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The car is missing glass and a lot of other heavy items.  Once I get it together and have the weight distribution back to normal l’ll measure & shim.  I just can’t wait for it to run!

 

I understand the feeling. I am almost there as well with my project. I am hoping to have it out for a test drive next week.

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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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Cleaned the ever-livin' sh.. out of it today.  My favorite annual car show is tomorrow (sponsored by the Air Force base) - plus, my pal Dave came to visit from Phoenix with his spankin' new '18 5.0 GT.  We're going to park 'em next to each other and sit around swappin' stories with a bunch of other cool car guys and some old military friends.  Can't wait!

 

Pics to follow.

Eric

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OK - couple of highlights, and a link to the FB album:

 

Here's the Mustang:

 

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And a shot of the engine:

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A couple with Tom Smith from Misfit Garage (he's actually quite the character - cool guy):

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My pal Gonzo with his awesome '70 Camaro:

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And my buddy Dave, in from Phoenix with his bad ass 2018 Mustang GT:

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The link to my FB album:

Eric

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Adjusted rockers and primed the engine with an electric drill, all lifters pumped up. Almost ready to turn the key but before I can do that I need a new coil. My buddies think I should start her up and break in the cam with just the headers but I'm leaning more towards getting the exhaust installed first so my neighbors don't fall off their rocking chairs! Also I would be able to hear any unusual noises much better. What do you guys think?

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

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Tried to start her today but nothing! Turned the key had ALT and BRAKES come on turned key to start but no cranking. Put my foot on the brake pedal turned the key to ignition and I hear one of the relays ping. Moved the shifter through all positions and while in neutral and try to start I hear clicking from the starter solenoid. Back in park and try to start, all of a sudden no ALT or BRAKES light. Checked fuses, no power to any of them. Checked battery and no Volts, 0.00Volts/ Do you guys think something fried my battery (Autolite repro AGM battery)?  :@

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

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Was the battery hooked up for a period of time? If so it may have been discharged by something in the system drawing power and just need to be charged. (you will need to find what the draw was and just a suggestion I always disconnect my battery when my car sits for safety reasons) If you have a decent battery charger that has AGM settings you should be able to charge it. If you have an old school battery charger it will likely not charge being so dead. There are ways to trick the charger into charging but I am going to leave that up to you to google as there are safety concerns anytime you trick safety features on something.

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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73pony, Brand new battery installed in the car 2 weeks ago showed 12.5 V but battery cables weren't hooked up since I got the battery. I don't know with these repro batteries, the first one I received had 2 cracks on top of the case. Perhaps this one has issues too since it crapped out so suddenly.  I also purchased a Schumacher charger to charge all kinds of batteries. But going from 12.5 Volts to nothing seems kind of odd! My excitement turned into total disappointment. But I will follow your advice and hook up this charger and see what happens.

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

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Yesterday, took off to WPE exhaust shop in San Angelo to get the O2 sensor bung welded in... and left the one with the E-Street kit on my phone charging stand (where I put my keys and whatnot at the end of the).  Fortunately, an O2 sensor bung is an O2 sensor bung is an O2 sensor bung... the shop had some to spare, so all is good.  Only charged me $50 to install the bung, weld up 6 U-clamp'd joints, and add some permanent hangers out back.

 

It was really humid yesterday (today as well - "swampy" as my pal from Phoenix mentioned), so I'll probably hold off on installing the E-Street until the weekend or sometime soon after the temps drop a bit more.  Dave's taking off tomorrow morning to head back, so we're just gonna chill and enjoy the rest of the day BSing and whatnot.

Eric

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Contacted Virginia Classic Mustang about my battery...turned out other people are having problems with the repro Autolite AGM batteries not holding a charge and or dying. I thought it was just my bad luck. So hopefully they will exchange the battery and for good give me a functioning unit!

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

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Turned out I'm not the only one with this kind of battery crapping out and not holding a charge. Spoke with sales person and she'll call the supplier to see what is going on! This is the second unit they sent me, ridiculous!

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

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  • 3 weeks later...

Picked up the shock tower brace from Powdercoat and bolted it on.

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Beautiful.... now to start making them for sale.

 

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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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Thanks!

I totally get why there isn’t anyone making a 71-73 one piece brace. Most of the time I spent building mine was put into the cowl bracket. That goofy compound angle plus trying to make it look good took a bit of effort. I won’t be making any for sale, if I had a real press brake I’d consider it but with my makeshift press brake it just takes too much time and isn’t easily repeatable. You can buy the shock tower brackets from Mike Maier and craft up your own.

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Made up some line clamps for the 3/8” line I made up to go from the fuel pump to the carb.

Now that's awesome!

Was looking for these when I did my EFI and there is no to practically zero choice.

Wish I had the tools to make these!

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

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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Figured out the vibration in the drivetrain. Broken transmission mount and broken and twisted cross-member (cheap eBay crap). Installed new cross-member and mount from modern driveline. Smooth as can be now.

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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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Working on polishing the Factory Aluminum wheels. Got to get set of Goodyear RWL F-70-14 tires to go on the 73 Mach 1 going to the Mustang Museum.

Here is what wheels look like on the car, :-/  yep that is a NOS Goodyear tire after sitting since 1982.

Have NOS center caps but need to find some new lug nuts or will have to get the old ones plated.

It takes about 2 hours per wheel, wash, blast back side with walnut shells, wash with lacquer thinner, wet sand with 1,200 grit and then polish with cotton wheel and aluminum polish. Going to start a thread this evening maybe.

The wheels were not actually polished when new. They were just diamond turned at high speed in lathe. It costs several hundred dollars each to have them turned again. I did check. They will just be shiny instead of correct. There was no clear coat on them either. All are 14" X 7" and only on 73. They also came on Maverick and Mercury. The Mercury has a larger diameter center hole, Maverick is same as Mustang.

Marti says there were 10,106 Mustangs made with the Forged Aluminum wheels. So they were pretty common and sold way more than the Magnum 500 did each year. Most got trashed to put wider tires on you could get at swap meets back in 80's for $5.00 - $10.00 each. I have a set of NOS center caps and the price on the box was $17.00 each.

If anyone has the lug nuts I need at least 20 of them or maybe 16 if I use the locking lug nuts. Part # is DOOZ-1012-A. Well off to do another couple. BTW the spare was always a painted steel wheel if you got Magnums or Aluminum wheels.

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

David

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Figured out the vibration in the drivetrain. Broken transmission mount and broken and twisted cross-member (cheap eBay crap). Installed new cross-member and mount from modern driveline. Smooth as can be now.

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Did you check your engine mounts? If it was twisting that much might be bad also.

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

David

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Figured out the vibration in the drivetrain. Broken transmission mount and broken and twisted cross-member (cheap eBay crap). Installed new cross-member and mount from modern driveline. Smooth as can be now.

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Did you check your engine mounts? If it was twisting that much might be bad also.

 

Yes. Engine mounts are intact. I was surprised.

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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