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    nickjames138 got a reaction from Grabber70Mach in Dakota Digital Install   
    I’ll shoot some pics when I get a chance as well. Vintage air was the best purchase!  I had to shut mine off yesterday morning because it was blowing so cold! It’s a godsend when it heats up outside. 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from sixt9stang in Borgeson PS pressure reduction   
    Hey guy, 
    About a year ago I converted my manual steering and factory suspension to Borgeson Power Steering with all Global West suspension. It's a rougher ride, but handles so much better. That's not the point. The point is the steering was so fast now that I couldn't feel the road at all. If I just tap the wheel it's going into the other lane. I've heard about this "Pressure Reduction Kit" you can do to slow down the steering, but everyone I asked said they don't know. Then I called some distributors and they said it's only for a R & P. I don't have a Rack. So, I said screw it I'm going to try it anyway. The kit is super straight forward. I only used 2 "shims" which reduced it from 1350psi to 1100psi and I LOVE IT! The steering is night and day so much better! I probably could've gone to 1000psi. My other car is an AMG, so I'm used to a tight sporty feel and this reduction kit got me closer to feeling like that! 
     
    I just wanted to share in case anyone else doesn't like how fast their Borgeson steering is and wants to tighten it up! If you need any pointers don't hesitate. If I'm giving super outdated info...I apologize. I've been under a rock for 2yrs (raising my Little One!). 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from mwye0627 in Borgeson PS pressure reduction   
    Hey guy, 
    About a year ago I converted my manual steering and factory suspension to Borgeson Power Steering with all Global West suspension. It's a rougher ride, but handles so much better. That's not the point. The point is the steering was so fast now that I couldn't feel the road at all. If I just tap the wheel it's going into the other lane. I've heard about this "Pressure Reduction Kit" you can do to slow down the steering, but everyone I asked said they don't know. Then I called some distributors and they said it's only for a R & P. I don't have a Rack. So, I said screw it I'm going to try it anyway. The kit is super straight forward. I only used 2 "shims" which reduced it from 1350psi to 1100psi and I LOVE IT! The steering is night and day so much better! I probably could've gone to 1000psi. My other car is an AMG, so I'm used to a tight sporty feel and this reduction kit got me closer to feeling like that! 
     
    I just wanted to share in case anyone else doesn't like how fast their Borgeson steering is and wants to tighten it up! If you need any pointers don't hesitate. If I'm giving super outdated info...I apologize. I've been under a rock for 2yrs (raising my Little One!). 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from SextKecy in Tuning question   
    I have a 351 with 302 heads. A bigger cam and dual magna flow exhaust. I just put on a 600cfm 4barrel holley and MSD ignition and distributor. My car is dieseling and it's hesitating off the start. I asked my mechanic to back the timing off and add to the air/fuel mixture. He told me that he doesn't want to take anything off the timing because it will make the car sluggish. He suggests it's the carburetor (that it's too small and I should've gotten a 750 double pumper). I'm getting frustrated. Thoughts? 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from quoriSer in Tuning question   
    I have a 351 with 302 heads. A bigger cam and dual magna flow exhaust. I just put on a 600cfm 4barrel holley and MSD ignition and distributor. My car is dieseling and it's hesitating off the start. I asked my mechanic to back the timing off and add to the air/fuel mixture. He told me that he doesn't want to take anything off the timing because it will make the car sluggish. He suggests it's the carburetor (that it's too small and I should've gotten a 750 double pumper). I'm getting frustrated. Thoughts? 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from Zefevinee in Which Suspension   
    Hey guys, 
     
    I want better handling in my car. I want it to handle like a newer car (some say you can't do it, others say you can get it better than a newer car). I started out with 5k in mind, but I just got a quote from TCP for $10,500. Now that's a complete suspension (Rack, Upper and lower, coilover, strut rods, antiroll, pumps, hoses etc for front, Subframe Connectors and G-bar coilover setup with antiroll in the rear). I definitely want the internals of my car to be brand new since I'm slowly transforming this car into a daily driver for decades to come. 
     
    I'm just double checking my work to make sure this is the route I should go or are there components I should switch out from TCP to another brand? Also, I would love to have a lower cost, but I've heard that Unisteer is a cheap rack from a few different shops. I've also heard cons about Flaming River. 
     
