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Old 06-02-2014, 10:16 PM   #36
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Okay. After much gentle persuasion and minor modification, I got the fan and radiator mounted and wired up. I had to get creative with the shroud, so I widened the hole about 1/8" all around and mounted the fan on the inside. Still plenty of room between fan and rad, but that gave me the extra room I needed. I have about 5/8 - 3/4 inch of clearance between the fan and the water pump pulley now, so I feel pretty good about that. I got some of the super thin radiator spray paint and did the area visible from the grille so the shiny rad doesn't show through. Of course everything else that needs paint is now painfully obvious

The thing I screwed up was the easy part. When I replaced the thermostat, it must have slipped a little before I torqued down the housing bolts. When I filled it with water, it came gushing out the housing bottom. The thermostat got caught between the housing and the engine so it didn't actually seal. I picked up a new housing just in case I warped the old one - it was fairly cheap. So tomorrow I should be able to mount it back up...wish me luck!Click image for larger version

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Old 06-03-2014, 01:57 AM   #37
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:57 AM   #38
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Okay, I've tested the fan thermal switch - both seem to be working well. I tested the new temp sensor, and that seems to work well, and the new thermostat works well. The thermostat was installed without slipping under the housing this time, so score.

And the weather forecast is calling for rain tomorrow through the whole weekend. Awesome. Hopefully I'll have a little time to drive around in between thunderstorms and flash floods
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:28 AM   #39
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Damn well move to cali and youd have 80's alllll week! Haha

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Old 06-04-2014, 08:45 AM   #41
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Damn well move to cali and youd have 80's alllll week! Haha

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Just kidding 90's

It's going to be in the 60s/70s, just this time of year tends to have afternoon tstorms which bring hail and occasional flash floods. But CO is drunk, it goes from sunny to downpour to sunny in an hour.

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Old 06-04-2014, 10:52 AM   #42
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I'm jealous of you V8 guys with all of your room for big radiators and electric fans!

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:10 PM   #43
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Oh it wasn't without some gentle persuasion. I had to move the rad mounts back about an inch and modify the fan and shroud to squeeze everything in.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:21 PM   #44
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I went and took her out for a spin. The first since I:
-replaced rad with an alum 3 row
-added electric fan
-replaced turn signal switch
-replaced temp sensor
-180 deg thermostat
-adjusted the idle speed
-adjust A/F ratio at idle
-replaced ok yellow sealed beams with halogens


All the cooling stuff worked like a charm, so that's a relief. I ran straight water, so I'm going to drain everything out once again and fill it with a mix. The temp never got above half way in the gauge, and I know that's roughly 190ish.

It's hard to tell exactly, but it definitely feels like it has more power too - must be the A/F ratio adjustment. Anyway, I was grinning the entire time I was on the road!
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:15 PM   #45
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Oh yeah, and only a few pine needles flew out of from behind the dash when I got up to speed this time
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:57 PM   #46
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I replaced the fuel pump to carb line and added an EB carb attachment. The old hard line was beat to hell and kinked, and the rubber was past it's prime. Here's the old:
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The new hard line now unfortunately interferes with the filter before the pump, so I have to consider either moving it or ditching it now that I have the after pump filter.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:59 PM   #47
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I guess a couple of the old pictures did load:
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:57 PM   #49
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It continues to be a good name
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:22 PM   #50
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I had some spare time, so I performed a compression test on my engine. I've been putting this off because I was worries I would have an issue.

Here are the results:
1 - 100
2 - 100
3 - 105
4 - 105
5 - 110
6 - 105
7 - 110
8 - 110

Not too horrible. It has decent power, but it could be better. I'm pretty sure she is running rich, so rejetting might be in order - I'll have a shop do that. I'm still hoping my 1980 block isn't the dreaded 255!

To celebrate my successful compression test, I had to take her for a drive!
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:48 AM   #51
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It has been a while! Work, vacation, work. Then I finished the insulation and drywall in my garage, which required the mustang to live in the middle while I worked around her. Click image for larger version

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Now she's back where she belongs, and I have my garage back, and insulated!

So last night, I drop the trans pan in order to hopefully fix its leak for good. Looking carefully, the mating surface was fairly warped - no wonder it has never sealed properly. After some gentle persuasion with my mustang tool (a ball peen hammer), I got it ruler straight and reinstalled with permatex black and a new gasket. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is the last time I have to drop the trans pan for a long time!
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:20 PM   #52
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Took her to work today...because I can. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-15-2014, 02:22 PM   #53
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Looking good!! What other reason do you need!?
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:46 PM   #54
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Looking good!! What other reason do you need!?

