15yo with a ‘66 Stang Coupe... Need help!
Hey y’all so my dad helped me a lot to get a mustang on my 15th birthday because I really wanted a classic car. I’ve been in love with them since I don’t know.... forever haha. I have 2 jobs and play sports and other extracurricular activities so I’m super busy. I worked on it as much as I could this summer but my birthday is in 2 months and I need to have it running by then so I can have a car to drive. He buys me parts and etc but I have to do all the work and it’s really hard because when I come to a problem I can’t find a solution to on the internet or in my manuals then I have to try and solve it myself as he won’t help me because he is also busy. It is an automatic 1966 289ci 4.7L v8 HiPo with factory AC, spring yellow with a hard vinyl top that I would like to take off, but I am afraid of what could be under there.
•New Battery/Battery Holder
•1/4 Shocks (Front left got threaded during installation and had to cut off bolt, waiting on replacement)
•Gas Tank is in, still need to caulk
•Working on new radio and wires
•Trying to fix horns, had to reroute wires as PO did a very ugly job and put a doorbell on the side of the steering wheel
•New Steering Wheel/Turn Signal thing
•New Air Filter
•Currently working on alternator and all pulleys
•More that I can’t think of off the top of my head
And to come to my more prominent problem, my fan/radiator mixture.
He buys parts without doing a ton of research or asking me at all, so he bought a radiator that is wider than normal. I’m not sure if he bought a 3 row or 2 row but he got the “right” radiator from Champion Radiators. It is really thick and I installed it after football today. He also got I think it’s a 3.5” plastic fan shroud for it. He got a bigger than normal fan clutch also(along with a spacer with is very much not needed right now). So once he buys things he doesn’t like buying them again. We don’t have the money to spend but he will buy what he thinks I need in a heartbeat. I had to cut the transmission cooling lines to uninstall the stock radiator because the flare nuts were rusted to where they screw in, so I also need to get new lines. A lot of the wings on the new radiator came bent also. But the huge problem is, with the new radiator in, I can’t even get the fan clutch(new or old) to fit in the space between the radiator and where it’s supposed to go. Nor does the fan fit on it in that position either, obviously. My dad is saying that there’s a way to do it I just need to research, which I’ve done plenty of and still haven’t come to a conclusion on what to do. I don’t want to put the old radiator back in, but I don’t think he will buy me a new, thinner one because he says that this provides more cooling, which is true, but I cannot get the fan or clutch on which definitely doesn’t help. He says I may have to bend the frame which I most definitely am not going to do. I doubt I am going to get any answers but anyone who stayed and read this, I’m sorry for my unknowingness and bad grammar. Just trying to get my point across haha. And thank you to anyone that answers, God bless.