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My new 1970 M-Code Mach 1 Project

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HI. Wow, you've got lots of great parts. Mine needed a cowl as I welded up 3 dozen pinholes!

Not sure I could have afforded these OEM parts you have! I'm on a fixed income though. Do you have a dash for sale? How much for the dash? With A/C cutouts? So you had bought an original dash with a/c cutouts? I doubt I could afford it. Unless it was used. 

Nice job on the car so far. I'm searching for the entire car piece by piece! Wait, I have the body! Just need 2500 more small parts. LOL

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22 hours ago, Tnstratofam said:

The interior turned out real nice. I'm wanting to install vintage air in my 70, but am thinking I may try to find an original A/C dash just for better looks.

Thanks, but the picture is not my interior yet. I have a ways to go, but when done that what it will look like.

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On 6/21/2019 at 5:06 PM, 70Mach1rb said:

HI. Wow, you've got lots of great parts. Mine needed a cowl as I welded up 3 dozen pinholes!

Not sure I could have afforded these OEM parts you have! I'm on a fixed income though. Do you have a dash for sale? How much for the dash? With A/C cutouts? So you had bought an original dash with a/c cutouts? I doubt I could afford it. Unless it was used. 

Nice job on the car so far. I'm searching for the entire car piece by piece! Wait, I have the body! Just need 2500 more small parts. LOL

My lower cowl was not salvageable. I also need to replace the footwell or lower part of the firewall over torque boxes, passenger side torque box and the inner passenger kickboard/vent area below the A-Pillar. With all that needed to be done, it just made sense to replace the cowl instead of repairing it. I was able to salvage the original outer cowl with its date stamp. I should give credit to my buddy John who has done this work before, and without his help and experience, I would not have tackled it by myself.

Next, we will install the upper cowl and replace lower firewall and floors. Stay tuned....

 

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oh. Nice pics of your project. I need to start taking some of my own.

I like the one of the dash. It shows me how many parts I need that I don't have for the cockpit! I wonder where I would get all those. Some one mentioned having a donar car. I doubt I could ever find one that was cheap enough to buy for just parts. Then you would be stuck with all old parts. Some you can restore just with blasting and new paint I guess. Which is what I would need, like dash brackets that hold things together. 

 

On the lower cowl. Does my 70 need to look like yours does? Our cars are both 70 m codes right?

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Moving on with replacing the footboard or lower part of the firewall, top of the driver side torque box, and floor pan. I am relieved that the rockers are great shape. Decided not to replace the floors under the rear seat as they are also in great shape, so I just cut the full floor off at the top of the riser. Also using a one-piece seat support and Tinman sub- frame connectors to add some rigidity.

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It's been awhile since I updated the project forum. Been making good progress, so here goes...

Modified the console since I plan on adding Shelby style console mounted Oil and alt gauges and power windows. Also cut the back off the rear console ash tray and glued a dual 12 volt USB port inside.

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Getting down to business....

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Chassis reinforcement plans... One piece seat support pan, Shock tower and cross member plates, cowl to export brace. Last pic show the TinMan sub-frame connectors in place. I welded plates on each connector as I plan to bolt them thru the floor pan and back edge of the one piece seat support pan. Hoping it adds some more chassis rigidity. Will it? Not sure, but I figured it can't hurt and it might just help.

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Floor and one piece seat support is in and bolted up.

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I applied a coat of Raptor bed liner. Yes I chose  "Caution Orange" instead of black for the floors. My thinking is I will lightly cover it again with the body color Calypso Coral and orange would be easier than covering black. Sure is bright! Looks more like that late sixties GM Hugger Orange. I went with Raptor in black in and around the wheel wells and outside of the front aprons.

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Tackled to part that scared me more than anything I done so far... Fitting the rear quarter panel skins. Decided to use the Dyancorn panel as is, (I did trim the front top edge under the quarter window) and trim the original quarter to meet it. I bought a HFT air flange tool and flanged the original quarter edge. You can see the flanged edge in the previous picture.  Fit the panel to the flanged edge and screwed the panel down all the way around.... to the door jamb, wheel well lip, drop down, rear tail panel. The panel laid nice and flush into the flange  on top. I checked the fit against the end caps.  So far so good... what relief.  Now the next worry....to stitch weld it to the original quarter. 

 

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12 minutes ago, Vicfreg said:

Wow....lots of updates..nice work.  Where did you get the pinion snubber bracket from?

It was on the car. I am sure it was factory as was the original 3.25 open 9" rear. I had the Yukon nodular case pinion support machined so it will fit on it.

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On 11/19/2019 at 8:55 PM, Vicfreg said:

Wow....lots of updates..nice work.  Where did you get the pinion snubber bracket from?

Mine has it also but mine came from a 70 Cougar XR7.

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On 11/19/2019 at 8:55 PM, Vicfreg said:

  Where did you get the pinion snubber bracket from?

Vic I got one off of E Bay a while ago for my Coupe's 9" rear. Here is a link to one I found doing a search on E Bay. 

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6 hours ago, Mike65 said:

Vic I got one off of E Bay a while ago for my Coupe's 9" rear. Here is a link to one I found doing a search on E Bay. 

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This one is for a torino. It looks different on the top where the rubber mounts. Mine is centered and bolts on, this one is offset.

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I did the one piece seat platform in my convertible, it actually raised the seats about 2"  so no i hit my head on the way in and had to install a tilt wheel to be able  to get in and out.   Im curious if you noticed this problem too.

 

 

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5 hours ago, newstang said:

I did the one piece seat platform in my convertible, it actually raised the seats about 2"  so no i hit my head on the way in and had to install a tilt wheel to be able  to get in and out.   Im curious if you noticed this problem too.

 

 

Well, I am 5' 7" so I dont usually have an issue. I am many months away from paint and installing the  drive train, and then I'll do the interior. I'll let you know when I get to that point, but thanks for the heads-up! Pardon the pun.

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