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simplyj last won the day on February 13 2018

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  1. test fitting the rear wheels/tires. I plan on rolling the fenders but they clear the fenderwell and leaf spring nicely. centers will be painted a lighter matte color to better approximate vintage torque thrusts.
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    Prostate Cancer - My experience

    Best of luck with your recovery. It is extremely important to share stories like yours and have topics like this. Awareness is key. I too have a family history of prostate cancer. My dad was diagnosed at age 44 and had a prostectomy. There wasn't as much public awareness of prostate cancer back in 1997 and thankfully, my dad had a great general practitioner who was pretty aggressive with screening/testing. Thanks to him and the team of doctors, I've had 21 more years (and still counting) with my dad. On a personal level, I've been ever increasingly involved with The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride which is a worldwide motorcycle ride raising millions of dollars each year for mens health initiatives, with the main focus being prostate cancer and mental health. It's a pretty cool event, originating in Australia, aimed at bringing mens health topics out into the open and encouraging men to talk to one another and share their stories.
  3. didn't get a ton of time to work on the mustang last night, but was able to shoot the radiator black and powdercoat the fan brackets. I hate how aluminum radiators look behind a classic grill, so I picked up some of this stuff from Eastwood: Pretty easy to shoot. 3 light coats finished out the can and gave an even finish. doesn't exactly appear stock from under the hood but blends right in from the front
  4. Northern, NJ actually. In Hasbrouck Heights, about 10 miles from NYC.
  5. powdercoated my diy export brace & getting the front suspension back together.
  6. Tried searching but couldn't come up with anything. For those who have installed a hydroboost setup, what brake lines did you use? Stock or custom? Thanks! Cheers, Jason
  7. my fiance was out of town this weekend so had some friends come by to wrench. Seam sealed and repainted the engine compartment, sprayed the outside of the inner fenders with bedliner, cleaned up the suspension & started reinstalling it along with the Mustang Steve brackets and 13" cobra brake kit. Also, realized that my passenger door wasn't worth trying to save and picked up a dynacorn replacement. Have a ton of parts coming from John's Mustang, including an entire weatherstripping kit. still have to modify the other lower control arm
  8. thanks. Chopping away at this slowly. Been working on cleaning up the engine bay, modifying the hard coolant lines, seam sealing the front end, and just plain getting organized. Thankfully, he actually did finish a lot of the bigger things that would be much more difficult in a portable garage. Have a number of friends coming by this weekend to try and knock out as much as we can. I did make a run to PA last night to pick up a new reproduction hood, full driver's door, and passenger door skin. Since I have to repaint anyhow, might as well start with a more solid base. The hood I had on there was an old Carlisle find but needs a ton of work. Picked up this hood with just a tiny ding towards the rear. Will be much easier to work with a clean slate. Still the most worried about the wiring... I've done full rewires on a number of motorcycles but this is a whole new ballgame. Thankfully one of my good friends is a electrical diagnostic tech for Jaguar/Land Rover and lives somewhat close by and is willing to help for beer.
  9. finally got the car back from shop purgatory. After months of hounding the guy to finish what he was supposed to do, i finally had enough and drove up there and took the car back. What he was supposed to do: weld in radiator support, battery tray, driver's inner fender install tinman subframe connectors rebuild engine install engine & transmission shorten driveshaft and install rebuild rear with posi install fuel tank & run fuel lines install Accel DFI system re-wire entire car What he actually did: install radiator support, battery tray, driver's inner fender installed tinman subframe connectors rebuild engine: 95 mark viii block with C head conversion utilizing 99 continental adapter plates installed engine & transmission but left me to modify the coolant crossover tube & rear heater hard lines rebuild rear with posi & 3.73 gears placed fuel tank in hole zip tied a few wires absolutely destroyed the paint on the entire car - not a single panel hasn't been scratched to hell. The paint wasn't perfect to start as it was a 30+ year paint job showing some age, but it was serviceable. Oh well, looking like a full paint job is in my future. Just thinking PPG white single stage to keep things simple. Despite being disappointed with the status of the car, I'm excited to have it back and to get to work. The dream of having it ready to drive away in at my wedding (Oct 6th) are crushed, but I fully anticipate being able to get it finished by the spring. The seats and rest of the interior are done and waiting to go in. Gauge cluster done. Engine wiring harness is mostly plug and play, but the full car wiring harness is going to be a royal PITA as well as paint and body. I have plenty of experience painting motorcycles, but we'll see how that translates to car work. Don't have it in the budget for a professional respray. its new home the money shot
  10. There are some very good brushed metal vinyls. 3m and Vvivid
  11. It’s just vinyl at this point. Wanted to get a feel for how it looks before either doing a carbon overlay or making a mold of the dash inlay to make a full carbon “cap”. Have a bunch of 2x2 twill laying around, but been talking with a buddy about experimenting with chopped carbon (a la Lamborghini).
  12. Finally almost done with the gauge cluster. From left to right 1. Garmin speak mini gps 2. Speedo/tach 3. Combo gauge 4. A/F all speedhut gauges (except the garmin of course) and adapters 3D printed. Made the pusher adapters out of 1/4” aluminum roundbar and used a combination of an old soldering iron and small step drill to make holes the oem style replacement lenses.
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    Aftermarket heat/defrost system

    The gen I’ve is an A/C unit, no? Just looking to replace the heater/defrost rather than go the A/C route.
  14. For engine clearance reasons, I need to install an aftermarket heater/defrost system. It’s a convertible which will see mostly fair weather duty, so I don’t see the need to do an A/C conversion so will be sticking with a simple heater/defrost. Thinking about getting the Vintage Air gen II heater/defrost setup. It’s designed for street rods so it’s compact and supposedly efficient for its size. I’ve read a few articles and posts from rodder forums, but was hoping to get some direct mustang experience/advice. I did a quick search but couldn’t find any posts on the subject. has anyone installed this system or another aftermarket heat/defrost system they’d recommend? Any advice would be appreciated
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