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Thread: Finally Got the Work Started on the '79

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    1979 Has so many one year only parts. I had three 1979 panthers. Never again. If you find a good deal on the one year only cap/rotor, pick up a couple as spares. My distributor guts on my old 82 Lincoln looked liked that.( Cap and rotor were different) A so called mechanic tried to sell me all new parts that were on other year models. He got really pissed off when I came over to his shop and proved him wrong. He just looked at the thing in shock.
    Get yourself a genuine 1979 Ford full size car manual. Be careful when buying parts. Take the part number from the old part with you when ordering plus the date of production. Also know if it is a Ca or federal smog equipped car.
    Best of luck
    Not too worried about those one year only parts. Most of it is getting removed. Where I live the car won't be subject to any kind of emissions requirements, so it's getting adjusted to simply be running a 2150 carb and the necessary vacuum and electrical circuits for being able to run. I can't even find half of the electronics under the hood for sale anywhere, so it doesn't make sense to keep it in factory configuration. I can't even replace the EGR the way this thing is laid out. No one sells this version, and seaching on the part number yielded no results. At some point the intake, heads, and carb are getting a full replacement for better power output, so yeah, not too concerned with keeping it factory stock.

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    I think I'm going to have to pull the balancer and physically examine and measure it before ordering a replacement. Also need to examine how the pulley sits against it, since I see some balancers not configured exactly the same, and I'd like to make sure whatever I buy doesn't interfere with the pulley.

    On that note, I'm also planning to get the pulleys powder coated. There's a shop I'll be having powder coat some wheels, and I'll discuss the pulleys with them, too. I did some research and the consensus seems to be that so long as care is taken on serpentine pulleys, it should work out fine. V-belt pulleys apparently don't require as much care when powder coating around the pulley groove.

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    yeah the EEC-III ignition stuff looked exactly like that, stupid cap, funky rotor, and the wheel on the balancer.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    Well, at least it still beats dealing with points and condenser. My dad had a Grand Am or Grand Prix back in the 70's that burned through points all the time. He's also having some issues with that in this old Studebaker truck he's working on. But I think he only dropped something into the dist.

    I'm installing an HEI for now since I got a good deal on one, and buying it helped a friend. Thinking I might tap into the wiring for the ICM, maybe chop off a plug and repurpose it or something.

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    Points aren't bad if you have the resistor wire and you drive it somewhat regularly. No resistor and they fry. Let it sit and they "fuzz" and then won't go. Absolutely horrible in a boat too. Sits a lot, and its damp.


    I'm more of a Duraspark guy, but mostly because the HEI distributor is big and ugly. GM at least was polite enough to hide it in the back. A breaker point distributor with a Pertronix ignitor hidden inside is a slick fix too. Nice small dizzy, but no points to maintain. Had one of those on the Beetle I had a long time ago, never a minute of trouble out of it but i had the points in the glovebox the whole time I owned that car. Went to the junkyard with it.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

    Quote Originally Posted by phayzer5 View Post
    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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