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Its weekend again and weather is fantastic. Mustang time! :)

 

First finished my EFI install on my 73, a detail, but needed make a shield for the unlikely but possible event a sharp stone could do some damage...

Needed fix my wife's Mini power window that was making loads of noise.

 

Once done, went back to the 71...

 

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As I'm waiting for parts for my alternator & wiper motor, I couldn't work on these, but some parts started previously were waiting for a clear coat

on the other side.

 

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As the car body needs a serious dose of care, Most of the bolts being rusted, I've a started a while back, and sprayed

penetrating oil a few times on each and every bolts/studs I could see. Payed off, as none of the parts that I've removed this weekend resisted, all went smooth.

So I've started by removing the front valance. Fender almost free too, but having a serious lack of space, I can afford having fenders laying around, so they'll be handled in time once some of the premium space will be available.

Not very corroded, thanks to a layer of gold paint onto the original grey, but there were 2 major dents on it.

 

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Learned from an old body guy in France, who showed me how metal remembers its original shape if you help it a bit,

I've applied force on strategic location of the dents using soft wood.

 

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By the end of the massage, 90% of the dents were gone. And once more, this great guy was right. I will continue dolly them, but only when the metal will be clean. Right now, hammering it would damage more than fix.

 

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Aside the major dents, some weird and bad repairs were done, so gonna have to find some deep enough dolly to hammer that back in shape, to restore that lip. Here too, I will do this once the paint will be off.

 

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Removed the aluminium trims, both in good state, and aside this broken lens that I need to replace, I should have a nice valance in a few weekends from now.

 

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Just like the other rusty stuffs I've already posted on, the lights are undergoing a treatment...

 

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As I will handle the grill/supports later on when I'll do the engine bay, I've continued to remove other parts in the back. Discovering more original green in the process.

Such a pity to see so much misery...

 

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Misery continues in the trunk. Removing the harness, bumper, rear valance...

 

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After few hours, the once "ok" looking rear is now looking very sad. Gonna inspect in detail what I can form, and what I really need to order.

When you see 500 added for shipment for a pressed sheet of metal for a trunk floor, you start wonder how complex it would be to form the metal...

so I'm gonna pay a visit to some local metal shops to see what are my options. I know I'll need at least the tailpanel.

 

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I know some of you seek to replicate the way how this was done, so here's a detail of the original green paint with the black to match the tail honeycomb.

 

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As weather was ideal for paint, it was also time to go one with the block. So spend a long moment to mask it so I could spray a few layers of this 2K grey Ford.

Faster said than done, as the block got some oil to protect it and the tape did not really agree to stick on oil. So needed do lots of local extra degreasing.

 

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By the end the day, the block was done, and even dry to the touch on most of it.

Funny on this pict the grey looks blue :)

 

All with all, a productive weekend.

More next time.

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Its weekend again, time for another episode on the 71

 

Still waiting on the alternator kit. CJP keep saying next week for 2 weeks now... so its gona take at least 3 more weeks before i can touch it.

 

No probl, plenty to do and this week, thanks to OZCoupe72, I've received his defect spare wiper motor.

So started by opening and comparing the original and mine ment for a Ford Econoline. Exact same to the micron! Only diff is on the rotor/body where the original has a motorcraft stamp.

 

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exactly the same for everything. So once the connector that I found will land I will be able

to put it back together after a soldering session of the new wires...

 

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For now, its was as usual a prep for paint. OzCoupe72 body was in better shape, while the gears were looking better on mine. Both were not very smooth, so cleaned up the old grease and added new. Now rotation its smooth as butter. painted everything inside, cleaned the magnet before dry and added another quick layer. So it should be ok for another 45 years. Body, gears, plate, all primed and some received a black layer. They will al receive the same grey as all my accessories when more are ready. then a clear coat.

 

The missing nuts that Steve kindly sent me this week and the engine bracket motor mounts nuts to block received also a black layer .

 

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As I've started on the body, I also got items in need of attention, treated in parallel. These front lights spent week into a solution, but rust was so thick, it was still there. But it wasn't really hard anymore so bits of brushing revealved the metal. As I wasn't going back to them on saturday, I've let them sleep the night in teh solution and this morning they were cooked :)

 

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The electrical wires cleaned up, they then got masked and primed.

