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  1. I love the way you part together from other cars. I was thinking of doing the same to a certain degree. I can weld so that helps. Electrical stuff comes easy to me (thanks to college and my own geekdom). I do enjoy the challenge of creating a part I need. I just started building the seat mounts. So far so good. As for what you wrote above regarding manual transmission, I just got a Jegs brand (555-602355) billet steel SFI 28oz flywheel. The V6 bellhousing you found, would that work in 1972 351W with this flywheel? I am thinking it would. What car did you pull that bellhousing from? As for hydraulics for clutch, I am back and forth on that. Cable or hydraulic? I just got the booster and MC. Not sure how a hydraulkic system would work since the booster is in the way. Maybe a remote set up? Or try the cable version to start to see how it feels (that is what I may do). But I do love the idea of going back to manual. I miss it. Finding a used T5 is a challenge now adays. I will most likely need to buy new. A T5Z model. :-) I don't think I would need a TKO. Or maybe I do. :-) :-) :-) I do like your end quote - 3 pedals is the way to go!!
  2. Jeff, Power brakes would make my wife happy. The challenge then would be how to set up the clutch since I was planning on a hydraulic setup. I did a search through the forums but I must be using the wrong terms as not much came up. A lot of auto to manual conversions. Which is what I will be doing too (FMX to T5). Got any advice? JT
  3. Question regarding manual brakes. When I bought this stang it had power brakes. I am considering manual brakes since I will not know what vacuum I will have when the engine is completed. What are you thoughts? Go manual? Keep it power? Why for either option? The car will not be a race car or drag car. It will be a weekend to daily driver going to local classic car shows and maybe to work at times. Thanks for your feedback and ideas.
  4. Droptop73 - thanks for the feedback. 18" up front it is. Again, thanks a lot for your feedback and input. Much appreciated.
  5. Pic of front and rear brakes installed. Front are also from Wilwood with the 12.19" rotor and 4 piston calipers. The string on the rear brakes is what I am using to measure wheel width possibilities. I am looking to put in 18" x 10" wheel with 295 series tires. Something aggressive looking. The front may be 17" or 18" wheels but not wider then 9"'. It will be staggered with something like a 10" contact patch up front and a 11"+ contact patch on the rear end. Not really sure yet if I will go that way but I saw what Jason on Autoedits did with the wheels/tires on his 73 stang and it looks really amazing.
  6. Parking brake cables put in. Not as difficult as I thought it would be.
  7. Time for the rear brakes. These are the Wilwood 12.19" 4 piston disk brakes. I put those on alsong with new axle bearings/seal, etc. I also made the hard brake lines from both sides and connected them to the center brake line which will go to the master cylinder.
  8. Time for some sound insulation. :-)
  9. I made some measurements and applied them to some 14 gauge sheet metal. Roughly cut the shapes. Welding them together. Drilled holes where necessary. Welding on nuts. Painted with rust encapsulator. And then installed.
  10. After I put on the mach 1 grill, I noticed the old center grill attached would not work on this grill. So I searched the web but could not find one. Well, I got metal laying around and a welder. :-) Time to make what I need.
  11. Thank you all for your comments. They are very motivating. Also, it is good to see folks from Europe with these classic muscle cars. I bet they turn heads on the road! :-)
  12. Next I rebuilt the steering column with new bearings, turn signal switch, ignition switch and rag joint. Sanded and painted the column. Now waiting for backordered steering wheel. So currently I am working on small projects, if you will. Cleaning up the quarter windows, replacing seals, and installing into the body. Researching brake kits - seriously considering Wilwood brakes. Researching wheel/tire options. My plan is the get most of the vehicle ready to run (brakes, fuel, electrical, front seats, dash (instrument panel) before I start working on the engine. This way I can install the engine and get this baby running. But there is still a lot of work to do before that.
  13. Now the axle next. For some reason I was not looking forward to this. I replaced the pinion/ring from 2.70 to a 3.50. From the research I did, I wanted a balance between responsiveness/torquiness (SP??) and cruiseability. So I went with the 3.50 ration. I know with the FMX, the engine RPM's at cruising with stock 26" tires will be around 3000 rpm - not necessarily cruise worthy over long distance but I am planning on installing a 5 speed (T5z). Also got rid of the open differential and put in a Yukon limited slip. Used dial indicator etc to ensure .003 max runout and .008-012 bearing load. All new bearings (pinion, differential, and axle) and axle seals. New KYB shocks and 4 1/5 mid eye leaf springs plus shackles. Good times.
  14. Mostly new front suspension and steering components added. Ordered the MustangsPlus front suspension set for 71-73 Mustangs. 620 coil springs and 1" stabilizer bar. Should drop the front end about 1".
  15. My wife and I picked Spruce Green from Eastwood as the exterior color. So I painted the interior to see how it looks. I fugured if I screwed up or the color was bad, the interior is covered anyway by carpet, seats, and paneling. But we think the color will be pretty cool. I also sealed/primed the new hood. And I started painting with engine bay black in fender well area.
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