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Engine is out!
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Finally! We got the old I6-250 out to make room for the new 306! Here's a few photos of the car and the garage. The only bad thing is the big rust hole we found in the drivers side spring housing! Gonna need some ideas on how to fix that! Otherwise, everything is looking good!

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Here's a pic of the other half of RocketFoot Restorations! LOL...My Dad! This is probably well over 100 engines he has removed in his life!
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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
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#2
Looks like a good winter project.

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#3
We have most of the parts...just need the time to get 'er done!

Anyone have a lead on spring housings? Undecided

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
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(11-15-2010, 05:16 PM)rocketfoot Wrote: We have most of the parts...just need the time to get 'er done!

Anyone have a lead on spring housings? Undecided

Spring housing?
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#5
Housing around lower control arm ?

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#6
Yeah, the apron that covers the coil spring in the engine bay...mine has a big 'ole rust hole right above the steering gear. We're probably going to have to mig weld a patch on it, I haven't seen any replacement parts.

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
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#7
Is this it from OMS

Inventory currently out of stock, please check back soon or call for more information. Item #M425R
71-73 OUTER SHOCK TOWER COVER, RH
Right hand outer shock tower bracket. 16 gauge die-stamped with 14 gauge inner support welded in place.
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(11-15-2010, 05:47 PM)Tnfastbk Wrote: Is this it from OMS

Inventory currently out of stock, please check back soon or call for more information. Item #M425R
71-73 OUTER SHOCK TOWER COVER, RH
Right hand outer shock tower bracket. 16 gauge die-stamped with 14 gauge inner support welded in place.

I think that is the outside cover...I need the inside part but I doubt that it is available...it looks like a structural piece and even has the engine cross member attached to it. I foresee some creative welding in our future! LOL

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
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(11-16-2010, 06:15 AM)rocketfoot Wrote:
(11-15-2010, 05:47 PM)Tnfastbk Wrote: Is this it from OMS

Inventory currently out of stock, please check back soon or call for more information. Item #M425R
71-73 OUTER SHOCK TOWER COVER, RH
Right hand outer shock tower bracket. 16 gauge die-stamped with 14 gauge inner support welded in place.

I think that is the outside cover...I need the inside part but I doubt that it is available...it looks like a structural piece and even has the engine cross member attached to it. I foresee some creative welding in our future! LOL

Don probably has what you need. I think he has most every mustang that is now missing
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#10
You'll have to get some from a salvage yard or talk with Don. They have the 'shock towers' for just about every other model year before ours.

Mine are shot out on both sides of the structural portion, as well as my cross-member is toast, along with the left front subframe itself. I was lucky enough to find a car in a local yard that will replace pretty much everything from the torque boxes forward... providing the yard guys didn't just cut it off at the firewall, that is.

I honestly think that your problem is not structural in nature, and you should be able to fabricate a patch to repair the bad section - the center portion that mates up to the cross-member is the critical part to structural integrity. An English Wheel would make short work of the contours, but I'm pretty sure a suitable patch could be done with simple hand-tools if you're not too picky about contour perfection.

Good luck with it!

Eric

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