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Old 03-03-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Hello, new member here. I just bought a 66 mustang. I'm trying to make her pretty under the hood. The exterior is pretty well restored. The guy I bought it from decided to part with with it begin restoration on another project. So he didn't finish the engine. Does anyone have any suggestions where or what I should do to make this more of a show car? Or a website that can help me? Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:00 PM   #2
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Hey, whatever you do DO NOT start stripping everything off cause u feel like it. Do one section at a time. Take off, sand, polish, paint do what has to be done properly and take photos if you have too!! Very important!!
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Thank you. I see in your profile pic you got a beauty yourself. Do you have any pictures of your engine you wouldn't mind posting? I'd like to see what's under the hood of other cars so I can get an idea of what i can aim for? Thanks again.
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If you check on my profile/photos you'll see the engine. Even one with my dog next to it !! Lol
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Are you planing on taking the motor out?
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Nice car! Good start. It looks like from the chrome air cleaner that you have a Sprint 200. Special edition to celebrate the millionth Mustang built. They are not much more valuable than a regular 6 cylinder though. They came with wire spoke hubcaps, rocker moldings, "c" stripe with no quarter panel trim, center console, and the aforementioned chrome air cleaner with Sprint 200 decal (reproduction decals are available). I just finished rebuilding my six with a lot of parts from Classic Inlines. There are good books available at bookstores or online to show you how it should look stock. If not stock, it's all up to you. Good luck and have fun!
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Re: Engine restoration

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If I did it right, here's a pic of my 6 cylinder. It was almost finished here.
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Do you notice a difference with the header?
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:45 AM   #10
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I haven't had a chance to drive it much cuz it went almost straight to the body shop. The sound is good though with the dual Impostor exhaust from Waldron. I won't know about the header though, because I did everything at once- cam, carb, valves, distributor, porting, etc. I got it all from Classic Inlines and had the machine work done here in Michigan.
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Was your head with the intake integrating in or was one where you can take it off?
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I used a late model (1976) integral head. They have a larger intake log volume, flat top on the log for easier modification, and they are better suited to adding larger valves. Downside is the chambers are larger so you have to mill head and block and go to flat top pistons to compensate. I did it all and honestly, except for zero decking the block, it would have all been done anyway, so didn't add much cost to the rebuild. I did the porting myself (what I could anyway). I will add more pics when I am able to upload.
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