 

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In between stuffs, i've been playing the mythbuster and wanted know once and for all if vinegar was doing what some claim...

Above on top, I did some bolts and the wiper motor in, and that how it looked after 2 days. Not really impressive.

I totally forgot and under on the pict is what you get after a week! :)

 

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As I was pleased with the results, tried more and here, while image is wrong on the color, these were the rusty front valance fasteners, the wipermotor rings, steering pump brackets bolts/nuts and the tension nuts of the original coil holder that I'm also handling atm. They came out even better than with the rust dissolver regarding colour. The diff is the time it needs. One works almost right away while the other needs at least a day to really do something.

 

short story: vinegar does really work, and if you want a more yellow/brass result, use it.

 

 

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In between chemical games, some real work needed be done. The rear valance being in a fairly good state with practially no corrosion on it, most work went into fixing some dents. At this point my neighbours probably started be annoyed at the tick tick tick on the metal for hours.

 

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Ended up with a rear valance as new at the end of the day.

 

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Today the plan was to prime, paint parts, my 73 fender, apply paint and clear coat to the many parts waiting...

Did one side of the rear valance and then. pffffssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh

My compressor thought it take the day off. A metal connection started leak air and make noise to finally prevent me to use it.

Spent a few on it and unless i change that part, no air. So Need go tomorrow buy one... grrrr the day was perfect.

 

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Again no problem, this car needs fix to everything, so next was the front valance. After the first massage I gave them, It was time to fix the dents. While some went ok, some were really bitchy, as no hammer or anything could fit into some locations.

 

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End of the day the neighbours probably hated me, but the valance was free of its dents, tho some tiny ones I couldn't access will require a small layer of bondo.

 

All with all, another productive weekend on the 71.

 

to be continued.

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Wow impressive progress! Ziet er goed uit!

 

Dank je :)

 

If only I could have more space, loosing 1/2 my time moving stuff around, look for things and thinking where I can store a part that is ready and loosing more time moving stuff around to find it back the moment I need it :)

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Gee mate, you're moving forward with the speed of lightning! Well done, it's all looking great! :-)

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IThanks guys!

 

Its weekend again! Mustang time!

 

This morning saw an email from CJP saying my alternator kit is finally on its way, took 3 weeks... another 1 or 2 before its here. So day started nicely!

 

First started with some mains bolts. While inspecting and busy set the oil pump last week, found out the gasket for the pan wasn't the right one... so another 3 weeks to wait :(

Also saw one of the crankshaft mains, was missing 2 of the external bolts (its a 4 bolts per main). No biggy as it could perfectly be ok with 2, but these two holes were simply asking to be filled! :)

The lower engine was reassembled many years ago and as it was wrapped into meters of layers of plastics for protection, I never saw it until last week. They forgot tell me 2 were missing back then. Did they forgot or haven't I gave them the two extra bolts... Ill never know.

 

Steve aka @Secluff to the rescue!

 

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As expected, he managed to find the exact specs of these 2 missing bolts! So went back to machine shop this week, where the job was done, and went out with 2 bolts of the exact same grade, size and thread, except on length. I needed remove 9mm of the two spare bolts they had to have the same exact size. So started the day by doing that.

As I needed to find the torque value, I've postponed to finish these tomorrow...

 

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My compressor broke last week, so with that small ring in hands, fixed it and sprayed first a layer of pre-primer, some new stuff (for me) recommended by my paint shop. Its supposed to treat the pores of the bare metal and give a long lasting protection. Almost transparent like a clear coat but yellow-ish. Once dry, sprayed both valances with some thick primer on top of it as they will need some small bits of bondo here and there and be sanded first.

 

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Weather was truly fantastic, dry and warm, the ideal paint weather!

So after the valances, I've sprayed black and grey on many small parts, and finished them with a clear coat.

 

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So much time has past since I discovered I was missing special bolts. All the once missing bolts and mounts restored and under a nice layer of paint.

Today I could finally mark my engine mounts as done! yeah! Tomorrow, I'll torque them.

