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Gatormc9's 1971 Vert Adventure
I cleaned the new tank with wax and grease remover and then painted it with VHT Clear Satin paint.

I drained some really nasty gas out of the old tank and then dropped it down.

I put in the new sending unit but I don't have a new return valve for the top.

It looks pretty crusty, where can I find a new one and what is it really called?

Something else I found were these brackets on both sides of the rear. I read once that sometimes the dealer would forget to remove the shipping tie down brackets when they got the vehicle...is that what these are? Is so, should I remove them?


phagan63;158675 Wrote:Looks like it's going to be a sweet ride. I gotta tell ya ... I'm almost sick with envy seeing that auto lift in your garage

What part of FL are you in ? I'm in the Jacksonville area myself.

I'm actually in Melbourne (originally from Tampa), and I can't tell you how lucky I am to have that lift. It was in the house when I bought it, otherwise it would be very difficult to convince the wife that I REALLY needed to have one. Big Grin

This car was originally owned by a professor at Jacksonville University, I'm the third owner.
Looks like a nice car...those are the original tie down brackets used for shipping the car. I think it makes the car a little unique as most were removed but is your choice.


Something else I found were these brackets on both sides of the rear. I read once that sometimes the dealer would forget to remove the shipping tie down brackets when they got the vehicle...is that what these are? Is so, should I remove them?
Welcome from South Jersey.

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Keep the brackets on there - not hurting anything.

Yes - most of us have lift envy!!!


1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1971 Hardtop (parts car)
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
My whole life I've pretty much only worked on cars when they were broken and needed to get back on the road so someone could make it to work the next day. Most of that was spent laying in the dirt or on a blanket helping my dad when I was a kid...so having a lift and plenty of time is a big enjoyable change for me.

Started tearing down the front suspension today. I didn't make as much progress today as I'd hoped. Stubborn bolts and a couple of parts runs slowed me down a bit. The strut arm bolt may have been the toughest bolt I've ever had to deal with...but I eventually won!

Painted the fuel tank straps.

Took off the front right and left drum assemblies.

Got the spring and spindle out of the passenger side

Old parts to be replaced.

New parts for the near future

And finally, a shot of my messy garage and one soon to be sweet Stang!
Nice job!!! Yep I need one of those lifts.

351C 4V cc heads, 10.5 : 1 CR, 290 Herbert cam, Flat top forged pistons, forged connecting rods, Atomic efi,
C6 with Gear Vendor overdrive, 3.89 Tru Trac, Hooker Super Comp with 2 1/2" Pypes Exhaust.        

Some Mod pictures can be seen at:

Just a few pics from today, lots of distractions. I was able to finish disassembling the front suspension. While prepping for a quick coat of paint on the passenger shock tower I found some pretty ugly rust. It's on the lower shock tower, inside the engine bay, toward the rear. It's on both sides, but it's worse on the driver's side. I'm thinking about leaving it until I take on the cowl in 6 - 18 months. I'll try to take better pictures of it tomorrow.

Driver's side wheel well. You can see the rust hole on the lower right "square" in the metal. It looks worse on the inside.

Passenger side wheel well after a wire wheel and a coat of paint. Rust is in the bottom left "square" on this side.

My new parts washer that I bought today. Big Grin
Looks great! Nice lift, how tall is your ceiling?
Thanks! The ceilings are 11.5' according to the previous owner. I've never actually measured though.
Got to work on tghe car with my pops for the last two days. That was fun, he helped me get the rear end off along with some other stuff. One of my buddies came by to help me prep a bunch of parts for paint tomorrow. Things are progressing, but I'm still waiting on my new leaf springs and master cylinder. Also, the old leaf springs are a real PITA to get out. The front bolt won't budge. Trying the cut off wheel tomorrow.

Prepped for paint

Rear end removed

Stuck bolts

What do I do with all the old parts. I feel bad throwing them out...but keeping them seems like a waste of space. I guess I'll hold on to them for now.
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