    Who has switched to a Rack? How do you feel about it? 
     
    As of now I have a pretty stock car with a fairly new manual steering box, Willwood disks all around, 18" wheels and it's fun to drive. I'm just getting sick of manual and I'd like it to handle better around corners and be easier to drive. 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from 69Mustang16 in 1969 Coyote Resto-mod   
    That's nasty!
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from Xde4hewkew in Cut hood?   
    I've heard from numerous people NOT to cut a hole in my hood and I never asked WHY?
     
    I may need the clearance after I put this top end kit it plus it gets so hot under my hood. I have a boss hood scoop that's just for looks...why not make it functional?
     
    Thoughts?
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    nickjames138 reacted to nickjames138 in Cut hood?   
    I've heard from numerous people NOT to cut a hole in my hood and I never asked WHY?
     
    I may need the clearance after I put this top end kit it plus it gets so hot under my hood. I have a boss hood scoop that's just for looks...why not make it functional?
     
    Thoughts?
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    nickjames138 reacted to Rsanter in Which Suspension   
    When I met CPP at SEMA I was talking with them about installing their steering box into the 69. They said they though it would work but they had not had a car to try it in. I liked the idea that it was an all new box verses a reconditioned modified box that borgeson had. Borgeson also had issues going on with return to center at the time.
    I bought the box only at a nice discount and decided I was going to make my own lines and use my exsisting pump. I did not like the idea of the Chevy pump and the way they route the hoses.
    The amount I had to dent the tower was about 1/4" and it is not really seen. If you have the wrap around towers then no dice it will be really tough.
    CPP now knows what it takes because I documented the process and sent them the information
     
    Bob
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from Grabber70Mach in Suspension Upgrade??   
    I'm highly considering a borgeson power steering box the entire kit is $860 I know I could install myself, but I don't have the workspace. I was quoted $250 labor.
     
    I've heard a success story on a Randall Rack and pinion for $1400, but I know labor will be a lot more.
     
    Which is the better option? It's my daily driver and the manual steering is starting to wear me down! I'd love for it to have tight steering, better cornering, etc because I'm still young and like to think I'm in Fast and Furious or transporter.
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    nickjames138 reacted to SM69Mach in Which Suspension   
    Hey Nick, 
     
    As I mentioned in your other suspension thread, I would call Shaun at Street or Track.  He has all of the options, from the roller perches to full coil over set up, with different shock options.  I am using a unisteer that Shaun recommended and I could not be happier.  It is a solid kit  and works great.  Good feedback, good road feel, much better than what I had previously.  I wanted power set up, with a big block and large tires, I needed a power setup.  There are certainly a lot of options out there, but I could not be happier with my suspension and steering set up. 
     
    Even if you don't buy from Shaun he is a great to talk with and will give you a lot of info.  
     
    Scott 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from sherriepl3 in Which Suspension   
    Hey guys, 
     
    I want better handling in my car. I want it to handle like a newer car (some say you can't do it, others say you can get it better than a newer car). I started out with 5k in mind, but I just got a quote from TCP for $10,500. Now that's a complete suspension (Rack, Upper and lower, coilover, strut rods, antiroll, pumps, hoses etc for front, Subframe Connectors and G-bar coilover setup with antiroll in the rear). I definitely want the internals of my car to be brand new since I'm slowly transforming this car into a daily driver for decades to come. 
     
    I'm just double checking my work to make sure this is the route I should go or are there components I should switch out from TCP to another brand? Also, I would love to have a lower cost, but I've heard that Unisteer is a cheap rack from a few different shops. I've also heard cons about Flaming River. 
     
    Who has switched to a Rack? How do you feel about it? 
     
    As of now I have a pretty stock car with a fairly new manual steering box, Willwood disks all around, 18" wheels and it's fun to drive. I'm just getting sick of manual and I'd like it to handle better around corners and be easier to drive. 
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    nickjames138 reacted to Trinitys in Suspension Upgrade??   
    I also want to address the original poster. Welcome to the forum.

    If you've never driven or owned an old car, it a romantic notion that you'll be able to get an old car almost 50...to drive (and feel)like a new car. I don't know if you ever done this or not but I find a lot of people who have never driven a classic on a regular basis think they can make it feel like a new car. It's just not going to happen. The whole feel of an old car I'd much different. Steering, feedback, sound....ergonomics of where everything is even contributes to the feel.

