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Old 11-22-2012, 05:49 PM   #136 (permalink)
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<<Thanks for the info on the Randall's, still on the fence here.

So I spent last night tying up some loose ends on the interior and other Misc.

-Custom Auto Sound front kicks with speakers, painted parchment to match
-Retractable radio antenna
-New dome lamp assembly
-New sill plates

I also purchased a set of "Traction Masters" which I am going to reinforce and modify a bit so I can kick out of the corners a little harder (assuming I don't completely replace the rear suspension)
















Better steering wheel. (Still not my first choice but the price was right) ...Craigslist $40 USED, retails for about $150 and it's in pretty good condition.



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Old 11-22-2012, 11:00 PM   #137 (permalink)
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You should do the speaker grills in the parchment too.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:17 AM   #138 (permalink)
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Added traction bars today

These normally bolt below the factory leaf spring plates. My plates have been modified for the Maier panhard and the wider spacing for the 3.25" U-bolts. So I decided to weld them to my modified plates. I also welded the front mounts to the subframe connectors AND the frame rails.



MOCKING UP THE REAR




MOCKING UP THE FRONT




NICE AND STRAIGHT




A LITTLE TOO CLOSE TO THE MAIER PLATE




A LITTLE CLEARANCE FOR GOOD MEASURE




LOTS OF WELDING! ...PASSENGER SIDE ALL DONE




DRIVERS SIDE ALL DONE







Took her for a little test drive and SHE HOOKS! Zero wheel-hop and much better communication in corners on and off throttle.

Best $100 I've spent so far.




Well, love it or hate it folks, I made my final decision and ordered the front suspension today.

Although I really wanted to try the "Street or Track" setup I just couldn't get if for the right price. I went with the top of the line Total Control coilover setup with the dual adjustable shocks. I also upgraded to the bumpsteer kit, and a manual rack & pinion.

My employer is a dealer for Total Control plus they are local here in Sacramento. They gave me such a GREAT DEAL that I just could not afford to turn it down.

All the parts will be in my hands in a few weeks and I'm pretty excited about it.






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You should do the speaker grills in the parchment too.
I actually considered that and dind't do it for 2 reasons: I didn't have enough paint, and I was worried it would look funny/too much parchment. Now that you mention it I'm thinking it might have been a good idea. I guess if I hate it I can always paint them black again. lol
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:37 AM   #139 (permalink)
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True, you can always re paint it. I just think they stand out in the wrong location. I still think it looks good, but better paint matched.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:02 AM   #140 (permalink)
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Looking Great as usual
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Should run good with those goodies!
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:41 AM   #142 (permalink)
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Old 11-28-2012, 01:49 AM   #143 (permalink)
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Just read all of this and badass ,I love it .
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Yes, suspension! My favorite part.
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Great looking coupe
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:49 PM   #146 (permalink)
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Where did you get the retractable radio antenna from?
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:18 PM   #147 (permalink)
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Where did you get the retractable radio antenna from?

...It was a spare one, lying around the shop and it was made in China, that's about all I know! lol. Sorry, I wish I had more info for ya.



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Old 12-01-2012, 10:56 PM   #148 (permalink)
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TCP FRONT-END, RACK & PINION, and WILWOOD BRAKE INSTALL

The TCP rack reuses the factory column or an aftermarket coulmn, your choice. For the '65-early '67 Mustangs that have the one-piece steering box and shaft combo it comes with a new center shaft that replaces the factory one, lower u-joints, and coupling shaft to attach to the rack down below. You will need to cut the stock column so the TCP kit also includes a retainer bearing/column cap assembly, a firewall support bracket and boot.

The stock column popped right out and slid off of the factory steering shaft that is one-peice with the box. I used a little persuasion (pry bar) between the box and the column to unseat 45 years of stick! Only took about 20 minutes and it was out and on the bench.






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Next with the car still on the ground I removed the shock tower caps and took off the strut rod bushing nuts. This allows the suspension to droop all the way down once raised on the lift. I then removed the export brace in preparation for the TCP suspension install later on.



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Here's the order I chose to do drop the suspension, steering and brakes this time around...

I usually drop all of the suspension, steering and brakes at the same time when I'm in a hurry. If you have access to a lift it can be done that way to save time.
Always keep the end result in mind though and DO NOT OPEN FLUID LINES or hoses unless you plan on finishing the job "the same day" or don't mind making a mess.
In my case I only have a few hours to tackle some things today, and I will be parking another car underneath this one overnight, so I'm being a little conservative.

So, keeping that all in mind I racked and raised the car, removed the wheels, removed outer tie rod ends and front drums from the spindles, and removed the sway bar end link bottom nuts from the lower control arm, sometimes these are on the top which makes for a messy removal(I promptly put them back on once the end-link was pulled from the lower control arm). I'm reusing the sway bar in this case so it's OK to leave it on the car, it shouldn't get in the way too badly.

Now that everything is hanging and no longer under stress I unseated the ball-joints from the spindles. ...Note the use of the side-cutters to remove the cotter-pins and the air hammer and corresponding bit at the very tip of the ball-joint studs, being careful not to damage the threads. This is my personal method of choice to unseat ball-joints and tie rod ends from spindles. ...The use of a pickle fork here would definitely prove death for the ball-joints and tie rod ends, not good if you plan on ever reusing them on another car. I'm not that fond of pickle forks either way though. You can hit the spindle with a large hammer also for a similar result, but I don't want to put big dents in my spindles in this case either.







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Now it's time to remove the center brace for access to the lower control arm bolts/eccentrics. Then I removed the lower control arms and strut rods as a complete unit.








TO BE CONTINUED...
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:19 AM   #149 (permalink)
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Removing spindles an throwing them in the parts washer




Removed lower half of the steering components plus the pump and bracketry




Removing the steering box








Removed all of the upper suspension as a whole




THE HEAP IS GROWING!




Cleaning time!




Much Better!






...Really good stuff!




Sand blast time






A little blasting and paint goes a long way! (also a little random sneak peak of a few of the new parts that you weren't supposed to see until later)




HERE WE GO!!




...Wait, don't forget the instructions. Where's my beer?




TO BE CONTINUED.....

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Nice stripe and rim choice! It looks so.... familiar....

Looks good though!
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