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  1. I've been running DOT 5 Silicone in my '69 since the late 80's with no issues. Flushed it with new fluid in 2011. Doug
  2. I've been following this thread and just realized I never posted any comments. Really turned out nice, glad you decided to restore it instead of parting it out. Notice you put a 390 in it, was it a factory big block car too ?? If so, that would make that Grande' even rarer !! Doug
  3. Nice work and looks great, love the color. The 17" Legendary GT9 wheels were an excellent choice and look great on it as well ... I've got the 15" versions on my '69 and absolutely love the look and quality of them as does everyone that sees them. Comparing them to the stock 14" GT argent slotted wheels I had on the car for the past 30+ years many did a double take the 1st time they saw the car with them as it was a huge change to the o/a look !! Doug
  4. My 351W has a Wide Ratio Top Loader, 3:50 Gears, and 225/60-15 (25.63" Dia.) tires. 2840 RPM @ 60 MPH or 3551 RPM @ 75 MPH in 4th. OK on 55 MPH back roads but screaming on the 70 MPH Interstate !! Doug
  5. I've recently been informed of a gas cap clocking issue with the '65-66 Scott Drake Zinc Plated neck. The issue being the gas cap will not turn far enough for the artwork to be level. Interestingly, I was also informed that the Painted version of this neck (made by a different mfr.) available from various suppliers does not have this issue. I had originally bought 1 of these painted necks from Summit as it was a cheaper than the Zinc Plated one. Not liking the looks of the blistered paint around the stake marks (even after touching up), I felt the added cost of the Zinc Plated one was worth it so it was "1 & done" for the painted version. After discovering the issue, I started stocking the painted version again and even found a supplier selling the Goodmark version for less than Summit. Well this vendor must have had them on "clearance", as they no longer list it. Having 4 of the Scott Drake Zinc Plated ones in my inventory, I figured I needed to do something so I bought a Scott Drake 1965 Mustang gas cap to confirm that there was no clocking issue if the proper gas cap was used ... WRONG ... even the Scott Drake cap on the Scott Drake neck has the problem !! So, I put a cut-off wheel on my Dremel and cut back the stops and eliminated the CLOCKING ISSUE. Took maybe 10 minutes. All my '65-66 Scott Drake necks are now fixed and this mod will be done to all of them from here on out. See attached pdf for instructions and pictures. Doug FIXING THE CLOCKING ISSUE.pdf
  6. Since you have a '69, the Zinc Plated version is the way to go. I did buy one of the painted '69 necks from Goodmark to check it out, but there is barely any cost savings over the zinc plated one from CJPP, so once that painted one sold I never ordered another. I've got 3 of the '69 Zinc Plated one currently in stock. Doug
  7. I've got a complete convertible power top assy. from a '69 Cougar that has been in dry storage since the mid 80's. It is located in Skokie, Illinois however I have no interest in trying to ship it. I looked at your profile and see you are in Georgia so mine is NO CLOSER to you than any of the others mentioned. Doug
  8. That is great news Bob ... really hoped that it was only the "older short nozzle" style an installation at the original dimensions would have issues with. A sigh of relief really, as this further solidifies that the few '65-66 Scott Drake necks I did at the original dimensions (about 1" further down the neck than the others) are the only ones that will not work with most if not all Stage II Vapor Recovery nozzles. Thanks again, Doug
  9. I had to CHANGE my dimensions a while back after finding out Cali (and a few other states) still uses Stage II emissions and the nozzles require the insert to be further up the neck. The only ones customers have had issues with though was the '65-66 Scott Drake Zinc Plated version that had the insert located the furthest down the neck. Attached is the updated dimension sheet (back side of the tool list doc), where I've moved all inserts as far up as possible while still leaving room to add a VENT above the insert in the '69 GT500 vent recall location. Doug Fuel Filler Insert Tool List-R5.pdf
  10. I've messed with a bunch of clocks over the years, many I've put quartz movements in and a couple I've got going again with the stock movements. Only had 1 or two that I could not get the knob to come off and gave up as I was concerned that I'd break the stem before it would actually unscrew. One of the stubborn ones was a '69-70 Mach 1 clock. The knob on O.E. '69-70 Mach 1 clocks is metal, not "plastic" so, there is a chance the shaft could snap off. Doug
  11. Back in the 80's I made one out of a 3/8-24 bolt by turning the end down in a lathe. Pretty reasonable price at MCR for that custom made tool. Doug
  12. Pretty bad when a VW Golf is heavy enough to crack 3 Ton stands. I currently have 2 sets of 2 ton and 2 sets of 3 ton. The 3's are newer and I bought them for the sole reason they can get cars up a bit higher. My 2 different 2 ton sets (one set are all stamped steel with rolled & welded center support other has the cast ratchet type) I've had forever and never had any issues with either of them. And as beefy as my 3-ton ones are (think I got from Fleet Farm) I can't see this crap happening to them either. I do have a low profile steel 2-ton Harbor Freight Jack though … bought it in 2009 (prior to when the newer "1 pump to bumper" types became common) and have never had any issues with it. Doug
  13. All the reproduction Zinc Plated Necks come without the factory "vent dent" in the face that allows your gas tank to breathe with a non-vented gas cap (which all O.E.'65-70 Mustang Caps were). All the reproduction Painted / Powder Coated necks come with this dent as do the '65-66 & '67-68 Conversion Necks, it is just the '65-69 Scott Drake and CJPP Zinc Plated Necks that come without. Anyway, I started adding this dent on all these necks a while ago, and finally finished a write up on the subject. See attached PDF. Doug ADDING VENT DENT.pdf
  14. Lowest it got in NE Wisconsin was just under $1 for E10 87 and $1.699 for ethanol free 91 …. a few weeks ago. Just bought gas yesterday and the 91 is back up to $2.499 (was $2.399 last Sunday). Still pretty darn cheap. Doug
  15. The alignment an my '69 with all stock '69 parts and a new Scott Drake '69 neck looked like your pic of the '70 neck. In my case I'm guessing my misalignment is due to the fact that it had been rear ended when it was fairly new and instead of replacing the T/L panel & driver's quarter they pulled it out and this misalignment was "close enough". You have to slip the hose on the 2 stems with the neck partially out of the taillight panel anyway, so just get it together and pull it in the last bit with the screws. On my still original T/L panel, I used machine screws & nuts in place of the O.E. sheet metal screws to mount the neck and pull it in … at least one of the holes was partially stripped out, so this was more solid and a better solution for my situation. Doug
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