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Fabrice's 429CJ 71 project
There's a video on West Coast Classic Cougar about rebuilding the shifter plus the blue diffuser is available as well as hardware and such.

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
@Don C , @NOT A T5
Didn't know it was avail. Tho, I won't need it, mine is in one piece and I was able to clean it pretty well, very carefully with alcohol. It doesn't look as new, but fairly ok and it will diffuse as expected.

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As expected today was a soapy bubbly vinegary party and re- plated all the hardware.
Some were nicely preserved beneath the thick layer of greasy filth, others pitted as seen on previous post. Plated everyone.

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In between alternating parts in my bubble bath, cleaned up the electrics. Partly with agressive thinner to remove the loads of grease on the sleeve and rubber, the rest with alcohol. Gently brushed all the connections and finished by applying a good layer of plastic/rubber restorer so they'd be dust and moisture free for a while.

Meanwhile all the hardware was now looking pristine and I just needed to reassemble.
Before being able to do that, I needed find back the bushings that were, I perfectly recall, white and in a small in a small plastic bag. Somewhere in my cave...

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After 1/2 hour searching in vain, totally not where they should be, instead of loosing time, I went working on the console cap/selector cover.
After a good alcohol clean up, removed the dial screen and the rest of what was a rubber dust shield. Taking care of not breaking the plastic. There are some nasty little clips that needs to be helped to allow them to go out. using a tiny screwdriver as lever, none of the plastic tabs were broken.
After a good clean, it was obvious the ancient plastic lost some of its glory, whitish in the lows, so did what worked nicely on my wife's Mini plastic trims. Sprayed a thin layer of semi gloss black from a distance and spread it while wet with a cotton cloth dipped in thinner.
Then pushed in one of the rubber dust shield in place, this time using a socket to press the clips back in, that I had also bended the opposite way so they'd do the expected once in place.
I do not like the way the rubber sticks to the lever despite some plastic restorer. I think I'll go for some teflon. If anyone as a trick for this, let me know as I recall it's the lack of lubrication that eventually tear them apart. @isostatic pubic air solution for this might be better...

Then returned searching for the bushings and finally found them back!
Not white, not in a bag, but black and in a labeled box!
That's the kind of clues I get these days, reminding me that my 25 birthday was long ago Big Grin

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With the bushings finally in my hands, few moments later, got my shifter assembly and linkage back together. All lubricated, clean and working as new. My eyes were totally pleased with what they saw! Big Grin

Just like the transmission, most is done but it's not finished yet:

- The plastic gear indicator is now looking great after some cleaning/polishing, but the letters P, R and N have lost bits of their white. The D green is not looking great at all. The 1 and 2, that I now remark being light grey, are ok (not on the picture for some reason). So need to buy and apply some hobby paint for this. If anyone done this and have better idea, please shoot!

- The T handle is really pitted. I could polish it and nickel plate it, but I want white chrome. Chrome being too dangerous, as I saw they are repopped, I'll order a new one. Unless someone has an original, non pitted for sale, PM me as I'd preffer an original.

- The plug is in really bad shape. I could fix it, glue it back, but I think this 65-66 should do fine. (Haven't look hard for a 71-73 yet)

To be continued...

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Epic job on the transmission and shifter Fabrice
I might have a T handle but would need to check it is correct and in good condition when I get home tonight
I was going to use the original T-bar set up but due to RHD conversion was going to be difficult so I have a few spares left over
Maybe PM me with what you're after and will check it out tonight
Finally a little update!
Past 2 weeks were very cold and very wet. Not to mention I had limited time and some of the parts I need to be able to finish some of the current projects
were kept at airports for much much longer than usual... Wanted to post during the week and then forgot Smile

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I did many little things not worth mentioning but that needed be done for both the 73 and the 71.
Like plating a few things on the block as I've noticed that the corrosion wasn't taking vacation, some other bolts here and there I didn't like the look of.

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Also started prep the valves covers that I've de-rusted last year for a paint job, as I haven't found yet a pair of original aluminium ones
and don't think I will find a pair for a decent price. Decided to give the old taiwanese beauties a massage, which I'll of course will be able to finish only when weather will be much better.

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Then finished another thing that what was on the todo for months: apply a second layer on the engine now that all gaskets and sealant were cut. The top sides of the heads, that were still bare metal needed also to be done. After a thin layer of primer applied, sanded, applied the final coat of the Ford grey.

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While some people are happy when they get something new, I was very happy that the package that was held in Chicago for almost a month finally arrived this past week with old dirty plastic stuffs Smile Goodies I bought on the forum more than 2,5 months ago, like a pair of small front splash guards with their genuine indiana's dirt. The trans pan and a bolt kit and more goodies... all made possible thanks to @TonyMuscle who played mailbox for me. Received also other stuffs like polyurethane bushings, as I start to collect parts for the rear and suspension in general...

