Monday, July 13, 2015

Post #57, 7/13/15 More Assembly, Doors-Fenders-Hood-EFI Vent Line

65 Mustang Restoration

Over the last couple of weeks it's been more of the same thing,, prep & install. I figured it was about time to wedge myself under my dash & finish installing the rest of the sound deadener. Since it takes me awhile to get situated under there, my wife assisted me by cutting pieces for me as I yelled out measurements,,, what a huge help she was!!

All of this sound deadener sure seems to make a difference in the sounds of the metal when you tap on it,,, I'm hoping this eliminates any possibilities for rattles.

 Next, it was on to the doors,,, or should I say, door hinges. Years ago I purchased a greasable hinge pin kit, complete with roller bearings,,, and the special tool for installing the springs. We waited to install the springs until after we mounted the hinges to the doors.

These are the threaded Hinge Plates before being blasted & painted. Sorry,, for some odd reason, I forgot to take any pictures of the doors being mounted by themselves.  

You have to take your time getting your doors adjusted, since the fenders & hood and gaps all depend on how the doors are set. This can be very time consuming,,, we taped the daylights out of all of the painted edges. We used paint sticks as shims to set the doors on in the lower jams & shorter single thickness sticks to set the rear gaps on the doors. Again,, you need 2 people minimum (3 is better) to do this job.

Once the doors were all set, I turned to the underside of the fenders. I scotch-brited them, cleaned them, taped up all of the painted areas, and then proceeded to undercoat them with Eastwood's Rubberized Undercoating,, 1 1/2 cans per fender at this stage,, with several layers on the bottom of the top portion of the fender,, this is to help prevent any little rocks from possibly being thrown up by the tires & denting the fender,, hopefully.

 While these were drying,, I started scotch-briting the 4 fender splash shields. After cleaning them all up I coated the sides of the shields that face away from the tires with Encapsulator so they're protected(the tire sides will be undercoated). Once the dryed, I went ahead and installed the 2 smaller front shields into the fenders & then shot them with undercoating. I tried to seal up any gaps between the rubber seal & the fenders with undercoating (when possible,, for large gaps, use seam sealer).

Though I don't have pics of the small shields,, I do for the large shields,, before & after their installs,,, but first,,, we installed the fenders. 

A little bit of tape works well for holding the doors shut.

 And here we have the before & after shots of where the larger rear fender shields go & what they protect. 

 At this point, the shields are installed, but not coated yet. The shields look kind of dorky when they're on the work bench,, but you can see what a nice job they do sealing up the huge holes. I assume it'll take another 1 1/2 cans of undercoating for each side,,, but a bit of masking is in order first. Notice the 2 holes in the middle section of the lower picture,, those are for the push-pins that will hold the 1" thick firewall insulation pad that'll be install in the near future.

 We also installed the hood hinges, and finished up sealing the rest of the front sheet metal,, all of those pesky gaps that we want to keep water & dirt from getting into. 

Above,, I saw this sweet little trick on you tube. When we installed the fenders, we used our new star washer bolts which are very sharp & love to chew the daylights out of fresh paint. Since you may have to loosen & tighten those bolts many times during assembly,,, I drilled several 5/16"-3/8" holes into an old and empty antifreeze jug, then I used a scissors & cut several washers out of the jug. This has worked very well,,, since I have had to adjust the fenders several times. Once you're Positive that you're done adjusting,, just remove the washers one at a time,,, paint saved!

Some of the sealer,, nasty stuff! In the bottom picture,, that screw, screws into the fender shield to help keep them from twisting.

 I talked with the Fitech EFI guys out in California the other day, & they suggested that for me it would be best to purchase a "Tanks" fuel tank that uses an in-tank electric fuel pump which I'll need to run their EFI system. This worked out great for me, cause 3 days later, my wife & I went up to the Good Guys Car Show in Des Moines, Iowa over the 4th of July weekend & besides seeing 4,500 cars,, we found "Yogis" out of Monticello, Iowa & they had these "Tanks" fuel tanks on display,,, so we got the "Show Special" and bought a tank, sending unit & fuel pump setup & received it on Tuesday the 7th.  Nice looking tank & great service!

Since we're running an EFI system, besides running our 3/8" stainless fuel line,,, I also had to install a fuel Return Line. This worked out for me because I had previously purchased a different fuel line that was the smaller factory 5/16" size,, and though it would have been too small for my main fuel line,, it's perfect for a return line,, AND,, it's bent the same as the other 3/8" line,,,

The front of the line is positioned differently since the return line will run against the firewall.