    Now you can build it to to handle really well but that won't make it feel like driving a new car. Driving "feel" and handling should be considered different things. You can make it handle extremely well but the driving experience might suck. Or you can make it drive well but the handling sucks. If it's a track car...handling is what you may want and in this case it'll drive well for you on the track. Hand that same car to someone who wants a car that drives well on the street and I think they'll be disappointed. Drag cars are different, street cars are different, restomod/protour...different, and a track car are different all with different proposes and different "feel" built to meet a specific or or mix of certain functions.

    This is my goal.....What I want is a car that I can drive around town, handles well compared to street cars, has good drive-ability and if fun to drive...on the street. So my car would not drive real well on the track or at the drag strip compared to cars built for those specific duties. Those cars would not meet my needs either though...I don't want a rail suspension on a car I drive over train tracks or down the highway in traffic. I also don't need a 10 second car or the street-ability issues that accompany it.


    Long story short....read and research. Figure out your goals and you'll need to build to that goal. We'll help you reach that specific goal with experience and advice. You'll sacrifice some things to accomplish others and have to do what you can with your budget. And if not anything else, remember the "feel" or the "way it drives" does not equal how it handles....common misconception.
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    nickjames138 reacted to 1969_Mach1 in Lost my Tach   
    Maybe some research is needed.  I do not think the MSD tach adapter is designed to work with the Ready To Run distributor.  The MSD tach adapter was around long before the Ready To Run distributors and is designed to work with an MSD CD ignition box.
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    nickjames138 reacted to Black_69_FB in What did you do to/for your Mustang today?   
    Drove it (not today, but yesterday).
     
    All over the secondary highways & back roads around here. Probably put close to a hundred miles on it & didn't have anywhere in particular to go, lol.
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    nickjames138 reacted to SM69Mach in Suspension Upgrade??   
    Nick, 
     
    I said it earlier in the thread and will say it again.  I would call a couple of places and talk options with them with what you are looking to do and how you drive the car, with how it is already set up.  I have never bought anything from Open tracker, but always hear great things about them.  I did however buy my suspension set up from Shaun at Street or Track.  We talked multiple times and he gave me several options to pick from with no pressure at all to buy from him.  In the end, I did fork out the money for the coil over set up and power rack and pinion, but my car has never driven and handled better.  My car was similar to yours.  I had the newer spec alignment done, but it would walk terribly on roads, hit the brakes and it would shoot one way or the other, and the steering box was crap, with larger tires, big block and no power, I hated it.  
     
    Since the upgrade, the Unisteer PS has great feel, no header clearance issues, and the ride is great.  I have no noise from the suspension, it is nice and tight and doesn't beat the crap out of me like my old set up did over a small bump.  Best of all I am not nervous about hitting the brakes and the car diving off into one direction.  I am not saying that you have to get the coil overs to accomplish that, but for the options that I was looking at it was not that much more to get into, and it was what I really wanted. 
     
    Lots of options out there so good luck.
     
    Scott 
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from winifredng69 in Dim headlights   
    So, my headlights are uber dim. On top of that when I hit the high beams they turn on all 4 lights, but start surging/blinking on for a second off for a second (repeat). When I take the high beams off it is just 2 dim headlights that don't shine any further than 10ft. So, I bought some LED headlights that are supposed to be 3-4x brighter and they are also dim. I'm guessing I'm not pulling enough power. I don't know how to fix that problem. New wiring harness? New alternator? All or none of the above?
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from sherriepl3 in Dim headlights   
    So, my headlights are uber dim. On top of that when I hit the high beams they turn on all 4 lights, but start surging/blinking on for a second off for a second (repeat). When I take the high beams off it is just 2 dim headlights that don't shine any further than 10ft. So, I bought some LED headlights that are supposed to be 3-4x brighter and they are also dim. I'm guessing I'm not pulling enough power. I don't know how to fix that problem. New wiring harness? New alternator? All or none of the above?
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    nickjames138 reacted to 69Mustang16 in 1969 Coyote Resto-mod   
    Thanks!  We are really enjoying the process so far.
     
    Not disrespectful at all.  I have a spreadsheet I keep for the entire build with parts, part #s, manufacturers, price, etc etc..  I could pick out the parts necessary for just the coyote swap and send them over to ya if you are interested..  Is that what you were looking for?
     
