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    I'm a retired engineer who is the original owner of an unmodified 69 Mach1 351w, H code with an FMX. It was a daily driver for many years and now that I'm retired I intend to restore the car of my youth.

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  1. According to Barnett who is a builder that frequents this site and has done 50+ Mustangs: Go with 15x7 with a 4.25 backspace (back of the wheel to the mounting surface) with a 5 x 4.5 lug pattern. He recommends Specialty Wheels. At one time the shipping was $16 per wheel if ordered individually, but $50 per wheel when ordering four, so you will need to review current shipping practices. The largest tire on the front that won't hit slightly under some conditions is a P235/60R15. If you want "The Look" go with BF Goodrich TA radials with raised white letters. The second most popular tire is Cooper, which actually gets a slightly better satisfaction rating.
  2. There are lots of companies that make harnesses, but personally I like stock replacement harnesses that match the wire diagram and Ford specs. You can get those from National Parts Depot, and the company is Metal Alloy. Call NPD and tell them what model you have and they will know which harnesses you need- with or without a tach, hood turn signals, etc. Its a good idea to replace the wire forward of the firewall, because it ages with heat and the elements, however for the stuff inside the car you can get it refurbished by Randy at http://midlifeharness.com
  3. My doctor and I are avid readers, and email each other about good books we’ve read. Well, in today’s conversation I related how I was restoring my old Mustang. He’s a doctor, not a car crazed Mustang addict, so please excuse him for not knowing they came out in 1964.5. Here’s his memory: I have to tell you a very interesting story about Mustangs. It came out in 1963 or 64 if I recall, anyway, I was 3 or 4 and my Mom and and Dad and I were sitting watching the bunny eared black and white TV, and the first commercial came on for the NEW FORD MUSTANG. Well, and I remember this clear as day, after the commercial was done, my Dad got up and went into the kitchen, which was out of our line of sight. We hear the dial phone...shhhh click click click shhhh click click click, hear my Dad talking for about five minutes, then he comes back into the living room and sits back down. My Mom asks "What did you just do, Bob?" to which my Dad replied, "I just called Detroit and ordered that car on TV." No kidding. My Mom just said "Oh, OK". She was used to my Dad doing crazy stuff with cars, he loved them and owned about 20 different ones over his life. So, it got delivered, a white hard top three on the floor, and we had the first Mustang in lower NY state. I still remember that thing, we took a trip down to Florida in it, the three kids crammed in the back sitting on suitcases...what a blast. So I have very fond memories of the old Mustangs. It was a beast.
  4. OK, but they don't appear to have a website. Perhaps the reflective nature of the stripe is dazzling the camera. There is a gold center stripe, but is the main color black or some shade of gray? I like it!
  5. Nice! Is that Acapulco blue? The planes in the background remind me of the Aviation and Technology Center over near Lockheed in Marietta.
  6. Couple of nice Stangs there- whats under the tarp under the rack?
  7. Wire diagrams show you how it's wired with colors and plugs, etc., while the schematics below show you how it works by showing the internal switching of components. They also greatly simplify what the wire diagram is showing, removing the problem of not seeing the forest for the trees. All five pages showing the entire car are in the section "How To" under the post "A Real Schematic". Most of the time you really need both a wire diagram and a schematic. Interior lights are on page 2 and exterior lights are on page 3:
  8. Heck it isn't even the crack of dawn yet and I'm up already, see below Edit; this thing will print in portrait mode, letter or B size. It's from the 1969 Ford Shop Manual and is 30+ pages long. Each page is originally 11x17, which is B size. The pdf software lets you print pages individually. Mustang Wire Diagram.pdf
  9. In case you weren't aware, this is the effect that Mid and I have been jokingly eluding to:
  10. It looks like the white clip is broken off and as far as I know you need a new speedo cable
  11. ...the triboelectric effect, when a tribe of electrons band together to produce Cool Bombs. No cats are harmed in this process. A glass rod works really well too, instead of a balloon, but it looks silly to rub your cat with a glass rod (which looks like a wand), unless you're someone like Samantha Stevens. And lets face it- she was the bomb! But then she usually just used a nose wiggle. Don't know how that one worked.
  12. Yeah but we're having fun! It is a solid reference though- how long you have the amps makes a big difference... besides, I went to school with Charles.
  13. Bob, with the Motive Power Bleeder there is an adapter that replaces the top cap of the master cylinder, then the pump on the bottle shown above is used to pressurize the system. When you're done and remove the adapter isn't the master filled to the top, and doesn't that spill when the adapter is removed? I would think its likely that the top of the master cylinder isn't level and that would cause a spill when the top is removed. What is your experience- is this messy and likely to put your paint at hazard? Just asking because I'd like to paint the master so it isn't a rusty boat anchor when done.
  14. I do like that gray with black, however probably Red would appeal to more buyers.
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