Great job and thanks for sharing all of these pictures and details with us! It's VERY helpful. You could blend these welds with a pipe sander? I'll bet you could make those welds invisible.There is no good way to fix this and for now this will do. This bothers me and afterwards when the car is done I will probably remake the tailpipes from scratch because this doesn't look all that great.
Glad to see that you're back. Just yesterday I was looking over this thread because I remembered you had posted about modifying some body cushions. My frame is going out to be media blasted on Tuesday and I wasn't able to come up with the proper round radiator support cushions for when I get it back. Being able to read through your experience as well as having pictures to look at helps me immensely and I have no doubt it helps many others as well.One last point I forgot to make about my threads. They are really a build notebook in a way for me. Much in the same way you have to keep notes and pictures when building a homebuilt aircraft. Whilst I do not need the FAA's blessing on my car I do need to seek specialty insurance for the worth I believe it to be and not book value as book value is a small fraction of what the parts and reasonable labour costs are going into these cars. I just thought instead of making a private build note I would share it amongst the old car crowd and maybe someone would like read it and see what others are doing.
That's the idea behind my threads anyway, if someone else gets ideas or this helps them out, great.
And now back to the program
Hello Jazzmeister,Wow, this is truly epic! I love that you're rebuilding the clock. I've done the same with my 65 and just got a NOS one for my '65 Mercury. I was not aware of the self-adjust function, and only saw the adjuster on the back, which seems a little touchy. Can you elaborate on how to adjust the speed? Is it possible to correct it after it's installed? I had mine running great and accurately on the bench, but the second hand was slipping when I reassembled it and had it in the car. When I pulled it out and fixed that, something must have fallen out of adjustment and now it runs horribly fast. I appreciate the amazing detail of your project! Very, very well done!!! Thank you!
Been doing engines, suspensions, diffs, etc, for over 40 years for myself and others. You have to check everything from a supplier now. I worked in a parts store and at a Ford dealership. First thing they say is "it was correct when it left here, you must have switched them". Yeah right. Another thing I learned the hard way. Flush out new torque convertors with trans fluid before installing. I had one that had glass beads still in it that would have trashed the trans.
When ever I had machine work done, I always got my block back and cleaned it before having the cam bearings installed, (school of hard knocks) and then when I did pick it up after they were installed, took my new cam with me to test it, before leaving.
Some shops love Fords and some love Chevy. I always try and look around and talk to them to see which it is. I've found it makes a difference on their workmanship and knowledge of the little things on different makes. The shop I had machine my block, heads, balancing and crank we talked for several hours before, so we BOTH knew what I wanted and what his knowledge and skill level was of Fords. Also let him know that I knew what I was doing. One question he asked told me a lot right off. "Do you want the crank bearing clearances on the high or low side of the specs.? .0015-0025. And piston clearance that I wanted and what he recommended. The use of bolts or studs, ARP studs for the main caps and heads, I supplied prior to machining. Most use the old and then switch afterwards, which changes everything.
As for the clown that doesn't like all your pics? Screw him. Many people learn from them and the trial and error of bolts, fittings, (have a wide assortment of them myself now) year to year changes that you find out when you get it apart. Ford did a lot of midyear changes that most people don't know. Says others with less experience a lot of grief, time and money.
I see you're in the desert. Engine rust isn't a common thing out here, I live by Reno , Nv.
Hello 289Galaxie,Glad to see that you're back. Just yesterday I was looking over this thread because I remembered you had posted about modifying some body cushions. My frame is going out to be media blasted on Tuesday and I wasn't able to come up with the proper round radiator support cushions for when I get it back. Being able to read through your experience as well as having pictures to look at helps me immensely and I have no doubt it helps many others as well.
I should say that not only you but everyone on here that contributes with information, pictures, knowledge and experience only benefits us all. Sometimes people are just plain proud of something they accomplished and want to share it with others for no reason other than to hear "Nice job, that looks great!" Well, you know what? I'm guilty of that. When someone else can appreciate what you've done it helps to keep the fire burning and gives one the encouragement to keep going.
How and why that became something that so enrages some, I have no answer for.
Anyway, I'm happy that you're back here and hope that you and everyone else continues to post pictures, add commentary and share experience and knowledge with all of us.
Thanks for posting the pics. What I have left for mounts that are close to the ones I need are pictured below. They're the correct diameter but too thick and the center hole is too large. I suppose I can grind down the cushions to the correct thickness but the inner hole has me stumped. I know you used some sort of specialty hose and glued it in but I can't find anything the correct size. Do you happen to remember what you used?Good luck with your mounts. Are you going to paint your chassis yourself?
My apologies 289Galaxie I spaced out on the fact you were talking about the convertible mounts.Thanks for posting the pics. What I have left for mounts that are close to the ones I need are pictured below. They're the correct diameter but too thick and the center hole is too large. I suppose I can grind down the cushions to the correct thickness but the inner hole has me stumped. I know you used some sort of specialty hose and glued it in but I can't find anything the correct size. Do you happen to remember what you used?
Regarding painting the frame, yes I'll do it myself. I'm not trying for anything show quality, just something that will protect it. I saw that Eastwood has a kit with a brush on rust encapsulator and four cans of chassis black spray paint. I've also heard others that swear by POR 15. Your thoughts?
On a side note, I don't know how you find the time/energy to take on even more projects than you already have going!
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