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Spent the weekend working in the garage. Lost way too much time finding things that I had put in "safe" places to not lose them. Did manage to get the 351C on the stand and do some parts fit-up to minimize any futzing about when it's sitting in the engine bay. Finished cleaning the majority of the engine bay, seems no matter how much I clean, there's still dirty areas. Going to leave it as is for now, will really detail it over the winter. Focus right now it to get the engine in and running. Touched up some little rust spots and fixed all the wiring to about where it'll end up. Can't find the correct Autolite regulator cover I had, so stuck a Motorcraft on there for now. 

Next step is to finish the reassembly of the toploader and the shifter, then it'll be time to do some subassemblies and drop it in. 






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7 hours ago, Hemikiller said:

Spent the weekend working in the garage. Lost way too much time finding things that I had put in "safe" places to not lose them.

Oh yeah, I know that feeling... :classic_dry: Almost every time I go in the garage to reassemble anything with new and old parts together... 

Nice to see you move on, engine bay looks still good :thumb:




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Drove it about yesterday and today , found my suspension rattle is due to brake pads, calipers . Got home to a hissing sound from the right hand side.....heater core gave up.


Got her back to the shop bypassing the heater core and spent most of the morning lifiting carpets, removing the underlay and soaking coolant up from the carpets. 


Good news it drives. 

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Drove it to work two days in a row now, starting to compile a list of things that need some attention...10 years of garage time has clouded my memory of what was good and bad on the Mustang. But grinning ear to ear everywhere I go! :) 

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Got my dash back in over the last few days. Got the voltmeter wired correctly. I checked most of the wiring that I could by jumping from my truck to the engine bay harness. Lights working like they should but I think the brake switch needs replacing (I put the original in and it seemed to work ok on a bench check).


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6 hours ago, Fredensborg said:

The kids and I attacked the mustang today with dish soap, wax, armor all, several rolls of paper towels and q-tips. It was a deep clean for the ages, and my little army of helpers had a blast!! We have been having so much fun since we got the mustang back up and running!! 


















Jason-  I sure wish I had a team of little helpers helping me!  Fun times for sure and the results from your photos speak for themselves.  Very nice.

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Performed some surgery on the old Barry Grant speed Demon carb.  It did not have adjustable air bleeds.  After some drilling and tapping it now does.  




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OMG saw the post of using Armor all. DO NOT EVER USE AROMOR ALL ON ANYTHING. That is the worst thing you could ever use. If in a shop doing paint work will cost tens of thousands of dollars due to silicone in it. NEVER USE IT........

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I pulled the pedal box out (a much more difficult job than I anticipated) and added the clutch pedal in anticipation of the new T-5 install.  Of course there is always something...when dropping the steering column I discovered the rag joint was shot so I have ordered a new one.

My new heater core should be here this week so I'll tackle that project next before putting the interior and new carpets back together.

Hoping to drop the old FMX transmission tomorrow.




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On 6/28/2021 at 7:29 PM, Hemikiller said:

Spent the weekend working in the garage. Lost way too much time finding things that I had put in "safe" places to not lose them.


I am glad I am not the only one. All I will remember is that I placed them where it makes sense, but I will only find them after I wasted hours. Sometimes I even forget that I had such parts!



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Well, the old FMX is out.  Damn is that thing heavy.  The new T5 will save me about 75 pounds.

Brake parts and the new rag joint arrived this afternoon.  Tackling those items before moving to install the new transmission.






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I finally got it out for a drive Sunday. There are still some electrical gremlins to work out but it runs and drives great. 


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On 7/13/2021 at 7:56 PM, Aus73Mach1 said:




i really like that.

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33 minutes ago, Idaho Chris said:

Installed the new Tremec T5.


Once I got the bell housing installed I needed to index it.  The opening needs to be aligned within .005 of the crank shaft.  This is normally a two person job, with one person spinning the crankshaft and the other watching the dial indicator.  Since I don't have any convenient help I had to do it solo.  By taking a reading every 45 degrees I was able to verify that I am within spec.  Good news since I really did not want to try and remove the 50 year old locating pins!

Here's a shot after clutch and throw out bearing installation:


Now ready to slide in the transmission.  With everything lined up it slid in like butter!


Finished with clutch cable and speedometer hooked up:


The shifter came right up through the stock automatic transmission shifter hole without modification.  Oh yeah!


Time to install the new rear end so I can get the driveshaft measured and ordered.


Very good, all went well, congratulations :wrench:



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