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Gatormc9's 1971 Vert Adventure
Looks like you are making great progress. Thanks for posting all the pictures.

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Mike AKA Ole Pony & Rare Pony

Our current Mustang garage/driveway
1973 Mustang Convert - Bought in 1974 - Still have it!
2004 Mach 1 Oxford White Auto, Bought Sept 06

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Leaf spring bolts...meet 7 inch cut off wheel! Cool

I like to call this piece "automotive wind chime". Big Grin

One issue I did run into today is that I apparently screwed up the guides for the cam bolts that are welded to the frame. I'll be taking an air hammer to them tomorrow to try and straighten them. This is definitely a set back, but it's only metal...it can be fixed, right?!?!
Left and Right Sides

Back at it tomorrow (when I wake up, hopefully without a hang over). Happy New Year to everyone! beer chili
If the metal is cracked I'd recommend cleaning the frame and bracket to place a bead of weld on the outside of the bracket.

Jeff T.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers.
gatormc9;159058 Wrote: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!

Not sure if you are going for the original look, but I think that the gas tank straps are supposed to be Black.
@F117 - I'm not super concerned about original look right now, more about things looking decent since I had to take them off anyway. Now that you mentioned though, I may go ahead and slap a coat or two of black on them.

@Droptop - Yeah, I'm waiting on my buddy with a welder to come by and help with that. I got them straight"er", how perfect do they need to be to be functional?

In the mean time, I got the rear end prepped and painted. I wish I would have snapped a picture with it dirty...man, it was caked in filth! When I cleaned it up, it appeared the third member use to be red, so... Big Grin

While waiting for the welder and parts, I decided to look at the old 302...it was feeling neglected. I drained the coolant and pulled the radiator hose to find this surprise!


That was enough for me, so I decided to make some changes.

The alternator wasn't working, so it got replaced too.

I plan on finishing that up today, changing the plugs (maybe compression test while they are out. Then new fluids and filters and check the timing. I'm hoping a heavier weight oil will clear up the ticking coming from what I suspect is a lifter on the passenger side. If we get the welding done today I can start reassembling the front end. Big Grin
The bracket should be close to the size of the eccentrics. They need to move freely.

Jeff T.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers.
I finally got to work on the Mustang some more this weekend. Unfortunately, my two week vacation was over, so I had to head back to work last week...seriously slows down the progress. Since my last post, I finished up replacing the water pump, alt, thermostat housing, and associated hoses and such.

This weekend I had a buddy come over with a welder and we did the best we could to fix the cam bolt brackets.

Today I was able to begin reassembling the front suspension. I got most of the driver's side done, including spring and shock.

The passenger side is still waiting on the spring and shock.

I also installed the new idler arm.

I'm still waiting on the new leaf springs to show up, it's been almost a month since I ordered them but they are supposed to be here this week. It hasn't really held me up yet, but it will if they don't show up before the weekend. If they do show up, I'm hoping I can take it for a spin around the block by next Sunday. Big Grin
Nice progress, looking good!

Jeff T.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passengers.
Long time, no post. Work, travel, and Roller Derby get in the way of working on the Mustang quite a bit. Fortunately, I was able to make a little progress this weekend.

New Leaf Springs

New Convertible Boot (btw, what were they thinking when the designed this thing?!?!? the attachment method of plastic under trim leaves a lot to be desired)

New Shop press to install the new wheel studs into my new hubs. Big Grin

After all this, the fun started...while trying to change out the from brake hose that probably hasn't been removed in over 40 years...

So, I have my new stainless steel brake lines on order. I guess they needed to be changed anyway, but I was hoping to wait until I had the motor out.

I also started working on the front driver's side brakes. Unfortunately, after putting it all together, I realized I'm going to have to take it back apart. Brownie points to anyone who can look at these pictures and tell me where I went wrong.


That's it for this weekend, and the next. The weekend after that I have a three day weekend to dedicate to the car. I'm hoping (small goal) I can at least go for a spin around the block by 2/23.
Great work.

You used the right side adjuster on the left sideSmile
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