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    Tightened the pinion nut... noise reduced. So it IS the rear and not the trans! Problem now is that I have no idea what I need to tighten that pinion nut to. I counted turns when I did the pinion seal and put it back but apparently missed the mark. May have to pull the pumpkin to check it out. I guess the contact pattern would be what to check? It sounds pretty decent now so I may leave it alone...

    Also put 62 jets in the front of the carb instead of 54. It’s much happier now.
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    Recalled that I can pull the axles and try to tighten the pinion nut to result in a certain inch-lb reading on turning the differential (14 in-lb seems to be a good number). I think that’s next on the list.
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    Got about 100 miles on this now. Not really sure since I haven't hooked up the speedo yet. I like that it says 00000.0...

    Been prepping two extra wheels for new tires. Got those done. The other two best wheels were on the car so I dismounted the tires today and started stripping the layers of paint. At least one of these was a chrome center wheel at one point I think (hence the copper coating). Not rusty, so that's an improvement over the other two wheels. Will continue to work on these throughout the week if time allows.





    Also redid the front alignment that had changed slightly since the front end settled. Now the steering wheel is crooked. I can reset that if needed or fix the toe.


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    Whats the plan for then wheels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Whats the plan for then wheels?
    Sandblast and paint argent like they would have came in 68. Would be a good time for your powder coat. Do they have a dull silver?
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    If you were nearby Id pick up some dull silver. Id like to try wheels out once..id imagine they fit in my oven. Most important thing is that they are stripped of all prior rust and coatings.

    Closest thing on hand is a cast aluminum color. Otherwise I have more glossy/shiny colors.
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    I forget the brand but I used to get some argent silver in a spray can that looked great. But for wheels, powder coat is probably a better choice
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    Wheels are done. Tires mounted. BFG Radial TA in a 215/70r14, close to original optional "plus" size. One step down from the old 225/70.

    Sprayed sound deadener (Lizard Skin) in the front wheel wells followed by a coat of rubberized undercoating. There is not fender liner so when a tire throws a rock, it can dent the tops of the fenders from the inside out if they aren't coated well.

    The rag joint is dragging the clutch linkage. Going to have to pull that back out and see if I can bend it to make it happy.

    Also painted the factory air filter housing. Not crazy about it. It was rough. Came from a 69 Falcon in the junkyard and has some pitting. I was forced into using two different cans of paint, same brand and color but different color if that makes sense.

    The weather looks bad but if it's good, the car is headed to its first cruise in on Saturday.

    Boring pictures. I forget to take them.



    Yes those are drums in the front! They work nicely for normal driving (so far)! If you look closely, you can see the wooden block that keeps the control arm from dropping too far and crushing the shock bushings. They sell a tool for that but I think this works.

    Here's a wheel before the tire because I take boring pictures at improper times.




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    Any time you jack up the front of the car you have to put that block of wood in place to prevent damage to shocks?

    Never knew about the liner less wheel wells. What came from the factory in those locations to help mitigate damage from tire sprung rocks?
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    Looks clean! Nice work. I had the same suspension on my maverick and never had to put anything there- maybe I should have, but never had any problems
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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Any time you jack up the front of the car you have to put that block of wood in place to prevent damage to shocks?

    Never knew about the liner less wheel wells. What came from the factory in those locations to help mitigate damage from tire sprung rocks?
    Shocks will be ok. The lower bushings get squished. As far as the factory treatment for the wheel wells, they did what I did. I actually tried to imitate the original patterns.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Muscle View Post
    Looks clean! Nice work. I had the same suspension on my maverick and never had to put anything there- maybe I should have, but never had any problems
    My dad does the same as you with no known problems. I saw something about it in the service manual. Here's something similar. https://www.ebay.com/itm/60-73-Musta...-/253175128882
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    Did ford provide a tool for this with the spare tire and jack or is this something that came to be known overtime?
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    Will that wood block stay in place? Other than that; awesome work! What did you use for the undercoating?

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    Quote Originally Posted by packman View Post
    Will that wood block stay in place? Other than that; awesome work! What did you use for the undercoating?
    The block sits on the frame rail and the upper control arm rests on it while the car is up in the air. I have to reach in there and get it when I let the car down. It's annoying to be honest.

    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Did ford provide a tool for this with the spare tire and jack or is this something that came to be known overtime?
    I've been meaning to look in the shop manual to find out but keep forgetting to check to see if there is an official tool or just a suggestion.

    Took a few pictures today for National Mustang Day. My next question, when is National Panther day? We need one.

    The BFG's are nice. Don't throw rocks too bad. I really wanted the tires from the specialty places that are copies of the original but a radial. They were double the price of the BFG's.

    Got the 1969 Falcon air filter housing installed with the heat riser. I like the look better for this car than the aftermarket one.

    Next job is to replace the rear seal on the T5 if it's still leaking. Then it's time for a seat upholstery job. Never done anything like that. Another learning experience.






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    You have a beautiful Mustang. That color is stunning. I have two, do it yourself upholstery books for sale if you need them. I learned a few tricks from them.

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    Looking amazing out their in the wild. The under hood is gorgeous. Nice, simple and clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainemantom View Post
    You have a beautiful Mustang. That color is stunning. I have two, do it yourself upholstery books for sale if you need them. I learned a few tricks from them.
    Thank you. I have some book about Mustang interior restoration. Gotta dig it out and see if it's worth looking at. I am hoping the back seat will be easiest, so I will start there.

    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Looking amazing out their in the wild. The under hood is gorgeous. Nice, simple and clean.
    I'm loving actually being able to drive it, so dirt is coming. Going to try to avoid rain. This was meant to be driven!
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    Car looks great and nothing wrong with that air cleaner at all! You did a great job
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