The next chapter of our epic is about engines.
This... could've gone a little better. As the pictures posted above can clearly indicate, the 6 needed quite a bit of work to run. This included a new gas tank and new carburetor. Well... it had a rod knock and some compression issues. So the hunt for the second engine begins!
Well, now's the time to upgrade to a V8. My grandfather (the one with the convertible) had a '64 Ranchero that he'd been using for parts for his '64 Falcon Wagon. Well, it had a 289 V8 that was connected and appears to have come off of an A code Mustang (judging by the numbers on the manifold).
Here are the two next to each other. The Ranchero was a failed restoration project that my grandfather got for a relatively decent price. The engine had already been repainted and appeared it had been gone through already. The rust on the body was fixed properly so we assumed it would work.
Well, several cylinders aren't firing and the compression is all over the place. It hasn't been dismantled yet but it's running really really poorly, presumably a cracked block or damaged piston. Something along those lines.
This is the 3rd and final engine. I posted some questions about what it would take to install a 302 or 351w in a '67, and VMF member pwrecker0
offered to sell me a 302 he had pulled out of his Mustang. He only lived about 30 minutes away and I jumped on the opportunity.
There's seven more pictures here: Mustang Engine - Album on Imgur
This engine actually ran properly. It needs a few things here or there but as a whole, we finally have a running drivable vehicle. This is how I spent my July, August, and early September unfortunately. It was a real bummer having so many engine issues but it all works out in the end. From here on out, I should be able to do most of the work myself.
This is a picture from March 2015