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The day started with this pin refusing to align...



Removed one more time the gear and measured. This time with good daylight, the aligment was easy and the pin was pushed back in few gentle punches.

The plates and hardware clean, I was ready to put these back.

I did not push to polish the plates as nobody sees them, The partial remains of phosphate and a thin layer of white grease will do the job.

As a side note, the little foam demper that comes under the rotor was cleaned in soap and smells lavender :)



In between, went busy with the vac unit, and by the lack of hand vacuum pump, sucked on it like crazy, and could see it was holding the arm if I would press it back in and keep the nipples closed. So after a good cleaning, without solvants as I didn't want to damage the membrane. Masked and painted it.



The plate with the 3 plastic guides nicely gliding on top of each other, the next on the todo was to install the Pertronix.

Placed it on and got swet on my for head! Sh...!!, got the wrong one!

Used to my other unit for my Mallory dist, I forgot that on the 73, the rotating plate is circular and center onto the shaft, on this Autolite, it's rotating from an arbitrary axis. So the two possible screw locations where a no go. Once rotating with the plate, the unit was in contact with the magnets or way too far.

The remarquable nonexistent doc that Pertronix provides with the unit not really helping, I've asked a couple of my best neurones to figure that one out and happilly they did it!

I needed to use the same screw as the ground wire.

Down right on the pict, a bit later (once the vac arm was placed back first ), setting up the unit is a piece of cake (hence the lack of doc). Place the plastic plate that they provide in between magnet and unit, turn screw: done.


Some go for P2, P3... I have this extremely simple and reliable P1 unit for 3 decades and working like a charm in combo with my EFI. As they say you do not change a winning team, so I did just that.



I have not made picts for everything, let just say some parts are just increddibly small and a real pita to be set back.

Meanwhile the pin and locks on the side, the vac unit were back together with the "to_be_soon_replaced" cap and rotor (but clean for the sake of being here)




The old little guy looks like new, if not better. It rotates like butter and should be perfectly ok for a long while again.



Installed it and obviously the engine wanted to say thx as the gear and oil pump shaft went straight in rotor pointing at cyl#1 on first try! :)


Placed back the newly restored coil bracket and the new coil to see the combo. Not sure that's the ideal location...



And then open another box and found this really dirty set of wires. First thought was to disregard but by looking closer I saw it was a perfect set of Mallory wires and even recall I've actually ordered them for my friend. The car ran only few miles with these on. One can wonder how they ended up that dirty...

Totally high from the thinner, I got them like if out the box and then spend a while to have them match their length to the firing order on the cap.

They were not cut as I would have wanted them to be and I need to some holders, (I like 4x4 paralel wires from cap), but for the price they'll do perfectly fine!


To be continued...

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@Vinnie, You're right, I did not, I feel bad about it! :)


@Manu, No dutch plates = no money to dutch gov. So for now, it stays french!


@PegLeg Thanks.




Weekend yeah! And today being my birthday,

I've decided to "cook" something else than the usual nuts and bolts... tho I did some too :)



Tired of hitting my head on the deck lid while busy inspecting and cleaning the rusty mess to see what's really needs to be done in there. (Still looking everywhere for a way to get a floorpan here without paying a golden shipping)

I decided to try something that if turns ok, could be repeated for the hood and may be the doors: If I can de-rust bolts and nuts, I could try that as well on the inside of the deck lid.


There are holes, yes, but I have Duck tape!!


(note the hole taped in the middle of the deck, where someone in the 80's added an extra antenna for I think a car phone)



A taping session after a good degreasing so surface would be waterproof as possible, I've injected a nasty sauce of dissolver and vinegar in there.

And then it was shaking, shaking and shaking..

One of the moments you enjoy to have a garden with some privacy!

I can tell you deck lids were not designed to be shaken and you look really stupid while doing it! :)


As I kept one hole open to see what was going on, I was happy to see that the mix after a few sessions started to have the expected effect.


On the left, this is the orange rust (rough to the touch) before I've started, and on the right side, tho from another hole but with same level of corrosion, I was able to see healthy metal (soft to the touch). The picture doesn't have the focus right and the color is mainly due to the liquid almost saturated, but its the metal!

All these shakings were not in vain! (and I might even have lost some weight too!)


Its still busy... tomorrow I'll power wash it as much as I can access inside and will probably refill for a few days if its not enough "cooked". But I'm already very happy to see its doable. That's a very good news for my hood also full of the same crap. I'm already wondering how I will manage to shake that hood properly.



I've been busy in the trunk area mainly because this baby that came this week, so of course I wanted to see how matching it is. Aside a small dent it should do just fine. The metal is only less thick for the lights supports but the rest looks pretty ok and is a nice rep of the original shape, as far as you can tell by placing it above the old rusty one.

