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FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Rechrome vent windows or buy new? » 4/07/2024 6:03 PM

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I can’t find the rivits that hold the SS piece to the window frame.  I also need to check on what the thickness is of the seal for the vent window glass.  I forgot which thickness I ordered and never checked what I need.  I could need both thicknesses since I picked up a window frame that I don’t know what year it came from.  Even if I knew the year NPD states one needs to see what they have before ordering. 

I did get the seals riveted to the SS piece and got the old parts all cleaned up.  I think I’ll order new vertical pieces that press fit into the SS piece since they come with new seals.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Rechrome vent windows or buy new? » 4/07/2024 1:13 PM

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I was able to pick up the vent window I needed. Took half the day to go get it but I can try to put the frames back together now.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » A little more progress » 4/07/2024 8:57 AM

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BobE wrote:

RTM - progress looks great, as the saying goes; "How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time".
A word of caution regarding painting the dash top gloss black, the sun's reflection can cause issues ... just saying. 

 
The dash trim and speaker cover are satin black like the engine bay, doors and dash.  The roll bar is the same satin black.   Only the SoT rear links are gloss black.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Drive Shaft Safety Loops » 4/07/2024 8:55 AM

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Maybe one day I’ll find out if I ever finish this build and make it to the track.  Lol

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Full Chassis - Roadster Shop » 4/07/2024 5:11 AM

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I’ve seen a few posts on other sites with others using this chassis option.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Drive Shaft Safety Loops » 4/07/2024 5:09 AM

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I wonder if the plate used for the convertible floor pans can be used as a safety loop?   I already added a heavy piece of bar stock to the front of it.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Rechrome vent windows or buy new? » 4/07/2024 5:06 AM

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Try this guy for chrome Omar     1 619 948 3239.   

Thats what my Uncle sent me.  I communicated via text messages with Omar and paid him through PayPal and since my uncle knows the guy I did send it friends and family. Omar had it boxed and sent a tracking number before I even sent payment.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » A little more progress » 4/06/2024 3:50 PM

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Well I don’t plan on road racing my mustang and it will only see the drag strip maybe once or twice a year.   The only thing I would like to have done differently is use the BB early 9 inch housing I had.  Sadly I acquired it after I bought the disk brake brackets for the SB axle.   The car will see 99% street use.

Today’s progress wasn’t much but again it’s progress.  Painted the housing is the same Satin black as the engine bay and all the links for the axle were sprayed in gloss black. I also sprayed the dash trim and speaker grill in satin black. 



FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Rechrome vent windows or buy new? » 4/06/2024 3:45 PM

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Bullet Bob wrote:

I think you'll be glad you went to the trouble, Bob.  I know I am glad I did.  Now you can try out those rivet sets.

 
Yes and return them.  It’s taken longer than I had planned. 

I do need to figure out how to install the longer piece that looked like it had two small tube type rivets. 

Going this route only cost maybe $100 more and that’s because of shipping.  I still need to find a replace vent window.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Rechrome vent windows or buy new? » 4/06/2024 11:43 AM

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Window frames have arrived.  I’ve never had anything rechromed before but they look really good. 



FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Drive Shaft Safety Loops » 4/06/2024 6:01 AM

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I’ve never broken one in a mustang but I’ve never had enough traction in a mustang to break anything.  My current build will be sporting a 315 tire out back and has 500 plus HP.   I’ll be installing a safety loop just so I can occasionally run it down the track once or twice a year. 

Now in all my younger days and 4x4 trucks, I’ve dropped a few drive shafts and more.   Lol

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » A little more progress » 4/05/2024 9:35 AM

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I agree with the full floating axle. I think the 9 inch floating axle is mostly a circle track application, I’m not sure?   But I have seen the FF 9 inch housings for sale.  Maybe off-road applications too?

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » 289 engine question » 4/04/2024 4:07 PM

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Quicksilver wrote:

I just sold a 351 (1969) stock block, pistons, rods, crank, cam, and timeing chain & Cover for $400 droped to  $200.00 just to get it out of the garage. 6 months on CL. Now 2 other people have called about it. Got a complete 301 and a radical 289 left.

