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  1. I would use either of the 2.87 gear trannies because they have a numerically lower first gear, so it is actually usable because you can go faster than 6 mph before you have to shift. A 3.27 or or numerically higher first gear is good for steep hill climbing or a lame V8 or even lamer 6 cylinder engine.

    T5 Z SPEC . . . . 2.95, 1.94, 1.34, 1.00, 0.63

    TKX . . . . . . . . . .2.87, 1.89, 1.28, 1.00, .068

  2. yes those are seat belt bolts but they should go into a round nut plate that is welded to the body. you should also have the holes for the seat . you might want to look carefully to see if that piece has been replaced

    you can always try tony gerace at gerace restorations as well . tell him mustang mike says the sushi bar misses him.


    this is from a 70 mustang but i dont remember which model



  3. 11 hours ago, Midlife said:

    Correlations does not mean causality.

    From the Phase 2 and 3 trials, people got Bel's Palsy (which usually goes away after a few days) as the same rate as the general population. 


    Unfortunately, in the link you posted it does not say if the bels palsey went away on its own or required medication to make it go away and it oes not say that it ever went away.


    The problem is that bels palsey that is caused by the vaccine, may be a more serious form, and without any more info, it may be a permanent condition, so a lot more info regarding the outcome of patients that got bels palsey from the shot is needed. Also, the likely hood of the patients getting bels palsey naturally soon after they received the shot are astronomically small, therefore, it is reasonable to deduce that at least in the majority of the cases, the bels palsey was caused by the shot.


  4. 12 minutes ago, Dave R. said:

    I saw a mold being made by the small molder I referenced above. They stripped the seats and carpet from a car that they had rented from a rental agency

    That's funny, and it reminds me of guys renting Shelby's, then taking the engine out and replacing it with another stock one, lol.

  5. 57 minutes ago, Dave R. said:

     If their carpet was such high quality why did Distinctive get out of the carpet business?

    I've had the opportunity to watch carpet being woven, in person, and that is a fascinating process. Or I thought so at least. I've also had the opportunity to see carpet sets being molded mostly at an operation that was much smaller than ACC is. The ovens that heat the carpet and the presses that smash the heated carpet between the mold halves are nothing elaborate. I think that the equipment could be made in-house if a competent welder was available. The making of the molds would require some experience with laying up of fiberglass. Maybe someone should fill a void in the restoration business by molding high quality carpet sets.    Dave R.

    They didn't say, but one possibility is that ACC cost less, so possibly that started to take away enough business from Distinctive that it was no longer profitable enough to make carpet.

    I asked either ACC or Distinctive (can't remember which one now) what they used for a mold on the Mustangs, and they said they used Mustang floor pans, but of course they had them reinforced somehow. 


  6. 10 hours ago, Dave R. said:

    Is it possible that the supplier(s) of the carpet to ACC is making a lower quality carpet to begin with? You do realize that ACC does not weave their own carpet. They buy carpet by the roll and form it into the product that they sell. Maybe they are doing the best they can with what is available.   Dave R.

    Irregardless of where they get it, it is low quality, and that is really all that matters, however, with the hundreds of carpet mfg's in the US, I'm quite confident that ACC  can get a higher quality (denser weave) carpet. The home carpet mfg's offer that option, so I can't fathom the auto carpet mills not offering that option, since it is likely  just a matter of changing the computer program to a higher density.

    The fact is that ACC was selling the same low quality carpet they are now when Distinctive Industries was selling their high quality, high density carpet, therefore, that is proof that at least at that time, a higher quality carpet than ACC offered could be made, and for reasons only known to ACC, they intentionally decided to use a low quality carpet, it's that simple. Also, ever since Distinctive stopped making carpet, ACC has no need to offer a high quality carpet, because they pretty much have the automotive carpet market all to themselves.

    We had the biggest vintage Mustang restoration shop in California for 20 years, and there were numerous customers that told us they didn't like the ACC carpet because of the things I mentioned, and we told them that unfortunately, that was the best brand available at that time. When I heard from Distinctive that they were going to stop making carpet, I asked them if they would be interested in selling us all their carpet equipment because we didn't like the quality of the ACC carpet, but unfortunately, they had gotten rid of it all by that time.

