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  1. bigmal

    Smoke and Fire

    I think a lot of people mistake climate change as part of the earths natural cycle and climate change that we have contributed to in a measurable way. The real questionS should be whether we can do anything to change it and how long it would take. I’m not seeing anything we could do would have an affect in the short term. I think it’s very disappointing that if anyone offers a view that is not supported by the media then they are shouted down. Even scientists.
  2. I have mine under the spoiler so it doesn’t stand out unless directly behind
  3. Hi Bob, I also added a backup camera a couple of years ago. Mine uses a replacement internal mirror. Very helpful
  4. Hi all, I know this won't be for a lot of people as it really isn't conventional but I've had too many close calls going from my other cars to this one and waiting for the beeps. I have been looking for options available off the shelf and there was nothing available the would suit the steep angle of the rear valance and I didn't want them hanging off the bumper. I'm really happy with how they turned out and they really aren't that obvious if you're not looking for them. You may also notice the brake light grated into the spoiler. Another move away from convension.
  5. Hi Mate, it does have a slight vibration in neutral, but greater when in drive. One of the difficulties is that it's not a big vibration. But still annoying. I did have misfire issues but they are sorted.
  6. Not sure. I know it's tight though. Could be cheaper than the $80 shims
  7. Its a really difficult one as I have identified so many sources and each time I think that's it, it's only a slight improvement. Has been both engine and driveline. So far the trouble shooting has been Run engine with belts removed - no change Replace harmonic balancer - not change. New rear wheels and tires - Unknown if changed as done early on. Replaced tailshaft - no change Rebuilt engine and balance - unfortunately when installing I damaged the flex plate and replace it with a new one without re-balance (and I've kicked myself ever since) New Torque converter - unknown New Coil, leads and plugs - Removed slight miss Another new tailshaft - significant improvement but still a vibration Currently the vibration in neutral is only slight and at around 2500rpm. In drive the vibration is greater and at similar RPM. The only options I can think of at the moment are - 1. Check rear wheel balance/buckle, 2. add pinion shim to reduce from 3 degrees, and 3. rebalance crank/flex plate. While the vibration is only slight, and significantly better than before it still bugs me. I'm starting t wonder if I'm asking too much from an old car.
  8. Thanks for that. I swapped the wheels and the wobble changed sides. I will take it to the tire shop during the week and see what they say.
  9. While waiting on the shims I was running it on the stands again. As you do. And I noticed the right rear wheel appears to wobble slightly more than the left. Tires and wheels are new and I am wondering if my vibration issue may be a bent axle. I don't know what's normal and what's excessive. Could I get your thoughts on this. Also, I bought a digital protractor yesterday and the drive line angles difference is 3 degrees. So the 4 degree shims I have ordered are too big. I will order some 3 degree shims shortly IMG-6781.MOV IMG-6782.MOV
  10. Very nice. And what a nice area to live. Beautiful on both accounts
  11. Very nice work. I particularly like the chrome hinges on the rear louver. Did you have them chromed or buy them that way?
  12. I managed to get the measurements and confirmed it is 5 degrees. I’ve ordered some 4 degree shims. Will update once fitted and tested. thanks
  13. Trying to get an exact difference between the front and the rear. The front is giving me some grief measuring it. Any tips?
  14. Thanks guys, very helpful as usual. I will get an exact measurement and try some spacers
  15. Hi all, Still chasing annoying vibrations. The reconditioned tailshaft I fitted four years ago I always considered not part of the vibration. Running out of options I took it to another shop and had them check the balance. Turns out the shaft was bent 0.030", ends welded on crooked and not in balance. Really pissed off at the guy who sold it to me. And he now knows how pissed off I am. But didn't offer a refund. So was very excited to fit my new shaft thinking all my problems would be solved. They're not. Definitely an improvement but still some vibration. My question relates to drive line angles. The diff yoke is pitched down around 5 degrees compared to the transmission. The difficulty I have is that I know the diff pitches up when under load. Most of my vibration is around 55 mph (90 kmph over here). Would anyone know roughly how much the diff pitches up at around this speed or is it negligible? I have seen some angle spacers to change the angle in 2, 3, 4 and 5 degrees. What are your thoughts? Thanks,
  16. Mate, that's some good news. Stay positive. Thoughts with you both
  17. That's a beautiful restoration. looks better than new
  18. Mate, really sorry to hear this. Fingers crossed for you guys. Hopefully you will come out the other side stronger. Thoughts are with you and Sue.
  19. Thanks Bob, I should have mentioned that I will have the engine out and on a stand. Just checking if there is anything I have missed in my head. Sounds like it won't be a big deal
  20. I had a drone in mine which was particularly bad up a gentle incline. I have sound proofing on the floor and firewall. About two weeks I took the rear side panels off. Not sure what they're call but the fiberglass ones next to the rear passenger knees. I added think soundproofing behind them and have noticed a dramatic improvement.
  21. Hi all, after recently rebuilding my 351 Cleveland I damaged the flame plate installing the tranny. I replaced the flex plate and stupidly didn’t keep the old one. The engine had been balanced and now I have a vibration so it looks like I need to rebalance it with the new flex plate. To minimise disassembly is it possible to remove the crankshaft without removing the camshaft, pistons and rods? I’m thinking it is but not sure. Thanks
  22. I have just finished this and it is a really great mod. I sourced motors from a US wrecking yard on eBay. For the switch I used a switch from an Australian AU Falcon. I fitted mine in the consul as it is right hand drive and I didn't want to cut the door trim. With seven wires from the switch and 3 wires from each motor it took a lot of trail and error to map out the wiring. In the end I still have the up/down part in reverse, but suspect it a result of a switch that is not from a US Mustang. For my Aussie mates I suspect there are motors in Aussie mirrors that would work but the difficulty is finding one that is small enough to fit in the housing. The SN95 motors give very little clearance and I had to grind out a bit of the housing so they didn't bind in full down. I had my local glass guy cut the mirrors. Original mirrors don't fully cover the motor. All in all this was a fun job that doesn't involve a great amount of skill. The hard work was done by Rick in finding what works (Thanks). Really happy with the outcome.
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