The small dent, even if small should not be on it. especially when you see how over protected the piece was in the box. You know it was packaged with the dent. No biggy as it is a small repair and it will be behind the honeycomb and its affordable, but still: It should not be there!


What is really surprising and why I'm not pissed at the small dent is that this enormous package, from JEGS via e-bay was delivered all inclusive for just 50 above the price, while I got last week a few grams, not even a handful of extensions nuts/fasteners from CJP for a whooping 110 euros instead of 36 dollars. Somehow say 300 grams of nuts cost way more than a huge heavy massive box. Go figure...

Unfortunately, I haven't seen a rep of the floor pan offered by JEGS on e-bay :(



In between shaking session, I did some dusting on my practically rust free trunk floor, removed extensions, took pictures, some measurements for later, labeled and packed removed parts.



I've let it on for now, as its stainless, but how do you remove this ring around the cylinder? I tried from the inside, but obviously I need to do something else as I could not remove the lock mechanism either. I did this long ago once on my 73, but could not recall how. Tips/hints welcome.


Tomorrow's gonna be a wet mess, I know it already!

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You have to reach in through the hole in the lid and pull out the retainer clip.




You really can't take the trim ring off, it's crimped onto the body of the latch.



“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”

--Albert Einstein


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You have to reach in through the hole in the lid and pull out the retainer clip.


You really can't take the trim ring off, it's crimped onto the body of the latc

aaah yes, thank you! I recall this retainer now.

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Happy birthday! Mine was Thursday! :-)


I’m very curious to read about your rust removal procedure on the deck lid and hood. After trying your “cooking” on my own screws I’ve already been thinking about creating a vinegar swimming pool for my own rusty nasa hood.


Did you rinse with soap waterafterwards?

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I knew I will be doing dirty stuff whole afternoon, so started first with clean stuff as another detail came this week,



The one I was having, in aluminium and chromed, was too ugly and corroded to be restored.

And since this baby was the last one for this E-bay price... sold!

Its nice to place new stuffs without doing a thing for a change! :)


And then was time for the dirty stuff...

I've left the sauce whole night and because the shape is a L, I've turned it about every hour or so till I closed my eyes yesterday.



So this morning started with spooling, with loads of clean water, the crap kept coming out.

As I couldnt shake it while sleeping, the liquid did not stay most of the night on the front most surface, and there was still bits of rust, tho it was so disolved, just touching it was removing it.



So rinced one more time and get on step 2. Here after a fair amount of clear water and a tad of kitchen soap.



It was also time to remove the latch mechanism that I've let in yesterday. You can see the kind of crap that came out.

Here just on the duck tape, but the muddy rust came out from everywhere while I've rinced with water.



Time for step 2: because the surface is then clear of acid and raw metal fairly exposed and degreased, there is chance of flash rust, so next was to add a big glass of pure disolver, no vinegar. Reclosed the openings, with tape and shake again to distribute the liquid everywhere inside and went back to other stuffs in between.


This product evaporates slowly after its done leaving a protective layer deep into the metal.

Of course it would take ages before its gone as its a closed shape. So once I was happy, when the rag wasn't showing any rust anymore, I've helped the process with a heat gun.


On this pict, its clear that grey is the new orange :) The crap trapped inside for decades, the rust, everything is gone!



Even if the product is supposed to leave a protective layer behind. I've prepped a bottom the raw metal primer to close metal pores, used according my paint guy on heavy duty trucks. So poured it in and one last shaking.

10 minutes later, the inside is now not only rust free, its also protected.


I was out of epoxy primer so I did not start prep the outside, it was too late anyway and as I needed to do some welding, it was no problem. I'll spray some inside next time and probably some wax after that too.



So there was this hole made for an ancient tech, even two, one hole strangely off center.

Welded both sides taking my time, with a wet rag so the deck lid would not warp. Finished with a quick and dirty primer to protect till I'll do the visible part of the deck lid.



In between shakes and prep steps, I also installed a new 4.4cm led for the dome light in my 73.

I don't know if I'm the only one, but this is I think my third light lense that went south with a hole, not to mention the base that was also replaced once totally distorded, caused by the heat of the incandecent long bulb. Tired of it, ordered a new lense and a set of 4 leds in China, payed 5 euros and forgot about it. It took I think almost 7 months for them to arrive. You really don't want to be in a hurry when you order there...

I would have expected a more yellow light, but one thing is sure, I'll be able to read in the car :)

I've let the door open with light on for a while and could not really feel heat, it wasn't cold, but nowhere near the heat that the original bulb was producing. So I think that was the last time I had to replace a lens with a burned hole in it.



