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2 hours ago, 7173Vert said:

Have been working on this car for the first time since I bought it in the the Fall, 2019. All new brakes finished and ready to go.... Got to love California car’s, you can still see the date of mfr. of the rear brake drums. I’ve also Krown rust proofed it, changed out the rear diff, transmission, and P/S fluids. New anti freeze, ft/rear shocks, ft/rear stab bar end links and bushings, will be doing a complete tune up, converting to Pertronix ignition. Going to change out the valve seals, just to be safe... I have the correct factory Style Marti rad and heater hoses and a bunch of other factory correct smaller pieces to install. Car will be ready for cruising this summer, and I will have the required confidence to drive it anywhere...

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Nice find there Ken. You're going to have some fun with that one for sure.

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On 3/1/2021 at 3:39 PM, jakosaur said:

I made a mess and probably gave myself cancer. I also found out that the car has more cancer than I thought. I started by trying to clean the rear wheel wells, and it turned into using a wire wheel to get the junk off. That went straight to bare metal, so I went ahead and just knocked as much junk off as I could reach. I'll hit it with a primer when I get a chance I guess. What sucks is the rust at the bottom right in the picture. There's some sort of metal tab stamped into the body or frame, and it's very rusted, and the area around it is rusting too. I poked a hole through the well liner trying to knock the dirt off. I already knew the other side of the car was rusted, too. Does anyone know what that thing is?

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Looks to me like someone tried to ad hoc repair that area and perhaps covered it over with some type of gunk (as you described a bunch of stuff on there)

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I actually started getting my 73 Mach 1 ready to go to first show, Ponies in the Smokies PITS in Pigeon Forge Tenn. March 25 - 28 I think. Wiped down the vinyl top and applied the leather preserver. Let that soak in tonight and then put on the Kiwi shoe wax. Best thing I have found for vinyl tops. Washed the windows and will do more tomorrow.
I did take my truck to a friends shop to figure out what was wrong with my trailer lights. Turns out there was nothing wrong, lol. I have a set of the magnetic lights to put on car pulling with dolly. I use them to check out my trailer connection so I can see what is going on. Turns out there was a broken ground wire inside so they did not work nothing was wrong with truck. Hurray. I had spent probably 10 hours checking everything and could find nothing wrong but they did not work.
My new enclosed trailer they say will be done next week, fingers crossed. I wanted white but they ran out will be pewter or silver. BTW I got my Johnson & Johnson Covid shot yesterday. Was way better organized than what you see on TV. Less than 5 min. in line verified info, given shot record, shot info, shot in the left arm sitting in truck and they put postit note on windshield of time given and you had to wait 15 min. there. Absolutely no pain, fever or any side effects. I came home and worked in yard and garage. Nothing the day after either.

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3 hours ago, Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs said:

I actually started getting my 73 Mach 1 ready to go to first show, Ponies in the Smokies PITS in Pigeon Forge Tenn. March 25 - 28 I think. Wiped down the vinyl top and applied the leather preserver. Let that soak in tonight and then put on the Kiwi shoe wax. Best thing I have found for vinyl tops. Washed the windows and will do more tomorrow.
I did take my truck to a friends shop to figure out what was wrong with my trailer lights. Turns out there was nothing wrong, lol. I have a set of the magnetic lights to put on car pulling with dolly. I use them to check out my trailer connection so I can see what is going on. Turns out there was a broken ground wire inside so they did not work nothing was wrong with truck. Hurray. I had spent probably 10 hours checking everything and could find nothing wrong but they did not work.
My new enclosed trailer they say will be done next week, fingers crossed. I wanted white but they ran out will be pewter or silver. BTW I got my Johnson & Johnson Covid shot yesterday. Was way better organized than what you see on TV. Less than 5 min. in line verified info, given shot record, shot info, shot in the left arm sitting in truck and they put postit note on windshield of time given and you had to wait 15 min. there. Absolutely no pain, fever or any side effects. I came home and worked in yard and garage. Nothing the day after either.

Glad to hear your truck trailer connection is ok.   Sometimes it's the simplest things that cause the most trouble trying to figure out.  I think we all been there at one time or another.  What type of trailer did you end up going with? 

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Installed my engine today, from what I was told by the previous owner, it hasn't had an engine installed well over 15 years or so. Went right in, took about 20 minutes from hoist connection to tightening the motor mount bolts.  Felt great, now on to the transmission refresh.

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To answer the question on the trailer. It is being build in Georgia and is they typical 20' vee front with stone guard. 8'.6" wide, 6'6" inside height. Fold down rear door and 3' side entry door. 6" box tube frame, 16" centers on floor and walls, 24" over head. LED lights, 3,500 lbs. axles 4 wheel electric brakes 3/4" floor, 3/8" walls with .024" aluminum sheeting. Single roof vent and one spare tire. I just hope they get it built difficult to find 20' the 24' just too big to just carry a car. Will also get another just tire to keep along in case one goes out on the road. Ford dealer has best tire prices here is seems.
Going to walk down to shop and do some more cleaning on the car.

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I took apart my rear brakes, and worked on the bodywork. Once I got through the layers of paint, I found that it was much worse than I thought.

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The first two are either side of the driver’s side rear fender. The last one is Bondo between the door and the fender well. Turns out the previous owner wanted to get rid of the seam between the door and the fender, but used Bondo to do it. The paint all cracked under it. It also solves a mystery I noticed from the Marti report: the car came with the protection package, which should have included the chrome strip along the doors. There weren’t any holes in the door for mounting it, but there is a crack in the paint there. I’ll bet a silver dollar that there’s Bondo under those cracks. All told, I had a pretty disappointing day working on my car. Now I guess I need to buy more Bondo for my Bondo special.

