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  1. 4 points


    I have a 1970 convertible with a 351W (393 stroker). I have an C-6 automatic. I chose Heddman Shorty Headers, which are powdercoated. This was to avoid interference under the car. It was a tight squeeze. I used adjustable motor mounts, which helped clear the steering box on the drivers side. I have custom exhaust that was fabricated by Latoracing (on the fourm). Mike can pipe in with details if you need them. The challenge with convertibles is to get the crossover pipe in, and then get the exhaust pipes routed in the space above the convertible re-inforcing plate under the car. We also decided to run the exhaust out through the rear valence, where Mike did his wizardry with sheet metal and exhaust routing. Came out cool. I used Magnaflow mufflers. I actually have not heard the car run with the Magnaflows, but it will be louder than most people like. I am sure you will get a lot of suggestions on the mufflers, there are so many choices available. The headers are really high quality and fit without any denting/hammering. I also used stage 8 locking bolts. The bolt locations are a bitch to get to, so be patient.
  2. 4 points

    NYS does it again

    i dont know if anyone watched that golden glob crap, but Ricky Gervais is the man, watch as every hollywwod ahole crawls out of their skin in outrage. They dont like when they are the ones being mocked.
  3. 3 points
    Here is the mod i did for the door handles. i made a replacement for the latch out of ⅛ stock/ the original part is cast aluminum? that would probably break if you tap the 8-32 thread into it.
  4. 3 points
    Part Time

    GT500 Restomod

    Thanks for the welcome. Looks like a lot of cool projects...not sure why I never came across your site before?? You are correct, the wheel base is a little different and the body is wider. I widened the quarters and front fenders then split the inner door and widened them. The doors are stock '70 length but are taller than stock. I can post specific pictures of them latter today or you could see the entire project on Mustangs to Fear Forum page. I'm building this car because I prefer the old school look but like the modern conveniences that come with the 09 (drive train, suspension, brakes, lighting, A/C, etc). I love the challenges that go with it and am doing it for fun. After completing the body, I decided not to go with the stock 09 dash and wanted to build the interior from scratch except I'm using a headliner from Mustangs to Fear. My dash is basically done and now I'm working on the rear seat area. My plan will be to wrap a lot of it with leather. I've included a couple more recent pictures of it.
  5. 2 points

    1970 Convertible Restoration

    I wanted to show a little bit of the metal finishing process, at least what the area looks like while finishing the welds and related distortion. The "proud" profile of the weld is almost leveled to the panel surface with a 36 grit rollock disc. The 36 grit cuts really fast and does not introduce a lot of heat back into the panel. A 120 grit disc would also remove the weld tops, but will get really hot, we don't want that. Once the tops of the welds are knocked down a flat faced body hammer and the heal side of a body dolly are used to give shape back to the weld areas. As the welds cool, they shrink, so they have to be stretched back out. It takes a little bit to get the shape in the general area then I switch to a slapper with the same dolly to spread out the blows. I use the stripper disc to go over the area to give contrast to the high and low spots. I meant to get some blue layout dye to really show this. At this point I use nothing other than hand files to level the metal. I start with a bastard cross cut flat file to highlight the areas to focus on. Paying attention to the welds, as they are the offending material that needs to be removed, and bringing up the low spots, the slapper and dolly are used to continue to bring out the material. I cannot access the back side of the quarter with a hammer, that would be much easier. Lots and lots of light rapid hits and "block sanding" the area with the file the metal starts to look better. As the seams disappear, I move to the rear (left of the picture) to continue to get out the low spots. You can see the small divots or porosity in my welds from the paint contamination. They do not go all the way through, so I did leave these imperfections. More slapping and checking with the file I needed a reset on the finish to see lighter imperfections in the surface. Using the stripper disc again and switching to a mill file, the area was gone over again. There is one little place (about the size of a pencil eraser) left to planish out in this picture. I can continue to perfect the surface towards the top, but these areas are so small, a skim coat of filler will be used anyway, so it will be left. You can get this entire surface like this using the same method. Start to finish on this fill in has taken 3 hours. Back to welding up the other side...
  6. 2 points

    Paul's 69 Mach1

    Wow, unbelievable. Bigmal on the forum said that the fires were close and smoke in the air for weeks.
  7. 2 points

