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  1. Machspeed

    What did you do to/for your Mustang today?

    Arning 1" UCA drop. Hole size now 1/2" and still need to drill the 17/32 hole. Seems I read there is a 69Stang community drill bit out there somewhere. Anybody? Those Harbor Freight step drills are a best buy purchase, @ $14. Compare to $45 tool store purchase. The unit pictured below was used entirely in the build of my rotisserie and body cart. Still cuts nicely!!!
  2. Yes, I have a set that I purchased off ebay a few years ago. In fact, I posted about them here and a few members also purchased them. They were very reasonable in price and appear to be high quality stainless. I think they are 2-2 1/4. Regardless, they will require an adapter for my exhaust.
  3. This is rather trivial, but I'm really anal about things. Last night I was going to repair one of the hood hinge mounting nuts on my 69 Mach. It had broken out of the rear apron causing some issues with the hood hinge. I got to looking at the orientation of the nuts and comparing those on the driver's side with those on the passenger side and the nut that requires repair appears skewed. Based off how it fit in, I would have sworn it was correctly positioned but now I'm thinking it may not be correct. Was hoping someone could provide a picture of the driver's side rear apron to confirm my suspicions? Pictured below is the driver side and passenger side hinge mounting nuts. The top nut on the driver side is the one I'm needing to fix. Thanks
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    Hood Hinge Mounting Nuts

    Thanks fellas.
  5. Those look really good! Was hoping they would also produce a 70 version but unless I missed them, don't see them.b Thanks for sharing
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    Craig from New Zealand

    That's slick. Tail panel needs the black or something. Compared to the rest of the car, very plain. Looks like it has wheels on it now, how bout a side shot?
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    69 Fastback medallions

    Yep, those will need to be replaced. Are the pins still in the B pillar?
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    69 Fastback medallions

    If they are both on backwards, you need only to swap them in the correct orientation but to the other side. Somebody likely flipped them intentionally, possibly jacking with you or the previous owner. Ridge is right, place a block of wood at the bottom of the medallion and hit upwards.
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    Craig from New Zealand

    That's just beautiful! Tastefully done too. Hood is awesome. With the headlight buckets blacked out, think I'd black out the tail panel too.
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    Craig from New Zealand

    Checked it out, very informative. Thank you! Man, I'd sweep the floors, take out the trash, and clean the bathrooms in that shop just to learn and be a part. Need some help...LOL!?!
  11. Machspeed

    What did you do to/for your Mustang today?

    Terry, thanks for the input buddy. Here's the impact driver I used. It's a heavy duty sucker with the correct bit and it removed two of the striker plate screws! On those two, I got lucky. It would not budge the other two. In fact, I was afraid I wasn't going to get them with the removal of the screw head and the EZ Out. Thought I was going to have to tap drill the suckers and re-tap. There is a process of galvanic corrosion going on in there between the metal of the screw and the threaded plate. I could see it with the removal of the screws.
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    Craig from New Zealand

    Rich, thanks again for the windshield tutorial....awesome!!! Now, how bout one for the rear glass? Doesn't look like the rear glass is in yet, be a good time to make another quality MTF tutorial....lol! Seriously, I've read in various postings where people had to do some serious trimming to the gasket. It was very ill fitting and the trim would not sit down correctly. Can I ask what specific gasket you use and if it has been your experience to routinely trim said gasket? Thanks, John
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    What did you do to/for your Mustang today?

    Yep, I had an impact driver on them and kept them soaked in penetration oil and it wouldn't touch them. Best way would be with heat, but again, concerned about a fire. EZ out worked out fine though.
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    What did you do to/for your Mustang today?

    Yeah, I entertained that idea but was concerned about all the penetrating oil and stuff I had previously applied. Did not want to risk a fire. Thanks, Rich
  15. Machspeed

    What did you do to/for your Mustang today?

    Did a couple of things I've been dreading and putting off. I had to drill out the screws for the door striker plates. Been soaking those suckers with PB Blaster for a month and still could not get them out. In fact, stripped the screw heads out trying to remove them. Drilled off the heads and removed the remaining studs with an EZ Out. Worse than that was the removal of a bolt in the dash assembly. A few months back when I was removing one of the dash brackets, I rounded the head on one of the bolts. To get the assembly off, I used a high speed grinder and cut the bolt head off, leaving the remaining stud. Apparently, someone back in 69 was having an off day with his impact gun, as this bolt was practically in sideways. I had to cut the whole nut assembly out of the dash and with the nut removed and in my vice, I still could not remove that stud. Tomorrow will weld up the dash with the new nut.
  16. Was inspecting the cowl on my project last night and it appears to be okay. There is, however, a lot of superficial rust in there and I probably should check it for leaks. From what I gather, I should poor about a gallon of water in the center of the cowl and see if it leaks onto the floor board, correct? Lastly, how would you address the superficial rust within the cowl?
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    Craig from New Zealand

