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    KMD88 reacted to RPM in Wiring - A Good Project?   
    As far as headlights go, simply adding a couple of relays to them will do wonders. It'll also reduce the chances of an electrical far.
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    KMD88 reacted to Midlife in Wiring - A Good Project?   
    Awww shucks.  Thank you!
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    KMD88 reacted to Mach1 Driver in Wiring - A Good Project?   
    As most everyone has mentioned, the under hood stuff is most likely to be degraded. If you intend using Alloy Metal Products, then call NPD and see what harnesses you would need under the hood for your model and engine, then decide which you want to do, and the order to do them. Since they plug into one another, you could do them one at a time.
    For my Mach with a 351w there is; Wire assembly engine gauge feed, alternator feed, wiper motor repair harness, engine ground, wire & plug headlight extension, wire loom firewall to headlight (this is the main under hood harness), wiring harness turn indicator (for the hood scoop signals). I believe there are four others, but they are inside the cabin or trunk.
     
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    KMD88 reacted to Mach1 Driver in Wiring - A Good Project?   
    There are two schools of thought on wiring
    1) Use stock OEM type harnesses from a company like Alloy Metal Products that are available from a vendor like National Parts Depot. This will have a standard fuse panel and exactly match the Ford authorized wire diagrams. The advantage here is that anyone who has a standard wire diagram can help you, or fix the car.
    2) Use an aftermarket harness like available from Painless, which will use the new style fuses and incorporate some relays (neither of which is available in option 1). The disadvantage is that you can only get help from that company or someone else that has their product and has their wire diagram.
    Personally I will stick with the OEM harnesses and add to them as needed- but I will make a wire diagram showing the additions for the next guy that ends up with the car (and so I remember what I did).
    You will never learn if you don't try. It isn't rocket science, but it isn't for everyone.
     
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    KMD88 reacted to aslanefe in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Give it as much advance as possible without pinging. Increase the timing 2 degrees then drive it, if it is not pinging, give 2 more degrees. Keep increasing the timing as above until it pings; when it pings, take 2 degrees of timing. My engine is at 18 degrees timing and idles at 570 rpm when in gear (auto). Every engine is different, so you have to play with it to find the optimum timing.
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    KMD88 reacted to RPM in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    I love it when people who axe questions online follow the advice given, and follow up the thread with a conclusion. Nice work KMD88.
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    KMD88 got a reaction from Mach1 Driver in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Thanks to everyone for the help. Got the timing dialed in (running around 800rpm’s now) and the drive is much better! Might do a little more tinkering, but I think the ignition timing did the trick! 
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    KMD88 got a reaction from RPM in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Thanks to everyone for the help. Got the timing dialed in (running around 800rpm’s now) and the drive is much better! Might do a little more tinkering, but I think the ignition timing did the trick! 
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    KMD88 reacted to Midlife in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Idle is waaaay too high.  Should be somewhere around 800 rpm; 1600 when cold.
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    KMD88 reacted to Mach1 Driver in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    This is from the shop manual- idle RPM is on the bottom line

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    KMD88 reacted to Rsanter in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Find local mustang people around you.
    offer to get together and work on cars, offer to help them on their car.
    i have had several apprentices over the years, one was a younger guy from work that knew a little about cars. He would come over and help me with my cars and I would help hum as well as give him a place to work on his car.
    currently it’s my daughters x-boyfriend. He has learned a lot about cars from me as well as helping me a lot around the shop
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    KMD88 reacted to Mach1 Driver in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    It isn't that difficult, get an inexpensive timing light, a tach, and maybe a dwell meter like shown here and give it a whirl:
     