    Wheel fitment

    I put a straight edge on it last night and it still looks like they will fit. There is a good 3/4” gap between the straight edge and the fender lips. At worst I’ll have to roll the lips which is no big deal but it all depends on how wide of a tire I go with.
  8. 2 points

    69 Fastback Rocker Panel Moldings

    Repop moulding set does not include the clip F, but as far as I remember has the middle clips, rivets to attach them and clips that looks like E.
  9. 2 points

    Paul's 69 Mach1

    Engine Spaghetti , fuse panel, computer and battery to be mounted behind the rear seat
  10. 2 points

    seat height convertible

    Generally this is a sad point of life, but as we age we get shorter. This could work in your benefit. Maybe in another 20 years you will fit fine in the car?
  11. 2 points
    Still doing a bit of finishing off with the conversion. The original plastic cover that goes around the steering column no longer fits so I had to make one. I chose steel because it’s easiest to work with. I’d hate to be paying me by the hour. Probably 40 hours in this. I’m a bit slow and drink too much. Pretty happy with how it turned out
  12. 1 point

    69 SuperCoupe

    I've been on these forums for a long time and have never made a build thread for my car, mostly because of the slow progress. Well I decided to create one to somewhat document the progress such that it is. Some background. This car is the 3rd (of 16)(2nd 69) mustang I've owned. I bought it in December 1983 when stationed at Blytheville AFB Arkansas. It changed hands a couple of times before I got it but had come from Texas with a young airman. It actually got the 351C engine from my 72 Gran Torino sport at one time. It had a 351W 3 spd in it by the time I got it. I drove it for a while even moving it when I transfered to Grissom AFB Indiana. Sometime around late 84/early 85 I traded my frozen 429 SCJ motor I had for the 72 Gran Torino Sport for a 70 351C with completed machine work and ready to build. I built the cleveland and swapped out the windsor replacing the 3 spd and 8 inch rear with a close ratio 4 spd and 9 inch with 3.00-1 gears from a 70 cougar at the same time about March 85. I drove it pretty regularly till mid October 86 when I started to decided to rebuild the car. It's been in various states of dis-assembly ever since. This past fall I contacted a guy on pro-touring forums who does renderings and contracted him to do one for my car as inspiration and to help motivate me to do more. I'm not getting any younger! This represents my vision for at least the exterior of my car. Condition when bought. In Indiana after engine rebuild At parents place spring 85 It's far from being done but I'll be adding more pics in the next few days till I get to present state.
  13. 1 point

    69 power brake conversion

    I think Topher just wants to go from manual to power brakes? Master Power brakes makes high quality stuff, they are located close to me in Mooresville, NC. I have their power brake master cylinder in my 1970 convertible. You should call them directly to make sure you get exactly what you need for your car. I also think you can order direct from them. You will need to change your brake pedal. This is one of those Mustang curses. Lot's of variations and the brake pedals look very similar. Master Power Brakes sells them, and they are really nice and very competitive in pricing, I have one of theirs in my car. Good info from Mustang Steve on this topic here: https://www.mustangsteve.com/msfaqbrakepedals.html If you want to go to disc brakes, OpenTracker is high quality outfit. Lots and lots of other options. Good luck. Feel free to fire away any questions you may have.
  14. 1 point

    My Son Mike's 69 Mach 1 Restoration

    Installing the upper collar that contains the turn signal switch is tricky, as the "t-bolts" can move around and make it hard to capture the 'slots" in the top of the steering column tube. I used some blue painters tape to hold the bolts in place while slowly pushing the top collar down. If you've done this, you know what I mean. I also use a bottom bushing when I rebuild them, as there is not one with the stock setup. The steering shaft "floats" in the inner tube. This is what eventually kill your bearing. I drilled out the ID of the Delrin bushing to 1", then hand filed it to a point where I had a slight interference fit, and the shaft rotated freely.
  15. 1 point

    Friends Down Under - Australian Fires

    I know we have quite a few friends and forum members down under. Hoping and praying that you and families and friends are safe from the fires we have all see on the news here. If there are things that you urgently need, post that here, and will try to get some assistance to you somehow. Vic
  16. 1 point
    Are your Koni shocks old and worn out? If not, it seems like a downgrade to KYB Gas-A-Just shocks. If you have stronger than stock springs, the KYB shocks will make the ride more harsh.
  17. 1 point

