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Great that it is going back together.

I have a yellow vert also but has decor group so not as much yellow. I have had people ask what year challanger it was, lol.

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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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On 4/22/2021 at 7:19 PM, Sheriff41 said:

Bought a new drive belt for the 8 track player.  I'll install it and clean up the 8 track's internals this weekend.

Is this belt something that is easy to find? Not even sure if mine works (I need to find a tape and try). Working on getting under dash stuff back in. Steering gear installation as well is on the docket.

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1971 Mach I, M-code, Ram Air

1972 Mexican GT-351

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Wacked together a transmission cradle from some scraps out of the dumpster at work. Only piece I "made" was to cut down a piece of 1" x .156" wall steel tube for the pivot post. Worked perfectly, took maybe ten minutes to remove the transmission rolling around on a creeper. 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, cwalker509 said:

Is this belt something that is easy to find? Not even sure if mine works (I need to find a tape and try). Working on getting under dash stuff back in. Steering gear installation as well is on the docket.

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The belt takes a bit of research to find.  I picked up a Motorola 72-2 1972 Ford Radio/Tape Player Service Manual that covered my 1MZ4218 (stamped on the back cover of the radio/tape player) radio.  It lists the belt part number that I cross referenced to a FBM12.1 belt from Elliot Electronic Supply in Tucson AZ.  Their website lets you cross reference part numbers.  The belt was $5.50.

 I'm not sure the 1971 tape players use the same belt but there's a manual on fleabay that should list the part number:    https://www.ebay.com/itm/383718644086?hash=item595769d976:g:LjQAAOSwyKBfXlud 

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Today i took the family for a 100 mile drive as a test drive for my Carlisle trip. All good! The wife didn't complain too much and my son napped all the way. Well, she only complained when i floored it but thats a "good" complain.

The one issue is that when i floor it i can smell axle gear. I saw some oil coming out of the bolt holding the rear brake splitter. I didn't know this guy went through all the way. I unscrewed it and put a lot of thread sealant to hopefully limit the amount of oil leaking out.

PS: listening to Stair Way to Heaven in my garage before closing up for the night.

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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 Have changed my oil -- new FRAM filter ... 10W40 Lucas with an Edelbrock zinc additive top up ... woohoo - one happy 351C  :thumb:

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11 hours ago, tony-muscle said:

Today i took the family for a 100 mile drive as a test drive for my Carlisle trip. All good! The wife didn't complain too much and my son napped all the way. Well, she only complained when i floored it but thats a "good" complain.

The one issue is that when i floor it i can smell axle gear. I saw some oil coming out of the bolt holding the rear brake splitter. I didn't know this guy went through all the way. I unscrewed it and put a lot of thread sealant to hopefully limit the amount of oil leaking out.

PS: listening to Stair Way to Heaven in my garage before closing up for the night.

I believe you are referring to the hollow bolt that mounts the rear brake hose to the axle. That bolt doubles as the axle vent and normally includes a vent hose going into the crossmember above.

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Pretty much have the carb to E.F.I. swap done. It became more of a project than anticipated. Started with the Sniper 550 and an in-tank fuel pump but I discovered the GM style cap and coil on the aftermarket distributor was causing RF interference with the Holley computer. This resulted in massive fluctuations in the rpm signal. Fortunately, I was able to purchase a good used Holley dual spark distributor and a new coil. That took care of the problem. Haven't road tested it yet because the steering wheel is off as I wait for a new turn signal switch. One thing I discovered was the Holley unit would reboot when switching from crank back to run. Seems our ignition switches have a dead spot in them. Installed a delayed-off relay to take care of that.

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8 hours ago, computercarguy said:

I believe you are referring to the hollow bolt that mounts the rear brake hose to the axle. That bolt doubles as the axle vent and normally includes a vent hose going into the crossmember above.

My rear axle has the breather and the bolt that holds the brake splitter in different spots.

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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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Fitting the reproduction hood.  Has to fool with the front edge a bit to get the trim to set in there right.  Currently working on the curvature making it match the fenders.  So far so good...

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Did the quarter window roll-down change today. I got lucky on the drivers side window and it aligned pretty quick, the passenger window took about 20 minutes to get the window alignment correct. Really like this mod, now I just have to drill the window handle holes in my interior quarter panels. 

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I made it back to North Idaho in mid-April after wintering in warmer climes.  I've been stuck with honey-do projects and a number of non-car projects which have kept me from working on the Mustang for the past 6+ weeks.  Finally with my head back above water I can get to what I really want to do!

