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Billy73

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Hi all,
I've had this '73 Mustang in the garage since 1999 sitting, waiting for me to come back and get it going again.
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The project started as an engine overhaul since the head gasket and valve stem seals had failed. Before the project was put on hold, I managed the following modifications:
  • New pistons and cranks
  • Crane cam gold roller rocker arms
  • Moroso high flow water pump
  • Melling high volume oil pump
  • Milodon "low profile" 8+ qt oil pan
  • Mild cam upgrade
  • Transmission conversion FMX -> C4
    • Lokar kick down cable
    • 2000 rpm stall torque converter
  • Holley mechanical fuel pump
  • Edelbrock performer intake manifold
  • Hedman exhaust header
I also left about 5 gallons of gas in the tank, for 20 years. I think maybe the dripping tar like substance from the fuel tank motivated me to start moving on the project again.

So getting back on the project again, I found myself replacing the gas tank and replacing the steel fuel lines with stainless steel. Oh the rust I removed from the trunk pan, I'm not sure it will actually be able to support the weight of a full fuel tank, but that's something I'll visit once the drivetrain is back to working order.

Cheers
 

Sheriff41

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Welcome, and Howdy from Texas! Looks like a good project and you'll find plenty of shared knowledge and support from the members here.
 

Spike Morelli

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Long Island??????? Get outta heeeha...( insert local accent ). Cool project there. Hello from "Spudsville"
 

jctodd66

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Welcome! Looking forward to seeing your progress.
-Chuck T.
 

AcesArneson

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Might just want to see if you can deal with the Cleveland oiling deficiencies before you fire it up.
 
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Hello and welcome from SW Ontario, Canada.
Not to be too critical on your build, but the high-volume oil pump was a huge issue on my engine rebuild. The engine rebuilder chose to put in a Melling HV pump, and within two summers driving, it took out the cam and main bearings, resulting in a warranty rebuild. It may be ok if the oiling system has been upgraded to work with the HV pump.
 

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Hello From Switzerland..... 1999,it's a long time.
 

Billy73

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Hello and welcome from SW Ontario, Canada.
Not to be too critical on your build, but the high-volume oil pump was a huge issue on my engine rebuild. The engine rebuilder chose to put in a Melling HV pump, and within two summers driving, it took out the cam and main bearings, resulting in a warranty rebuild. It may be ok if the oiling system has been upgraded to work with the HV pump.
Thanks. I appreciate critical. I prefer to prevent issues than fix more down the road. The only other oil modification is the higher capacity oil pan. I believe I saw some folks also adding additional oil drains in the top of the block, so that I guess oil can drain down quicker back to the pan. I'm wondering if your rebuild did anything more extensive.
 
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