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Jeff73Mach1

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Howdy from Nashville
« on: August 20, 2009, 09:12:24 PM »
Nice board here!  Already have gotten some good advice on my car and hope to return the favor.

This is my 4th Mustang if you can count a a Mustang II Coupe with a 302 as a true Mustang LOL

It is a work in progress, but it certainly is a lot of fun.  I had a 72 Coupe back in the late 80's and really enjoyed working on it and learned a lot.

I have a few issues to sort out, but she runs and is far faster than the suspension likes even though everything is tight and fresh in the front end.  I have a few photos, cause I know folks like photos-sorry I couldn't get some bikini babes to pose, but what the heck, I'll try again.[attach=1]][attach=2][attach=3][attach=4][attach=5][attach=6][attach=7][attach=8][attach=9][attach=10][attach=11]

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2009, 02:45:15 AM »
She's a clean one Jeff.....where was she during the contest?  Hey, is the passenger side rear in a rut, or are the leaf springs in the rear needing replacing? 

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2009, 07:36:14 AM »
Leaf springs are very weak, prior owner had air shocks installed to compensate.  Good eye.  New 5 leaf springs and Koni's are on the way.  Front springs look to be big block springs and sit a tad high, not sure if I should replace or cut a half coil.  I'm going to wait til the rear is done to decide.  Also have a rear Anti sway bar on the way.  Loved the difference it made on my 72

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2009, 03:30:52 PM »
So, you are rich enough to afford Koni's, huh?  ;D  When I changed out my rear leafs, I put on KYB's, and she rides great now.  It took me awhile to get one of the leafs off  though.  The front bolt was frozen to the spring, so I had to use my recip saw to cut it off.  It's a very common problem, so don't be surprised. 

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2009, 11:50:55 AM »
I have my torch and cut off wheels ready to go along with extra jack stands and a good floor jack.  Wish the parts had been here this weekend as the weather was beautiful.  Since they weren't,  I installed the engine in my boat instead and will have to finish up the engine alignment (run out has to be within .004) belts, hoses, electrical connections, exhaust, carb and distributor after work this week. (sounds like a lot of work!)

Rich enough to afford Koni's?  I guess I am, though the cost wasn't that bad at $50 bucks a piece.  I did a lot of this when I was in my teens and early 20's and found a way to come up with the money, now that I am in my mid fortys . . . well the money is easier, but the physical work is a bit harder.

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2009, 03:22:46 PM »
Well, I'm in my mid 60's and have arthritis pretty bad in my knees, and I changed my leafs.  The secret is to get the car on at least 4 jack stands and put the stands as high as you can get them.  I used 6.  That way you can sit on your butt with your head inside the wheel well as you work.  That way you won't be killing your back and neck. 
One other tip.  After you get the leafs on, do not tighten down the shackle bolts until the car is back on the ground.  If you do, the shackle will squeak like hell.  Once the car is back on the ground, then tighten them. 

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2009, 04:07:58 PM »
Thanks, I learned that on my 72 and remembered it vaguely.  While I am under there I also need to do something about my ridiculously loose exhaust system.  Thankfully I have a welder and am more than happy to fabricate proper hanger hardware.  I'm not sure what they did before with those huge clamps, but I at least know I can do better than that!

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2009, 06:48:20 PM »
Those hangers are usually located right underneath the rear seat, so take the seat and the underlayment out before welding there.  You also have a gas tank to be concerned about. 

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2009, 09:52:05 AM »
My rear seat back was reupholstered and needs the bottom edge properly secured so pulling the seats was in the plan anyway, but I only intend to weld the bent metal for the hangers to the exhaust pipe if necessary, not do any welding to the body of the car.  Hopefully the old attachment points are reusable, if not I won't weld without pulling everything mentioned above out.

As to the gas tank . . . you mean I need to worry about igniting 20 gallons of high octane gas directly over my head  Jeesh . . . you're worse than my mother! ;)

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2009, 10:16:11 AM »
I guess I should add some details shouldn't I

1973 Ford Mustang Mach 1

113,000 miles

The following options are all correct for the car

Medium Bright Yellow paint with Mach 1 Stripe package
351Q code engine (4V)
Toploader 4 speed with OEM Hurst shifter
Factory Dual point distributor
Factory Magnum 500 Wheels with BF Goodrich 235-60-15's
Flawless Ginger interior w/ original Philco AM/FM Cassette
foldaway rear seat with trunk pass thru
True dual exhausts (now with Flow tech Raptor mufflers)
Factory front Anti Roll bar
Factory front and rear spoilers
Full gauge package and clock

These upgrades were on the car when purchased

4:56 gears Track Lok differential (Will be returned to 3:50 gears next week)
Holley 700CFM DP Mechanical secondaries with electric choke
Torker Aluminum intake
Ford Motorsport Aluminum Valve Covers
14" K&N Filtercharger air cleaner in Chrome housing
600 # front springs

I am waiting on a few additional parts that are due in next week and will be installed immediately thereafter

200# rate 5 leaf rear springs
Koni rear shocks
3/4 adjustable rear anti roll bar
Monte Carlo bar

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Re: Howdy from Nashville
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2009, 06:58:35 AM »
thanks!  Comfort would include air and a more modern clutch pedal, but those are things I can live with for the time being and upgrade when I get around to it.

 

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