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Hello and a pre thank you because I know you guys have all the answers. After my son pestered me for a few weeks, we went out searching for a mustang and settled on a 1966 2 dr coupe, straight six 200, 3 SPD Manny. I got it for him for graduation and we thought it would be a nice father son project as we are both New to working on cars. Seemed like a good idea at the time. I've done the basics throughout life with cars but now it's time to pony up and play with the big boys, not so much with a straight six, but you know what I mean. I am a retired Army SGT so I have some time to spend on the car. Immediate concerns and to do list.
New clutch
New steering box( I think, TONS of play)
Upgrade to dual bowl
Work out kinks with drum brakes
Upgrade distributor to an HEI ( I just put a new autolite 1100 on her and learned a little about spark valve and load o matic and vacuum)
It has factory air, not currently working
Clutch linkage zbar etc, bad or no bushings
But right now I need to learn how to adjust timing and idle. I couldn't turn my cap any farther counterclockwise it was already pegged when I loosened the bolt. I read some spacers or rubber washers go bad ,balancer? so a timing light probably won't help or be innacurate. So I read to turn the cap till the engine pings and slowly back it off till it just doesn't, then set my idle. Thoughts?
From dicking around with carb and cap I noticed a good rattle,seems like engine, but louder and more distinct midcar and further toward exhaust from underneath. any thoughts where to start on that? Any help is always appreciated and feel free to school me, I don't get offended too easily.
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