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RIBS 71 convertible build JUNE 21 till??


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Just now, bishoppeak said:

Looks like someone has been there before, I don't believe the factory brazed

Yeah, this car was redone in the 90’s…

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I am headed to the shop now I will take a look at the door jam and see how it looks on one of my parts cars. It is against the wall or door on the side difficult to get a pic. I would just cut the bottom section out and leave the upper if you can. Less work and keeps the quarter panel attached to the inner at the top. I will get you some pics today.

 

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When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

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Do some checking around the striker area , you should be able to see it from inside the quarter panel access. 

That tended to rot as it was two layers of bare metal

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I haven’t updated in a while. Still prepping for welder, travel and guests have slowed me down.  
I stripped rear body, valance, bumper, lighting and wiring.  Going to clean it up, have welder do some trunk floor repairs, have some rear quarter work too. The car was rebuilt 30 years ago and I had 1 crack in bondo…trunk floor mostly stripped.

 

 

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Here’s today’s work, stripped front end down to frame.  Discovered that the front clip is all original with matching serial numbers on the rails.  The passenger side needs very minor rust killing and the drivers side that was burned needs a bit more.  Over all though I am really happy with the condition….

tomorrow I am going to test the plenum to see if water gets in the passenger compartment….

 

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so the welder is coming in a week or so to work on the door latch pillar
And part of the quarter..

of course I found way more bondo than I wanted…going to dig deeper tomorrow.

also tested Plenum, bone dry on passenger side, flooded on drivers side.  I think I know where the leak is and can cut the top corner of the plenum off to repair…

 

 

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My plenum leak is in this top corner, I think I can cut a fist sized chunk off the corner and get in to fix it…maybe.  Also found small pinholes halfway down…

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Finally got some time to work on the Mustang…got a bunch of basics done:

Heat resistant Carb gasket, new studs.

New metal fuel lines and filter to replace rubber and plastic

new rubber line frame to fuel pump

raised Coil to clear new fuel filter.

new Power steering belt

adjusted transmission Bands and replaced lock nuts

stripped single exhaust 

started Dual exhaust install, it’s killing me…

pulled driveshaft and installed new output shaft seal.

and found loose ujoint clamp fixed it, and low fluid in rear differential, filled it up…

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The Exhaust came as a kit from NPD, it’s too wide by  1/4 inch and I destroyed an exhaust donut trying to install, will try to bend it into compliance tomorrow with a tie down ratchet strap….it’s killing me! It’s pressing on the outside of the manifold….

 

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9 hours ago, RIBS said:

The Exhaust came as a kit from NPD, it’s too wide by  1/4 inch and I destroyed an exhaust donut trying to install, will try to bend it into compliance tomorrow with a tie down ratchet strap….it’s killing me! It’s pressing on the outside of the manifold….

 

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I wonder if they get their kits from Precision Exhaust in Connecticut… I had the same problem with the H-pipe on my former 73 Vert. I had to take it to a local muffler shop to bend slightly. Good kit otherwise.

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15 hours ago, 7173Vert said:

I wonder if they get their kits from Precision Exhaust in Connecticut… I had the same problem with the H-pipe on my former 73 Vert. I had to take it to a local muffler shop to bend slightly. Good kit otherwise.

I got it in today, not a great fit…it’s almost against driveshaft, and I didn’t get a great seal on one side, the flange is the wrong angle, but I think it’s good enough…

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Be sure to contact Precision Exhaust about this problem. This is something they should address, whether they go to a slip fit crossover, or adjust their bending programs & welding jigs. 

 

 

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On 9/13/2021 at 1:23 PM, Hemikiller said:

Be sure to contact Precision Exhaust about this problem. This is something they should address, whether they go to a slip fit crossover, or adjust their bending programs & welding jigs. 

FYI, I reached out, they said they don’t sell Mustang kits to NPD…

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11 hours ago, RIBS said:

FYI, I reached out, they said they don’t sell Mustang kits to NPD…

Well I can attest to the fact that Precision Exhaust has similar issues with their kits. I first bought a complete factory style exhaust kit for my J Code Vert. The H-Pipe had a weird bend on the driver side which sits about an inch lower then the passenger side. This created a problem for me anytime I wanted to drive the car over my scissor Jack as it would hit. I had to make 15 ft long ramps for the car to drive up on anytime I wanted to drive over the scissor lift, PIA… Additionally, the bend at the end of the H-Pipe was not quite right and affected how my mufflers sit in the system. 
 

I then bought a complete exhaust kit for my 73 351 H Code Vert. It was much better overall, but as noted above, the H-Pipe was to wide and would not bolt up to the exhaust manifolds. I had a local exhaust shop tweak it and then that system fit perfectly…

My overall observation based on two complete exhaust systems I purchased from Precision Exhaust is that the quality is excellent but, the bends need to be confirmed before shipping out to a customer. They advertise as being a company that sells exact fitting factory style exhaust systems, so the onus is on them to ensure they live up to this claim.

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Lots happening, dual exhaust is hung, needs adjustment and muffler hangers.

The welder/body guy finally finished his other projects and started mine.  Today was review the project and start on lower door pillar. He is taking out one section at a time, building back to existing. So far he only did the curved part at the bottom of the door pillar, about50% of the cracked metal and the door pillar and quarter are solid again.  I am very happy with day one, he returns Friday.

One before pic, 2 after, he’s continuing backwards toward the quarter next.

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Been a while since I posted….

welder/body guy finally started! The short version is my front half of quarter was previously crashed and heavily bondo’d, and the bottom of the door pillar was completely broken loose. It’s back together now, will need some minor massage and filler to get it perfect, but way better than before! Pic fest to follow, below the vent hole to the rocker is all new metal.

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