 
The early 69 351W blocks bring good money.  They are highly sought after.  Someone got a great deal.   But I guess location can affect the value. 

Five bolt blocks are tougher to sell because the demand for them is small.  It’s been a while since I saw a wanted ad for one.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Rechrome vent windows or buy new? » 4/04/2024 3:33 AM

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I think I’m still below the cost of replacements in parts and chrome costs but if you add my time then one could say it cost more to go this route. But building them isn’t a cost factor.   I have $550 in chrome work and shipping fees.  That’s from FL to CA and back. 

I do need to replace one vent window.  I notice the little pivot piece is loose from its frame.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » A little more progress » 4/04/2024 3:29 AM

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My builds usually follow a dream then whatever I can afford and or finding a good deal.  Like the axle shafts were $200 for brand new 31 splines.  But no I never considered a floating rear axle but have see a few for sale in my area.  Even the 9 inch housing I have was bought at a great price.

Yes, I have all tools to narrow a big or small bearing 9 inch housing.  When I checked my housing I found one side was not straight, it is now.  Lol

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Third Part Extended Warranty Experience? » 4/03/2024 7:44 AM

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I know people who have benefited from those warranty's but I’m sure it’s a higher percentage that don’t.  The 6.2 is a very reliable engine.   I tried to find a used truck with that engine but couldn’t find anything that fit my needs.   To be honest it was kind of difficult to find that engine option around me.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Tail lights any recomendations on the the LED taillights » 4/03/2024 7:40 AM

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I did a fair amount of research before I bought my rear LED lights.  They are still in a box at home.  I’ll try to remember and look at where I bought them and post it.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » A little more progress » 4/03/2024 6:13 AM

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Last weekend I shortened the rear axle 1” on each side.  I did this for two reasons.  One is to get a deeper dish rim and the other reason was to get a better axle length for engagement.  I bought new 31 spline axle shafts a year or two ago and they were a tad short when I checked them. Now I have a super straight housing and will have a deeper dish rear wheel.

I also got the front hubs installed, new bearings, races, seals and new studs.  The hubs are new from NPD and they appear to have a larger radius where the MS ring fits for the rotors. I had to provide a little clearance to the MS locating ring so it would not stick out past the rotor.  I also had to turn down the outer cast flange of the hub because it did not fit the machined part of the backside of the Cobra rotor. 

Not much progress and what little it is did take a lot of time.  But it’s progress.

My AC system has arrived and a lot of other parts.  So much stuff to put together but it’s better than doing bodywork.  Lol




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FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » When determining length 5.0 roller engine push rods with pedestal » 4/03/2024 5:47 AM

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I would be willing to bet the length is fine.  Especially if they have be torqued down and the engine runs fine.  If so I wouldn’t worry.  Buy it would be fairly easy to remove a valve cover and mark the valve stem and check it.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Tool repair question » 4/03/2024 5:45 AM

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I don’t know the answer to your question but when I worked in a machine shop I would send stuff like this directly to the manufacturer for repairs.  Sadly it may cost more than finding a used pair that’s for sale but you would have a pretty close to new and known tool.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Rechrome vent windows or buy new? » 4/03/2024 5:40 AM

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Window frames were shipped out yesterday.   The short video he sent looks great.  Can’t wait to see them and get it all back together.  Then I can return the robot tool I borrowed.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Speaking of classic Mustangs.... » 3/31/2024 11:58 AM

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I grew up just wishing I could afford an old mustang during the 80’s.  Don’t ever think I made any choices based on gas prices.  I built an 1979 F250 with a 460 and daily drive that thing to work.  It was a 40-45 minute drive to work and then again back home.

FYI Ford, Classic Mustang Tech Discussion » Replacing a door on Anna's 1966 convertible. » 3/29/2024 3:51 PM

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MS wrote:

What was reason to not get thicker ones?

 
Rick from NPD himself said that the vent window fitment can be an issue with the thicker doors and that he has had far less returns on thr GL doors.   They have proven to be the best for fitment.  So I went with what he suggested because I didn’t want to run into any fitment issues and then have to deal with returning them.

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