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    KMD88 reacted to aslanefe in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    No. Pertronix only replaces the points of the distributor, timing still needs to be adjusted.
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    KMD88 reacted to aslanefe in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Yup, you need correct levels of fuel, oxygen and ignition timing to get the most out of the engine.
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    KMD88 reacted to aslanefe in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    I would get a timing light with tach (like Innova 3568) instead of installing a separate tach (unless you want a tach inside the car). You need a timing light to adjust timing anyway; you can use the tach feature of the timing light for setting your idle etc.
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    KMD88 reacted to aslanefe in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Figure out a way to install the vacuum gage, it is a valuable tool for tuning. Carb adjustment/tuning is only one part of the equation; advance/distributor tuning is the other part of the equation for a good running engine.
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    KMD88 reacted to Brian Conway in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    The motor, carb and intake info might help?  Idle mixture screws are a great start.  Easy to do and undo. We all like to work on acceleration.  Professional tuning is usually best left alone.  That said with the help of a tach (so you will have a base rpm) you could adjust the idle rpm's using the idle adjustment screw.  Brian
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    KMD88 reacted to det0326 in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    While doing my upholstery it wasn't the ring pliers as much as the constant pulling, stretching and tucking that played havoc on my arthritis.  
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    KMD88 reacted to Brian Conway in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Welcome to the site.  Before converting to EFI you might try a basic tune up?  Plugs, points and condenser or an oil and filter change?  Get the Ford Shop Manuals for your car.  Start learning the names of parts and their functions.  Then try asking a few questions?  See how it goes.  Brian 
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    KMD88 reacted to Mach1 Driver in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    Unfortunately, I found very few classics in my club, and even fewer people who actually work on their cars. I find that frustrating, because I like working on things, and talking to like minded people. If you don't have some natural mechanical ability, it will be very difficult. I have one son that doesn't know one end of a screwdriver from the other, but his younger brother will attempt anything. I figure I could do anything, but there are some things I just don't want to do. For instance, I think hog ring pliers would make my arthritis act-up, so unless I can fashion a pair with long handles, I'm not going to attempt upholstery. You will learn techniques as you go along, just by trial and error. You may need to do it over one or more times, but so what? You'll probably do it better than most shops- and believe me that is very true. Only one in four professionals are competent at what they do.
    With help and guidance from a group of guys like we have here, you will get it done. These are are fairly simple machines, and its not rocket science. Much of it is unbolting one part and bolting on another. I had never welded until recently, so I bought a welder and through the use of videos, I practiced (and practiced)  (and practiced), and finally built a ramp to get one of my cars in the garage (its one of those plastic cars that we don't like to mention on this forum). The car is too low and the driveway too steep, but now I can drive it right in. 
    If you think you can't do something, you're right. If you adopt an attitude that anything you mess-up can be fixed, it makes a world of difference. Just remember that nothing that anyone does is perfect. I tend to be a perfectionist and constantly have to remind myself when something is good enough.
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    KMD88 reacted to BobW70Mach1 in Mentorships and where to find them?   
    I was like you 8 years ago when I bought my 70 Torino.  I knew nothing and did not grow up around other guys who worked on their cars.  No one in my family worked on cars when growing up.  None of my current friends worked on cars.  Even with those disadvantages I learned how to restore my car.  I learned everything by obsessively stalking the forums and watching thousands of videos.  I did it on my own.  By myself.  
    You said you want to learn by doing.  You are right.  That is the only way.  When most of these guys started working on cars they were just teenagers working on their car in the driveway and even at the curb.  You just have to start with something small.  Figure it out and build your knowledge little by little.  Unfortunately, it is very unlikely someone in a car club is going to take you under their wing and help you with your project.  They probably have their own project they need to work on.  I would just keep watching the videos and doing the research.  Good luck.
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    KMD88 reacted to Mach1 Driver in Any good suggestions for a simple back-up camera?   
    I put this on my Vette, and intend on installing one on the Stang too: 
    I used a Rear View Safety RVS-776718-CT mirror and camera ($280). Its camera was used in the front (for parking curbs) with RVS-778 ($100) for the back, and has a license plate bracket so you don’t need to drill holes in the body.
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    KMD88 reacted to det0326 in Weird issue out of nowhere (gas smell, smoke)   
    I was thinking maybe choke hanging which means less air through carb hence flooding and gas smell. If you are smelling raw fuel tho then yes I would be looking for a leak some where.
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    KMD88 reacted to harlan69mach in Ignition/Starter Issue   
    Back in the early days, I had a problem with the stud that the cable attaches to was loose in the starter and caused an intermittent problem.
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    KMD88 reacted to danno in Ignition/Starter Issue   
    Yes, I kind of assumed you tried the easiest things first.
    1 Good battery
    2 Clean battery posts and cables.  .
    3 Good solenoid.
    4 Good starter wire cable.
    5  Good ground from battery to engine.  
    These are easy to check and verify they are working before replacing  the starter.  
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