And then of course, did that poor thing. The pig who painted the car long ago, did not remove or masked the latch mechanism (or anything), so gave it bits of love and massaged it in white grease. The retainer that was bits corroded is taking a bath and I'll paint it somewhere this week and then they'll land in a plastic bag waiting for the day I will put them back on a shiny painted deck lid.


All with all, it was another productive & dirty weekend. But rust is gone, yeah!



@Vinnie HB to you too with delay!

I think you got you answer! You gotta shake it! That's all! :)

Seriously, Its really messy but now I know i'll do the hood very soon before the cold days and may be the doors too. Well worth it and even a must as I don't think it could stay much longer as is.

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got epoxy primer,

got vinegar for the hood, Duck tape

got a new hammer.


So started with the usual de-rust ritual with the deck lid hardware.



Got new weapons: Lets remove the paint on the deck lid and lets prime it!




All rust treated last weekend is gone but when I've let the wire wheel speak on the lips found out some sealer was applied on ancient holes and underneath some bad news :(



Ok then, lets cut the desease out, treat the metal, add some fresh metal.

Kinda bitchy to weld as metal was around the latch area very thin and had to cut/replace more.

but eventually: Done!



Nope :(

As it started to rain when repair was just finished, went in inside and started to burn/remove the old paint out to discover more bad news!


I guess I know what I'll be doing tomorrow, not at all what I was planning to do... but hey, that's part of the game!

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Weather was miserable today...

So needed work inside, as I have limited space, all takes ages to free enough to work a bit properly..



I was able to see bits inside and saw where the corrosion (now stopped) had affected the metal

So defined a region around the holes and cut it out. Turned out later on, I would regret to not remove more..



A quick look inside, as I could not see inside nor access that far with my hand to feel.

There too, no more rust!



One thing I've learned to not spend ages making a patch that matches, is to use a piece of cardboard and draw the contours with my nails. Had a pizza in the fridge, so recycled the box and took a print.



Ported that shape onto my sheet of metal and cuted it. Of course slightly smaller than the hole, the patch felt twice inside... plan B: use the right tools! Looked for my welding magnet and it turned out really made for this job. Like yesterday, welding had to go with great caution, the metal was easy to punch thru, so set my power on the low power and wire feed slower. You don't get the best beads this way, but as long as it melts thru and make no extra holes, I'm happy with that.



All was done and was hammering a bit when I've noticed the metal that I've just grinded a bit next to the patch was feeling very very thin. Dang!

Re pizza box, re fit, re cut, re weld.

Got some ugly beads as I could not stay long and needed cool with a wet rag, went thru at least twice, but I could see on other side all was fine and thru.



After this extra work was done, I finally got my patch in place and the amateur welder in me was kinda pleased too.

I will not need tons of bondo either. But I know for sure I will inject quite a layer of protection in this lower region.



Looking at what I did this weekend, not much, I decided try more of that paint removal with heat as seen on a u tube vid... That works, doesn't make dust, all nice and true but takes ages.

I now can say that I've tried, that's about it. Tomorrow I'm gonna look for some paint removal chemicals, I don't see myself do this on a larger scale.


To be continued...

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As usual gave some massage in between activities to the hardware bathed past week.



Not impressed with the heat removal last week. Bought some paint remover.

Here the first layer, it stayed 20 minutes on it and nothing much was happening, till at some point the paint started to become soft. I wasn't happy about the speed.



Not into the description of the chemical, but observed during the first coat, I've applied a second one and used a metal brush right away, all started work a lot better and the paint was rolling itself on the surface.



At some point I got all out and most my time went into removing the old rests of sealant. Not reacting same way as the paint to the chemical, had to use other tools, but eventually got to see all the metal.



So did the front part and f... !

These were not visible when I've burned/removed the paint last week, Guess I have an idea of what I'll be doing tomorrow...



The top was a pain. Needed to apply 3 times. I couldn't really get why it wasn't reacting. Till found out it had been repainted, not 1, not 2 but 3 times in green and one in black. The primers used in between layers stopped somehow the effect of the chemicals. I have now most out, but need finish it. mainly some bondo left overs in the middle around where these 2 antenna holes were made.



Because its not a Delorean and air isn't that dry, and it started to get late. I've rinced all with water, (as said on the chemicals notice) then heat gunned it dry, in and out. Hand sanded a bit more, degreased, and removed the last few bits left overs of the original red primer and sprayed a thin layer of epoxy primer on the inside. I will respray once more I have these holes done and applied some sealant. I'll also inject some inside.


It was nice to finish the day with something that was looking good for a change! If the welding goes ok, I might have a restored deck lid by tomorrow eve... we'll see.

