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    Nice car and pickup. Looks like a pretty big cam and pretty short skirts on those pistons.
    There's a 69 convertible for sale for a while near me, guy leaves it out year-round on Rt1 heading Downeast. side of the road flipper type guy. Car has a new white top, or it was new. body flat black with all the trim off, no interior, said he had all the parts and a good-running 302. was asking 2k, seemed like a decent price, i wanted his 68 firebird, also with bad paint but too much rust and he wanted 10k for the Pontiac...
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    The headlights did SUCK until I found some from a '95. Same housing but HID. They did very well considering.
    Fast.. yes it was. I think they were rated at 280hp new. I gutted the cats and got more air to it with a cold air kit bastardized from a caprice.
    The tranny gave up OD, so trans guy down the street did his magic. I shit you not...full pedal from a stop (gently) and shifting it to 2nd right at 55mph, it'd spin both tires about 5 feet. Got hairy a few times. I toured with a band for a bit and drove it to Florida for spring break in Panama City. Gave me 32 down following the bus, and 29 coming home.
    Rode like a dream. Black guts and really comfortable. I swapped it for Harley parts. I'd love to have another one.
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    Picked up a set of original '70 Mach-One buckets in black with original tracks. ..
    I've gotta have something to do until Sherries 347 comes together.
    So.. Looks like it'll be taking the bench out of the Merc and getting these buckets in properly.
    This era of Fords used little stamped sheet metal risers in the front on the outside and a center hump supplemental support to get the seats to sit correctly and I'm thinking to mount a console. All hidden under the carpet.
    I think I'll do it my way. WTH right.? It'll never be seen, so I'm going with what I have on hand.
    I'll shoot a couple pix and share when I can.
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    FINALLY got the 302 out of my Merc..to make room for this 393 Cleveland.
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    Put the pressure washer to work.
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    Soon..... I'm pretty damn excited.
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    Looking good. Is that sway bar stock? Looks bigger than what I would have figured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    Looking good. Is that sway bar stock? Looks bigger than what I would have figured.
    Thanks. She's come a long way...and is nothing more than a fun driver.
    No, that sway it WAY bigger than FoMoCo offered in '69...LOL
    It's from PST. I offed the original stuff and went to poly with coilovers… heavier lower control arms and a bigger sway.
    It is my concern currently because of the Canton roadrace pan I put on this engine.
    I sent pix to Canton with measurements and they said it'll fit with stock motor mounts.
    I've been measuring and sweating it out. I'll have a half an inch I THINK...!!(?)!!!!
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    Motor in. Canton pan is 1/2" from the sway bar as I had hoped. Now for wiring, fueling, and cooling. ALMOST THERE..
    Got the headers in. Some REALLY nice pieces from FPA http://www.fordpowertrain.com/
    Stan the owner and chief cook and bottlewasher is a hoot to talk to and delivered everything as he advertises.
    1-7/8" primaries with 3/8" flanges. Ceramic coated inside and out.
    3-1/2" ball socket collectors, and correctly fitted pieces to weld to when it comes time to fab the exhaust.
    Drop bracket for power assist ram. NICE stuff.
    NICE bolts, gaskets, everything.
    Most importantly, they fit perfectly.
    I'm blown away. Pix to follow.
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    Drivers header
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    That’s got to be the best fitting header I have ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggie View Post
    That’s got to be the best fitting header I have ever seen.
    I thought this exactly... then I realized it was his 69 Mercury and not a panther. Still... very nice.

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    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Thanks fellas. I'll be in touch with Stan again soon, and if there's an interest in a group purchase of a specific panther header, I'll let him know.
    I'll be asking him if he can pull it off. Even a Tri-Y. Something. Any ideas of perfect primary size or any other specifics.?
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    So...
    I talked to Stan at FPA about headers. He's really not in a position currently to try to develop one for our panthers YET. Maybe next year.

    Update on my Merc.
    Got it together. Not sure how to post a video here. Any advice.?
    It hasn't gotten the exhaust that I've planned for yet because Coronavirus..
    Soon. 2-1/2" and Magnaflows coming out behind the tire as it always was. Nobody around here will bend 3 inch.
    So currently it has 2 pieces of 2-1/2" flex pipe connecting the collectors to the old exhaust.
    It runs. There's no choke provisions on this carb, so it's a pain in the ass to get heat in. Once she's warm and happy it is more than I thought it would be.
    After heating the tires a little a few times and going for a nice launch, it gives me the willys. Wide eyes and white knuckles on full giddyup.
    If I'm easy into it and roll it on, it want's to break loose going past 3800...
    The converter stall is too high for my liking. I think that's going to get lowered to 2400 to 2800.
    The thing flashes at 4K.
    So that's where I'm at.
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    You would need to upload the video to youtube or similar to act as a host. This site only hosts photos to my knowledge.
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    Beautiful!

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    Wanted to start the season with fresh plugs. These Autolites were still in there from the Dyno and initial start-up after being fogged with marvel mystery oil for storage. They look pretty damn good to me.
    Remind yourself again why big hands and shock towers add up to fun X 8.. DEFINITELY glad I bought SCOTT plug wires.
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    Merc went to my friends transmission shop for a converter and valve body swap.
    3300 stall out, 2400 stall in.
    Didn't get to drive it before it went on the rollback to a friend of a friends exhaust shop 3 towns over.
    Going from 2-1/4" to 2-1/2" with Magnaflows. Brand new pipe bender with new mandrels should make a nice exhaust. We're adding an H or an X to it wherever it fits best. There is a sweet spot that lines up with the body and trans mount, so it'll likely be there.
    The guy doing this exhaust has been doing FORDS for 40 years, and just finished his '64 comet with a 445" 385 series with a pile of go fast parts.
    Man, those big blocks make ridiculous power and rev like nothing else. Canted valve heads for the win.
    The 2-1/4 mufflers on the Merc are vintage Lakewood welded mufflers from about 1982. I'm going to save them. Really cool pieces, just way too restrictive for this build. Hoping to have it home for next weekend so I can enjoy some time in the '70 Mach one buckets I put in there. We'll see...
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    Little update on the Merc.
    A couple vacuum leaks chased down and it's really coming together. Here's some exhaust shots of the Magnaflows, the X and how it all came together.

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    Lucas liked this X better than the ones he makes for this install, so he went with it. I'm happy. LOTS of clearance.

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    A decent shot of how it all came together. I'll get tailpipe pix this weekend, and I'm going to try to get a video on Rumble and see if it will work on here.

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    275/60-15s on an 8 inch Cragar with 4.25 inches of Backspace. I dunno if I can get more in there. It doesn't rub at all...so I think I'll leave it alone.


    So that's where I'm at with this car.
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    Interested to see how the x sounds. Looks good.
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    Rebuilt the rear end. The original clutches were so shot.. 8 inch rears were common, but the equa-loc slip units aren't.
    It works well now. New 3.55 Motive ring and pinion gears, carrier and pinion bearings, wheel bearings, seals, and new 75/90 with stench modifier.
    The next time I get to my friends shop with the outdoor lift, it'll get the pressure washer and scuff pad scrub and a coat of paint.
    I can't see the reason to upgrade to the 9 inch when I run street tires.
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    "..stench modifier.."
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