  7. One of the biggest  issues is that it is much less dense than factory carpet. Distinctive carpet is the same density as factory. When the crappy acc carpet is installed, one can in fact see between the carpet strands to the backing where it goes over the trans tunnel when the sun is on it. To try and counter the fact that their carpet is ow quality, acc eventually came up with their "mass backing" option as a bad aid in an attempt to compensate for the low density (fibers per inch) of their carpet.

    Just because it may be easy to install by no way means that it is high quality carpet, and in fact, one of the reasons it is easy to install is because it is low quality. Since it is low density, it conforms easier to contours, just like a piece of plastic the thickness of a piece of paper would conform to contours much easier than one that is 1/4" thick.

    Can the average person visually see the difference, no, as long as they are not looking at the trans tunnel in the daylight, so their carpet is not useless by a long way, but it is still very low quality when compared to distinctive brand and factory, and I try to use the highest quality parts available whenever possible and feasible, but since distinctive no longer makes carpet, acc is the only other one I use when I can't find a shop that has left over distinctive carpet, but that does not mean I like it.


  8. On 12/7/2020 at 11:50 AM, RobotMan said:

    1. Thoughts on a 347 stroker? Pros and cons?

    2. What would be some decent combination for a mild cam engine with nice daily driver performance. Have a blank canvas but not looking for a hot rod. Somewhere between stock and hot rod. 

    Thanks in advance for your input,


    It depends on several factors like what trans and gears you have and if you will be doing a lot of high speed freeway driving vs around town driving etc.

    Pros - more power

    Cons - bad gas mileage

    Mahle pistons, lunati/morel or johnson hydraulic roller lifters, lunati https://www.lunatipower.com/voodoo-hydraulic-roller-cam-ford-351w-302-h-o-262-270.html

    or similar howards hydraulic roller cam, howards push rods, 3.25 - 3:43 gears if you have a 3 speed auto, posi if you plan to hammer it hard from a stop, edelbrock big valve heads, hedman elite headers of any length with remflex gaskets, around 9.5 compression, 0 deck the block, felpro "s" intake gaskets, budget eagle rods and crank, arp oil pump drive, blueprinted mellings high volume oil pump, have the block machined for an oil seal, performer rpm intake (air gap if you have hood clearance) or similar in another brand, rollmaster timing chain, scorpion lifters (you need the endurance ones if you use stock steel valve covers, and with that cam you could use a higher ratio arm to get more valve lift. i would break it in with joe gibbs break in oil then switch to a group IV synthetic oil most likely 5/40 or 10/40.

  9. On 10/13/2020 at 4:43 PM, rmarks said:

    What are your thoughts on adding an aluminum intake and heads such as Edelbrock Performer RPM or AFR?  Worth the money?

    if the bottom end is good and you can get at least 9.0:1 compression ration, the heads will help if you also install a bigger cam but then you may need to change the gear ratio.

  10. On 8/5/2020 at 12:21 PM, TexasEd said:


    Radiator:  I have a non-AC car that had AC added as a dealer option. I still have an original 20" radiator.  I went back and forth on aluminum but I hate the silver through the grille and would like to avoid electric fans since they detract from engine/exhaust sound and want to look fairly stock.  In the future I may stroke my 302 so I want to get something suitable.

    I found this one that says it is a match for the original copper 24" radiator.  Any reviews/experiences?  https://www.npdlink.com/product/radiator/106094?year=1969

    Headers: My exhaust leaks.  It is better than before but still bad enough to address it.  I have original cast iron manifolds. I have PS and C4 Trans right now but think I want to stay with Shorty Headers.  I've narrowed it down to these JBAs: https://www.npdlink.com/product/header-shorty-jba/107082?year=1969 or maybe these Hookers: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/hok-70303405rhkr

    That rad is a good brand that has the correct size tubes. I have two 24" rads with the large tubes I will sell for only $300.00 but they do not have the trans cooler because i use them for manual trans cars or with external trans coolers because the internal trans cooler is not sufficient for high perf cars.

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