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post #31 of 61 (permalink) Old 09-20-2016, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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I received the LED signal lights from Gary today. I like the idea of using the park lights as a driving light, daytime running light. This will allow me to get rid of the ballast resistors on the headlights, which were currently used as a daytime running light.

I like them. easy to install, and were supplied with an electronic hazard flasher as well at a small additional cost, to run the LED's.

Very cool and easy to install
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post #32 of 61 (permalink) Old 02-23-2017, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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The snowy winter weather has finally gone (although it did snow again today) I got all the xmas decorations away and finished doing some cosmetic changes to the FX4, so it is back to work on the Mustang exhaust.

I ended up getting a magnaflow kit as I did not like the way I had to fight with the universal kit.

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Worked on the drivers side tailpipe section tonight, from the muffler back.

Everything went pretty well. I just have to locate 2 muffler isolators (hangers) and clearance a couple areas. Once that's done I can move to the other side.
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Worked on the driver's side from the muffler back. It's definitely the toughest, with little clearance between the fuel tank and leaf spring. I added a number of extra brackets so that it won't rattle. The tips are larger than before. It should free up quite a bit of horsepower with the switch to the 3" exhaust on the big engine.

Just gonna hope that this extra long winter is over in time for me to try it out
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The exhaust looks good, are those the tips from the kit? I have been thinking about the Magnaflow kit myself, but getting ready to do the SoT 3 link so I may wait to check for clearance.

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The exhaust looks good, are those the tips from the kit? I have been thinking about the Magnaflow kit myself, but getting ready to do the SoT 3 link so I may wait to check for clearance.
Hi, The tips are dynomax.

was thinking about the 3 link too, but I have yet been able to convince my wife to let me track it again


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Dove in and got a bunch more work on the exhaust, from the x-pipe back. Welded in the flex couplers to hopefully dampen vibration.
Unfortunately one exhaust flange was mis-packaged, so I have to wait until the new one is shipped to complete the welding to the muffler flanges, darn.

Ideally I wanted this done, before doing the custom oval section from the collector to the x-pipe. Maybe I can do it, I'm not certain yet.

Otherwise I am 1/2 happy tonight lol
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My missodered exhaust flange came in yesterday.
Got the exhaust system all together today-tonight. Except when I went to start the car, it seems that my battery charger was not charging/maintaining the battery. So got the old charger and hooked that up. I hope that the battery is not ruined by draining all that time.

I added a O2 bung and welded that on.

Finally got the car fired, but then when I went to operate the exhaust, my wiring was not compatible with the new mufflers. Had to hook up the remote box that comes with the kit.

Everything worked fine. I won't know if it is quieter in the closed mode, until I road test it when the weather gets better. In loud mode, it does seem louder. I think due to the 3" pipes. That's okay with me, as long as it is quieter in the quite mode.

Oh yeah I gave everything a bit of a polish. I think it looks pretty good.
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It was an interesting day, trying to get the wiring for the exhaust switch to work. It actually wasn't working. I wired in the varaflow wireless controller and that worked.
Today, I found the fuse blown on the manual switch. Fixed that, and tried to have them operate together, blew the fuse again.
Increased the fuse size and blew it again.

It didn't take long to figure out that the manual switch and electronic wireless controller can't exist on the same circuit together controlling the exhaust switch motors.
I had some diodes, but that didn't work (because the polarity alternates depending on which way you want the motors to go)

So crafted a little circuit myself and viola it worked like a charm.
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Another night of awesomely poor winter weather, and another night to work on the 'stang and get some items tweaked.

One of my seat belt backing plates was not welded well and was spinning, so I rewelded that.

I had ordered a weatherproof TKO back up light harness. This will work way better than what I had made up before. So I wired that up and tucked it in.

Making some plans for lighting. I think I am going to order Gary's LED back up lights. I like the front lights from him, so the backup ones are a no brainer.

I can't use LED headlight bulbs, I don't think, as they will project back too far into the headlight buckets, and brackets. I'll end up having to do more modification on those than I want to.

Lots of little things to still do


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I am brainstorming a change to the headlights. Since I have installed Gary's brighter LED signal lights, I am likely using these as my daytime running lights.
Prior to that I had the (four) highbeam circuit loaded with ballast resistors and was using that for a daytime running light. I only used that for about 25% of the time, as it was a high amperage circuit, loaded with ballast resistors to lower the wattage/ light output.

So I am nixing that, and instead replacing that with a momentary passing light/flasher circuit. That's what I was working on tonight.

Next I am deciding on the daytime running light circuit. Do I want it coming on automatically as soon as the car moves, or do I want it switched, manually?

I suppose I can do both, where I have it come on every time the car moves, then have an override switch to turn them off.


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Back slugging away on the wiring tonight
It went well.

Being that the car is more of a pro touring highway cruiser, I wanted to have a passing flasher for the headlights. It's a little tough to do without the column mounted headlight switch of modern cars.

So hit one toggle switch and the headlights flash by themselves. It all works really good.

Next I wired up some LED accessory lights and fixed the tail-light bulb as well.

More wiring to go over the next week or two.


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Buttoned up quite a bit more wiring this week.

WIth the LED turn-signal driving lights, I am able to get rid of the other daytime running light system that I had.

It was hooked up to all 4 high beams and run through a series of ballast resistors to lower the headlight output. Still, it was a fairly good draw on the alternator, and also 3 lbs of electrical components.

So that is gone. (pic of the old system and relays taken off the car)

In the place of that I wired up the passing flasher, I wanted. It's a royal PITA to flash your headlights on a vintage car, so the passing flasher will be good for the highway roadtrips. Still quite a few people drive slow in the passing lane. Maybe 5% of them will move over when flashed, lol. It's hooked up to a momentary switch.

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Picking up a few different lights tomrrow including Gar's high powered back up lights


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Finally I think I have all the wiring done.

I have the 4th brake light added and programmed the module.
I added a accessory switch to the bright LED reverse lights, in case I want to switch them on for general illumination. The in vehicle reverse light wiring was a bit funky, so I needed to add a diode, to prevent issues.

Otherwise everything is progressing.

Onto redoing the brake ducts, and then the balljoint replacement process


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