Thanks! It has been raining heavily here just about every afternoon (better than wildfires, so I'm not complaining). But I knew I was working a short day and could leave before the afternoon showers, so why the heck not?!
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Thanks! It has been raining heavily here just about every afternoon (better than wildfires, so I'm not complaining). But I knew I was working a short day and could leave before the afternoon showers, so why the heck not?!

I wish it would rain here! Its better hot and dry here its a giant tinder box!
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I wish it would rain here! Its better hot and dry here its a giant tinder box!

We just got downgraded from "extreme drought" to "moderate drought." We had two years in three where we had a car packed and ready to evac in case the winds changed bc of the fires here, so I'm in no way complaining!
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Dang man she looks good!
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:42 PM   #58
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Dang man she looks good!

Thanks! You can't see the messed up roof unless you're above it
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:12 AM   #59
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Ha my car only looks good from a distance till you see how crappy the body work is :sigh: it is next on the list!
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:55 PM   #60
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So I threw out my back a week ago playing hockey, so I have been living on the couch taking muscle relaxers and slowly losing my mind. It has been steadily improving, and this morning actually felt pretty good, and I was dying the do SOMETHING.

So I installed my passenger mirror and adjusted the steering box to try to get some of the slop out if it. I then took it for a drive around town, and ran the tank down to < 1/8. Glad I got a chance to do that since a new tank is on tap for this winter.

I've since spent the last few hour back on the couch - just to rest the back and be sure I don't set myself back. I think I'll be okay, I didn't push it too hard.
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A feel you on hockey im 20 and have been playing for 13 years and have some pretty bad injuries
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Old 09-27-2014, 12:58 AM   #63
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I actually learned to skate and started hockey as an adult, about 25. All of my bad injuries were from middle school/HS/college football. Things that are never going to be the same like my back and knees.

I play goal in an adult rec league, and I was in the butterfly and stretched out to make a pad save off a rebound. That was just enough twisting/straining on my lower back to jack things up. And stupid me, I didn't pull myself - kept thinking it was just tight muscles.
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I actually learned to skate and started hockey as an adult, about 25. All of my bad injuries were from middle school/HS/college football. Things that are never going to be the same like my back and knees.

I play goal in an adult rec league, and I was in the butterfly and stretched out to make a pad save off a rebound. That was just enough twisting/straining on my lower back to jack things up. And stupid me, I didn't pull myself - kept thinking it was just tight muscles.

I still play, actually with my uncle and dad for an "adult league" I love the game its a very good stress reliever
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I had some free time this afternoon, so I got started on trunk/fuel tank.

And of course I found some interesting things. The good news is underneath all the seam sealer and undercoating and dirt, things are pretty decent, no big rust issues.

So there are some obvious additions to the wiring harness - there was a large bundle going from the driver side harness and to a connector on the passenger side by the tank. Mounted next to it there was also what looks like a tire air valve for a tire. My first thought was air ride?

Anyway, it looks like whatever it was, all the wiring has been cut away. I've got some wire-wheeling in my future. Click image for larger version

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My car had that same valve! Haha it was for air shocks
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My car had that same valve! Haha it was for air shocks

Good to know! Any thoughts on that bundle of 6 wires?

It also looks like someone put the tank in on top of the fuel level sending wire, pinching it - I'm amazed it didn't short out or break. People really annoy me sometimes.
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Those wires i have no idea are they under the car?
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You can see it in the first picture. They originate from the harness before the driver side tail light, and in one big bundle run along the trunk floor at the back and exit through what looks like a conduit connector to the right of the gas tank. Underneath the car, the whole bundle was cut at the connector.

It's not a big deal, and I'm inclined to remove it or just properly terminate the wires. I'll put in a new harness eventually, for now I'm considering replacing just the rear harness.

Anyway, someone clearly added something which was later removed, I'm really just curious what it could be.
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Could have been a sound system or maybe even an air ride? Could have been a million things! Iv you do get a new harness, I got an updated version from American Autowire and it was pretty easy to do and has a lot of extras like for fog lights, electric fans and halogen lights. Only down falls were trying to wire the alternator and the heater control seems a little confusing but i haven gotten around to fixing that yet
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