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I purchased and watched the Bad Shoe video several times and then tacked my FMX myself. It actually worked when I was done but my makeshift fix for the replacement front band did not. I sent the original band out for re-lining, pulled the trans, replaced the front band, put it all back together and now the trans is working great!
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Thanks for the info on the band, David. I saw that you went through yours. I’m confident these are super solid transmissions, and do not hesitate to use it once I rebuild it. It’s getting ready to go on the table!
 

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Those little burp noises are the tires. 1st time after its rolling and then again as it hits 2nd. They are Nitto G2 245/45 17's. Heavy on the throttle and it will snag 2nd every time.

 

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Just found and read your thread. Kudos on getting your Mach 1. I bought mine back in 1989 and had it blasted also. With it taken down to bare metal, you will know every nut and bolt, and how it works. It is truly a labor of love, and therapeutic as well.

While it was a bit of work, I don't regret adding convertible inner rockers and grafting in the hump from a one piece seat riser. Those mods really stiffened up the chassis. When your body is stripped is the time to do it. Just saying.

Mine was a 17 year build due to life getting in the way. I've driven my car across country and love it. Hopefully you'll enjoy yours as much. My only regret is painting it red, and not the original Silver Jade. Good luck brother.

And btw, I agree with you that Stacey is a but bit weird :)

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Thanks for the encouragement. Too many cars with bad work to not start from scratch. Problem is, there’s rust in every darn crevice! I hope this takes 4 and not 17, but if it turns out as nice as yours, I’ll be happy no matter how long. Thanks! Greg.
 

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Get some primer on it soon pt it will flash rust after the media blast.
Surprisingly, there is no notable rust after over a month in bare metal. Southern poly's VERY helpful tech guy suggested leaving it bare and do all metalwork before sealer and filler (I kind of argued with him...). He suggested many shops leave them 3-6 months; any rust that would form could be hit with 80 grit and primed. Go figure!
 

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Removed lower cowl and replaced left hinge pillar. Test fit the surprisingly well fitting CJPP replacement. I am going to repair the toeboards and front frame rails before I install the cowl and prime the front in.
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Not spending much time on the computer lately, but I work on this car pretty much every day. Latest operation is a front left frame rail patch and the outer frame rail areas where the bumper brackets bolt to on both sides. Whew! what a job!
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Meanwhile, back at the ranch....
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The "357" looks awesome. Was gonna do the stroker thing, but the original crank only needed polishing. Couldn't mitigate the cost with the original stuff in such good shape. Loving the VIN on the block!
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It's been awhile since posting, but work goes on daily. Passenger floorpan, torquebox, frame repair, and most of toeboard done. The work ain't the prettiest, but it's MINE and I know every inch of it. Moving on to the driver side....
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(The welds on the patch have since been smoothed out )
 
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