [or need] to do on a daily basis. Yours isn't by chance in a 2-car residential garage with 9-foot ceilings is it? If so, I'd love to see some pics with a car in the air and how that all works.
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