    Understand on the headliner. Suspect that console adds some support to the unit. Great video, Rich. Materials, details, etc. Thank you so much for that! Jeez, I love the project car too! Looking forward to seeing it in completed form! Spectacular!!!
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    Craig from New Zealand

    Rich, not just the grain, but the headliner bow look seen in the factory headliner. I guess if you did that, you'd have to pull the console, assuming it is molded into the headliner. Personally, I'm not a fan of the overhead console, though. Most probably are and that is who you need to address. Still, I'd love to see a one piece that looks just like the original. Thanks for posting the video!
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    Craig from New Zealand

    Been looking for a good video on the windshield install, Rich! Where can I view it at? Also, I like your one piece headliner, really do. However, I really wished it had more of the OEM look to it, texture and such. Any consideration to that?
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    69 Stang Cowl Clean Up

    I know I know what you mean but understand my car is completely apart, on a rotisserie, and fixing to go to the media blaster. If the cowl leaks, now is the time to find it and I don't know of any other way.
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    Seam Sealer

    Car will be going to media blaster in a couple weeks. Last week, my son and I spent the day scraping the factory sealer and undercoating. Two Questions: 1. What product would you use for seam sealer? I've been reading, just want opinions here. 2. While cleaning up the engine compartment and other places I found this white putty like stuff that the factory used to fill large voids between panels. What is this stuff? See photo. Thanks, John
  22. Indeed it does! I love the Magnum 500 wheel!!! Car looks good. When I first got my car back in 76, it had the OEM chrome styled wheels. I longed for the Magnums back then but they were somewhat hard to find and very expensive. Eventually found me a set of 14" Magnums that I could afford back then.
  23. One of the hood hinge "Captive Nuts" is slightly damaged on my car. See photo.... top nut. I could weld it back in but this just seems like a week and poorly executed method for attaching the hinges and I'm certain it will fail again. I'd like to just reinforce the area but the contour of supporting panel area does not make this easy. I've done a healthy web search but not finding much. Is there something out there that I may be missing? Thoughts? Thanks!!!
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    Hood Hinge Captive Nuts

    Thanks fellas! I'll weld them up then. My OEM hinges are shot and have purchased some heavy duty hinges from West Coast Cougar. Suppose to be better than the OEM. Guess we'll see.
  25. This is the beginning of my build, as I just pulled her out of storage this past weekend. I've had this car since 1977, bought as second owner with 51k miles on it. I drove her all through high school and a few years after when I decided to use it as an occasional Friday and Saturday night cruiser. I pulled the original 351 2v Windsor and installed a 351 Cleveland. After a few years and a few motors I put her in storage just prior to joining the Air Force. As you can see from the inspection sticker, it's been in storage in at least four different storage units in two different states since 1984. Raising two children, acquiring a degree and building a business has taken much time from me, but I've finally arrived and this is the day. I wished I had all the money that I spent on keeping her in storage, not to mention dragging her to several locations over the years, but this car has always been special to me and as you will see fated to be mine. Let me explain. I grew up in San Antonio Texas. Occasionally, during the summer months when we were out of school, my father would take us to the nearby mall for dinner. I was about thirteen then and in the parking lot of the mall was this gorgeous Mustang. I would look for it every time we went to the mall and more often than not it was there. Eventually the day came when its respective owner moved on and subsequently the car went with him. Fast forward three years, I'm seventeen stocking shelves in an Albertsons and needing a ride. I've got some money in the bank and am routinely searching the Sunday classifieds for my dream car. Eventually, I come across an ad listing a 69 Mustang Mach 1 for $1,100. I showed dad the ad, called the owner and hopped in the old Country Squire Station wagoner for a cruise across town to take a look. As we rounded the corner to the owner's house I could see the car in the driveway and noted that it was the same color as the car that I remembered at the mall a few years back. As we pulled up into the driveway, I realized, "that is the car that was at the mall!". I was freaking out and my dad was telling me to maintain some composure as he had plans to haggle with the guy. After the generous nine-hundred dollar offer was declined, I blew it by screaming, "It's my money, just give him the $1100". Again, that was 1977 and I've had the car ever since. Over the past several years I've been watching many of you and your builds come to fruition here and you have been such an inspiration to me. Many of you don't know it, but I've learned so much from so many of you and as such I hope you'll join with me here as I go through my very own resto. I've been looking forward to this for a very long time.
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