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It sounds like it was a honey of a deal. Sorry I just had to.

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Cool car. Love the color!
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Looks like you have the makings of a beautiful ride. Here's a 67 project by a fellow member across the pond.

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Thanks for all of the compliments...and corny jokes. You guys are terrible....although I will say that the wife giggles at them.

I never did find the bullets in the door. Best I can tell, it looks like all three went through and the door panel was just replaced at some point. Hard to say really.

I'm going to leave the holes for the time being. One reason is because I'm not quite ready to start on the body stuff. Second is I think it *does* add a bit of character.....and I'm hoping that whoever left those holes will decide to not try it again.

The drive was uneventful. It was one year ago yesterday that the wife and I closed our on house sale in New Orleans and headed west. We showed up at the closing with all of our belongings in a Penske truck. Pretty crazy idea but it's been a grand adventure!

Side note: all bee business aside, the wife has dubbed the car: "Big girl Pearl"...or Pearl for short. Don't know why, but she won't be swayed.

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Busy work for the weekend.
Tune up parts arrived!


New cap, rotor, wires, plugs:


Carb tear down/clean/rebuild results:


Flushed the cooling system several times. This mess looks like some of the coffee from work!


Finished the weekend safely tucked in the garage....between our two imports. Funny, the 'pony' car is the biggest car we own now!


Brakes are next, I believe. Door tuneups after that.

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Are you going to convert to discs? Or are you just tuning up the drums. Power or manual?

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Are you going to convert to discs? Or are you just tuning up the drums. Power or manual?
Tune up the drums. But I'm eventually working towards discs. If I threw budget out of the window, it would be big Baers on all 4 corners. But who knows at this point. Recycled parts from late model stuff would be more budget friendly, but I don't want to go that route and then replace it all later for more stuff.

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Id consider keeping the bullet holes, just rust proof it. How many opportunities is there to build a true 68 bullit mustang?
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Id consider keeping the bullet holes, just rust proof it. How many opportunities is there to build a true 68 bullit mustang?
Ya know.......I hadn't thought about it from that angle.

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Brakes are next, I believe. Door tuneups after that.
1. Make it stop.
2. Make it handle.
3. Make it go.

in that order...

Good luck
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Okay. Engine Stop. ACA out of Detent. Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off. Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
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Just curious: was any of that stuff not made in china?

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Okay. Engine Stop. ACA out of Detent. Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off. Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
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Yes, leave the bullet holes in. They went in one side but not out the other so they must have just rattled around the interior.

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Okay. Engine Stop. ACA out of Detent. Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off. Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
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Just curious: was any of that stuff not made in china?
The box it all came in.

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1. Make it stop.
2. Make it handle.
3. Make it go.

in that order...
That's the plan.

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Update!
Brakes: fixed! A leaking front driver's wheel cylinder was replaced and new shoes added. Tada! it stops!...amazing how well drum brakes work when they're not swimming in brake fluid.

Carb: PITA! The expansion plug above the power valve...someone had tried to drill it out. Yeah, fixed that and now I have one less vac leak to chase. At idle the car has 15hg of vacuum. Not ideal, but the stumble on acceleration is gone. Now I just have to chase down the 'dies when clutch is pressed in & stopping' issue. Tomorrow will be float level/more vac leak chasing..

Windows: rear quarters had popped off of the rollers. Picked up new ones and greased the snot out of the tracks = FIXED!

Fuel gauge: still need to order a sending unit. Baby steps!
Dash lights: see above and insert 'headlight switch'.

Insurance: got turned down for classic car ins by my normal carrier AND Hagerty for the car's lack of 'restoration'. Called Larue classics based on recommendations from several local friends and now I'm covered! Simple enough.

Thought about laying out a plan for the car. Right now I'm focused on getting it pseudo-reliable. The friend that was once the owner of a gorgeous 69 coupe and now has an LS powered 70 chevelle keeps pushing me to the expensive end of the pool. Him: "Go full front clip and LS!" Me: "No." Him: "Go Detroit Speed clip and Coyote!" Me: "No" Him: "Go all-out 6 cyl with efi and turbo!" Me: "what part of b-u-d-g-e-t did you miss?" Him: "it's easier to spend when it's not 'my' money."
Don't we all love friends like that? I know my wife does....

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On the insurance, I would call JC Taylor. I've had them for over 20 years and had no problems or regrets. They insure all my "non daily drivers".
Good luck with the project, looks to be a very solid start, especially considering what we typically see in the rust belt.
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