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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

My friend Kenny & I did all the measuring & painting of the now functional Cobra II hood scoop. I marked the general design I wanted for the hole in the hood & we traced a bucket to get a more accurate circle. I wanted something with a point towards the front of the car, so it looks like a teardrop shaped hole when you raise the hood and look under the spoiler. Leaves room for the flapper mechanism I want to make so if it's raining or something I can close off the hood scoop.

Also a picture of the dash, I need to get a glove box cover, dash pad and an ash tray to complete it.

Pictured is the new King Cobra center caps and the rear defrost window. I put on the spoiler but I haven't got it painted yet. There's some places I want to smooth out before I do any major work on the spoiler.
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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

Keep up the good work. You'll have it finished in no time!
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My car's been taken to my friends shop, we're going to start taking care of the rust and minor dings/dents in his shop. I'll post updates as the progress continues to advance. It won't be for some time though, with the on-come of the cold seasons I have another project to start worrying about.... So my attention will be more focused on that.

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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

The transmissions 2nd gear synchronizers has been slipping progressively worse since I got it. Since we're waiting for the paint to arrive at the shop I took the time to rebuild the 4-speed transmission for the 2.3l 4 cylinder motor myself. Not at a shop, by myself... with the use of my fathers transmission tools.

I was looking at the 4-speed for my 302 and the only number different from the 4-speed on the 2.3l motor is one number difference. Under the two longer numbers there is a number 2, on the 302 transmission it's a number 1 instead. By chance would the transmission housings be the same but internal components where it differs between the motors?

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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

great project. i don't care what anyone says, m2 hatchbacks are cool.

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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

Okay.... So I took my 302 transmission to a local Certified Transmission here in Topeka to get a quote on a rebuild.... $850 .. or so they said. I took my 2.3l 4-speed transmission along with my 302 4-speed transmission up to my step-fathers in Valley Falls, along with my rebuild kit for the 2.3l 4-speed...

My step-father worked at a local Ford leadership from 1971-85 as one of their mechanics.. so I figured he could help me & answer any of my questions... So for all you Mustang II owners out there thinking about a 302 conversion from the 2.3l ... The 4-speed transmissions are the EXACT same... Seriously.

The Certified Transmission I took my 302 transmission to... yea they're full of crap. They told me $850 to fix it because gears and syncronizers were broken beyond repair... We opened that thing up & there wasn't a damn thing wrong with it! Nothing! I wasted $175 on a rebuild kit.. Grrrr. So I used the seals and took the parts I needed out of the kit and used what wasn't in the kit out of the 302 4-speed transmission, might as well put what's new in before putting older parts in... So now I have a fully rebuilt 4-speed transmission. The results: My 1st/2nd gear syncronizer was bad, one of the 3 square teeth that are held in by metal clips had popped out along with one of the metal clips... and yea. On top of that my 3rd/4th gear fork were bad also..

My next adventure...

Pulling my engine to replace the oil pan, fuel pump and all new Monroe Handler shocks. So gonna be pulling the engine before I put the transmission/drive train back on. Going to have my best friends father take out a good portion of my engine bay and put new metal in there, the area around the battery is rusting away. Worst rust on the vehicle. Gonna be taking the engine out anyways.. so might as well!

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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

a good time to replace the rear main seal while your at it.

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I cannot believe I didn't comment earlier...

NO CAR IN THE WORLD that has 26,000 miles on it has a worn out carpet.... Not ever.

That's a super duper understatement also!

I didn't read much further past that because I was appalled that a bastage would try to pass off what he KNEW TO BE OVER 100K miles for 26 K actual! He should be ashamed of himself!!!!!!!
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That's what the title said! I've seen a lot of Mustang IIs with under 50k miles and they've been in worst shape. The carpet in mine isn't really worn out, on the driver / passenger side yea, but the back it's still nice, there was a center console on it that was all busted up and when I moved that the carpet under it was like new. I really think most of the damage was from the guy who owned it doing a lot of his own ... "repairs"... like the street sign dash .... yea..

I can only tell you what the title says on it, I can't disprove or prove it cause it didn't come with the factory dash or speedometer...

Good looking out on the rear main engine seal, I will do that also!~ Anything else I should do while I am at it?

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Good looking out on the rear main engine seal, I will do that also!~ Anything else I should do while I am at it?
If you have the motor out, you should clean the motor up. Replace all the seals with exception of maybe the head gaskets. They are cheap, easy to get to, and will give you piece of mind.

When you have the oil pan off, turn the motor by hand and check out the cylinder walls to see what kind of shape the motor is in.

When you have the valve covers off inspect the valves/springs/etc.

Could also be a good time to spend $20 on a good rattle can paint job. Ford blue would be my choice.

Just a couple of suggestions. Be careful though. This could easily turn into a 'while I am at it' project and before you know it your doing a frame up restoration.

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Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG

A carfax will actually tell you the miliage from title change to title change, and insurance events. If it's had any in the past 7 years.

Maybe it was parked at 26k and the kids used it as a play race car in the back yard, wearing out all the carpet. =P

A good indicator are the pedals, 26k would have little to no wear on the upper left of gas and lower right of break.
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Yea I would love to do a frame up restoration... some day it will happen. This is my first engine pull and rebuild.. gonna be fun! I have to make the car worthy of a 15 hour drive up to Winnipeg, MA Canada. I have until the 17th! So time to get cracking! Will be more updates with pictures soon! Expect delays and a lot of questions... lol

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A carfax will actually tell you the miliage from title change to title change, and insurance events. If it's had any in the past 7 years.
i don't think carfax works on pre 81 16 digit vins

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i don't think carfax works on pre 81 16 digit vins
I stand corrected, guess 81 is the cut off. I thought they went back 7 years on in any car that would be in the dmv and insurance systems.
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The engine has been successfully pulled out of the engine bay with no damage to parts or the car. Pictures!

Question... The rear main seal, it's on the inside of the engine and not visible from the outside... how do you replace it and it is worth the time to replace it? I do NOT know if it leaks or not... Also I have 12 more days left to finish this build.
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