    Friends Down Under - Australian Fires

    Bad news on the fires here. A Canadian C130 Hercules with a USA crew crashed on Thursday 23 with no survivors in the 3 man crew. Pretty shocking, we've had helicopters and fixed wings crash but nothing this size. At this stage nothing is known why it went down. I am part of fire aviation and the flight trace looked normal until it went down. It dropped retardant for 2 seconds just before we lost sight of it. We have had a lot of US and Canadian aviation people over this year and they have been some of the best people we work with. Their level of expertise is very high and they all hit the ground running. They found that the word 'mate' has many variations from positive to negative but can be used in every social situation. It's bad enough to loose people in fires, worse still when they are miles from home and away from family helping out strangers. RIP B134 and thanks.
  18. 1 point

    Tank Armor

    The "exploding" gas tanks were an issue with gas tank venting. Not sure the tank armor is going to help that. There are numerous articles about how to properly vent the fuel tank on vintage mustangs. Installing a plate between the rear seat and trunk compartment would be much more effective. The Pinto gas tank crisis proved that. The "fires" were only really seen on a very limited number of rare cars....the Shelby GT 500. The Shelby's in 1969 and 1970 had a center exhaust outlet in the rear valence, which was directly below the fuel tank filler cap. From an early Ford article: Under certain running conditions, when the carburetor was set just right and there was a rapid backing off of the throttle, the engine could backfire. It was known as “pop back” and it was unique to the GT500’s 428 powerplants. On a couple of occasions, this pop back ignited the fuel vapor cloud and actually set the tail end of the car on fire! It was incredibly ironic that one advertising tag line for the 1969 Shelby was “fire, and refinement” but that was not the kind of fire either Ford or Shelby Automotive had in mind. The fix was to install nonvented fuel caps and replumb the fuel tanks so that they were vented via a hose that exited at the bottom of the rear quarter panel, away from the exhaust exit.
  19. 1 point

    NYS does it again

    All crazy stuff. I survived the '70s by keeping my head under the hood of a car, making a lot of friends. The friendship stopped when you dropped the clutch, and started again at the finish line.. No one checked your political affiliation, or social status. My former home state of NJ has gone mad. That's why I moved to North Carolina, it is like a return to simpler days. It's a shame. but a reality we all need to deal with. That's what is great about this forum. Car guys doing car guy stuff. Thank God for that.
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for the info
  21. 1 point
    i dont, it was years ago on ebay, i think i still have a set around.
  22. 1 point

    tie down a car on a trailer

    I'm not Rich and I didn't sleep at a Holiday End Express last night. But I'd assume from here might be a good guess. https://usaratchet.com/USA-R5027FSH.html
  23. 1 point
    bought them in germany
  24. 1 point
    Usually what happens is a kid once climbed on the roof ,or someone put something heavy on the roof ,the ones around the edge are probably SOB dents ,thats when the car dies on the free way for no particular reason and you get out and pound your fists on the roof shouting YOU DIRTY SOB!
  25. 1 point
    Mach1 Driver

    1970 Convertible Restoration

    thank you, that was very instructive
  26. 1 point
    Mike and I finished restoration of the steering column. Forgot how complicated and aggravating that reassembly can be! But we got it.
  27. 1 point

    69-70 Daytime Running Lights

    They will work on 1970 Mustangs. The key for the 70s is that you need to replace the side marker bulbs with my isolated LED side marker lights. Check the link below. https://vintageleds.com/1970 Since the side markers are tied to the running lights and turn signals, you will need the isolated LEDs for the front and the rear. Thanks Gary
  28. 1 point

    1970 Convertible Restoration

    Having both ends of the line flared to 37* you can connect them with...
  29. 1 point

    Crane urinals

    I'd piss on that deal.
  30. 1 point

    1970 Convertible Restoration

    My original 3/8" hard fuel lines (2 pieces from the tank to the original mechanical fuel pump) already had the bubble flares at the ends. Put the clamps behind the flares like they were on the original hoses. Used EFI clamps on EFI hoses instead of the spring clamps that were original or the worm gear clamps.
  31. 1 point

    Mustang Undercarriage

    Always love seeing Buckeye's Stock appearing "As ford should have built them Frame Rails" Man those are killer and I'm considering doing a set like that on my sons 68 Coupe I am building.
  32. 1 point


    Made a couple of side marker templates for the bed and front fenders.
  33. 1 point

    What sort of filler would you use?