 

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I want drive that 73 soon, so no time be picky if I want to enjoy it a bit this year. I'll go to a paintshop next year. So sprayed that two tone fender that was waiting forever and tomorow I might do more so I can put back most parts on the back and go get my tech control... This way, i'll go the the paint shop on the road legally too!

 

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Back to the wiper motor, I have now all the parts under a nice layer of paint and as I've received this connector this week (it amazes me that some spend time and energy to place such connector on E-bay, but glad they did! ). I will probably be able to reassemble this baby tomorow too. But saw when I've compared with the 73 connector that its a bit different. Smaller but should fit... Bad news is that the grommet of the wiper motor doesn't let the old wires go and in the inside there are connectors too, I'll have to solder them externally. I'll have to put my surgeon hat on to try have a very thin soldered connection on these wires..

 

And then my wife reminded me that some work needed be done in the garden...

 

To be continued...

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Another sunny day!

 

What's better to start it than by reassembling Frankenstein's monster in the hot sun ?!

 

With a plate brought back by @TonyMuscle in his luggage from the states.

A spare non functional motor, but with correct body with magnets, better screws, the foam behind and a gear gasket from Australia thanks to @OzCoupe72.

A connector from a junyard in the states and of course the "original" Ford econoline probably found in France.

 

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Main parts were of course already painted and ready, but picked for the rest the best of the spare motor.

Picked and cleaned up the best rubbers, screws, springs... the puzzle was ready :)

Started by prepping the wires. and cut the heat sleeves, so i could have one small per wire and one for the 4 in the end. Needed protect them against each other when heat was applied.

 

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As I've done it before on the 73, I could remember it was a massive pita to put the brushes back on this unit. So started by cutting some paperclips so I could stop the springs (left) and after that, taped the brushes so they would not go out and left enough space for the stator shaft.

 

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Then comes the trickky part. its a simple task: put the brushes back in contact and put the body back. In practice this can become a royal pita.

This unit has a stator that needs to be screwed into the gears (endless screwing), so after it was greased on both ends and cleaned back to bare metal the gears to screw grounds. I was good to go.

 

If you are born with 4 hands, you can skip the next few lines. Otherwise, that's how I did it with 2.

 

With an hand on one the extremities of the stator, the trick is to screw in, and with the second hand having a small flat screw driver, to lift the brushes a bit, thx to the tape they glide into place with a small pressure. Repeat that 3 times, do not let your other hand do anything but hold all ! Once the 3 are on the contact area of stator, screw it more, don't let go. Its time to remove first the tape and the paperclips. Insert the small screw driver now above the contact area. You can now loose one hand and present the body.

 

At this time, if you do not hold the stator firmly with the screw driver or similar, it will be sucked back into the body by the strong magnets when you will present it. Poof you'll have to do all over again!

Once you can't go further, the body is now engaged enough to let go by removing the screw driver. Then while pressing and turning to screw the stator in. It will take its place back nicely (watch for the holes on the bottom for condens on the body). That's where I've lost ages (and most my patience) redoing everything a few times on the 73. This time, it was a hit on the first attempt! Then rotate and align the long bolts and you done.

 

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And after all these troubles, I've ended up with a good as new wiper motor.

 

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Just like most stuffs done previously, it took a while and required some efforts, but it turned out nicely in the end.

Big thx to Tony & Mick on this one!

 

Rest of the day was for the 73 and even enjoyed a bit doing nothing in the sun...

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You have done a great job getting that wiper motor done

Too late now but I used tiny cable ties to hold the brushes in then once I had it most of the way just carefully cut the cable ties

Pity I didn't realise I must have popped one of the springs, DOH!

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@Fredensborg

thx, many times I saw great results posted here and there but nothing about the in-between work/how to, which is basically what you're after while busy.

and having pictures in between texts soften the pain to read my bad english too :)

 

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[i didn't realise I must have popped one of the springs, DOH!]

Ah so you got my PM. Well, on the pict I've sent you, where you see the brush is still inside the guide that's what I thought you did too. But while busy mixing both units to get the best parts, I saw the spring was still in there, because of the pressure of the entire length+brushes, it was stuck at the small hole by a tiny sharp edge at the end of the spring. Once pushed back into the guide, it was free again. If the spring would have been rotated on its own axis by 1 degree, this would never have happend and you would never had a spare motor for me :)

It was really bad luck (for you) because I've played a bit with it, pushing it back in to max load a few times, it never got stuck again.

