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post #16 of 94 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 06:58 AM
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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

Might try emailing Maier Racing directly, I'd heard they still sell the kit for it.
Didn't see it on their site anywhere.

Where do all these extra bolts always come from?!
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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

Yea, Maier Racing is the only company that offers the body kit, $1499 though. I was hoping it'd be a Dave Kent edition, but a kit will work if that's all that's out there.

Now comes the fun part of getting all the body work started.

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I've been in contact with a guy who owns one of the original monroe handlers, he sent me some really interesting pictures, some rarely seen stuff! Especially the Monroe Handler Blackheart!
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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

Got the carburetor issues resolved mostly, in contact with a member on this website about it for good measures.

Now I am on to the fuel tank problem. My tank isn't leaking itself, it's the rubber grommet on the tank that fits around the fuel hose that goes into the tank... As well as the rubber grommet around the hose that leads to the gas cap.

I haven't been able to find anywhere that sells the rubber grommets for 74-78.. If anyone knows of a place that sells them or something I can do myself to fix these issues, any help is good help!

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Well... where to begin.

Noticed a soft tapping noise from the upper part of the engine and after a day it got louder and louder, especially in the higher RPMs. Figured it was my lifters tapping. I called the guy I purchased it from and asked how long he had it stored in his garage and what he did when he started using the vehicle again. Said he just started it right up after about 5 years of sitting in storage... Yay for dry starts. So took off the valve cover and watched as the seal dissolved. Probably still the factory seal.. so went and got that. Upon removal of the valve cover saw that there was barely any oil covering the camshaft, rockers, lifters and valve springs...

Don't see how that was possible since I just did an oil change on it 3-4 days prior to this. Checked to see if any oil was leaking, saw a small spot, nothing major. Put some Rislone engine cleaner in it and started it up. After about 30 seconds the engine started shooting oil out of side underneath the oil filter. Noticed somehow one of the screws in the block itself was missing... So went and baught a new one. That fixed that problem but than it started to leak straight out of the oil filter!!! My first thought was that the Rislone was doing one hell of a job and all the spots where sludge and impurities had built up over the years was being broken up and now leaky spots were showing up. Well... that's true and false. The place I had went to do an oil change won't be receiving my business anymore... And I will from henceforth perform my own oil changes... They failed to remove the old oil filter seal that didn't stick to the old oil filter... So when I removed the new oil filter there were two oil filter seal rings on mine.. Instantly I knew that this was my problem all along... Went out and baught new oil and oil filter, performed an oil change and the engine fired right up, no leaks...

On another note.. I had a gentleman contact me about a pair of original 1/4 panel side louvers with the glass, cobra emblems and hardware all in like new condition!! Settled on a price of $250! Incredible condition! Going to box them up and wait for the body work and new paint job before applying them to the car. Will post pictures once I pick them up on Sunday.

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Came across a man selling 2 original 1/4 window louvers with the hardware... like new condition... $250 is all it cost. Incredible find if you ask me... No scratches or broken glass. Even has the hardware so you can pop the windows out from the inside.
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Not much in way of progress. I've aquired many parts and pieces for the car. I'm waiting until I have a substantial amount of parts before installing them onto my car. I'm still in the process of saving up for the Boss 302 block, once I have built it up I will progress with my updates. Parts I have aquired include:

1978 302 CID Engine Out of a 1978 Cobra II
Complete Wiring Harness w/ Dealer Special Car Alarm & Rear Defrost Option
Rear Defrost A/C Controls
Complete Engine Bay Apron restoration
3-Piece Rear Spoiler
Chin Spoiler w/ Valance
Rear Defrost Hatch Window
Cobra II grill
Pop-Out Quarter Windows w/ Factory Tinting
Quarter Window Louvers
Racing Mirrors
5 King Cobra Center Caps and Center Cap Housings
Rear Hatch Window Louvers
Complete Red Interior w/ Dash ( Thank god! The sheet metal dash was horrible )
20 gallon ( non-leaking ) gas tank
Original Cobra Hood Scoop ( Non-Functional )

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Picked up the 78 Cobra II today.. got everything I need out of it. Trading what's left to a man for a 302 tranny out of another Mustang II. I found a guy who derbys Mustang IIs and he preffers automatics, I preffer not to have junk lying around.. so win win! lol
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Picked up the 78 Cobra II today.. got everything I need out of it. Trading what's left to for a 302 tranny out of another Mustang II. I found a guy who derbys Mustang IIs and he preffers automatics, I preffer not to have junk lying around.. so win win! lol
Glad to see that your project is coming along.
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More pics of the car I picked up. Also some pictures of the 302 block, pistons, heads, etc.. I got the better of the grills put in, I preffer the black out VS the chromed one. Unfortunately for me.. no Cobra emblem in the grill..
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Spent the morning tearing down the trunk lid off of the other Mustang, after examining it in more light and cleaning it off.. I came to the conclusion that it is in fact better than mine, when I first looked at it the trunk looked a lot worse, funny what some elbow grease and some lighting can do!! Other than some top rust I couldn't find any places I would need to do much more than sand it down and/or clean it up.

I took off the spoiler to make sure there was no rust underneath it. Was only some poorly drilled holes for the spoiler.. I don't think the person ever put marks down when drilling.. cause there were 3 holes that didn't line up with anything.. Those can easily be fixed with a welder...

Exhcanged trunk lids. I took the trunk spoiler piece inside and cleaned it up also, there were some cracks where the screws go into the spoiler and one screw hole piece was completely broken off. I spent a good 15 minutes plastic soldering the piece back on and going over the others to seal up the cracks.
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Since I got that rear defrost hatch lid I have been taking out the wiring harness in my MPG and putting in the Cobra II one. I started with the tail light harness & I had absolutely no problems there. Today I spent the day tearing apart the interior and taking out the dash wiring harness. Put the wiring harness with the rear defrost AC controls and the factory car alarm in.

Problem began with the ignition switch.. It wasn't a match with the Cobra IIs wiring harness. Okay.. So I took out the MPG ignition switch and put the Cobra IIs in and presto, everything lined up and all was well... So I continued to put the new dash in and I didn't want to get too far ahead of myself so I decided to try it out.... Wouldn't even crank over... The only thing I didn't change out yet was the engine harness from the Cobra II... is there anything else that it could be? I'm stuck! Everything looks fine on the dash, fuel gauge is actually working, temperature & voltage are also working. Can't plug the speedometer cable in until I can get the cable to spin, it's angled so I can't plug it in to the speedometer plug.

Main problem is that I can't get it to turn over.. I think it's something to do with the ignition switch, but I am no mechanic. I was able to get it to turn over when I jumped the solenoid and the battery, but it wouldn't actually start. It was like it was out of fuel, gave off the same effect. I have at least 5 gallons in the tank.

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My car now has a working door buzzer .... yay....... kinda... lol Go small steps forwards!!

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Turned the transmission into Certified Transmission to have it fully rebuilt and cleaned. I will know more by the end of the week.

Had a new exhaust from the catalytic converter back put on, along with a new Cherry Bomb muffler.

The 302 block has been dropped off at Napa Auto Parts Machine Shop to be cleaned and tested. Will have it back by the end of the week also to put on my engine stand.

Here's a picture of the stuff I have acquired so far that hasn't already been put on my car. Most of the engine parts will go to Napas Machine Shop to be cleaned and inspected.

I'll post a few pics of the car itself, with dash, once it's sunny out!
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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

At the rate your going, you'll be on the road before me! It looks like it's going to be a head turner when you get through.

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