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    69RavenConv reacted to Silverjade in Odd question   
    Well, the most recent Mustang Club Magazine has a cover article on the Mustang II in the mid 70's that only had a few convertibles made by an outside company that did cut the top off.  Well give the young man the benefit of the doubt,..
    "Mustang II, Boredom Zero!!"
     
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from Mountaineerfan in Odd question   
    No, not true. Ford made them on the assembly line. There are many differences between a 'vert and a hardtop, much more than just cutting the roof off. 
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    69RavenConv reacted to Midlife in D*@3n!* turn signal switch!   
    Ummm...those are the smaller pins.  I believe you want the TE AMP A1421-ND  and A1420-ND
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    69RavenConv reacted to Rcodenewf in Modifying window height stops   
    A couple of the rubbers were missing from the window limiting stops so i went and bought a selection of vacuum caps at my local supplier.
    After matching the cap to the bracket i sprayed it with a little silicone and then warmed it with my heatgun. They fit quite tightly as the heat allows it to stretch and then constrict when cool. 
    Probably will outlast the car.
    In the pic the original is in the middle and the ones on either side of it are the ones i did. . In my opinion its better than wrapping tape around it.
    Hope this helps someone who runs into this situation.
    John 

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    69RavenConv got a reaction from Mach1 Driver in Mini Starter Wiring   
    I actually have mine wired this way and it works, as you would expect. (I like that it looks stock, for whatever that's worth) You're essentially running two solenoids in series and it's easy enough to bypass the old solenoid in the circuit if needed.
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    69RavenConv reacted to Midlife in Mini Starter Wiring   
    I sorta agree with Det0326, but for a slightly different reason.  The large wire going to the starter is always hot with your diagram, and unless very well protected against chafing and pinching, just adds another line that can short out catastrophically.  Your design, of course, will work, and removes the starter solenoid as a potential failure point.  I'd rather have a failed starter solenoid than a dead short from battery to chassis somewhere along the way from starter solenoid to starter (think bad motor mounts and rotating engine assembly).  Both failures are unlikely and/or rare, but the risk of a short can cause much more damage.
    I spent my last 12 years doing failure analysis, system safety, and risk assessment for Navy helicopter systems, where reliability and safety are always top priorities.
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    69RavenConv reacted to det0326 in Mini Starter Wiring   
    I have given this a little thought also. I don't see why u couldn't leave stock sol. connected as is and jump the little terminal to the big one on the starter and of course put the big wire from stock sol to the big terminal on starter as it should be. What this would do for u is all power would be off starter when ignition switch is in the run position just like stock wiring was.  I did connect mine as u have drawn tho and never changed it but again I think it would work and safer too incase of a hot starter wire getting burned by a hot header.
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from stangs-R-me in Replacement Gages   
    Back in college, I remember the machines that punched the cards collected all the little punch-outs in a waste basket inside the cabinet. We called them "beta particles". If you dumped a bunch of beta particles in somebody's car, there wasn't a vacuum cleaner made that could get them all out. Or so I've heard.
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    69RavenConv reacted to Midlife in Replacement Gages   
    I used used punch cards as book marks until the Amazon Kindle came out...
    They are also quite useful for ad-hoc length markers: mark any appropriate length you want and use it where metal rulers are either too big or aren't allowed.  When going out to sea and measuring printed fathometer outputs, we used a ten-spacer to mark up punch cards that could be put onto the electrostatically burned paper and read depths down to 2 fathoms accuracy.
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    69RavenConv reacted to Rich Ackermann in Not me!   
    Bookem' Danno!
     