 

As about using a small cable, yes its a good alternative to the tape. I'm curious to know how that thing was assembled at the plant exactly, they must have used some kind of a thin flexible stick with a round ring at the end, with an opening of the shaft diameter to keep the brushes and maintain them in place while body is presented.

It was really not designed to be maintained. Glad they used durable parts to build them.

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Weekend!

 

Was expecting the alternator kit to arrive later next week, it was delivered yesterday.

As I have many boxes full of alternator parts, lets start the weekend with this baby to clear some room.

All its out- & inner parts being restored & painted, it should not take ages...

 

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What a nice surprise! Unlike the kit picture (see prev posts) where only the regulator/diode and both bearings were offered,

The kit they sent me contains more than expected: new plastic insulators and the brushes assembly.

 

Now that all is clean and as new, its easy to put it back together. However, CJP doesn't know that I forget all within a few days, and its been several weeks since i've started on it and I was glad I took one or two pictures...

Here's a detailed recap of the reassembly.

 

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The old bearing that was looking fine was already removed so pushed the new one in place and secured it with the plate.

 

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The bearing on the back body wasn't planning go anywhere and would have probably done the job for another 45 years.

So pressed it out with a 18mm socket that matches the diameter. Compared both and there were no differences except the shape of bottom. The new one, flat bottom, seams to be stainless steel.

As an alternator revs in the 10k RPMs, these have to be of good quality, that's probably why the old ones are still in great shape.

Installing the new one is the same, except done from the inside and due to reduced space, had to pick another socket to have a good flat start, as all was cleaned and greased, not much force was necessary, but it has to go to the bottom, aligned with the body.

 

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The brushes set is delivered pre-assembled and locked, awesome! Not need for the tape trick as with the wiper motor! :)

The little tube retaining the brushes under load, will go thru the hole that I've freed again before painting the casing and its where I was happy to have made pictures: The kit comes with zero doc, like if everybody knows the internals of an alternator on the top of his head and some b&w copy of some exploded view is considered a luxury. With their round shape the connectors of the brushes, you can easy forget the brush contacts do not go both to the 2 screws, but one needs go underneath and have a small insulator plate in between (not part of the kit). The original brush connector is square-ish, not round.

Bellow on the pict the left screw has no connection, the right one does, the upper one, the brush underneath connects to the port behind the casing (next pict)

 

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The kits comes with new insulators, tho not all. The ones on the diode are not provided, and the orange one is white. While the old black one was cooked, the orange one was dirty but fine. So cleaned it and used it again instead of the white one. Also a detail, its important to not tighten the studs/nuts fully, first ensure the insulators are well center. You don't want power or false grounds on the casing!

 

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One last cleaning of the diode assembly on the stator, as I can now "sandwich" back everything, the studs can fall, so taped them.

To put back the ballast/ diode, they is no possible error, the holes diameters prevents you to inverse the contacts, however, another missing item of the kit is the black insulator to the casing. Don't forget add one or like me, reuse the old one that should be ok.

 

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After the diode assembly/stator is set back into the rear body, removed the tape and ensure all the insulators were centered.

As the brushes are not in the way, you can let the rotor take its place, not before adding a tad of extra grease on the shaft at the bearing and cleaned it with a very light layer of white grease just to prevent future corrosion.

Don't forget to add one of the spacers (ring) on the shaft. There is one on each side of the bearing! That's also something easy to forget!

Then its time to degree the alternator. Meaning, thx to my picts, I can set the front back onto it, being sure it will meet the original brackets for my engine.

Once secured, the casing and most important part of the alternator unit is done.

 

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Its time to test if all rotates freely with no resistance and eventually reopen it if it doesn't.

Smooth as butter! I can continue my sandwich by adding the second spacer, then the fan. The pulley much more easy than getting it loose, this is now just an alen socket and to unscrew to screw it till you can't anymore. I didn't have doc on the torque required, tho pretty sure it's not going to get loose anytime soon! :)

 

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Weeks after I first open it, the alternator puzzle is finally complete! YEEEEA!

