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very nice car you got there.

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Few small updates.

-Finally got going on my audio system, few months back I got my speakers put in. Got two 6x9ís on the rear deck and found a place in the front vents (no longer used since I have the Vintage Air system), for two 6.5Ē speakers.

The front speakers are a bit muffled, but Iím still happy with it. Iíve been scratching my head on where to put my head unit, I refuse to put a new CD player on my dash, and I didnít want to pay $500 for a sub-par antique style radio. The speakers were pulled out of my old car, Iíve had em for years and absolutely love them.

So I came up with putting it in the glovebox. I already donít have a glovebox due to the vintage air system, so no loss there. Itís sitting on the actual glovebox, I keep the glovebox closed most of the time and only open it when I need to adjust the audio, itís Bluetooth so I donít have any AUX wires running to it, I control it all through my phone- including volume. Still need to clean up some wires, but Iím happy with it.

Also, during installation, I found out that I do have rear seatbelts, I didnít think they came with them. I took them out for now due to the fact I hate the goldÖ Will replace soon with some black ones.

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I've had overheating issues since I bought the car, I think I'm finally starting to win the battle. I've replaced every component of my cooling system, so I started thinking that there must not be anything wrong with my cooling system, that my engine is just simply getting too hot for some reason.

I read that bad timing can cause this. I went out and bought a digital timing light and did some research on what my timing should be set at (I got the digital one so I could see my RPMs). So according to the spec book, at 500-600 RPM I should be sitting at 6*-8* BTDC. Marked it and hooked up my light. Off the get-go I realized that my idle was WAYY to high. Once warmed up I was running at about 1300 RPM in park and 1150 RPM-1200 RPM in gear. So I toned that back to 650 RPM in park and 550 RPM in gear, spec book calls for 600 RPM, I still need to pump it up some, not a big fan of 550 PRM.

Anyway- once I got that settled I check my timing, at 550 RPM my timing was off the chart, if I had to guess I'd say it was in the ballpark of 25 BTDC or so. So I backed that off and it immediately started sounding better. Right now it's sitting between 6* and 8* BTDC.

I took it out and about it and stayed much cooler, at lights it still creeped up, but it's about 1/2 the speed it was creeping up prior. So, what I hope to be the final dagger in my overheating problem- I ordered a new fan to replace the old four blade, replaced it last night, got a shorter spacer so the fan blades stick out a little bit from the shroud.

I took it out when I was done, drove it up and down the highway to get it up to temp and stopped and idled in a parking lot for 10 min, driving it stuck between 180* - 190*. Idling for 10 min it did break 200*, mind that it has been a lot cooler lately, but that didn't really make a difference when I was overheating.

I'm really hoping my overheating Saga has come to an end- I'd really like to move on to something else lol.

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Few small changes.

I noticed the passenger front tire had been wearing pretty badly on the inside lip. I also had a pretty bad squeak on that side. Upon further investigation I discovered that everything (other than the shocks that I had already replaced) appeared to be original to the car. So I ordered:

MOOG K8266 - Suspension Stabilizer Bar Link - $7.00
MOOG K8083 - Upper control arm bushings - $10.00
MOOG K8212 - Front Upper Ball Joint - $27.00
MOOG K8059 - Front Lower Ball Joint - $27.00
MOOG K8082 - Lower Control Arm Bushing - $10.00

I only did one side for now, planning on doing the other side in a week or two. It was a tough job. I used an angle grinder to cut off the old ball joints and then tapped them out. I found, for removing the old control arm pushing, I grabbed them in my vice grip and worked them out with a pickle fork.

Few quick pics, didn't take many, was a frustrating job. I planned on taking a week or so to slowly do it, and as soon as I had it taken apart the brakes went out on my truck so I had to speed up the process.

Ready to go back in:













Picked up some new script letters for the side of the Galaxie. Polished them up and repainted the black outline.









My car had been making a odd grinding noise when I started it pretty often. I couldn't figure it out at the time, but looking back it should have been pretty obvious. Starter teeth were wearing out, got to the point where it wouldn't grab when we were out to dinner. I kept trying and trying because it would grab a little hoping it would be enough to get lucky and start (which I'm guessing is why it looks as bad as it does). With a tow on the way it finally started and I headed home.

Swapped out the starter, sounds way better starting up now. Think that starter has been going out since I got the car. I felt as much of the fly wheel as I could, all the teeth on it feel solid.





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New Steering Wheel.

I've never been a fan of the rubber cheap looking steering wheel that came in my car. So for Christmas my wife ordered me a nice wood grain wheel. Costed about $150. The first one that came in the mail was super red in color, even though the picture showed it as very brown. So I talked to the seller and he got the darkest one from his inventory and sent it to me. Pictures make it look brighter than it is, but it looks great!

