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Got the Torque converter back from Spec Rite this morning, it now has a pretty blue paint job and bolts up!

 

 

 

Since things went smooth I got a little carried away and dropped the whole mess in the car.

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My car came with factory 8 Track, but the player was DOA. I wanted to keep the look, but integrate Bluetooth. So I bought a board on eBay that can easily power the 4 speakers. I hogged out the guts of

I media blasted my exhaust manifolds in preparation for paint.  Before/after photo.  

As a kid, I offered to help my older Brother's friend fix his leaking PS hose on his '56 T-Bird. Not knowing that the PS hose is a special hose, i replaced it with a length of gas hose. As soon as he

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Very nice. Looks good!

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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^+1 ^..............fire that puppy up

73 ragtop, 1999 Mustang Bright Atlantic Blue Paint, Phoenix Engine 302-335HP,  Edelbrock Carb & Performer manifold; c4 with 2000 stall and shiftkit; 3:55 auburn limited slip differential, Hedman shorties; Car Chemistry Exhaust

 

Classic Air; Tilt Steering Wheel; 1999 Chrysler Sebring bucket Seats ; power windows;

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Lots done this weekend.

 

1. Wired up the new fuel sender unit , since I have an aftermarket wiring harness, this did not have any plugs on it.

2. Doing a clean bay install so ran the power cables and starter wires along the inner fender and put a grommet to the battery

3. Fitted the front windows and adjusted them till I was happy with the fit , this is a very painful and long procedue

4. Fitted the rear quarter window on the one side (RHS) , then did the adjustment on there to make sure it all lines up and does not leak.

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Looks great Patrick. Didn’t realize you were on the site. It will actually be in your area this evening. My mom turns 70 this week.

 

 

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Today I had to take my car in for bi-annual inspection.

 

Because I've had troubles hot starting for years I never really turn my engine off untill I reach my destination. Also last weekend the engine held back when I pushed down and of course I had the recent coil failure. And then there's the heat-issue and traces of a coolant leak on the thermostat housing. Plenty of things to make me a little nervous.

 

The car started right up this morning, beautiful. Engine ran well, never held back. Coz of equipment malfunctioning I was send to another garage. Lots of stopping the engine and hot starting. Fired right up every time, after 5 minutes, 10 minutes or an hour.

 

On top of all this joy it passed the tests without any fixes and it's road worthy for another 2 years :-)

 

I'm a very happy chappy today :-)

 

Cheers,

Vincent.

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I'm glad you passed! Those so called "Engineers" at these inspection places are a joke. Everything that didn't come on any car originally has to be inspected (be it tires, spoilers or even different seats) and approved by them. LOL! If they don't approve you'd have to have it fixed properly (or remove) and then go back for re-inspection. Every time you go there you'd have to pay inspection fees, it's just a money making scam for their coffers. There was a guy with a 1971 Mustang Convertible, they wouldn't approve the ORIGINAL turn signals so they gave that guy 2 options...One, to not drive the car at all or 2 to install amber square blinkers mount them in the rear (you could not have 2 turn signals per side (only one per side by law) at that time (late 80's) and believe you me that was an UGLY sight! If you don't pass you won't be able to re-register the car. So they passed him. I met this guy at a car show and that's what he told me when I asked him about his additional amber tail lights. He also had to cut the original wires to the blinkers and attach them to the amber ones. What a nightmare. So I told the guy that my car didn't need to go through all that because their inspection places are all over, some specialize in U S cars and others don't. Different rules for sure!

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!

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Working on the distributor, intake and carb upgrade last night. The last week or so the car didn't seem to be running quite right like the timing was all over the place when you were accelerating. (had planned the distributor upgrade before this) Well when I pulled the distributor out to my surprise I only got the top half. The shaft sheared off but broke in such a way that it would still turn the distributor. Fished out the bottom half. Just a warning on buying cheap Chinese junk on eBay. DON'T DO IT!!!!