At $20 the kit, more complete than expected, even if you do not paint or restore it (tho I hope you see it makes a massive diff), It's really worth it.

You are also way cheaper than buying a new alternator. Know that with a replica/restored version of this exact one, you will see costs rising between 200 and 400. (ex taxes and shipment).

 

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The before and after pict! :)

With all the brackets, bolts and nuts restored as well, I finally can say: Alternator: done!

 

Rest of the day was for the 73 and probably a big chunk of tomorrow...

 

to be continued...

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After a very warm and dry week, average 40ºC (104ºF)

The weekend started bits cooler, much better for the stuffs on the todo.

 

Most time went on the 73 tho, but as I want the 71 to move on even by few bits every weekend, I've continued where I've left it last weekend. Very monotone (boring) todo: mostly sanding, sanding, & sanding but needs be done and weather was perfect for it.

 

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So went back to finishing the front and rear valance and also took the spoiler as they all will receive the same colour.

 

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Another step of the many repeating tasks...

 

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The spoiler, full of many very small dents and tiny craters, only in need of 2 repairs at the extremities where a small chunk of the material was gone, I've restored both side broken corners and flat surface using fiber resine. With the hot weather it dried in just a few minutes, and not long after that, the original shape was back.

 

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Followed again by a boring session of sanding, primer, sanding....

 

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Eventually end of the weekend, got all three ready and they will prolly get painted next weekend.

 

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In between always have some bolts and nuts in chemicals that need few minutes of attention. Here the 71 bumpers bolts/retainers. After a week in vinegar and rust dissolver. Painted and greased, perfectly ok for their use now, 2 bolts are so badly corroded, I'll replace them as soon as I find some new ones with their unusual size.

 

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Bumper cleaned and painted on other side, wax sprayed. Also removed my 73 valance to build some plate under the grille. As it was looking less than the now good looking 71, gave it a cleaning massage and sprayed it here and there.

 

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Also nice, my oldest daughter got a very large smile on her face when I asked her to move the car out of the garage for me. Priceless :)

 

Next weekend, probably some welding on the todo unless my engine gaskets set arrives. To be continued...

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Your work is exemplary. Cant wait to see the car all buttoned up and finished

 

Thank you @pegleg, unfortunately due to a massive lack of space (and time), its gonna take a looooong while.

For now enjoying getting sun burns while sanding :)

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Your work is exemplary. Cant wait to see the car all buttoned up and finished

 

Thank you @pegleg, unfortunately due to a massive lack of space (and time), its gonna take a looooong while.

For now enjoying getting sun burns while sanding :)

 

Fabrice,

 

I just went back and read all the posts from the beginning. Amazing work. You have taken the definition of a "nut and bolt restoration" to a new level. Your attention to detail and the patience you have with the restoration of each part is unbelievable!

 

I look forward to seeing what you plan to do on the car....

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Thanks @rackerm

If I can do it, everybody can.

Some spend hours collecting/sorting post stamps, I do old rusty parts :)

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Your work is exemplary. Cant wait to see the car all buttoned up and finished

 

Thank you @pegleg, unfortunately due to a massive lack of space (and time), its gonna take a looooong while.

For now enjoying getting sun burns while sanding :)

 

Yeah i know what you mean. I am past 2 years now and probably half way. Space and time arent the issue for me. Its hard cash holding me back plus the regular 3 week wait for parts with every order

Steve

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Great work as usual

If I had your patience I would probably be only 20% done by now

So far nearly 2 years into mine and hoping it will be on the road after xmas, about the time I should be getting sunburn!

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Great work as usual

If I had your patience I would probably be only 20% done by now

So far nearly 2 years into mine and hoping it will be on the road after xmas, about the time I should be getting sunburn!

 

Totally, if the 71 was the only focus, at this pace I'd be done when i'm nearly 150 years old :)

For now the 73 gets most of my available time (and space). Once back on the road, the 71 will take the premium space in garage and have the focus. I then should be able to progress much faster. Having all these time consuming parts done will allow me to put it back together so it can move on its own much faster. Not to mention, that restoring these parts on my own is a very effective way to reduce costs. Allowing Piggy meanwhile to recover a bit so it can regain enough fat when I'll need to order expensive parts like brakes, EFI etc...

