It has been a while since I have updated this. Anytime you go to your Making Progress thread and you find it on page 3 Ė itís been too long. I have been plagued with a new assignment, keeping the kids and wife happy this summer, trying to start and keep a local cruise running and other things.
I left off with the rear end, I had some threads on a bud who boned me on my gear set up, so I had to re do that, and remove/replace the hogs head after I had it all buttoned up. I fabbed up a good hogs head cradle and did this solo. I will be posting a Tech Art on that soon.
I attacked the brake system, new MC, new SSBC prop/combo valve, line lock, all new hard lines and soft hoses, replaced the front and rear wheel studs, shoes etc.
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I moved back to the engine, installing an Evac system to the exhaust pipe just beyond the collector. The Heddmanís donít offer any room between the collector and frame, not much more around the bell, with the bending of the pipes and this only being a Temp system for this motor, I plumbed it to the exhaust pipe. Lots of great help from the folks on this site when it didnít work. Who knew brand new evac systems wouldnít open, I got the working valves from NAPA.
The whole genesis of this winter project was a floor pan, roll bar, and CALTRAC install, it got out of hand. My philosophy on this project is building it from the rear forward, I figure with 31 spline axles and a spool my rear is good, the CALTRACs and split monoís are good, so the next in line is the drive shaft. I upgraded to the Inland Empire 3.5 aluminum with 1350 joints/yokes. Inland Empire ROCKS. What a bunch of patient folks as I went back and forth on the drive shaft I wanted, ultimately going big which keeps me from busting things later on with more HP. Robert was on my emails daily, always responded. When I got the shaft, there was a hiccup with the slip yoke. All I heard from them was, another is on the way, donít sweat it. I have never had better customer service on any thing in my life. I could have gone a bit cheaper and saved 50 bucks maybe, but not worth it with the support you get in my opinion.
My next weak link maybe my Tranny, I may have to make a road trip to PA to get Dennis to help me with the big block IP/OP shaft updgrade.
I have been rowing my gears with a Comp Plus shifter. The only automatic car I ever owned other than my 94 truck was this car, and the C4 and stall are on the garage floor. In my other Mustangs, I never used anything but a Super Shifter or V-Gate. One of these days I will get this car down the track, and I didnít have any confidence in the Comp Plus so I went back to my roots (I donít lift when I shift). These shifters are not for the faint of heart when it comes to consoles, or cutoff wheels. But you donít know what your missing if you have not pulled gears with one of these shifters. I did make my trans tunnel mods in one cut, and kept the piece along with the comp plus, so I can put it back together again. I will put insulation and carpet in the car, it is hotter than hades right now!
I also tried my hand at painting some interior parts. I had my rear panels soda blasted, as they had been painted with the car and were shiney and the grain was covered. I used the Mustangs Unliminted light blue interior paint. I am amazed how well this game out. Nice semi or subdued finish with the appropriate grain showing. Lots of very thin coats to get it, but you cant tell itís a rattle can job. The pic really doesnít do it justice.
I also re wired my battery and fuel pumps, added some bling to my sump.
I actually started talking to a couple of body shops this week, I have my door skins and fender. The rest of the summer I am just going to tinker, drive and work out some bugs. This winter I plan on going through the front suspension, replacing the front inner fender skirts. I am talking to a good body/paint guy Ė I may get rid of my beloved dent in the door and rocker and that god awful paint job. I am amazed at how many folks tell me this paint job is a "master piece" and I need to keep it or re do it. I am a meat and potatoes guy, and the 80's were not really good to me.