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  1. Thanks Bob, I drew it as I liked it (handle thickness, diameter, and wheel rise) and local shop cut it for me. Beech plywood, epoxy glue, stain and approx. 12 hours of work.
  2. Hi Guys, so, my euphory after my first engine parts shipment came only after a week since order (Rockauto) is gone. I received connecting rod bearings, cam bearings, oil pump, timing chain but the rest of delivery (with main bearings of course) got stuck at our famous customs to. Since December 12th I have no respond from them what I should do to get the parts. My “Christmas” build is gone, so I spent Holidays with some unnecessary work. After I build my custom steering wheel, I finished battery relocation pan with circuit breaker and kill switch.
  3. Hi Guys ... after a while (that felt like forever) So my lesson learned - never judge engine after removing one cylinder head :) After I took down the second one o found some scratches in cylinder 6 and suspicious spot in cylinder 7 that could be a crack. So my optimism was gone and I knew I have to disassembly whole endine. I made penetration test of cylinder 7 - and it came out that it was no crack. The biggest disappointment was then I realized that the engine is already 0.040 over. The bearings of connection rods were also destroyed as well as on crankshaft. I spent hours on net to browse 351w topics and videos, what are my possibilities. To bore it over to 4.060" is to risky, to sleeve it to expensive and to find some good block for reasonable price in europe is impossible. So I decided to just refresh the engine (hone the cylinders, re ring it and change all bearings, timing, cam, lifters and oil pump), put it together so I can finish the car. With finished hone I was able to get roundness and taper to factory specs, but my bore is up to 0,002 inch over the top limit. Anyway, no option at this time, at least the crank is 0,010 under so I can let it grind to 0,020 and balance. Im looking now for parts to order. Except piston rings and camshaft it should be no problem. Rings - I'm not sure if I buy 0,040 over rings the gap will be not too big (my worn rings make 0,026" gap). I'm thinking to buy 0,060s and grind them to size, but I don't know if the shape of rings is already different because of bigger diameter. Camshaft - I can't find some stock cam or some alternative in any shop (everywhere is only edelbrock performer + )
  4. Hi everybody, I started the most exciting part of my restoration – engine. My goal is nothing extraordinary, just to have reliable engine around 300-350 hp. I'd like to buy some top end kit in the future, but I can’t find anything reasonable anywhere around right now. Last time the engine worked was 6 years ago. As I remember, smoke was no issue, and it did run … For condition check I made cold compression test, no additional cylinder lubrication, the max. pressure was achieved after 3-4 cranks. My readings were from approx. 168 to 180 psi – what I think is pretty good. Even condition of cylinder is not so bad – the crosshatch pattern is still noticeable, and I didn’t feel any step on top of the cylinder in end position area of first piston ring. On lifters is almost none wear visible. What’s your opinion please: Can I leave the rotation assembly as it is (crank, cam, pistons), or should I replace some parts anyway? I don’t know the condition of timing chain yet. At this point I’m thinking to just reseal whole engine (inc. frost plugs) and just slightly port heads (remove and open overhangs on openings edges) and leave it as it is. Anyway, I think my next upgrade will be just EFI for better cold start and smoother engine run, until I start something more serious with replacing for T5 transmission. Thanks for you suggestions...
  5. Thanks Roger, id checked them, but prices are already on Lokar level :( but at least nice details inspiration
  6. Just finished my light panel for rear fog, reverse and license plate light. Will be mounted in rear bumper notch and is all LED. After I saw YT video from AtotopiaLA with Mercury Comet crashing because of brake failure, I decided to converse emergency brake to floor mounted that I'm more used to. Nice Lokar kit is way to expensive, so I'm going cheaper way:
  7. Hi, its cheap module from china - aliexpress / ebay: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001959116063.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.de4a6c95A4Bao3&algo_pvid=708336d1-c8a7-4a66-94c2-843a22a47662&algo_exp_id=708336d1-c8a7-4a66-94c2-843a22a47662-23&pdp_ext_f={"sku_id"%3A"12000018229388578"}&pdp_npi=2%40dis!EUR!1.07!0.52!!!!!%402101fd4b16643416386241279eb17b!12000018229388578!sea&curPageLogUid=0oWMrz2ziqul I tested it for a while and it did survive, but how long will it in light is still a question :)
  8. Thanks Victor, sooo, my tranny is ready to install. I got lucky a found one „new“ upper strut for 70 and up FMX on ebay. The lower one was easy, so I made that one by myself. Adjusted according manual specs now waiting for installation.
