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David, 

thank you very much for your words and the wishes on the new little son :beer:

I gave some other sorts of dissolvants a try before, they were oven cleaner, brake cleaner, engine cleaner, pb blaster... Nothing really worked. I had oven cleaner in mind and tried it because of that. Perhaps I tried the useless one. So I gave the good ol' gas a try and bingo... I did it outside so I thought the fumes could easily escape. 

Thanks for the hint with the drums and thank you for that really good reference photo. Have to check if my fathers T5 has still its original drums... I noticed that they are not the original ones, they have been changed once through the POV. As they are very nice and almost new condition inside I chose to clean them up and mount them back on. Despite I will keep it as factory as possible I cannot totally go the Concourse route - the drums are a good example. Finding good ol' rear drums is almost impossible to find and when, you have to pay that much - eventually all has it's end. Good made aftermarket ones painted in the ride shade will do the trick too :thumb:

By reassembling I noticed that some things have been changed through the years: the front and rear springs, all shocks, all brake components except proportional valve, booster and the hard lines, upper and lower control arms and strud rods. So I will replace them anyway with new and NOS parts and only restore the restore-worthy parts. Or buy good used ones from the USA. That includes all the bolts - only the good ones will find their way back, all other I already bought from AMK directly. 

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14 minutes ago, Klug said:

Nice job, I'm excited take a run with him....

 

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Fabiano, you still have to wait a little bit, but I will hurry up... :biggrin:

But when it's done it will be an honor to take you for a drive and grab a little cold snack afterwards :beer:

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3 hours ago, timachone said:

Geoff, 

thank you very much for your words, I appreciate that much! 

I don't know, what they were thinking back then... It must have been deep in the 80ies - besides the fact the car was colored some sort of pink metallic, highjackers and big, rear wheel well touching wheels as I bought it. Like a drivin' lipstick on steroide. As it was a Q-code with a 4-speed and 3:50 gears and furthermore a T5 with mostly all original parts there I looked over it quite a bit. But now I am happy I got rid of that color. And the red - man, it was everywhere and held on very well! The good part of it was that it protected some parts very well, but not every. Now there are some remnants on the passenger side rails left which would be killed by me the next days and then they will be gone, forever :salute:

Tim, that's too funny! "Like drivin' lipstick on steroids" 

That was for sure, a really nice find regardless.

When you get to installing the fuel sender,  remind me and I'll go over again what I did to calibrate the gauge at 1/4 full (19 liters)

All the best moving forward.

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4 hours ago, Stanglover said:

Tim, that's too funny! "Like drivin' lipstick on steroids" 

That was for sure, a really nice find regardless.

When you get to installing the fuel sender,  remind me and I'll go over again what I did to calibrate the gauge at 1/4 full (19 liters)

All the best moving forward.

Geoff,

thank you!

Oh yes, that would be awesome, I give you a call when I'm there :thumb:

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2 hours ago, timachone said:

Geoff,

thank you!

Oh yes, that would be awesome, I give you a call when I'm there :thumb:

Sounds like a plan.

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5 hours ago, Sheriff41 said:

I enjoy seeing the great progress and attention to detail in your project.   Congrats on your new pit crewmember Aaron!

Thank you very much for your words! 

Yeah, a new crewmember doesn't hurt - especially when we were in the minority in the past :whistling::biggrin:

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Tim, I forgot to mention congrats on the new little guy Aaron, so congrats to you and your wife on the new baby BOY. Enjoy him while you can, they grow up way too fast.

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Geoff, 

thank you very much for your lovingly congratulations, I will share them with my family! Yeah, you are right - with kids your time runs even faster! I exactly know how the birth was on my little daughter before - and boom, now it's 3 years after and she is a lovely little princess with her own strong will! But best is: she loves "loud cars" as she says always and enjoy driving in my Challener R/T. How might she look and enjoy when time has come and the Mustang is ready? And even little Aaron? We will see... In the meanwhile I enjoy time with my kids whenever I can - theses times are worthwile! 

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10 hours ago, timachone said:

Geoff, 

thank you very much for your lovingly congratulations, I will share them with my family! Yeah, you are right - with kids your time runs even faster! I exactly know how the birth was on my little daughter before - and boom, now it's 3 years after and she is a lovely little princess with her own strong will! But best is: she loves "loud cars" as she says always and enjoy driving in my Challener R/T. How might she look and enjoy when time has come and the Mustang is ready? And even little Aaron? We will see... In the meanwhile I enjoy time with my kids whenever I can - theses times are worthwile! 

