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  2. Thanks David. I too thought you were referring to the OP's past experience, and didn't see anything wrong with barnett's reply. I'll blame my lack of understanding on too many concussions. Unlike some forums, this is supposed to be a friendly forum where all can share knowledge and where newbies aren't run off. I have a hard enough time fingering out what folks are saying to my face, and typing on the internet only makes it worse. Happy motoring.
  3. Engine Installation - headers & transmission

    Sorry to make this public and post it here, but I tried to send a PM to you barnett468, but was informed you were not accepting any. So apologies again to the OP and everyone else for adding more to this thread. Seems there was confusion on/in my comment " The op has no idea what works so he is not familiar with any of the methods and personally has no past proven methods to base a decision on." Obviously, the OP has no past proven experience. I was referring to the advice that was given to him in the forum from that have had the experience with the methods, including what you have suggested. Hope this clears things up, and thanks for understanding. David
  4. 69 Vert project

    can I assume that bracing it like this will prevent the rear from dropping backward when i cut out the floors?
  5. Under the dash work on my 69 Mach1

    Thanks for all the nice comments and the ribbing LOL. Can't believe I'm still laying under these old cars and fixing shit! On the other hand I'm blessed to be able to do it. Ray
  6. xlnt. i would rotate the torque converter 2 full turns while pushing on it lightly to make sure it is still properly seated in the trans then rotate it so the studs are approximately in the same position the holes in the flex plate are. make sure you have the converter drain plug lined up with the drain plug access hole in the flywheel. once the engine is around 1" away from the trans, check the converter stud alignment again. you can use a screw driver to rotate it a little if you can't get your finger in there but there are sharp edges so be careful. file or sand any burs on the big steel alignment pins on the back of the block then put a little grease on them so they go into the trans easily. the trans or engine may need to be rotated slightly to get the pins to align. rotating either a little is not hard to do. be very careful when turning the valve on the hoist to lower the engine as it can be very easy to turn it too much which can cause the engine to drop very quickly. one thing i do when tightening the valve is to tighten it just enough to keep the engine from lowering. if you close the valve pretty hard, it can be hard to open, and when you try to open it, it can suddenly snap open and open farther than you wanted to which is when the engine can drop quickly. with the trans jacked up close to the bottom of the trans tunnel, the engine mounts will be above the mounts on the body by maybe 1" after you bolt the trans to the engine. once you get to this point, you can lift the headers from the engine bay and see if you can install them if you want. this may make it slightly easier than trying to install them after the engine is all the way down. use the tilt bar on the hoist to tilt the engine to the same angle as the trans. i look at the gap from the top and from under the car to get it as close as i can.
  7. i was not referring to your method. you are missing my point entirely but i may have misunderstood what you were trying to say.
  8. Sail panel

    Yeah luckily I saw the tab on the back if the panel and read about it a little before hand. But thanks for the heads up.
  9. Need the LH and RH front side fender markers lenses, with good sockets. I know you can get from CJ's, but going back as is and new ones would stand out to much. Also looking for a blinker switch lever
  10. Electric choke

    I took a different approach using a relay Blazer 30 amp N005W sp/st with 2 #87 connectors to power both the 12v choke & distributor. I ran a short fused wire from the plus side of the battery, since I wasn't using the fused 6v wire to the coil I used that as the power on for the relay. Ran 2 wires 1 to choke 1 to dizzy, still need to make a harness for it now that I know it works. It's been on there for over a month with no problems, plus I still have the fused coil wire if it ever goes back to a points system. There's a lot of good ideas in this thread Would have posted on this sooner if I had seen this thread.
  11. 69 Vert project

    Is it possible that these quarter end pieces are not made? i looked on Dynacorn, cj, and others and dont see them available.
  12. Sail panel

    There is also a door panel clip just above the courtesy lamp. Originals panels had this clip taped on. david
  13. Thanks everyone for their opinions and help. I have never installed an engine before so I was asking for advice, and am thrilled with the ideas here! Let us be calm and not pick at each other, as we all have information the share. It is up to the person that asked the question to decipher it all and make their own decision(s). Engine goes in today, with the help of my father (68) and son (23)! So looking forward to it, not only getting it done, but the time spent with three generations! I will report back with results, time it took, and hopefully picture with it installed.
  14. Depends on the situation, since the transmission is already in there is no point in pulling it. If everything is out of the car, it is much easier to bolt the engine/trans together and install it as one unit. In my case ('69 351W, T5) it is nearly impossible to get to the rear 2 drivers side spark plugs and header bolts. In doing this a few times I have found it very easy to put the plugs/header/trans together and drop it in. Beats laying on your back trying to bolt them together. Just my experience.
  15. 69 Vert project

    The only portion of a coupe / fastback floor you would need to trim off would be the little angle that attaches to the inner rocker. The floor pan welds to the underside of the inner rocker on the convertible. Full floors are a wonderful thing, I would much rather install a one piece than patch a floor and do all the finishing work.
  16. Engine Installation - headers & transmission

    Many have posted "with past proven methods". If you are not going to quote relevant information and leave stuff out, please do not quote me at all. Thank you.
  17. There was no need to because the op is asking for installation info because he does not know what is best and has no idea what works, therefore, I don't understand how telling him to do what works is going to help him because he obviously has no idea what that is, otherwise I don't think he would be here asking what is best.
  18. Engine Installation - headers & transmission

    You did not include my entire message in the quote. " Go with what works, what you are familiar with, and in special conditions (exhaust logs, short tubes, long tubes) with past proven methods."
  19. The op has no idea what works so he is not familiar with any of the methods and personally has no past proven methods to base a decision on.
  20. I have been installing engines with the trans in the car for nearly 45 years and its a piece of cake for me to do it with an auto trans with the headers in the engine compartment. I have also installed some engines with auto trannies and 4 speeds attached and I have no idea why some people prefer to jack the car way up to remove a trans all by themselves that is already in the car just to reinstall it on an engine all by themselves adding a couple hundred extra pounds to the lifting weight then try to install that heavy, cumbersome assembly all by themselves.
  21. Engine Installation - headers & transmission

    I'm going to say that this is a personal preference and what engine, trans, exhaust combo you have. Some combinations just work better than others. Go with what works, what you are familiar with, and in special conditions (exhaust logs, short tubes, long tubes) with past proven methods. My install could have gone in three ways that I know of easier than another way or not, I just went with the way I was familiar with.
  22. I've been installing engines for years with the transmission installed. It's my preferred method on all kinds of vehicles. It involves maybe a little more patience and back and forth than installing all at once but I sure wouldn't call it a "hell of a time".
  23. Sail panel

    Much appreciated Brian. I figured out it was the skin only from your pic.
  24. 69 Vert project

    Oh...retention apparently isn't one of my strengths.
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