  9. Thanks Bob, thats nice saying :)
  10. Short update... So, thanks Bob, Kens videos are great, and to work on transmission with them really fun! My front band had to be replaced / relined so I decided to buy a flexible band. Unfortunately, use of this type of band requires other strut (as for 1972-73 fmx), so I’m still not able to assembly the trany – waiting parts to come. Maybe it might help someone, so I’m posting a picture how I solved installation of direct drum piston. I used thin plastic flowerpot (cut flash at bottom ad left some rest above for pulling it out) to press the seal ring, inserted inside the drum and by constantly pressing on piston I slowly removed the pot strip. Till struts arrive I started to rebuild side louvres an rewire the car.
  11. no Bob, i have to download it and watch. Thanks!
  12. It was raining this weekend, so I started something new – rebuild of my FMX. I ordered master rebuild kit C9ZZ-7005-MK, output shaft bushing, output and pump seal. After disassembly I inspected bearings, seals and bands. Can someone confirm my finding and answer some questions, please? - front band should be replaced - Bearing on direct drum ich chipped - should be replaced - is the lip on Planet bushing normal or its wear? - is it normal that replacement flat seal for forward clutch piston is about 1/3 thinner than original? - Is he wear on inside bushings (last two pics) OK? Thanks for any answer / opinion, I’m trying to find some info on web, but except rebuild kits are even other bushing and parts hard to find
  13. Broken heating housing repaired, and restored with new seals, finally all upholstery done and tadaaaaa. after 5 years back on own wheels!
  14. Meanwhile in my garage :) After disassembly of my differential I found heavy wear on yoke seal surface. Unfortunately it was deep and after machining the original seal had only light pressure, so I hat to get some custom seal. Backlash of differential and tooth position adjusted. Finally brake parts came (except rear brake cables), and I could put everything together.
  15. After a while some parts arrived to my eshop, so I was able to start put the car together. I bought Scott Drake lowering kit for rear end, installed tank and sending unit and modified tail lights with LED modules.
  16. Thanks aslanefe ! Yes, I was wondering what are this brackets for. What kind of clip are they attached with?
  17. Man, thanks a lot, that helped me a lot. I will put there same foam I used under door jamb stainless trim. It's harder than I thought its gonna be to put the car together, even with assembly manuals :) On top of all, the quality of some aftermarket parts is so poor that I'm struggling with primitive things - now its the hood. The seal between hood and cowl is so hard that is unusable.
  18. First back seat side panel restored, under old upholstery I found some surface rust , but after some rust neutralizer, coat of epoxy and fresh vinyl its like new. I found 3 mounting spots for screws, but can't figure out purpose of the one on panel - red arrow, because place where is this one aligned to - has no hole at all. Im I missing some mounting clip, oi its hole for rubber insert? Did someone recently instal this panels on coupe (has someone pics)? My assembly manual has poor details on this part of vehicle so I'm just guessing how should it be ... Thanks
  19. Thanks aslanefe, that's great suggestion, I'm gonna definitely do your hack :)
  20. Fuel line installed, as well as the second layer of sound damping mats. I could finally open and roll out carpet, to get some shape from the box.
  21. Windows done, all of aluminium brackets have been loose or off some way, so I had to dig out all of old glue and blue them in properly. Since I wasn't able to get the glu I saw on youtube - perfect video from WCCC, i used same as on the windshield. Seem to work perfect, time will prove it. only issue I had was how to glue then in the middle of bracket grove and in the right angle - but simple solution: 3D printed spacers with snug fit :)
  22. And again outside temperatures are below 0 °C, so I'm trying to do at least some clean work inside the house.
  23. Some progres pics. I glued in the windshield last night. Was my first, so I took some knowledge from mustangstofear youtube video. After measuring, and measuring I set the glue V-shape ledge to 16mm - approx. 5/8 Inch. I ordered two 310ml tubes and I was really generous, but I used just one, otherwise as was told in video. Now I have concerns, if it is gonna seal properly. How much do you use guys to glue the windshield in?
  24. I know your car, I got inspired by your color choice :)
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