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  1. All else failing, there are templates out there somewhere that allow you to mark and cut a non-AC dash for the AC vent openings. There may be more to it than that, but people here will know. I didn't look any further into it after I found myself an AC lower.
  2. I've had that happen. Key is to push the tool in just far enough to engage the clip. It's too easy to push right on through which tends to lock everything down rather than release. Push the tool until you just feel a "pop". It's very very small. Usually you have to work the tools left and right just a bit while pulling. Not all removal tools are the same, I can tell you that. The cheap ones (that I let other people borrow) quite frankly suck and are a struggle. But with the good ones some radios are still a bit of a struggle. Never have figured out why some pop out like corks where some seem superglued in. I recall one so bad I had to disassemble part of the dash trim and remove the glove box to release the clips by poking them with a very long screwdriver. Best guess is that someone tried to remove the radio before with improper tools maybe. That one was before I scored the genuine Ford clips tools though.
  3. A 1990's something Volvo caught my eye once. Like Eastyorkstang says you could work the driver's door lock knob to operate the other door locks. I liked the idea because though I put in power locks, I had no interest in an extra switch. I just ended up using the alarm remote, no switch. But I looked into the Volvo setup and it was fairly straightforward. They just used a pair of microswitches trigged by the rod/latch motion of working the lock knob. Wired into relays and such I gave the setup a pass. I have too many relays and such going on already. Example, I wanted a semi-custom overhead console with stuff in it. (The '67, not my '69) A place to put extra switches among other things. I started with one wire going up to the old dome light. Last I counted there were 26 wires going up to my console.
  4. I know this is an older thread but I got sick of craptastic aftermarket addons years ago. Seemed like they always failed later. For door lock motors in my '67, I got some junkyard one from the rear doors of 1991-94 Explorer. Not least because no one had ever heard of one failing. Also because they are fairly slim. Tough part is if you use such you have to fabricate just everything other darn thing to install them.
  5. Aftermarket "high stall" torque converters are most often repurposed stock torque converters originally used behind a small and weakish engine. Back in the day "Chevy Monza" torque converters were the go-to's. So much so that none exist anymore in stock forum. Small cars and engines use small diameter converters, so the builders weld "ears" on them to match up to big engine flexplates. Then they drill an tap them according to what flexplate the intended use it. They or you could bother to put studs in but nobody does. Some such converters aren't even threaded, you have to use nuts and bolts. Whatever, it all seems to work OK. I do like to use blue Loctite on choices other than the stock Ford studs and nuts which don't need it.
  6. My favorite thread here. I bought my car gutted. The interior was literally the steering column, pedals, and firewall. I've accumulated most of the dash but saw a kit of used dash extra bits on eBay and couldn't figure out what a couple of the parts were exactly for. The assembly manuals were of very limited help. I even got a neighbor to let me stick my head under his dash. (Couldn't see squat.) The pictures in this thread pretty well nailed the last things I needed to figure out. I think. Hope...
  7. I also like to see one inch of "play" as a rule of thumb. Measured when the vehicle is resting normally on the ground. Or better, on a four post lift.
  8. When you have an engine dynamically balanced they need the crank, rods with the bolts, pistons, rings, wrist pins, balancer, and the flywheel/flexplate you are going to use. When balancing they don't actually spin balance all your parts, they just want them so they can weigh them. So the pistons, rings, and wrist pins don't need to be assembled. Some builders will only dynamically balance the crankshaft with the flywheel/flexplate and the harmonic balancer and just weight match the other parts. Apparently you can get good results with either method.
  9. On it. If it were me and I didn't want to try a 3.8 flexplate I'd knock a weight off. Then I'd find a ball bearing that fit in the middle of the flexplate (maybe with some temporary glue) and set it up like I was hand balancing a motorcycle or bicycle wheel. That way I could grind off a tad bit more steel if I weren't happy with how neutral it turned out to be. Kind of curious how you ended up with a custom balance engine but it wasn't dynamically balanced before you got your hands on it. My local guy won't balance a crank unless you have all the involved rotating parts there for him.