Yesterday I pulled the gas tank and fuel lines.  The tank was corroded through on top but was not leaking.  I have no idea what the 25+ year old gasoline turned into after sitting for so long, but it was as thick as pancake syrup. 

The body metal above the tank is in surprisingly good shape.  Just very minor surface rust in a few spots.

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Over the past two weeks I have researched and ordered all the parts to redo my suspension and brakes. I'm just going for stock performance.  Rock Auto and NPD have been burning up my credit card.  Since I don't want to tear things down until all my parts are here I have been working on repainting and cleaning up cosmetic stuff.  

Pics below are of my repainted RAM air cleaner and the shock tower braces.  Didn't want to bore everyone with all the other stuff.

I am holding off installing the new gas tank until I replace my rear springs and sway bar rubber. Eaton shipment should arrive Wednesday.

Sure is fun to be working on the old girl again!

 

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On 6/5/2021 at 5:13 AM, Bentworker said:

Fitting the reproduction hood.  Has to fool with the front edge a bit to get the trim to set in there right.  Currently working on the curvature making it match the fenders.  So far so good...

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Well, that looks pretty good :thumb:

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Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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On 6/6/2021 at 2:08 AM, vintageman said:

Did the quarter window roll-down change today. I got lucky on the drivers side window and it aligned pretty quick, the passenger window took about 20 minutes to get the window alignment correct. Really like this mod, now I just have to drill the window handle holes in my interior quarter panels. 

Tom

I will do this mod too in the next months, all parts already there. Have you already drilled the holes and how did you determine the right spot? 

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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On 6/11/2021 at 8:34 PM, Idaho Chris said:

I made it back to North Idaho in mid-April after wintering in warmer climes.  I've been stuck with honey-do projects and a number of non-car projects which have kept me from working on the Mustang for the past 6+ weeks.  Finally with my head back above water I can get to what I really want to do!

Yesterday I pulled the gas tank and fuel lines.  The tank was corroded through on top but was not leaking.  I have no idea what the 25+ year old gasoline turned into after sitting for so long, but it was as thick as pancake syrup. 

The body metal above the tank is in surprisingly good shape.  Just very minor surface rust in a few spots.

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That was the same on my car to my surprise, too. It was in remarkably good shape! I gave it a little shot semi gloss black again and installed a new gas tank with new hard- and software, ready again for the next 50 years :thumb:

Tim

 

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly :runninpony:

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15 hours ago, timachone said:

I will do this mod too in the next months, all parts already there. Have you already drilled the holes and how did you determine the right spot? 

I have not had a chance to drill the holes yet but kinda planned to put paint on the crank gear and put the panel in place to try to get a paint "witness mark". I have an old panel that I can try it out on first, it's in really poor shape so not too concerned with that one if I mess up. It will probably be a couple weeks before I can get to it though, I hurt my back again and am trying to take a little break. Good luck on your install, if I get it figured out before you do, I will try to post some measurements of the hole placement.

Tom

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19 hours ago, mach71351c said:

Well it's not my car it's my brother's.  Loaded up my brothers 70 Boss 302 and his Harley Friday evening.  I towed them out to his new house in Prescot Arizona Saturday morning. He threw in the towel on California after 39 years. Just another middle class tax payer leaving C.A . 

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That is sure a nice looking '70.  I love that color.  If your brother ever decides to sell it please keep me in mind!

He is definitely not the only one fleeing California.  The roads here in North Idaho are teaming with WA, CA and OR plates.  No exaggeration; this summer one car in five is sporting tags from one of those three states.

 
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Second That. Huge explosion of people here in Boise Id (lower part of the State).. .WA, CA and OR plates

Also second that on the 70 boss :-) beautiful car indeed.

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I spent today doing some more cleaning/painting.  Radiator brackets, hood latch bracket, horns, misc. small stuff.  Cleaned up the front grill turn signal lights per David of Carolina Mountain Mustang's write up a while back.

Finally unpacked and cataloged all the parts I ordered.  Other than a missing box containing the new U-bolts and shackles for the Eaton rear springs (thanks FedEx for routing them incorrectly) everything is here and ready to go.  I'll be starting on the suspension and brakes tomorrow!

 

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I finally got mine running again after the rewire and a ton of "while I'm at its". It's still not quite ready for the road but it's getting close. I need to wire in the center gages and Tach and the turn signals don't work... oh... gotta bleed the brakes too. 

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My OLD stomping grounds. Graduated from Cedar springs high. Keep plugging at that stang, you'l be burning out soon than later. 

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