Absolutely Tim, make the best of it. 

My son will be 45 tomorrow, 12th, but it seems like only yesterday he was born. Unfortunately I only got to enjoy him for the first 4 years until my wife and I split up. Being a part time Dad SUCKED!! And still does.

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I will, Geoff! 

Too bad you had to make such experiences, but hey, in my life not everything went good the last 10 years, too, you know. But these are stories to tell I do not want to in the public. I hope, that your son and you have still somewhat a good relationship to each other though. To let your kids feel you're always there for them it's what still counts in my opinion, even 40 years later. Finally we have to let them do their decision. But every life is different, there aren't rules for one you could transplant to somebody other, so I cannot speak generally. That said, feel hugged, Geoff! 

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Here is a little update, enjoyed family life a bit more over Happy Fathers Day :whistling:

 

Painted the new after market rear springs towards a more factory finish. Will do the paint daub these days on them. According to my research in my '73 Q-code with a manual trans without A/C they would have had ONE single stripe in Gold at the back. So I bought some paint at the hardware store... :classic_tongue:

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Afterwards I applied one more coat to the rear axle. It was not perfect to my eyes and too much fuzzies in the paint. Light sanding and a good coat of semi black - now it is perfect. Even showing the factory scratch marks :thumb:

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Then onto the brake booster. Of the original and reapplied paint with some paint remover and little elbow grease - now like new again: 

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Then some Concourse work - it felt like painting in elementary school. But the outcome was satisfying :biggrin:

I orientated on the original colors found on the driveshaft to its exact locations. One yellow paint daub is at the top rear site (which will mounted to the rear differential yoke):

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Next will be the last paint steps in painting and detailing some more parts (hope to see Motorcity Mike's strut rods soon) then assembling - I am looking forward to it... 

I am wondering about if I should paint the upper and lower control arms factory correct or if I should leave them as is (New Moog Heavy Duty, black)...  

 

 

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Update: 

My friend Oliver has built a Distributor Test Machine and had my current dizzy in to determine the best advance curve to my engine. He came to the following curve and that the theoretical best initial timing will be at 12 degrees before TDC, so 37 at total advance by 4.000 rpm. So that's the numbers to start with and when the engine will be driven in I could see on at least two dyno runs if that's the optimum :thumb: 

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NICE :wrench:

And cudos to Oliver :thankyouyellow:

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Soo much work... glad I have an AOD rebuild break, seen engine bay only every weekend for the past 6 months!
Looking good Tim!

What are the 3 nuts/rivets you have on the passenger front apron? The retainer on top is for the regulator I guess?

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On 6/12/2021 at 11:57 PM, mach71351c said:

What a incredible  job!! Nice work. 

Thank you very much, Mike, very appreciated!

On 6/9/2021 at 11:09 PM, Fabrice said:

Soo much work... glad I have an AOD rebuild break, seen engine bay only every weekend for the past 6 months!
Looking good Tim!

What are the 3 nuts/rivets you have on the passenger front apron? The retainer on top is for the regulator I guess?

Thank you, Fabrice! The screws you meant are for the voltage regulator and this kind of connection thingy:

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On 6/9/2021 at 6:01 PM, Sheriff41 said:

Great progress and attention to detail.  Good to see you're putting your pit crew to work with the paintwork!

Yeah, thank you very much, Sheriff. He is always with me - glad to share knowledge and pass on the hobby to the next generation. That's so important...

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After that some reassembling of the back area to see it more like a car now and then! 

 

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Will have to paint match the rear quarter end caps - they do not exactly match the paint shades of the rest of the car, that is something the paint guy screwed up. If one does not all do by himself... But that's only a minor thing and could be done easily by myself. I will not remove them anymore for that though. I think it was one layer of gold too less, probably only two. So I will apply three light layers of gold and two of clear as it is on the rest on the car, so that must do the trick. I will try that with the front ent fender caps first unmounted - they seem to have that problem either. But anyway - I will do that later, I am happy to see it more as a car again. Next will be fuel, vapor and brake hard lines under the body, the rear axle and suspension, exhaust and driveshaft, finishing the back of the car :thumb:

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