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Looks real nice, what are the ingredients for your secret sauce? I have a trunk lid and hood to do too, you've got to tell us  :whistling:

thx, that would be the cheapest fluid I ever bought for my cars: cleaning vinegar. 60 cents a quart, @Vinnie found it even cheaper 40 cents at his local supermarket :)

That's for the bite part. Then I use Rustico, which is a rust dissolver that evaporates when done. The funny part is that this expensive fluid, doesn't work as good as the cheap vinegar to remove a bit thicker than light rust. But its a perfect combo so far tested after the vinegar, as it treats the pores and leaves a thin protective layer than can be oversprayed.  If you read 2 or 3 posts back, you'll see how I did it. Basically using Duck Duct tape (<--- I did not forget!)    



That looks great!

Dank je! Ben maar op de helft maar begin wat op te lijken !

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Sunny, dry: lets get to it



Started right away by applying the nasty stuff, and not long after that I finally got to see the metal under the last of the 4 layers of paint.

As there was no more primer to isolate, this time the old paint went out without much efforts.



Cleaned with water, the outside now naked looks pretty good. Was afraid the thick bondo found would hide some ugliness, but no, there was this fat layer of bondo just to cover a weld that wasn't grinded enough, go figure...

So I did the welding of the 2 holes found yesterday right away and could mark the metal work as done! Yeah! :)



Aside this small dent, where I've welded on the lower part and where the holes of the antennas were, there should be not much bondo required next week.



Time to sand the sides smooth and remove the dust.



Even if metal looks good, its amazing how much dirt/residues are trapped into the small scratches. So used thinner a couple of time till the rag was no longer dirty. Blew all with air one last time and prepped the juice.



The once rusty dirty deck lid was looking good again!



The joy was short term... somehow this epoxy primer has a funny smel, and before i knew it got at least 6 kamikases on the surface. The joys of outside spraying :)

Its no biggy tho, I need to light sand it next week to receive the next filler primer layer, sand the bondo etc... But after so much dirty work, I would have loved to see a clean result for at least a few minutes, dam bugs! :)



The sun was going down, the deck lid in garage so I couldn't start much. Saw this poor little guy looking at me and gave it some love for the last 1/2 hour before I've called it a day.


Looking back at this deck lid job, I've learned a few things, like the bubbles present on the black paint that I thought to be rust underneath popping up were simply the old top coat reacting slowly to the layers bellow. As the car has plenty of these, it's very good news regarding the overall body condition (tho there will be surprises i'm sure). If there are 4 layers everywhere, metal should be pretty ok. I also know I will reuse this chemical, I wasn't expecting it to affect/melt the old paint that well, especially on the inside where you practically can't use mechanical tools because of the complex shape. For the next candidates, I know that I will apply a large amount of it, pack into plastic so it doesn't dry and let it rest at least a nite before do anything.


Glad I did this deck lid before the hood, should save me lots of work.... we'll see that soon.


To be continued

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As usual great work you are doing and will look forward to how you tackle your hood.

Oh and I completely understand the bugs in the paint. Even when mixing paint I have all sorts of bugs come from nowhere

I will definitely be hiring a spray booth for the final paint!

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Oh man. Looking great. Sorry about the visitor. Everyone wants a ride in a mustang ya?

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Yes that must be it! Tho I think the funny smell of this epoxy might also play a role.



Probably one of the last nice day of the year.

So first gave some attention to the 73, let it run, prolly annoyed at bit my neighbourgs with a few nice high revs with my loud freeflow exhaust and it was time to go play with water outside.



As last week epoxy layer was really dry and hard, next was to go fix the surface problems here and there..

And so the good looking decklid started look ugly again. :)



Finally done what I should have done before: injected a good quantity of epoxy inside. Because there was no tape this time, lets just say, I know I will do this right after the de-rust when I'll do the hood.


Because I do not like thick layers of bondo, I've sanded and brought back to a minimum the layers. Had to repeat on some places twice to get it where I wanted it to be. I don't know for sure, but I think I've used not even 10% of what the previous guy placed on.



While wet sanding the inside, also brought a layer of sealer. I know this can be as messy as bringing kit around a bath tub, so taped first, applied and thinned it with my fingers. Tape out, wet sanded further more while waiting it would be paint ready and clean/dried everything. The sides full of epoxy in between and from the inside were looking too good and decided not to add sealer there.

Ready for the next step.



Sprayed the filler primer, and aside a few details on the front lower left side, I don't think I'll need do much aside wet sand it.



As I want the most visible part being flawless, spend time prep the surface, and ensured the bondo layer would be super thin. At least that was the plan.



(top left) The top, with its 2 ancients holes badly grinded right after spraying it last week.

Its all gone, even in garage with white light, I could not see anything wrong, the fine water sanding did its magic.

Was very happy how it turned out and even more knowing I will not need do much aside water sanding on it tomorrow.


As I will not paint the car here, That's when I really miss to have space.... where will I store this baby meanwhile??

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Looking great. Bodywork is an art for sure.

73 Grande H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.


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