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First one I got in the mail:



Darker one installed:



Don't mind the fuzzy dice lol. My nephews got it for me for Christmas so I had to keep them on for a little bit.

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Front drivers suspension.

I finally got everything to do the front drivers side suspension. Also go tie rods and tie rod ends. And then got it aligned... took the shop 3 days... never going there again.

MOOG K8266 - Suspension Stabilizer Bar Link - $7.00
MOOG K8083 - Upper control arm bushings - $10.00
MOOG K8212 - Front Upper Ball Joint - $27.00
MOOG K8059 - Front Lower Ball Joint - $27.00
MOOG K8082 - Lower Control Arm Bushing - $10.00
MOOG ES351RL - Tie Rod Ends - $41.99
MOOG ES727 - Tie Rods - $58.99

New upper ball joint and control arm bushings


Lower ball joint and steering stabilizer




Tie rods


Back together.


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So, fried_daddy and I have been talking for a few days now about rebuilding our transmissions, and we have both decided to take the plunge... well he dove in head first lol, I'm more wading it slowly with a life jacket on haha.

If you haven't seen his work yet, go here: https://www.fordmuscleforums.com/gala...ld-thread.html

Anyway, my transmission has had this problem since I bought it, every winter when it starts getting cold my tranny starts acting up. It takes a few seconds to grab 1st first thing in the morning or if the car is cold in general, when it does finally grab it acts up for the next 5 minuets until the transmission warms up. After doing some research I've come to the conclusion that the seals and what have you are leaking when the tranny is cold. And it appears to be getting worse.

I've been trying to track one to rebuild down for a few weeks now (I'm a wuss- don't want to tear down my only transmission that I know somewhat works and risk not having one at all!). Well a light went off in my head a few days ago and I called the guy I got the script letters from who was parting out his old 66' four door. The ONLY thing he had left was the tranny its the right one! So I drove up to VA and picked it up a few days ago.

The car had been sitting in the woods for years, he said he knew the tranny worked because he got the car to fire and drove it out of the woods. It appeared to be in good shape, just very dirty and oily, which is good, keep it from rusting and bolts from seizing.

So I starting taking it apart last night, I'm going to get into the guts of it this weekend and go from there. I haven't ordered any parts yet, to be honest I'm waiting for fried_daddy to get all his parts in to make sure they are all right before I start ordering them lol.

Here are some pics:

How I got it, after spraying it at a car wash.


Pre-demo pics






Little bracket keeping the torque converter from falling out.


Converter out






So this is the first transmission I've ever messed with. I was really expecting the bell housing to weight a ton. So once I got the bolts off I grabbed a rubber mallet to knock it off. One swing and it scared the **** out of me. That thing went flying across my garage haha. So in case you didn't know- they don't weigh much.


Next to go was the dipstick tube... Now at this point I have loaded and unloaded this thing 5 times, and placed it standing up on the bell to spray it off... NEVER one single drop of transmission fluid came out. I taught it was safe to assume that it was empty. Nope. Took the tube out an it just started pouring out. Luckily I had it on a pan, it stopped just before cresting over the side of the pan.


You can see the mess here. Got the tail housing off. and much to my surprise it was a lot cleaner inside that I was expecting. It may be typical that they are this clean, but a 50 yr old car that has been in the woods for god knows how long, I was really expecting it to be gunked up and full of metal flakes.




Once all that was off, it was manageable enough for me to move it, clean up, and move over to my workbench and off the ground.




Took the pan off to see what the inside is looking like, and again- not that bad looking...








And that's where it sits for now. I'm hoping to pick up a parts washer today - seems like a good opportunity to go ahead and buy one. I hope to get into the guts of it this weekend and start ordering parts next week.

Special thanks to fried_daddy lol!

-Zig

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If the trans in your car now continues to have an attitude, can always just use 2nd gear to get going.


had a 62 Galaxie that behaved like you are describing before it totally decided that it was not gonna let 1st gear work at all.


started using 2nd to get rolling and then shifted into 3rd when it got up to speed. (had a 390 in it so getting going was not a problem.)


I also tend to use this method when the roads are wet or icy----much easier to get going without tire spin.


Told my wife to do this in the T-Birds when it rained here (94 &97).
The 94 shifted real hard on the 1-2 shift and liked to try to get away from her. When she started using 2nd in bad weather, she had no more issues with it.

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Ziggy!
Good updates. What alignment shop did you take your car to? I will make sure that I don't go there when I get my front end alignment. The transmission project is going to be really interesting. I got more parts in today but haven't had a chance to make a post update yet.

Did you get your horn working on your new steering wheel? If so, did they include a horn ring with it or did you order a different horn ring? I ordered three different steering wheel mounting kits and none of the three lined up with the horn contacts in my steering column.