 

 

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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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Working on the distributor, intake and carb upgrade last night. The last week or so the car didn't seem to be running quite right like the timing was all over the place when you were accelerating. (had planned the distributor upgrade before this) Well when I pulled the distributor out to my surprise I only got the top half. The shaft sheared off but broke in such a way that it would still turn the distributor. Fished out the bottom half. Just a warning on buying cheap Chinese junk on eBay. DON'T DO IT!!!!

 

 

 

 

Wow!! Incredible that the distributor was still turning. I am surprised it broke above the gear where the turning torque shouldn't be that great. Below the gear it had to turn the oil pump.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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I found the sellers info on eBay and sent him a note along with pics. Will have to see what his response is.

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.

 

- Jason

 

 

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Got all the surfaces cleaned up. Installed the new Air Gap intake, quick fuel carb, and D.U.I distributor from performance distributors. Got the initial timing set (12 BTDC), carb all adjusted. runs great, wasn't able to take it for a test drive as the rain started coming down and supposed to continue through Sat morning :(. Will have to do something about how the wires are routed though. Looks like crap.

 

 

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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.

 

- Jason

 

 

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4 wheel alignment at home.  String method!

 

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Most mechanical system are working now, and I have finally got confidence that the car will get me home.  I have driven  more miles this year then the past 8 years I've she's been road ready.  I've said it before and will repeat it, "still jump in the seat from horns going off from other drivers who like my car".  I have painted my lower 1/4's and NASA hood black.  Pictures will follow soon.  

 

Alan L.

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Continuing on with the “thou shall not drill holes to mount aftermarket stuff”

 

Bracket made and aluminum nut for inside frame rail.  Bolts on using the two holes above the drivers side sway bar mount.  It is a filter that is going on my power steering, trying to get it low and forward of the headers so it acts as a bit of a cooler too.

 

 

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I have finally installed my engine in the car, did 90% myself since no helpers around. My kiddo came home from work and helped me to line everything up. These last steps seemed to take the longest, I could've not finished it without him. This actually the third marriage in her life that I know of, LOL!

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71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!

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I have finally installed my engine in the car, did 90% myself since no helpers around. My kiddo came home from work and helped me to line everything up. These last steps seemed to take the longest, I could've not finished it without him. This actually the third marriage in her life that I know of, LOL!

 

 

Congrats. Looks awesome. When are you driving it?

If you install the whole package by yourself I can see it needing help with alignment. Especially with the headers on.

My approach was slightly different. I got the engine in without headers or trans. The headers were in the car so i got the engine around them. Then i got the trans in. May take a little longer but not bad.

 

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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Thank You! It went in pretty smooth with headers and everything on it, just had to take off the grille and bumper support brackets. But to get it to line up with engine and transmission bracket/holes was the hardest. The angle of the whole thing was pretty steep LOL. She needs both quarters replaced and after that get a nice 2 1/2" stainless steel exhaust (perhaps polished) installed, then cam break in! Rockers have not been adjusted either. Hopefully in primer or even painted by the end of this year. Hopefully driving by spring/summer depending on how things go. Two steps forward, one step back ha ha.

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!

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Today was ....

 

Dash pad install and Carpet. Getting there slowly. Tomorrow will put the quarter panels back in and tidy up

 

Last weekend was windows for the front and rear. What a mission

 

Oh and I hate doing carpet

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Power steering hoses and driveshaft. Driveshaft is aluminum made up with Sonnax parts. Power steering pressure hose is Aeroquip (easy to work with). The return hoses were a total pain. Lesson learned is not to mix and match hose and fitting brands. The Fragola brand fittings had barbs that were larger than the Earl’s.

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Power steering hoses and driveshaft.  Driveshaft is aluminum made up with Sonnax parts.  Power steering pressure hose is Aeroquip (easy to work with). The return hoses were a total pain.  Lesson learned is not to mix and match hose and fitting brands.  The Fragola brand fittings had barbs that were larger than the Earl’s.  

 

 

The underside looks so clean. Missing the big exhaust pipes :whistling:.

 

Did you measure the driveshaft angles? Just curious on how they are. After installing my TKO I had to shim the rear diff 4 degrees up.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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