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I did a post on the measurements but it seems like everything has gone away. I cannot find any of my previous posts when I try to search for them. Here are the pics. I had never noticed that it was so crooked but it is. Factory holes not a dealer thing. Paint in the holes.

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Moved on to the interior... Found the front passenger floor area had been spray pained silver to cover up surface rust. Now I know why the heater core is bypassed in the engine compartment... Looks like I will be changing that out now while the car is like this. I will rust proof all the hidden areas while the interior is out also and install some dynamat along with the factory insulation. Dealt with the surface rust properly and the floorboard is still in great shape and I added some additional seam sealer where necessary. I will clean and re-lube all of the window moving parts as well. It’s always better knowing and dealing with if necessary; what is under the carpet, behind equipment in the long run...

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Just welding and cleaning and more welding and cleaning. I welded some of the engine crossmember and brackets and decided a welding jacket will be a great investment after a few sparks burned through my sweatshirt, a long sleeved t-shirt and a short sleeved t-shirt. I knew better but... LOL! I hope to get the engine compartment and torque boxes welded between this week and next weekend. Then I can get back to the wire harness and start putting stuff back together. 

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Yesterday I climbed into the trunk and found the other side of the rust holes, cleaned them up and primed them. I found a friend who would let me borrow his welder. I've never welded before, but I guess I better learn now. I'm looking at just getting the whole patch panels from NPD and cutting them down to what fits best, rather than trying to bend a piece of flat sheet into the right shape to match the corners of the fender well. Any thoughts?

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On 3/14/2021 at 6:50 AM, 7173Vert said:

Moved on to the interior... Found the front passenger floor area had been spray pained silver to cover up surface rust. Now I know why the heater core is bypassed in the engine compartment... Looks like I will be changing that out now while the car is like this. I will rust proof all the hidden areas while the interior is out also and install some dynamat along with the factory insulation. Dealt with the surface rust properly and the floorboard is still in great shape and I added some additional seam sealer where necessary. I will clean and re-lube all of the window moving parts as well. It’s always better knowing and dealing with if necessary; what is under the carpet, behind equipment in the long run...

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Any luck finding the build sheet ?

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I went to shop to work on car and picked up weed eater and after 3.5 hours went to liquor store for pain relief. I am so far behind on everything it sucks getting old.
Good news was today that enclosed car trailer will be finished tomorrow so good to go for shows.

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5 hours ago, 72MustangSprint said:

Any luck finding the build sheet ?

Sadly, no. Someone had the carpet out before and removed it. It did not come with the paperwork for the car. Ticked off... You can see a piece of it stuck to the tar/insulation on the floor.

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Today I got the StreetorTrack coilover conversion kit bolted up. The fit and finish is fantastic, so everything went together pretty smoothly. Also got the Baer bump steer kit for the outer tie rods and SoT's camber kit.

The old suspension was CRUSTY... It was a bit overdue for replacing.

Just have a few more minor things to check off the todo list, then should be good to go for a test drive before getting to the alignment shop.

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Pulled the engine today to fix a rear main seal leak. Internals look great, which is really assuring since this was the first engine I built. This is after about 8,000 miles and 2 years of driving.

 

Also taking this opportunity to clean, strip and repaint the engine bay. I'll make another post of the after shot.

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Cleaned on the 73 Mach 1 some getting ready for the P.I.T.S. Ponies in the Smokies show this coming week. I did finally find a 20' 8.5' with 6.5' inside height, Vee front with stone guard enclosed trailer and it is in the driveway so good to go there. Has radial tires also. 13,000 lb. tag on the old truck with 307,000+ miles hope it will make the trip. I did put a thermostat in couple weeks ago had service engine light and when read said engine was running too cold. I had never changed the antifreeze or any hoses so it has fresh coolant now.
Bringing trailer home runs smooth at 70 mph and after adjusting the electric brake control stops and you cannot tell it is there. Ended up with two 5,200 lb. axles and this one has insulated roof so should not sweat inside, trailer weights in at 3,200 lbs.. Don't have time to seal up the wood floor will do that later I guess. Added a bunch more reflective tape to all sides it is white which was also difficult to locate. Seems Covid has affected lots of the suppliers of components and the sheeting.
So off to the shop in a few to get the car on the 2 post lift and finish wiping car down.
The show is sold out for spaces for the outside show with 800 spots. They have had lots sign up for some that drop out. Some are coming from California all the way to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. for the show. I am inside they will have 58 cars one for each year.
They do have a guarded locked parking lot for the trailers to be parked in. I ordered tracking devices for car and trailer but have not arrived yet. I do have lock for the trailer hitch and also chain to lock up the wheels. Maybe some pictures next week. Here is link to the show if anyone can make it.
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Working on dimensional drawings for a set of subframe connectors. Not thrilled with the available offerings, so I'm rolling my own. Spent some time modeling the underside of the car. Finally got the rear kick-up dims nailed down and ready to add that into the model, then I can error check again and start creating the brackets and tube path. Hopefully I'll have prototype pieces by the end of the week. 

 

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I finished seam welding the front frame rails, crossmembers and shock towers over the weekend.  I have a few places where I need to dress down the welds then I can finish cleaning and get it painted. Then to get back on the harness and reassembly. I'm hoping to get it back on the road by June 1 at the latest. 

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