  10. The PAX looks to be your best choice. At least they SAY it fits. All I know is the 3.8 flexplate I mentioned is zero balance from the factory, is the right diameter with the correct number of teeth, and I think has the correct offset. But the only one I actually have on hand is a flywheel for a 3.8, not a flexplate. Though I do have a 157 tooth 5.0 flywheel handy I'm not at all sure the comparison between those two would translate usually into pertinent info for what you need. I've personally compared the offsets between an AOD/e/4R70W flexplate and one for a C6/E4OD and found the difference surprising small. You about have to use a micrometer to tell them apart. But that tiny difference very much matters. Trying to say though I can do my best to compare two apples I can't say that what I find will the same for two oranges. In fact I doubt it would. By the way, I had to go to Summit and search up what you bought. When I look it says it would be backordered until mid-October. Link: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/pma-pax30210
  11. Sounds like you want to look at a 1998 or so Mustang 3.8 164 tooth flexplate if you want a stocker but it seems to me with what you have going on you might be better off with an aftermarket and custom SFI approved flexplate.
  12. This is the working bay. Pictured in house remodel mode. All the crap on the floor to the right is that stuff (and my chili pot). Router on the left, table saw out, and I forgot why the welder was involved. As much as I hate to say it, the is situation normal. Too much stuff and too little room. As for tools there's an Atlas lathe and Clausing mill lurking back there I guess.
  13. I like cobalt whatevers. Lately I've been using a set from Harbor Freight. I have Drill Doctor I resharpen bits with. I keep a "to do" list on my phone which includes whatever bits I may have broken lately. I tend to pick up single replacements at Northern Tool mostly. I think those are Dewalt. Elsewhere I find Vermont American. I've seen some "cobalt" bits which are sort of rainbow colored. They aren't true cobalts and are instead just coated. I would buy plain black HSS black oxide ones over those. At least they aren't trying to fool me. Actual cobalt bits are a darkish gold color. Brighter gold ones are the titanium coated ones. They're OK until the that microscopic coating wears off (about 2 seconds into a piece of steel) but I wouldn't pay extra for them. Harbor Freight puts a set of their titaniums on sale sometimes as low as $12. They're not great but not bad either. A decent starter set. Just replace the ones you actually use, dull, or break with individual cobalts. If you're like me you'll use the heck out of just a few sizes and the rest will stay like new.
  14. I don't this guy tossing out any actual qualifications other than he authored a book and stood in front of a camera. Plus I might be inclined to give him a tad bit of credit if his personal cars weren't a generation one Prius and a Honda Insight. Jeremy Clarkson once spoke of the Insight as wanting to crash it into a tree just so he wouldn't have to drive it anymore. That and in the one video he claims he wasn't aware of how the curve at the front of "undertrays" had and aero effect. Reading between the lines this tells me this boob has absolutely no qualifications in the field of aerodynamics. Just no way. But as the saying goes "Just because the biggest fool in the world says the sun id shining doesn't make it dark outside." I long since have been quite distracted but about 15 years ago I stocked up on some PVC sheet to do essentially the same sort of things. It and the car are still out there but I'm still quite distracted. Though it may not be clear on every video, allowances are to be made to vent air from underhood. A side effect he mentions of all this that the air directed under the car this way has a bit of venturi effect and will draw that warm out through smaller openings than one might expect. If you do things right. Do a big lower like he shows on his Prius on a Fox Mustang and you will have an overheated engine PDQ. Because those cars draw the air for the radiator from up under the front bumper. I bet he has no clue about that. Aero stuff isn't a one size fits all science. For what little I know about it anyway. Far from an expert me, but I've tried to listen while smart people talked.
  15. I'm rather fond of the original factory IFS. With some upgrades ala Opentracker. I 've noticed that seems to be the preferred way to go with people that autocross and/or do some amateur level open track racing.
