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    potato reacted to maxum96 in Is a bone stock 429 an upgrade to a mildly built small block?   
    Back in the 1980's a buddy of mine dropped a stock 460 into a 1970 Mach 1 Q code 4 speed. His car was missing the 428CJ.  The car was not that fast.  Spark plug changes were not fun.  Even though it was already a big block car, he had to do a lot of changes to get the 385 series (429/460) engine to work in the car.  I almost dropped a stock 429 into a previous 70 Sportsroof I had back in the 1980's.  I ended up putting a mildly built 351C in my car instead.  I'm glad I didn't put the 429 in the car. 
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    potato reacted to rockhouse66 in Upgrade coupe from standard to deluxe interior panels?   
    Here is what the door looks like behind a deluxe panel.
     

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    potato reacted to Busch in Ideas for adding tach to non-tach car?   
    There is a company in Pennsylvania that makes a reproduction in dash tach that is pretty similar to the originals. It does not require any modifications to the original non tach wiring harness. The alternator warning light does function a little bit differently than an original though. It comes on for overvoltage and undervoltage. My paperwork said about 11.8v for undervoltage and about 14.2v for overvoltage. On my car it is actually about 11.5v for undervoltage and about 14.5v for overvoltage.
    I plug the tach directly into the tach output on my MSD 6AL box. On my dash cluster I chose to move the fuel gauge to the right side and I kept the alternator gauge on the left side, since I have temp and oil pressure gauges on the console. It could be setup just like an original tach car if a person wanted it that way though.

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    potato got a reaction from stangs-R-me in Upgrade coupe from standard to deluxe interior panels?   
    The tbird still manages to 1-up even the grande coupe interior.  Bigger back seat with room for full sized adults instead of 5yr old kids, wrap around back seat so you could be comfortable while getting fresh with your girlfriend, I think 3 separate ash trays in the back so your kids could smoke, interior lights in the back, and the trunk is stupid huge compared to even the coupe mustang.
    When I go to the shooting range, I use a jogging stroller to carry my stuff.  None of my old cars can fit the jogging stroller in the trunk except the tbird.  On my fastback, it wont even fit through the tiny door.  On my coupe, it will fit in the door, but its too wide to allow the trunk to close.  In the tbird, the stroller fits with tons of room to spare.

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    potato got a reaction from Casgar in Radiator support replacement tips   
    When I did my 73, I used a 2x4 and a square to do what is known as a "story pole" in woodworking and construction.  I was able to hang my radiator off the 2x4, so I didn't even need to drain my coolant to do the job.
    Take off your fenders.  Then use the existing holes in the inner fenders to screw up and through a 2x4.  This helps brace the car in position when you start removing structural stuff so the car doesn't move around.  Without something to give it structure, the top of the inner fenders can be moved around several inches.
    Then, using a framing square, I marked the exact position of a bunch of holes and features in the radiator support in my 2x4.  This is so when you start putting the new one in, you have a dozen reference points.
    I used my old radiator support as a test piece to get my welder dialed in.  Its real easy to blow holes through sheet metal if its not something you do every day.  And dont worry too much about trying to make youtube pretty welds.  30 seconds with your grinder and a flapper wheel turns ugly welds into pretty ones.  I've seen folks use a harbor freight spot welder to do some of the job.  I dont think the jaws can reach around some of the inside curves to do the whole job.
     





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    potato got a reaction from Mach1 Driver in Radiator support replacement tips   
    When I did my 73, I used a 2x4 and a square to do what is known as a "story pole" in woodworking and construction.  I was able to hang my radiator off the 2x4, so I didn't even need to drain my coolant to do the job.
    Take off your fenders.  Then use the existing holes in the inner fenders to screw up and through a 2x4.  This helps brace the car in position when you start removing structural stuff so the car doesn't move around.  Without something to give it structure, the top of the inner fenders can be moved around several inches.
    Then, using a framing square, I marked the exact position of a bunch of holes and features in the radiator support in my 2x4.  This is so when you start putting the new one in, you have a dozen reference points.
    I used my old radiator support as a test piece to get my welder dialed in.  Its real easy to blow holes through sheet metal if its not something you do every day.  And dont worry too much about trying to make youtube pretty welds.  30 seconds with your grinder and a flapper wheel turns ugly welds into pretty ones.  I've seen folks use a harbor freight spot welder to do some of the job.  I dont think the jaws can reach around some of the inside curves to do the whole job.
     





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    potato got a reaction from toranav8ss in 69 coupe   
    Whew, I got it off the jackstands and back on the road today.  I started out by putting in some 3pt seat belts.  Then the UPS man brought me the last piece I needed to button up my new fuel line.  While it was up in the air, I let it run and get up to temperature and played with the steering wheel to check for leaks.  Everything looked good so I dropped it down and took it for a spin around the block and up to the gas station.
      
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    potato got a reaction from RPM in 69 coupe   
    I haven't ordered any yet.  They got bumped down the list a bit since i got these temporarily mercury ones.  I'm going to focus on the stuff the car needs to run and drive safely.
     
    The wheels i would like to get for this are the legendary 17x7 or 17x8 cobra style ones in gray.

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    potato got a reaction from capemustang in Wiring diagram? Or just rewire the entire car?   
    Yesterday I picked up a 1969 coupe.  The best way to describe this car is it has been somebody else's project car.  Its a base model 69 coupe.  There are no power windows or power seats.  A previous owner has swapped the 200CID for a 302 along with the usual things like aftermarket distributor, sensors, sending units.  Most of the electronic things on the car work as expected.  There are some things that are not working and some things that are just plane working wrong.  For example, some of the headlights dont light up, one of the blinkers in the hood doesn't blink, and when you pull the knob to turn on the headlights, it also turns on the heater blower.
    I need to address the electrical in this car.  I have not come across a really great and comprehensive wiring diagram.  I have a bunch of ford shop manuals covering 1969, but they don't have much in the way about wiring.  Is there a good resource out there for a complete wiring diagram that is easy to follow for the 1969 mustangs?
    And while looking into this, I am also considering trying one of those all-in-one kits to rewire the entire car.  I see a couple different ones on the market.  Is one of them better than the other?  I see some of them say they only work with the aftermarket 1-wire alternator and only works with aftermarket ignitions.  I think I would prefer one that worked with the stock configuration of the car and then let me pick and choose if I want to run a 1-wire alternator or MSD ignition box.  Do you guys have any input to which complete wiring harnesses to get and which to avoid?
    Also, I have never rewired the entire car with one of these complete harnesses.  I understand the general theory behind it.  When it comes to the 1969 mustang, how far do you have to take the car apart to rewire it?  Do you have to pretty much strip everything out of the entire dash?  I will probably skip pulling the headliner out just to swap the dome light.  I'd splice the existing wire into the new harness.
     
     

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    potato reacted to Rich Ackermann in Granada spindles and wheels with 4.25" backspacing?   
    I have granda front disc with global west suspension. I lowered my upper control arms 1" (called the Shelby drop) for better handling. I have 17x 8 US Mags - Bandit rims with 4.54 backspacing up front with Nitto NT555 G2 225 x 45. I have no rubbing at all. 


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    potato reacted to Mach1 Driver in Need torque specs on suspension and steering   
    Its not much, but from the Ford Shop Manual;

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