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Sorry it’s been a fair time  since I’ve updated progress.

Relatively slow progress we work has been so busy, but I’ve started the long refit process:

street or track front suspension in

rear suspension in with axle 

fuel tank and lines in

Changes to manual steering, quick rack, ready  for EPAS later down the line 

Just trying to work out the brake lines and prop valve (bought a booster via mustang  steve, we manual before)

rear lights, bumper and new flush lenses with LED’s in 

just keep working up my new parts list, stuff is so hard to get over to U.K. at the moment, having to work 2 months in advance.

408W engine via Blueprint is on 5 month lead time (ordered 2 months ago) 

Chris 

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Been making steady but what seems like slow  progress  over the last 2 months, whilst waiting for some parts to come over via US.

New brake lines  installed. Had a right  game bench bleeding the master cylinder but all done now.

Wiring harness is in and connected - thanks to Randy  at Midlife for the refurb one, top drawer as usual - all electrics work fine 

All lights now working including my new sequential LED’s - love them ! 

Original column refurbed and manual steering all now complete - but I think the internal column is way to close the external housing nr to the coupling  - I’ll put a post up in tech parts of forum - any  thoughts ?

(going to EPAS later down the line) 

the 408W stroker is about to land via US to Felixstowe U.K. in the next 10 days, been a long time coming, then I’ll fit it and hopefully drive it around the block 

Chris 

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     Car looks beautiful. Gonna be amazing out in the UK.  Love the lights.  I hope you have better luck than i did with your power brakes. Mine felt mushy no matter what. Also inconsistent braking due to vacuum variances. Also for some reason were always dragging.  I finally removed the power booster and went with wilwood manual. All problems gone finally after nearly a year of constant fighting. I do know some guys have pretty good luck with the factory power systems but i wish i had not wasted nearly $500 US on the system just to pay nearly same for manual. Also much harder to change with the engine in and dash built as YES the power and manual pedals are different with different mounting points. Basically the pivot is closer to the joint to increase pressure with less force (Lever).
     I sincerely hope you have no problems. I only share this with you for later IF you have any issues with brakes. Also most guys here in Southern California either run manual brakes because of lack of vacuum in big engines or have removed it because of lack of performance. Local shop JBA told me they remove more power brakes on old mustangs than any others. Unknown why they seem to not work well..

wish i could see that beauty rolling around UK Though. Shes gonna really stand out amigo. 

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On 3/18/2022 at 7:01 PM, Dr Chickenhawk said:

     Car looks beautiful. Gonna be amazing out in the UK.  Love the lights.  I hope you have better luck than i did with your power brakes. Mine felt mushy no matter what. Also inconsistent braking due to vacuum variances. Also for some reason were always dragging.  I finally removed the power booster and went with wilwood manual. All problems gone finally after nearly a year of constant fighting. I do know some guys have pretty good luck with the factory power systems but i wish i had not wasted nearly $500 US on the system just to pay nearly same for manual. Also much harder to change with the engine in and dash built as YES the power and manual pedals are different with different mounting points. Basically the pivot is closer to the joint to increase pressure with less force (Lever).
     I sincerely hope you have no problems. I only share this with you for later IF you have any issues with brakes. Also most guys here in Southern California either run manual brakes because of lack of vacuum in big engines or have removed it because of lack of performance. Local shop JBA told me they remove more power brakes on old mustangs than any others. Unknown why they seem to not work well..

wish i could see that beauty rolling around UK Though. Shes gonna really stand out amigo. 

Thanks for the reply. That sucks with your brakes. 

I restored a 70 Mach 1 with power brakes circa 3 years ago, didn’t have any issues, so I really hope I don’t get any grief with this power brake conversion.

If I do find any issues, I’ll remember your advice and yes they’re w nightmare to take out with engine in, it’s  bad enough trying to put it in, with engine  out !

Chris 

 

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A quick update:

1-the 408 stroker finally arrived in the crate across the pond after 9 month of delays, shipping issues etc

2-taken some times to get the various ancillary parts, shipping to U.K. is a real pain; JBA shorties etc 

3-engine fitted and hoping to fire it up in next 3/4 weeks 

4-just collecting the other parts to complete the car e.g  glass will go in next 2/3 weeks 

car is booked into a major U.K. classic car show on 10 `July so has to be ready, but not sure if I’m going to make it 

chris 

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