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here's an update on my progress. I got back my harnesses from midlife and installed them. I also wired the dashmate stereo. Today I attempted to make the lens to the center cluster more visible. I used mothers nulens headlight renewal kit. It's not perfect but I didn't expect it to be for 40 year old plastic. I am happy with the outcome.

 

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Wow. I think they look great! Can't wait to see them installed.

 

::beer:: to midlife for what looks like a great refurbishment of the dash wiring!

Doc

Project started 8-7-10

Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system

Current "mini-project": interior upgrade :-/

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I was wondering if when you guys replaced your instrument cluster lights with LEDs did you take out the blue filters.

 

Not sure if this is still relevant, but I ended up taking out the blue lenses and replacing the incandescent bulbs with wide angle LEDs. The reason I took out the old lenses was because they were faded and brittle. I like the outcome, but am gonna take it all apart again and paint the inside of the gauge cluster in a metallic silver for better reflection of the light emitted from the LEDs. I am a bit of a perfectionist and think this will help disperse the light more evenly.

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Here's an update on my progress, I got all the wiring done. I'm waiting on a concourse starter solenoid so I can test the wiring before I put the windshield in. The last thing I have to wire is a rear vies mirror camera system so I can see out the back and my blind spots. Today I worked on making the connection between the rag joint and steering column better. After reading some threads on the potential for the rag joint to fail I decided to find a way to make the rag joint and steering column fit better. I used a 5/16"-2.5" bolt with a spacer to make up the material between the rag joint hole. Here are some pictures.

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I was wondering if and what color I should paint my gas tank. My old gas tank was painted black so I was planning on painting the new tank black. But after researching on the forum and looking at the MCA judging form it says the tank should be natural. What should I do. here are some pictures.

 

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I would degrease and simply paint the tank with a low gloss clear. You'll get the look of bare steel with the protection of the clear.

 

BTW, interesting to see a manual steering car, not that many made. Mine is M/S, but only because I swapped one in.

 

 

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not sure why my earlier post did not show up, but the tanks are so inexpensive, I would toss that one and start fresh.

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!

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:shootself: Sorry for the confusion, sometimes I don't read so well :shootself:

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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!

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yesterday I repainted the headlamp buckets and other front of the car parts slop gray. I then painted the upper shock mounts, hood latch catch, and LH & RH hood hinges to match the phosphate & oil they were originally. I repainted all the parts because after reading posts on the forum and doing some research I felt the parts should be painted as close to the correct color as original. Today I painted the transmission, transmission mount, motor mounts to frame, and the driveshaft cast blast. Next I fixed the LH door panel mounting clips. When I took the door panel off I accidentally ripped some of the holes where the clips fit into, not knowing the panel was made of cardboard. I fixed it by cutting a strip of sheet metal and welded the clips to it then drilled holes and screwed it to door panel. Here's some pictures.

 

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Here's some pictures of the parts I painted the last few days. I am also posting a spreadsheet listing each part, its original paint and what brand paint I used to replicate the original paint. The word document lists all the paint brands I used. The paint brands are numbered to match the paint codes in the spreadsheet. The other word document describes the external paint colors for each part.

 

Exterior Parts Color.xlsx

 

DRIVETRAIN PAINT.xlsx

 

ENGINE PAINT EXTERNAL.docx

 

MUSTANG PARTS PAINT BRANDS.docx

 

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Great attention to detail! Love the progress so far. Incidentally, my wife and I recently moved to Sacramento and I'm about to bring my rotten old 73 coupe home to start dusting off the cob webs. If you ever need a hand holding a wrench, let me know!

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I'm trying to figure out the correct shifter handle for a 1971 3 speed. The one I have now I like the 4 speed Hurst shifter but without the gear selector numbers. The threaded hole on the shifter handle is larger than the thread on the shifter rod. I am also in the progress of putting the carpet and the rest of the interior in. I was also wondering if there was a backup lamp for a 3 speed in 1971.

 

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Nick here, I'm working on wiring my backup camera system and was wondering if I could wire the camera system and radio to the same power source. I'm worried I could overload the system. If I can't use wire them together were is another source of power for the backup camera system.

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I have one final electrical question my new radio has a wire that gets connected to the ignition switch, what wires do I need to connect to. Also there is a wire for illumination, can I use the wire for the original radio light bulb.

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For radio power, look for a white/purple wire. For radio lamp, look for a blue/red wire. There should be a two prong male plug on the main underdash harness that has these wires. The white/purple side has two wires on this plug.

Let me check your shorts!

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