You can see that I have the 2 lines temporarily zip-stripped together,, I just wanted to get the 2 main lines installed before too many other items are installed & in the way. 

The 2 ends by the fuel tank will be modified at a later time.

 And once all that fun was done,,, it was time to install the rear deck lid, and then,,

 The hood and

the hood prop rod.

 I don't know about you,, but I'm tired!


Since this was posted,, we decided that before we sent it off for paint,,, it would be best to get the front emblems fitted to the car,, just in case there was a problem. 

 Since the plan is not to run the 289 emblems on the front fenders,, the only holes left to drill, are the 4 holes for the mirrors, & the 2 holes in the front fenders where the rocker panel trim pieces mount.

Till next time,, cya!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Post #56, 6/28/15 Shock Tower Mod & Suspension Assembly

 65 Mustang Restoration

Now that we got the partial car back, what's first?  Well, last winter while looking for items on Ebay,, I came across a gentleman selling shock tower strengthening/repair plates,, thought those looked like a good addition to my car so I purchased a set of them. Now that the car is back in my hands for a bit, it's time to see if they're worth the time to install. 

Since I already did a bit of repair & strengthening to a thin area of the tower, I figured why not make it a bunch stronger,, and if nothing else,, at least dirt & debris can no longer collect in that area. The plate was approx 1/8" thick & had a couple lumps on the ends,, so like usual, I decided to improve on the design a bit.

After it was all welded in, I buffed all of the loose stuff off with a brown roloc disc,,, then knocked off the loose paint with a wire bit in the drill & then repainted everything,, 

And here's the finished product. Though you can't see it in these pics,, on the front of each tower inside the engine bay,, just below the plate I just welded in, I drilled a 1/2" hole which gave me access to the underside of that plate, and I used the special Eastwood flexible tube with a multi directional spray nozzle to coat that new cavern with some Encapsulator so it won't rust from the inside. I have new rubber solid grommets to plug the 1/2" holes.

Now the real fun can commence!  


                      Suspension Assembly Time

Before I go crazy installing everything, just wanted to make my work area a bit nicer to be able to work on the car in,, so we went & bought a nice 12' x 9'  piece of cheap carpet ($45 at Menards) & rolled it out under the car so i don't have to roll around on the cold floor.

Here's a tip,, if you can afford to do a rebuild,, by all means, get one of these Awesome COMPLETE new bolt kits for your car. This one is the Chassis Bolt Kit,, and it comes with every bolt you will need. This is such a time saver, and it's just nice to have new bolts rather that old rusty 50 year old bolts. I got this one from CJ Pony,, the invoice says $380 regular bolt price,,, but the Package price is only $260,,, and I probably bought it during one of their 30% off sales.

I also bought their Body Bolt Kit & their Engine Bolt Kit,, I have over $600 in bolts,, but it's well worth it.

The first items to install, were the New stainless steel 3/8" fuel line & stainless brake lines. This installation required a new Clip Kit for all of the lines. You'd think this was an easy thing to do,, but when you've never done it before & it's been many years since you took it apart,,, I had no idea what went where. After several trips back to the computer (looking at all of my pics), I found a video on CJ Pony's sight for installing a new brake line, and it showed right where everything went.

The lines fit pretty well, but there is some tweeking needed, but overall, very nice. 

Now it's time to get serious,,, here's a bunch of pics of the finished product. Putting it together is a cake-walk for me,, the time consuming part, is the cleaning, prepping, and painting part. Everything you see in these pics has been prepped in some way,, even the new tie rods have been cleaned & painted with Eastwood's Satin Diamond Clear (though you'd never know it by looking at them).

Notice the new & improved heavy duty lower cross member.

I rebuilt the steering control valve,  and pretty much everything you see is brand new. And since I plan to run headers, installed an aftermarket steering control valve bracket which lowers the cylinder a bit. 

 And even though the springs are new,, another 3 hours went into stripping the chipping paint off of them & then re-coating them.

Another $550 was used just over 3 years ago to get the new upgraded CSRP Disc Brake Conversion. These are 4 piston calipers, and all of the things you need to make them work on your v8 spindles are included in their kit. They went together very easily,,, and yes, you're seeing correctly,, green calipers,,, that's just how they come, or at least they use to. As long as they work properly,, I'm happy,, my wheels aren't see through anyways.

I also upgraded the pads to some nice new Raybestos Brake Pads.

And again,, on the rear of the car,, Everything is new.

Isn't it pretty,, can't wait to drive it.

It's those little detail parts that you forget about.

The nice $.99 swimming noodle from Menards makes for a nice protector!

Well that was a fun couple of weeks,, wonder what will be next,, till then,