     
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from Mach1 Driver in U joint cap clips, help needed   
    Only knuckleheads (like us) who work on 50 year old cars can understand the satisfaction that comes with a victory like this. 
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from Caseyrhe in U joint cap clips, help needed   
    Only knuckleheads (like us) who work on 50 year old cars can understand the satisfaction that comes with a victory like this. 
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from jjstang in New hidden Bluetooth radio - and while I have the dash out...   
    The lower dash color was common to all interior colors. Ford called it charcoal metallic but it was pretty much a semi-gloss black. I would expect NPD's product to be a good choice. Here's a recent thread on Concoursmustang.com that goes into more detail.
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from RPM in New hidden Bluetooth radio - and while I have the dash out...   
    The lower dash color was common to all interior colors. Ford called it charcoal metallic but it was pretty much a semi-gloss black. I would expect NPD's product to be a good choice. Here's a recent thread on Concoursmustang.com that goes into more detail.
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from TexasEd in New hidden Bluetooth radio - and while I have the dash out...   
    Did you dye that armrest? It looks great. I'm a fellow red-interior-guy.
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    69RavenConv reacted to Mach1 Driver in Mustang Memories- please post your own   
    My doctor and I are avid readers, and email each other about good books we’ve read. Well, in today’s conversation I related how I was restoring my old Mustang. He’s a doctor, not a car crazed Mustang addict, so please excuse him for not knowing they came out in 1964.5. Here’s his memory:
     I have to tell you a very interesting story about Mustangs.  It came out in 1963 or 64 if I recall, anyway, I was 3 or 4 and my Mom and and Dad and I were sitting watching the bunny eared black and white TV, and the first commercial came on for the NEW FORD MUSTANG.  Well, and I remember this clear as day, after the commercial was done, my Dad got up and went into the kitchen, which was out of our line of sight.  We hear the dial phone...shhhh click click click shhhh click click click, hear my Dad talking for about five minutes, then he comes back into the living room and sits back down.  My Mom asks "What did you just do, Bob?"  to which my Dad replied, "I just called Detroit and ordered that car on TV."  No kidding.  My Mom just said "Oh, OK".  She was used to my Dad doing crazy stuff with cars, he loved them and owned about 20 different ones over his life.  So, it got delivered, a white hard top three on the floor, and we had the first Mustang in lower NY state.  I still remember that thing, we took a trip down to Florida in it, the three kids crammed in the back sitting on suitcases...what a blast.  So I have very fond memories of the old Mustangs.  It was a beast.
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    69RavenConv reacted to Midlife in Kudos To Randy At MidLife   
    You're more than welcome.  It is often that another set of eyes/mindset can troubleshoot things better than the one experiencing the problem. 
    The main reason why I am on this and other forums, as well as my wiring refurbishment business, is that I really enjoy trouble-shooting from a distance.  Having a detached perspective (e.g. a dirty mind laying in the gutter) and helping people out gives me great satisfaction out of life.  That, and a good brand of whiskey...
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from RPM in 69 factory label decal placement?   
    Looking at our unofficial registry here:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10qylpOcZgQLu9SAvhtRhmjGS8Cg0B_y0MpJSU-poATk/edit#gid=370348491
    I see that Jeff Tepper has an early November, 1968, San Jose build - very close to your build date. Jeff is a regular poster over on concoursmustang.com. I suggest joining that forum and sending Jeff a PM about where his decals are located. I'm sure he'd be glad to help. It's almost assured yours were in the same place.
    As an aside, my car is a June 1969 Dearborn build and has the engine spec decal on the passenger side inner fender. Nearly all cars built in Dearborn have it on the drivers side. It turns out there was a 2 or 3 month period where someone (ones?) at the plant did this and it's been documented. The other 10 zillion cars they made there had the decal on the drivers side. I know, I'm a geek.
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    69RavenConv reacted to Midlife in Shorted Wire at Starter Solenoid: the real story   
    I had a customer just 2 weeks ago that fried a wire at the starter solenoid.  What was unusual was that it was the I (Ignition) line, typically brown or red/green.  First time I heard of this problem in 13 years of working on harnesses.  Scratched my head a bit, and came up with a reason, but I wasn't too happy with the explanation.  This line burned half-way through the harness.
    Yesterday, another customer called me with the identical problem!  After some back and forth, he confirmed that it was the I line that got fried.  This one got fried all the way to the connector to the underdash harness.  What is further unusual, is that both were 1967's (Yes, this is a 69/70 forum but hold that thought...)
    Both customers had starting problems: #1 ran out of gas, and cranked the car excessively trying to get it to start.  #2 cranked the car, but the starter solenoid stuck (welded itself inside the solenoid).  Hmmm...a clue here!  Both cases had the wire insulation burn as though it was a short.  But...that line goes to the coil, so there shouldn't be a short when one is sending 12V to the coil.  But there is...the coil is only 1.5 to 0.6 ohms (depending upon model) and from there it goes to the points.  Now then, the points are closed (grounded) 7/8ths of the time, and 1/8th of the time they open allowing high voltage to leak from the coil to the spark plugs.  The majority of the time, the points act as a ground.  Aha!  Sending 12V through a 1.5 ohm system yields 8 amps of current through an 18 gauge wire, enough to cause the wire to get hot and insulation to burn off. 
    So there you have it...the reason why one is told not to excessively crank the starter is not related to the starter or the battery, but to prevent excessive current from passing through a thin wire for longer than a couple of seconds.  This is also the reason why aftermarket ignition systems want to use 14 or lower gauge wires from the I post to their system.  And this has nothing to do with the year Mustang: they all will exhibit this problem if the starter sticks or you crank the car excessively at one time.
    I bet you didn't know this, eh?
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from tgwise in 1969 Mustang E'   
    Nice. That's about what I get in my 2011 Mercury Mariner daily driver without as much style :)
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from Laurie in Ignation Switch Spacer   
    Congrats. Just so you know, the reason that one was pricy is it comes with the illuminated switch option. This only came with the visibility group option package and not all (or even most) Mustangs got it. It should plug in to your existing harness and your switch will light up with the parking lights.
    Keep us posted on the build!
    Oh, BTW, I like the Boss 351 poster on the garage wall :)
     
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from RPM in WTB '70 Coupe/Convertible Trunk Lid   
    Nah, the boonies have Greyhound stations  :)
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    69RavenConv reacted to RPM in Looking For Nice Set of Original M U S T A N G Trunk Letters   
    A good pic is worth a thousand dollars. Even my 20 year old cheap paint job can look good in a pic. 

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    69RavenConv reacted to Caseyrhe in 69-70 tie rod ends   
    What kind of hokey pokey dolly system you got working holding the back of your motor up. 
    I've seen it all now!!
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    69RavenConv got a reaction from RPM in Looking For Nice Set of Original M U S T A N G Trunk Letters   
    My original set was relatively nice but they needed new chrome. After looking into the cost, I went with a repro set with pins (not the stick-on kind) and was pleasantly surprised. All the pins but one lined up well with the holes in the deck lid. I worked the one that didn't fit with a file and it worked out well. Something you may want to look into, as a really nice set of originals may be hard to find.
    Not the best photo but here they are...
     
     

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