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    31 Model A Station Wagon “Woody”
    69 Mach 1 - 351C
    72 Mach 1 - 351C
    96 Cobra Convertible

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  1. Congratulations, now you will know what being busy really means!
  2. A productive weekend, I applied the lower blackout paint (I know out of order based on how Ford did it). But it turned out really well. Once that was done I put the front and rear valances on, installed the rear bumper, the rear honeycomb, gas cap and license plates. I still need to find some clips for the rear honeycomb upper and lower moldings, I bought a hardware kit for this but bought the wrong one as it doesn’t have the clips that go in the moldings. After reading the description of the hardware kit, it doesn’t sound all that great given it is $26 and they state the clips are too short right in the description. Thinking about getting the hood ready for blackout, the other stuff turned out so well I am ready to get it done! Pretty soon, I am going to be just left with the interior overhaul. I already ordered seat covers and have decided to order new door panels too. That makes everything new or reconditioned in the interior as the headliner and carpet were recently replaced and the dash has already been overhauled. Unfortunately the seat upholstery is still 3 months out on some sort of backorder. There is a finish line in here somewhere.
  3. Yep, first thing done is to paint the lower color. I broke protocol—today I painted the black on mine after having painted the white a month or so ago.
  4. It has been over 10 years, but I do believe the aluminum moldings themselves are different between the standard panel and the Mach/honeycomb panel. If the standard moldings will work with the honeycomb—I can’t answer that as it has been too long. But they do utilize the same mounting holes and likely the same mounting hardware.
  5. Uhhh, no. But everything is going to be new except the nozzles, so as long as they are clear I don’t expect problems other than a leaky washer bottle/pump.
  6. Wasn’t sure what forum this fits in, but here’s my question. I ordered a windshield washer bottle as my original was broken. I went to install the pump and something in my brain said—check for a leak. Guess what—it leaked through the pump area...of course it does.... the washer bottle is a reproduction as the OEM Ford ones are no longer available. But the pump and its seal are 50 years old as they are the original. Is the leak from the pump/seal or the repro bottle? I looked in the hole where the pump is installed and there was a small burr where the fluid exits to go into the hose. I popped the burr off and tried it again, but it still leaks. Without throwing out my initial ideas to fix, what would you do?
  7. Stupid car—it seems like it is fighting me every step of the way on reassembly. Everything I touch takes 4 times longer than it should. Install bolt—20 minutes.... Install molding, WEEKS... Grrrrr. I do have a question. I ordered a windshield washer bottle as mine was broken. I went to install the pump and something in my brain said—check for a leak. Guess what—it leaked through the pump area...of course it does.... the washer bottle is a reproduction as the OE ones are no longer available. But the pump and its seal are 50 years old. Is it the pump or the bottle? I looked in the hole and there was a burr where the fluid exits to go into the hose. I popped the burr off and it still leaks. Without throwing out my initial ideas to fix, what would you do?
  8. Whew, I was afraid to click on this post. After looking at the Thingy, I could have helped a few weeks back, but my fenders are back on/aligned and the splash shields are in place. But you got some great help from our brothers!
  9. So does the seal install curved in towards the trunk opening or away from the trunk opening? Thanks!
  10. Wow—definitely family first. Best of luck and prayers for your wife and baby. The car will wait. I know this from experience, come see all my unfinished projects and then look at my kids’ race cars that are completed/ongoing race prep....and their massive pile of trophies. We’ve made a jillion memories Soap Box Derby racing all over the United States, and I wouldn’t trade any of those memories for the time I gave up on my own stuff. Prayers!
  11. Big news on my project—it’s shiny! Monday was paint day. I got up at 5:30am and called AAA because I had “car trouble”. The tow truck showed up and hauled the car to work for me. I got there early and moved everything into place and started my final prep work. Then I got the best gift I could ever ask for in this project. My co-worker Frank who runs the training center was going to help me! Frank is a fantastic painter and super highly skilled, so this was a major bonus. Frank did the tricky bits of masking, questioned a few setup issues and led me to better decisions, and made some prep suggestions that I followed closely. With his help I was spraying the first coat of basecoat before noon! When it was time to clear, Frank volunteered (at least that is how I remember it...LOL) and he went to work. Two coats later, it all looks awesome...and then it didn’t. We had used some of the hardener that I had opened up for painting door jambs and the trunk however long ago, and it wasn’t a good idea. There was some sort of reaction that looked a bit like chunky clear and solvent pop. Doh! Fortunately I blocked 2 days of my calendar and the training center for this, so in early again on Tuesday and I went to work. The training center has the coolest sanding machine called a Festool. It is a self contained electric Dual Action sander/vacuum system. I sanded the whole car in hours and created no dust anywhere. Frank showed up a bit later and did a lot of the hand sanding where I couldn’t with the DA and we were back in the booth by noon. There were a few touch ups where I cut through on edges but that didn’t take much time. Frank switched up the materials to use a different clear and laid down 2 of the slickest coats ever. He did get a run in the fender, but so what. Had I sprayed the clear, we would be measuring the number of runs per panel. So lucky for Frank’s help! I owe that guy! We were done early enough that he was able to spend some time showing me how to do woodgraining (picture attached). He convinced me to leave it overnight to air dry, then we baked it first thing this morning. After cool down I carefully stuck the fenders on and called AAA. Frank snuck in and sanded out the run, but I get to figure out buffing it. I said about 100 thank you’d to Frank and headed home. Now, time to put it together.
  12. Yes, I have one. Depending on the amp draw of your new accessory, if it is low I would recommend you use the yellow/black wire going to the premium sound system. It is easy to access and will provide the 12v switched source you need. Good luck!
  13. As I stripped the paint from my ‘72, I noticed issues. Some was paint, some was tape striping. The lower body blackout was not consistently comprised of paint, some of it (or maybe all of it originally) was tape. The lower body portion was all paint, but the 1/4” stripe itself was tape. Is this what everyone else has experienced? Uhhh, asking for a friend... LOL
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