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1973 Mustang Convertible Restoration and Modification
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    Wrench 1973 Mustang Convertible Restoration and Modification

    In this blog I will document the restoration and modification of my 1973 Mustang convertible with a 351C 2V (351 Cleveland with 2 bbl carburetor).

    I'll create the skeleton framework of the blog, and then add text and explanatory photos.


    .jpg  Engine 9-15-10 (Small).JPG (Size: 64.03 KB / Downloads: 375)

    Picture of the engine on September 15, 2010, before beginning restoration.


    .jpg  Engine compartment wiith hood off (Small).JPG (Size: 67 KB / Downloads: 352)

    First step was to remove the hood, with the help of a friend. I marked the hinge locations with pencil to facilitate alignment later. I put a big sleeping bag on the roof and set it up there, since I don't have much room in my garage. I checked it for stability, and it shouldn't go anywhere.


    .jpg  Engine Before 1 (Small).JPG (Size: 66.79 KB / Downloads: 339)

    Next, I drained the radiator and removed the radiator hoses and radiator.


    .jpg  Heater Hose diaphragm (Small).JPG (Size: 57.27 KB / Downloads: 324)


    .jpg  Heater Hose connection (Small).JPG (Size: 62.55 KB / Downloads: 318)


    .jpg  Engine beginning rebuild 2 (Small).JPG (Size: 38.84 KB / Downloads: 339)


    .jpg  Heater hose coupling alone (Small).JPG (Size: 42.93 KB / Downloads: 317)

    I then removed the heater hoses. Since I'm going to replace them, it was easiest to just split the ends with a knife and pry them off with a flathead screwdriver.


    .jpg  Battery wiring (Small).JPG (Size: 61.85 KB / Downloads: 330)


    .jpg  Solenoid Wiring (Small).JPG (Size: 77.73 KB / Downloads: 336)

    I snapped a couple pics of the wiring and then removed the battery, followed by the battery tray.


    .jpg  Under battery tray (Small).JPG (Size: 71.32 KB / Downloads: 318)
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      Looking forward to your ongoing documentation! Keep us posted!
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        Good work Doc
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          (12-29-2010 08:10 PM)rocketfoot Wrote:  Looking forward to your ongoing documentation! Keep us posted!

          Thanks! I'll be working with Barry to determine the best way to chronologically document the work. Smile

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            RE: 1973 Mustang Convertible Restoration and Modification

            (12-29-2010 07:23 PM)73vertproject Wrote:  In this blog I will document the restoration and modification of my 1973 Mustang convertible with a 351C 2V (351 Cleveland with 2 bbl carburetor).

            I'll create the skeleton framework of the blog, and then add text and explanatory photos.



            Picture of the engine on September 15, 2010, before beginning restoration.



            First step was to remove the hood, with the help of a friend. I marked the hinge locations with pencil to facilitate alignment later. I put a big sleeping bag on the roof and set it up there, since I don't have much room in my garage. I checked it for stability, and it shouldn't go anywhere.



            Next, I drained the radiator and removed the radiator hoses and radiator.









            I then removed the heater hoses. Since I'm going to replace them, it was easiest to just split the ends with a knife and pry them off with a flathead screwdriver.





            I snapped a couple pics of the wiring and then removed the battery, followed by the battery tray.
            All in all Doc your engine bay looks nice and solid. Mike
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              1973 Mustang Convertible Restoration and Modification Part 2


              .jpg  Battery tray removed (Small).JPG (Size: 67.55 KB / Downloads: 235)


              .jpg  Battery Tray Top View (Small).JPG (Size: 69.02 KB / Downloads: 235)


              .jpg  Battery Tray Cleanup (Small).JPG (Size: 65.8 KB / Downloads: 235)

              The battery tray area had a lot of rust, but was structurally sound. I cleaned up the tray itself with a wire brush (manual and cordless drill) with decent results. I can see it will just take time and elbow grease.

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                Makin progress
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                  RE: 1973 Mustang Convertible Restoration and Modification Part 2

                  Keep up the good work Doc.
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                    Dang Doc you have become a regular computer guru on us.Big Grin
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                      RE: 1973 Mustang Convertible Restoration and Modification Part 2

                      (12-31-2010 08:18 PM)Tnfastbk Wrote:  Dang Doc you have become a regular computer guru on us.Big Grin

                      LOL! Actually, I whined to Barry about the difficulty I was having with documenting my project, so he came up with the fix. He is, indeed, a computer guru! Thanks, Barry!

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