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  1. I see, interesting. Thanks for the info! How was reliability with EFI? Did you ever experience any new issues after installing?
  2. Thanks for the examples. Definitely something to think about. I'm a ways away from it at this point with my current knowledge base, so I have time to think it over. What motivated you to originally add EFI to the 69 Grande?
  3. I've gone back and forth with doing EFI. I'm hoping to drive the car more regularly and, living in LA, I've heard having EFI helps when stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic and cuts down on warm-up time, idling irregularities due to external circumstances (weather), etc.. I know these are small things, but over time it compounds.
  4. 351 Windsor. Besides putting in a bigger radiator everything's pretty much stock there. Petronix ignition system added by previous owner. Via a local mechanic: Modified suspension (Bilstein front and rear shocks). Did the arning drop and added monte carlo bar, export brace and front sway bar. Those are the big changes at this point.
  5. Fair point, thanks potato. I've actually stayed away from starting any body work, etc. for this very reason :)
  6. Thanks guys. This is all really great advice. I prefer to be self-reliant and I was surprised, and also happy, that you all feel the same way. Brian Conway: Good starting point re: Plugs, points and condenser and oil change. Chances are, I'll start there. (P.S. Apologies for the delay. Had a bout of food poisoning I got over.)
  7. Hey everyone, Have a bit of an odd question and I'm probably overthinking it. So, I've had my 69 Mach 1 for 3 years now. I love it, but when I first got it I didn't really have a place to work on it. So when getting it up and restored, I had to do it through a reputable mechanic or just let it sit. The goal of having this car was being able to learn about it and work on it myself, but I decided to get the car safe and drive-able. I now have a small garage and want to start doing some modifications (EFI being one at the top of my list), but I know I need someone to show me the ropes. I could watch a thousand YouTube videos (and I have), but someone has to look at my particular Mach 1, what's been done to it (before me and after) and really hold my hand through this process. Plus, I want to learn by doing. Has anyone ever looked for a mentor to help them learn about their car? I don't really know anyone locally, so I'm thinking of joining the local chapter of a mustang club here in Los Angeles. If anyone has any additional advice about how to learn about my car so I can start working on it myself, that would be great. You guys are the pros, so just thought I would ask in case there's more to consider.
  8. Hi everyone, Moved into a new house and my garage is pretty tight when it comes to backing out. I'm looking for back-up camera options for my '69 Mach 1; potentially something that I could stick on and install myself that doesn't require an Al & Ed's-type service or any dashboard fabrication. I know there's a ton of options on Amazon, but not sure they would work with a 69. If anyone has been in a similar boat, please let me know what you did. Thanks!
  9. I live close to Burbank. Know that's a couple hundred miles away, but if you got any good referrals I'd be happy to look into them.
  10. Thanks J's69Mach1 and det0326 for the questions and advice. Hi det0326. I have an electric choke. Even if it was hanging, would that explain the clear smoke and gasoline smell? Think you may be right about the fuel pump having gone bad, J'S69Mach1. The car is currently in a 2-level underground garage (moving in a month to my own private garage, ironically enough) so I have to deal with towing. Is there anything I could do on my own just to get the car going and get it to the mechanic without having to tow?
  11. Hi everyone, Woke up to a weird issue with my Mach 1 (351 Windsor, carburated). I was out of town for a few weeks and so the car was sitting in the garage for that time. Turned the key and the engine just wouldn't start (though the ignition did work). Thought I might have drowned the carburator, but even clearing the carburator didn't seem to start her up. Finally got the car to start, but the engine sounded really sluggish. Pulled the car briefly out the garage, but that sluggishness just wouldn't go away. Then I noticed I smelled gas and a plume of clear smoke started coming from the exhaust. Got the car parked in the garage again, and turned off the motor. Tried again an hour or two later with the same issue. So, I can get the car to start, but the engine sounds weak and I keep getting that clear smoke/gasoline smell coming from the exhaust. Checked the oil and the dip stick is reading that the levels are fine. Even the oil seems to be pretty good. It's a little dark, but there's no grime or anything. Wanted to see if this sounds at all familiar to anyone. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
  12. Thanks dmck. I'll be sure and do that first.
  13. Thanks everyone for your feedback. It's sounding more and more like the starter. It would also make a bit of sense. When I pulled into the gas station, there was a small pothole that I dipped into on the right side. Maybe that knocked something loose wiring-wise and is causing the heat soak.
  14. Hi everyone, Had a weird experience with my '69 Mach 1 that I'm trying to pin down. Here's the timeline over the last week: The day after New Year's, I took my girlfriend for a ride for about an hour. Filled up the car and accidentally over-filled the tank; causing some spillage. No issues on the ride back and everything seemed fine. Yesterday I took the car to the gas station to buy something in the convenience store. Come back to the car 2 minutes later, and when I turn the key, it doesn't start. Try it one more time and I get something; almost like the car has just enough juice to ignite one more time. It sounded like the starter was barely providing power to the engine. The car starts, sounds relatively normal (though maybe a little lower than normal for a typical idle) and I drove home to my garage about a minute away. I get in my garage and turn off the car. I try to start the car again right away and there's no ignition at all. The seat belt and car lights are on, just no ignition. Try multiple times with the same result. At first I thought it may be the battery. Tried giving it a jump but nothing happens. So I basically rule out the battery being the culprit. Next Day (about 20 hours later): I go down to my garage to examine the ignition and to take some video for this forum. I turn the key without even putting my foot on the pedal (it's still a carbureted 351 w); just to see if I get any reaction out of the starter...and the car starts right away! Again, I didn't even put my foot on the pedal and this is 20 hours after I last drove the car. Tested the starter a few more times and the car starts every time. Haven't driven it around yet. So now I'm stumped. What happened yesterday? As a small note, it's a getting a little colder here, but I live in Southern California and we're talking somewhere in the low 60's, coldest. So don't think that could be a factor at all. Any guesses or responses appreciated. Thank you.
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