Happy days!

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After so much wait, I went straight on the new pan for the C6, bought it a day that my mouse was too sensitive, as it was cheap and most importantly, had a plug and magnet. I still have the original, but it saves me the welding I was planning. Oh well, for once i have something new Smile
Cleaned it very well and oil it already inside a bit as the chrome isn't that thick and it will take some months before I'm busy checking oil level..
As I do not have any bolts for the pan, I've ordered a nice set of SS bolts and washers too... unfortunately, the trans requires 16 of these, and there were only 15. So spent the next 1/2 hour looking in package papers and protection plastic if the 16th was in there... nope. 15 bolts, 16 washers Sad
Oh well, no biggy let's install, I'll use some spare bolt I have at the less visible location... Not! Turns out the bolts are too long and hit the cast in the holes that do not go thru. At least 8 of them do not fit... grrr, can't finish the trans this weekend. C6 bolts pan kit they say...

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Frustrated, I've let the bling bling aside and went blow some steam on the indiana's dirt. Not obvious how bad on the picts, there were covered in some asphalt residues, like you would get on a fresh road. Took a few cc's of thinner to remove all, but eventually after a good massage and a plastic finish, got them looking better than the average splash guards you'd see around if you could! With the missing long one found and all 4 now restored, I can mark these as done.

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Another desapointment with the goodies... I have on the 73 a set of copper gaskets for decades, headers/exhaust were disconnected many times, and everytime I needed a new gasket till I tried copper gaskets. Always in perfect shape, no paste needed, and no leaks when bolted correctly. They removed the need to wait 2 weeks and the costs for a new pair each time I needed the exhaust to be removed...
So of course I want the same for the 71 and ordered a pair. They have the same description as my old ones but obviously the quality lost some points over the years.
They now come as simple flat cuts. No more extra volume around the center hole to seal even better, they are also 1/2 the thickness of my old ones and what is totally idiotic, the center hole isn't even center between the 3 bolts holes! There is in the collector plenty space for the gasses, but man if you stamp parts as simple as these for the price they are sold and make hundreds of them, what about checking first if the holes are set where they should be before making any? I guess a hole is just a hole for some...
So will need to file them on a side between 2 holes just because it annoys me Smile At least the holes for the bolts are ok and where they should be.

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Some used parts necessary to complete my shifter assembly are somewhere between here and Australia (thx to @OzCoupe72 ), but one detail needed be done that I could do with local stuff. I've ordered a roll of self adhesive rubber 2mm thick that I wanted to have in house for multiple things. As I've noticed the shifter was having some kind of plastic film with sealant when I've removed it, I thought I'd do ok making a rubber gasket instead. Cleaner to install and to remove if needed. So made a quick template with my pizza box (was last one, need eat bad next week!!) I hope the missing parts will be here next week so I can finish this shifter.

I have some aluminium ready to make some parts on tomorrow's menu, that should accupy me for a few hours.
For now I need to define what the "ideal" size of these #$%^ pan bolts must be in the chinese to me inches and order another new set asap.
If anyone knows, please shoot!

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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This is what the hardware spreadsheet lists for the stock pan:
5/16-18X17/32HH,REC,FLNG 0.59,1/2HEX,GR5
This is on row 1116 of the spreadsheet provided by bkdunha:

He also provided updates, with additional information:

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
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Great work as usual, but why do you live in a cave? Wet and cold you say? How do you generate electricity?  whistling

71-73 Mustangs never die, they just go faster!
In my cave it's dry and smells Mustang. I wish I could live in there Smile

Oh thank you @Don C
"5/16-18X17/32HH,REC,FLNG 0.59,1/2HEX,GR5" that line alone saves me the conversion headaches!
I've spent the day painting walls in my oldest daughter's new place, will look at this tomorrow...

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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(12-07-2019, 06:35 PM)Don C Wrote: This is what the hardware spreadsheet lists for the stock pan:
5/16-18X17/32HH,REC,FLNG 0.59,1/2HEX,GR5

Was bugging me, so thanks to your info, went seek in my 35 year old US Ford only rusty spare box of bolts & nuts.
and what do you know: I had 16 of these (even more) in house the whole time without me even knowing!
Not sure where I got them from, but hey, who cares I have them!!

Guess I'll be plating them soon. For now they are already enjoying an acid bath!

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73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
Because the acid had done its work and because there was nothing on TV that could beat the idea of bling bling pan bolts.
Been busy in my cold garage last nite..

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Out of their 24 hours acid bath, they went one by one take an electric massage, PH balanced, wooled and finished oiled/dried.
Pretty happy with my ex rusty bolt set Smile

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Fabrice. Now you can use the other new 15 bolts as decoration for your Christmas Tree! Haha

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes
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