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I looks like a fun project!🙂
I like the build as you drive cars, reminds me of how I put cars together in the 70s. Good times.

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I looks like a fun project!🙂
I like the build as you drive cars, reminds me of how I put cars together in the 70s. Good times.
Yeah, me too. My last project was a $700 volvo 240 turbo. I blew up and rebuilt the motor in a month last year. Big fat turbo, suspension stuff, etc. Got hit head on by a Camry last month which is why I bought this. My other 240s motor blew up (VW diesel) awhile ago so the turbo's motor will go in it once I buy it back. For now I just have this Ford and an Elantra rental.

Anyway, I figured out why it wasn't holding gears long enough. I wasn't flooring it hard enough to engage the kickdown. Much faster now.

I can't get the smokers windows to close fully and they make a really annoying whistling at speed.
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To get the vent window to close get a Dennis Carpenter Galaxie catalog. There is a how to do it for fixing them that I wrote for the Ford Galaxie Club of America magazine way back when.

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Great project. Your diversified, that's for sure!

Your fuel sending unit is probably not grounded. Here is a thread on how to troubleshoot and repair.

My '63.5 was missing the "I" I bought a complete set, used off e-bay. I still have the rest of the letters and would happily send you the "L" . Send me an e-mail and $10 via paypal to [email protected]

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This is probably the least rusty car I've ever owned. I feel pretty confident I can weld it up myself and POR15 the rest of it or something.

I've put about a thousand miles on it with no issue. For the time being it is my daily, I'm hoping to get my Volvo its new motor before the snow comes.

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Ha in my world I donít even call that rust. If you canít crawl out of the car through the floor you paid too much. Ha ha ha. Looks like a fun project . Have a good time makin her what you want.
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Both rear bolts on the front seat snapped and welding a nut failed. What size drill/tap/bolt should I use?

I just did some quick n dirty patches. My first time doing rust repair, not counting the time I simply threw sheet metal over the gaping holes in my first car's floor. I'm gonna add another coat of POR15 and seam seal it all up before I throw down sound deadening and the new carpet I got. I can finally install the gas pedal I found in the glovebox.





Also found a big mouse nest under the rear seat. Nasty.

This thing rusted out from the inside. Someone left it outside for a long time (Evidenced by the ruined seat fabric/carpet and the dashboard being lumpier than my face) and it leaks water somewhere on the drivers side.

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As for the burnout thing.. I've got some spare turbos and a welder in the garage..


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Here's what I got done in December. Still gotta fix the rust in the trunk and install new door seals. I replaced the bulbs in the dash but the speedo bulbs keep falling out for some reason.. They seem to click into place just fine but after a couple days I won't be able to see how fast I'm going at night until I pop em back in. Also, seat reupholstery, needs to be done but I'm wondering how much that'd cost.. Sitting on an old tablecloth that I suspect the previous owner stole from their grandma isn't very pleasant.

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so - the floor rusted out because there was a LOT of water sitting in it, you can see the 'tide mark' on the carpet going up the side of the driveshaft hump. Most likely it was sitting in there because the cowl has rusted out (just had mine repaired, and it's a fugly job - windscreen out, heater out, wipers out etc) and that's why it's rusted.

A previous owner had slopped body-filler up on the underside of the cowl behind the speedo to try to halt the leaks, and that sort-of worked but it's not a good fix - it depends on how much effort you want to go to and how 'right' you want it afterwards.

But - with that nice repair and lovely carpet, I would be lying on my back and having a look at what's gone wrong in the past so that it doesn't happen again.
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so - the floor rusted out because there was a LOT of water sitting in it, you can see the 'tide mark' on the carpet going up the side of the driveshaft hump. Most likely it was sitting in there because the cowl has rusted out (just had mine repaired, and it's a fugly job - windscreen out, heater out, wipers out etc) and that's why it's rusted.

A previous owner had slopped body-filler up on the underside of the cowl behind the speedo to try to halt the leaks, and that sort-of worked but it's not a good fix - it depends on how much effort you want to go to and how 'right' you want it afterwards.

But - with that nice repair and lovely carpet, I would be lying on my back and having a look at what's gone wrong in the past so that it doesn't happen again.
The driver's door is still leaking water onto my new carpet, really gotta get around to doing the seals. As far as I can tell that's the only leak.
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p.s. the trunk mat is 64
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I've been trying to fix the fuel gauge. It moves up to E with ignition and months ago I saw it go up to about halfway and then back to E while driving. I'm thinking it's gotta be the sending unit itself. Definitely not the ground, maybe a problem in the signal wire? I really gotta replace this fuel hose too.



Also I gave it a Walmart style seat reupholstery.






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Shocks and leaf bushings done. Gotta replace that fuel hose, do the filter while I'm at it, then replace the rear brake hose. Then I'll get to work on the front end.

Wanted to get one of the drums off to inspect brakes but they won't budge.. I've never touched a drum brake before and I'm a little scared. All my other cars had/have 4 wheel disks.
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They can stick sometimes. Get a big three jaw puller. They probably have a whole set of different sizes cheap at Harbor Freight. Make sure the speed nuts between the wheel and drum are removed (probably long gone), then tighten it up somewhat, and use a large hammer around the drum. It will eventually pop loose with a bang. Use common sense on how much to tighten and how hard to hit it. Too much torque and you'll actually see the drum bending. Once it breaks loose, you might need to adjust the shoes in some to get the drum off.



You really need a shop manual for this or at least the picture showing the (correct) placement of the components. The two sides are mirror images. Make sure to get the deluxe/full hardware kit which includes the shoe pins and springs, the big springs, etc. The four brake shoes are different - 2 with bigger pads, 2 with smaller. Big on back (rear of car). Make sure the adjuster star wheel threads are clean and turn easily. It's a good idea to replace all the brake fluid from time to time of course, and also (at least) all the flexible hoses. They can deform on the inside, holding pressure on the wheel cylinders to a degree. Like a check valve.



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