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  • 2 weeks later...

Weather is still great, mustang weekend again!

 

Did little on the 71 in past 2 weeks, tho, spent hours on it to get few little things done...

Like access all the rusty bolts and nuts and retainers for the fenders and bath them in penetrating oil

to get them loose without too much efforts next time. Sorts some parts, cry by looking at others..

 

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Or loose 2 hours to remove the brake booster, as the bolts were rusty as hell, and of course the more rusty ones were the 2 top ones where you can barely see or put a descent wrench. Not to mention this forced gym session was done with almost 104F outside (38 c) , to finally discover its toasted or better said bathed in brake fluid... Found one and a new MC on the carid site (same offer as on E-bay). Found out they have this 50 extra for recycling the old one, great, but not very helpful or fair from a european perpective... Anyway, these babies should fly to my place very soon, so I can give them the same finish as on the other accessories. Also payed a visite to my fav "brake lines" tailor. He showed me his new machine for stainless steel brake lines... (shut up and take my money!)

 

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So as I had stuffs to do on the 73, but want to do at least a few bits every time I can on the 71, removed the rusty hoodlocks (or whatever these called), few other rusty brackets... These have to be done at some point anyway, and I can't handle big items right now for the 71.

 

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As my t-bird needed go to the annual tech control, gave it some love (and fresh oil too) . Costed me plenty Mustang time, but the 25 year old lady passed yesterday once more without even a detail noted. Next weekend need do my wife car as well :(

 

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While I work during the week, my chemical friends are working too. I feed them the ugly stuff I collect during weekends and here is what they did for me on bumper, hoodlock hardware, lights fasteners, brake booster nuts...

May sound crazy when you can buy these at your local store, but If you live on this side of the pool, specific to 7173 new ones arrive here like if made of silver. So what's good after de-rust/clean up gets reused, if not, new ones are ordered. I takes just a few moments to brush/clean them from one bath to the other over the week. So its now part of my mustang todo and its a very effective way to save budget for bigger or must have parts. You'd be amazed what 50 cents worth of cleaning vinegar can do for you.

 

After 4 weeks waiting, my full gasket set for the 429 finally arrived, but before I can focus on the engine next time,

I needed do something that bugged me for years. Even more lately as I saw @robSweden and others who did the conversion bumper for the 73 as I did.

Many times the "plate" subjet came on. So before do anything else, I wanted to do this plate.

 

Its not the right place to post, but didn't want to start another thread for it. So here it is!

 

Just to explain the prob: on a 73, if you remove the huge bumper that I dislike a lot on a coupe, you end up with a space between the bumper and the grille, that let you see underneath, the valance lights at certain angles. 71/72 grille have an extra "L" of plastic that prevent this but going "into" the bumper. Its annoying and for a reason I forgot, when I did the swap decades ago, I did not do that plate and regretted that for years. Always annoyed by this gap.. NO MORE!

 

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So started this week by removing the bumper (and zink/paint its backside while at it) and took some measurements, scratched my head a few times, made some cardboard to define the folding angle and went to my fav local truck shop. Came back home with enough to keep me busy this weekend..

 

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2 folded plates of 2mm thick, 720mm long. I requested 2 instead of a longer single once, because at the center, you have 3 angles at play, and you have no benefit to have one piece. You would have to cut anyway.

 

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Based on my template, I've started to cut/round the sides, so they meet the bumper shape and rivetted the 2 sides together...

 

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After lots of fitment tests, finally settled on a shape for the brackets. The idea is to not touch the grille, have something lightweight but strong reusing the main bumpr support bolts and in the end get something you don't see, unless you know there should be a gap...

So cut my 2 brackets and did my best to have them with matching angles and riveted them (reminded me once more that I need buy/learn alumimium welding)

 

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Few moments later, the new plate was primed and painted. Sun was up and hot, so all dried pretty fast.

 

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After all these efforts, I finally got that plate that you don't want to see but always see its missing when its not there :)

 

To be continued...

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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very nice build. Also instead of aluminum welding you can use 3m 8115 Panel Bonding adhesive. The stuff is super strong. Its what im using to bond my 2 pieces together with the top plate. Love the stuff for things like that. The gun is expensive but i have fond many uses

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