    If Coyote is in your plans, I could definitely see you doing the above upgrades, with an eye on the future.  I.e. we doing the EFI you can make sure you get parts that will easily convert over to coyote swap fueling needs.  Same with the tranny, suspension, etc...
     
     
    Tyler
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    nickjames138 reacted to Wycked69 in Looking for a large Boss 429 Scoop   
    Many places sell the boss 429 scoop replica and I'm sure they all differ in some way. My brother bought one for his 69 that has a lower height than the normal boss scoop.
     
    For me, its an acquired taste. I don't care for it myself but it fits the Boss 429 personality. I always thought it looked like an after thought as if someone cut the handle off an old coal shovel.
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    nickjames138 reacted to RPM in Car dying at idle, and anytime not under a load   
    Anytime I see that Pakrat has replied to a thread I check the dates. Original Post is a year old. Nice tip NickJames! 
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    nickjames138 reacted to Mach1 Driver in Tuning question   
    You can trust what barnett468 and 1969_Mach1 are saying. From previous posts 1969_Mach1 has stated he is a service tech, barnett may also be a service tech because he is very knowledgeable and presents the solution in a easy to follow step by step manner. If you do this stuff as steady work and get trained properly you become competent, and only 25% of any profession is competent at their job. Everything I've read that these guys say is spot on. SA69mach is good too, and has an excellent "bedside manner". My 2 cents worth.
     
    PS, I don't think the 5 pages are long winded. You learn more by making mistakes, see the result and then correcting the problem. You probably wouldn't have gotten the link to MSD's timing video otherwise. Go at your own pace and LEARN. You're going great!
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    nickjames138 got a reaction from SA69mach in Tuning question   
    Please explain. You kept asking where the hose from the distributor was hooked up to. I never had a hose hooked up to the Dist. so I figured when he hooked it up and it started running better that was a good step towards fixing the issue. We played with the timing by ear since I'm waiting on a pointer to arrive via mail and nothing was working. It kept dieseling. Then, once we hooked the hose up and put the timing near the best running position (where it was before) it didn't diesel and it didn't hesitate anymore. So, those 2 issues being gone...I was under the impression that is a great thing. 
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    nickjames138 reacted to barnett468 in Tuning question   
    ok, below is just one method.
     
    put several paper towels on the left side of the carb below the inspection screws
     
    put a felt pen mark on one side of the nut on top of the screw
     
    start engine and let run for 30 seconds then turn it off.
     
    remove the gas level inspection screw in the side of the carb . . if gas pours out, reinstall the screw.
     
    cover the screw on the top of the carb and loosen it 1 full turn.
     
    pry up on the nut to make sure the gasket isn't stuck to it and the carb.
     
    release the nut and turn it clockwise 1/2 turn.
     
    tighten the screw with moderate force.
     
    start the engine then look at the screw to insure it is not leaking gas . . if it is, turn the engine off and tighten it more then start engine and check again . . if it is still leaking, one or both of the gaskets are damaged so remove them and do to a hardware store and see if you can get some that will work . . if there is no leak, go to the next step.
     
    remove the inspection screw . . if gas comes out, reinstall the screw.
     
    loosen screw on top of carb and turn the nut clockwise 1/2 turn and retighten screw.
     
    start the car and let it idle for 30 seconds then turn it off.
     
    remove inspection screw.
     
    if no gas comes out, push on the side of the car a couple times with lite force . . if any gas sloshes out, the gas level is correct.
     
    if no gas sloshes out, reinstall the screw.
     
    loosen screw on top of carb and turn the nut counter clockwise 1/2 turn and retighten screw.
     
    start car for 30 seconds then turn off and check gas level.
     
    repeat steps as necessary until a little gas sloshes out when you push on the carb.
     
     
    TYPE TWO INSPECTION SCREW
     
    If you have a clear sight window, set gas level until it is near the bottom of the window
     
    start car for 30 seconds then turn off.
     
    if the gas level is too high, turn nut in 1/2 turn per instructions above.
     
    start car
     
    rev the engine a little few times then turn it off and check the gas level.
     
    if it is still high, turn nut in 1/2 turn then start car and rev a few times r
     
     
    ..
     
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