    I would consider using All Metal by U.S. Chemical. It is a metal-fortified filler often used as a lead filler replacement. Hope this helps!
  34. 1 point
    JET 445

    What sort of filler would you use?

    Get another one, even the inside curve near the tail light looks wrong.
  35. 1 point

    NYS does it again

    oh no, i defiantly would, but id hate me for it :-)
  36. 1 point
    Mach1 Driver

    Lower Radiator Spring

    Isn't Radiator Springs in the Disney flic Cars?
  37. 1 point

    NYS does it again

    someone should make a poster of this pic and put it up the next time she's flapping her yap in congress. Im sure that dipshit would be taken seriously.
  38. 1 point

    69 Fastback Rocker Panel Moldings

    I understand Marco is no longer at K of T and their quality has suffered lately. Just passing along info I read elsewhere.
  39. 1 point

    Pass side fender wanted

    found it, says you have 3. do you have a really clean one that wont need much especially after its media blasted. BTW, love your tag line that says Chevy Sucks :-)
  40. 1 point

    69 Mach 1 Re-restore Restomod

    Thanks, RPM. I might have fallen off because I haven't been very timely in posting. Been a busy few months of work. I considered not getting the sway bar, but as I remember, it would have been quite a bit more expensive to add it later, so I went ahead and bought it. I bought the drop brackets for the TCP control arms, so yes, I did the drop without drilling the shock towers.
  41. 1 point

    Paul's 69 Mach1

    A model of the car as I got it, my daughter had it made for a Xmas present
  42. 1 point
    Well, you know the saying; if you want something done right, do it yourself.
  43. 1 point

    NYS does it again

    The problem is there isn't enough decent Demorats, their all about killing the unborn and open boarders .
  44. 1 point

    NYS does it again

    Posting in The Garage doesn't have to be about Mustangs brother. Hey Rob, you sure that ain't from California? When did the good guys become the bad guys, and vice versa? The Po Po recently recovered a stolen pistol of mine, and the hoops I had to jump thru to get it back would make your head spin. I know it made mine. Here's a small example, if I also wanted to get my stolen ammo back, I would have to do more paperwork thru an FFL dealer. All my stolen stuff was mine legally. Already purchased and registered. Ya, I don't get it either. These libs have lost their minds, and it's the honest citizens who will suffer. So nobody thought of revamping the bail system, and the only option was to eliminate it? Give me a fu€king break. The bad guy who shot me and my partner when I was a copper did a whopping 6 years. And he had priors. Texas is looking better every day. I need a drink. And I don't drink :)
  45. 1 point

    1969 -70 hood ,with 1971 -73 top

    Great work Ridge Runner. Maybe it's Halloween, but i see a Donald Duck mask.
  46. 1 point

    1969 -70 hood ,with 1971 -73 top

    Reminds me of a flattened "Donald Duck"
  47. 1 point

    69 Mach 1 / 408W

    Heading off for exhaust, glass, alignment, and AC charge. Then back home for final assembly (looking forward to my Mustang to Fear seats!!)
  48. 1 point

    69 Mach 1 Re-restore Restomod

    It's been a while. Work has been crazy and when the photos all disappeared, I was a little demotivated. So in the past year, I stripped and refinished the engine compartment. Self-etching primer, then gray primer. Then semi-gloss black.
  49. 1 point
    Ridge Runner

    Paul's 69 Mach1

    LOL . I would probably go for second gear only to open the door and fall out . I think Dynacorn has conversion dashes now .
  50. 0 points
    Hi guys, thanks for the thoughts. As far as Australia goes with the drought at the moment there certainly are large areas of Australia that barren wasteland sounds about right. Although typically in spring most of the areas green up and only dry out towards the end of summer. The last couple of years has been really tough for all those in the land. While this drought is extreme Australia typically has periods of drought and then rain. One of the big issues apart from the fires is that a lot of country towns are running out of water. Sydney has severe restrictions on water use as well. Can only hope that the drought breaks soon.

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