  16. Seems like I've seen this thread before somewhere. But anyway.. When people say they want a bunch of power and there's a choice between a smaller engine and a bigger one, the answer is the bigger one. Pretty much just that simple. Getting around 400 HP from a 351W isn't too hard. Stroke it for more. 8 inch rears rule of thumb are good up to 400 HP or so if there's no drag racing with slicks. Sounds like you'll need a 9. The "sub 11 second" thing kind of throws this. Such times aren't that easy to achieve. Plus if you do, they're going to say you have to have a roll cage if you plan to keep going to the track. Have a plan for that? An alternative to all this is to just hotrod the engine and car how you want to with an eye towards improving it's performance. If you forget about focusing on some arbitrary blue sky numbers the whole thing is a LOT more enjoyable. On the other hand, if you intend to use the car for competition then of course you need a thought out plan with realistic goals.
  17. If they went to good home then I guess that's all we could really ask for. (It's like we're talking about kittens here.) :)
  18. I used Google Pics back when it was Picasa and it was OK. Google bought it and changed about everything about how it worked. Ticked me off and I went to Photobucket. They sold out and the new owners decided to charge everyone buckets of money or deal with having a hugely annoying watermark across everything. So I jumped ship again and am now at postimage. Their setup is much like the same Winkflash, Picasa, Photobucket formula so easy to get a handle on if you've used similar software. I think about three years now without them doing anything stupid so I'm quite happy with them. Winkflash did something to annoy me. Too long ago and I can't remember.
  19. If not then I need them. You take Paypal? (For the shipping)
  20. I put a 1403 on our '96 5.0 over ten years ago. New to me at the time and I had my doubts. Still on there and I wouldn't trade it. The 500 cfm is a perfect match for all around driving with a little foolishness on occasion. The AVS with the annular boosters would be even better. Now that I say it. OK, maybe I would trade that old Edelbrock. :)
  21. Is it me or does that appear to be a "China" relay? I don't even give those relays the benefit of a doubt anymore, straight ou tof the box and into the trash they go. If it's not a Bosch or a Potter-Brumfield I won't use it. Seriously, I've had some really stupid issues with China relays.
  22. Over the years I've fixed a couple of Fords (and one Dodge) that no one else could with a store full of alternators by simply adding a ground wire from the case to the ground point where engine block ground strap is. Or is supposed to be. You'd think it would be grounded by the bolts and brackets but in at least a couple of cases it was not and I proved it. After the second one I fixed it became my habit to add a ground wire to every alternator I owned that didn't have one already. The last one I caught I had since learned about voltage drop testing and was able to isolate the trouble area. Out of curiosity. It was between the case itself and the steel bracket. The aluminum case can develop a surface oxidation that apparently won't conduct electricity. Just like a coat of paint. Do you NEED a ground? Probably not. I've seen hundreds of vehicles that didn't have or need one. But I've seen it be an issue a couple of times and ground straps are cheap. It's not going to ever be an issue on MY cars.
  23. Good street performance is most often satisfactorily found with a planned combination of many small things, rather than making one or two changes and expecting a fire breathing monster. People have been porting these heads for many many years. Even after the aluminum heads became common they were still performance go-to heads in certain types of racing where choices were restricted to stock parts. Probably not really worth doing if you have to pay somebody full retail. If you want to do it yourself or can get a buddy deal on the labor, then do it. The recipes are out there to follow. Last I paid attention we weren't taking the "hump" all the way out. The guys with flow benches are saying to just reduce its height and give it a teardrop shape these days. If you plan to DIY you'd want to look all that up so as to have a good plan of attack. If you grind too much out of the wrong area you can literally turn a good head into unfixable scrap. Though a Dremel and it's 1/8" tooling is great to have, it's really only good for the final polishing and detailing. You really need a high speed 1/4" grinder for porting cast iron. Seriously, that power drill you have WON'T do it. Carbide bits don't work well at all unless they are spinning a lot faster than a drill can go. So porting some heads requires investing in a bit of equipment along with the time.
  24. Part of this is why some people say old vehicles have "personality", you have to get to know what they "like" and "don't like". Sounds like you are on the way. Another thought, when I feel like the engine is still pretty hot after stopping at the store or for a quick lunch I will take care not to tough the accelerator pedal at all, just turn the key. Most of the time it works best for me. If not then I will put the pedal down pretty far and hold it and continue cranking it like that. Three of my vehicles like this but a fourth does better if the throttle is cracked open just a bit.
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