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If the trans in your car now continues to have an attitude, can always just use 2nd gear to get going.


had a 62 Galaxie that behaved like you are describing before it totally decided that it was not gonna let 1st gear work at all.


started using 2nd to get rolling and then shifted into 3rd when it got up to speed. (had a 390 in it so getting going was not a problem.)


I also tend to use this method when the roads are wet or icy----much easier to get going without tire spin.


Told my wife to do this in the T-Birds when it rained here (94 &97).
The 94 shifted real hard on the 1-2 shift and liked to try to get away from her. When she started using 2nd in bad weather, she had no more issues with it.
Yeah I've tried dropping it into a higher gear off the line, no dice. The only thing that I've found that somewhat works is swap between Reverse and Drive a few times until it grabs drive. Then sitting there with it idling in drive for a few minuets until it warms up.

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Ziggy!
Good updates. What alignment shop did you take your car to? I will make sure that I don't go there when I get my front end alignment. The transmission project is going to be really interesting. I got more parts in today but haven't had a chance to make a post update yet.

Did you get your horn working on your new steering wheel? If so, did they include a horn ring with it or did you order a different horn ring? I ordered three different steering wheel mounting kits and none of the three lined up with the horn contacts in my steering column.
Little place in Downtown Mebane- I didn't go to my normal guy because the alignment was so out of wack I didn't want to drive it that far. So I limped my way somewhere close. They were nice and all, but 3 days for an alignment? The other guy I went to did it a 2 hours.

It did come with a ring. Fits up pretty well, only downside to it is there is an adapter plate that's probably 2.5" deep, so the steering wheel sits out further than it use to, which isn't all bad, it's pretty far up from the factory.

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Little place in Downtown Mebane- I didn't go to my normal guy because the alignment was so out of wack I didn't want to drive it that far. So I limped my way somewhere close. They were nice and all, but 3 days for an alignment? The other guy I went to did it a 2 hours.

It did come with a ring. Fits up pretty well, only downside to it is there is an adapter plate that's probably 2.5" deep, so the steering wheel sits out further than it use to, which isn't all bad, it's pretty far up from the factory.

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2 hours sounds alot better.

I'll have to check out that new wheel this spring to see what it looks like size wise on the car compared to the old one. I think our old wheels were similar.

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Well, I had a busy weekend of tearing down the guts of my transmission. Everything went very smooth and really didnít run into any problems. Took lots of pictures to keep track of everything. Also finally got myself a parts washer, which is very nice to have. I lucked out on the tranny, havenít run into some of the issue fried_daddy has. All my bushings look great, little to no wear on them. And my bands look brand new. So Ė here we go.

Tail housing and pan cleaned up.






Drive shaft seal removal. Just used a small flathead and a hammer.


Pan and tail housing ready for paint.








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Filter and strap are easy to remove. Just unclip the strap.




Springs released from pressure regulator Ė you donít have to do this while this is on the tranny. You can wait and remove the springs once the pressure regulator is uninstalled.




There are three tubes that need to be removed before you can start pulling anything else out. They just pull out from their respective slots.










Once those are out there are two bolts holding in the pressure regulator. Remove those bolts and the regulator lifts right now. A regular socket wouldnít fit Ė had to use a 12 point socket.


Next is the valve body and front servo. The valve body is held in with 3 bolts on the side, itís also attached to the front servo by two tubes, and these tubes need to be removed before the valve body will come out. The front servo is held in by one bolt.






I had to remove the band adjustment bolt before I could get the front servo out.










Rear servo comes out with two bolts.



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That takes care of the bottom end, now on to the interior guts.

Front pump is held in with four bolts. Remove those then pull. There is a rubber seal on the lip of it.






Pressure modulator just screws out. Ė That end rod does slide out, so donít lose it.




Flip it around to the other side, still got the tail housing gasket on.


On to the distributor, there is a snap ring holding it in. Remove it, pull on the assymply until the hoses slide out, then it should slide right off Ė had to put some force behind pulling it to get the three hoses out.






The governor Ė there is one snap right way up by the governor that has to be removed. There are four other rings that make it easier to remove the governor, but I found that you do not have to remove them. I tried to remove two and they both snapped so I left the other two. Luckily for me, fried_daddy said these rings are included in the rebuild kit.






There is a small ball that goes under the gov. I didnít see it at first and found it later on my pan.


Next up is the suction and discharge tube. Suction was easy, like fried_daddy said the discharge calls for a special tool. I found that a set of snap ring pliers worked great.












Now, from here I really donít know the names of the parts lol, so bear with me. At this point you should be able to pull the rear shaft with the rear pump off. Just grab the shaft and pull strait out.




There is a gasket between the rear pump and the tranny housing.


Once out, you can lift the rear pump off the shaft.




There is a small ďkeyĒ that holds the pump in the correct position, donít lose it.





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