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Moto's '71 Sportsroof finally gets attention
#1
Couldn't stand it any longer.

Young son has been pestering, in a nice way, to get this project rolling. At 13, mild anxiety has been setting in that he might not be able to roll this hooptie into the student lot at school when he acquires his license. He's itchin' for it now.
Right now.
And so am I.

So, we peeled the cover off of it, pressure washed everything within 20 feet of the car, and are having at it. It's a VA car, and rust isn't really too bad. The cowl went to heck sitting outside, didn't leak when I got it but the hats are toast now. The outside quarter bottoms have been "fixed" before, but are no longer viable. The rest of the sheetmetal is good to go.

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Plans are to get the underhood, driveline, and interior 100%, but leave the paint and body for another day. Or year. Or decade. Gotta get this thing compressing some air/fuel mixture and smokin' some rubber first and foremost. It is really gonna look like crap rolling down the road, I can just picture it. And that's the way I want it for now, thank you.

The engine bay has been cup wheeled and etch primed already. Still need to remove the (finger tight) front suspension and do that area. Floor is next; getting the OE tar scraped off, cup wheeled, wiped down and semi gloss black all of it underneath.

Motivation will be initially provided by a Krylon rebuild on a 60-some thousand mile old short block 5.8 Windsor out of a Superduty (its REALLY nice inside!). The GT40 aluminum heads and B303 cam from my 5.0 stash along with a Weiand Stealth will go on top of the stock bottom end. Not an optimum performance or fuel mileage engine, but all the goodies are there, paid for long ago, and begging to get used.
I have an AOD in inventory, but it may stay there so I can use the 2800 stall converter'd C4 beside it.
Rear gears are most likely going to be 3.50's and a TracLock, or the OE 3.25/open currently in the housing. Going to send the OE housing to a local roundy-round dirt track car builder along with a really cool Winters aluminum centered 9" asphalt housing to be set up to bolt in place of the steel housing.

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Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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#2
Great start and good plan. Keep the momentum going! Smile

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#3
Sounds like a good plan to me!
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#4
Looking forward to see the progress.. Smile

Daniel thumb

Pro-Touring 1973 Mustang named ''Creator'' ... Tongue
Under construction!!
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#5
Way to get going on it! were looking forward to helping answer your various questions! I bought my mustang in 10th grade and spent a little more than a year on it with my dad getting it to where it is.thumb

Its a HUGE hit at school. Totally worth every dollar and every second I've put into it.Cool

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, you sure as Hell don't have time to do it right the second time.

Dutch uncle
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#6
He don't look particularly happy when you snapped the picture...

Let me check your shorts!
http://midlifeharness.com

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#7
midlife;192367 Wrote:He don't look particularly happy when you snapped the picture...

Maybe he knew what was going to be invoved in the resto Randy.Smile


Jokes aside, all the very best with the project Moto and keep us posted on progress.

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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#8
Oh my looks like a project, been there done that. Don't get in a rush and it will happen eventually.

351w - Ford racing GT40X 178 cc aluminum heads - Ford racing(crane) 1.7 roller rockers - Comp Cams 280H magnum cam .544" / .544" lift - ARP fasteners - hedman longtubes - magnaflow exhaust with X pipe -  MSD digital 6al box - MSD coil - optima red top battery - tuff stuff 140 amp alternator - ported weiand stealth intake  - edelbrock 1406 600 carb  - march pullies and brackets - Be cool fan controller - derale electric fan - FMX trans - motive 4.11 gears - traction lok - competition engineering subframe connectors - lakewood traction bars.                                            










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#9
Nah, forgoing the body work should make it an EZ-er job... I hope.

No real heavy work to do, even with building the engine. Most of it is "insert tab A into slot B" stuff, bolt togethers. I have most all components either labeled, or in boxes. I'll buy new front coils, since I want a higher rate and the drop. Same with the rear springs, the right side sags a bit but are usable as is.

The prepackaged bolt kits appear to be the short road home for a job like this one. At least I'll keep the fingerprints where they belong, instead of in the wire wheel on the bench grinder from cleaning up all the old stuff LOL!

Speaking of engine, I have been really, reeeeeally on the fence over the choice since bringing the car home in '98. I already have a mild 460/C6 combo that is ready to drop in. Something makes me want to go the Windsor route to start, probably since I want to see how it runs compared to my stock 5.0 car. If it's a nice kick, I can swap the 460 in and put the GT40 heads/cam in the 5.0. Its original 351C-4V is the furthest away from completion. It is currently buck naked disassembled, needing a full boat "kitchen sink" machine shop treatment.
So, with that in mind, I figure if the SHTF and I grenade 2 engines, I'll still have the C (and another spare stock 5.0) to fall back on...

midlife;192367 Wrote:He don't look particularly happy when you snapped the picture...

He gets that from his Mother laugh

Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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#10
Clean and prime and clean and prime and clean and...
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Aaaah yes, the fenders. Oh boy.
These puppies were removed and put into dry basement storage (in an unoccupied house) when I moved a few years ago. However, it was discovered this past Wednesday 8/13 that the basement had become a disaster zone. To make a long story short, it appears that the furnace had quit sometime in the deep freeze of probably February or March (yes, several months ago) and nobody was aware of it. Many of the water pipes froze and split, and city water had been spraying all over the basement since then.
Mold is everywhere.
The gray Fiero seats that the fender is leaning on are probably throw aways now too. They're the cool ones with speakers in the headrests. Lost the original white leather buckets out of the green 5.0, too.
Just nasty.

Yeah, sounds unbelievable to me too. It is a sad sight.

It ran long enough to stain the fenders, pimple the (cruddy enamel) paint, and delaminate the layers. Pressure washer stripped about half of the coating off.
Metal seems to be unaffected for the most part. I thank the Car Gods, 'cause these fenders are really straight and clean.
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Pete - MotoArts Decals and Signs
'71 Sportsroof 351C-4V/4-speed - FINALLY under construction - no, wait, on hold again...
'90 Mustang 7-Up 5.0 ragtop, rolling beater
'66 Sunbeam Tiger Mk.IA, survivor
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