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Dang man...Been way to long since I visited my own thread...gearing up to get going though.

Just bought an aluminum driveshaft from Dennysdriveshaft. PITA making sure you have all the correct measurements! I have adjustable trans & engine mounts, so it's kinda weird. I also bought new powder coated calipers...no, I didn't get red. They're actually clear powder coat, so hopefully they look good for a while.

I also bought my gauge set. Bought the Dakota Digital HDX. Still need to get the gas tank and lines. A few months ago I bought TCP subframe connectors with X-brace.

I suppose I will buy the rest by the weekend. I'm going for the sleeper look. Most things on the outside and interior will look stock, but everything inside is something else.

 

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Discussion Starter #143 (Edited)
Measuring for driveshaft order

This was was an interesting process so I thought I would upload some photos of what I did.

I went with Denny's Driveshafts , who has a solid reputation when it comes to driveshafts. I have not received the driveshaft yet so I don't know what the quality is and can't comment on that. My first thought was to simply get my original driveshaft and have a reproduction of that made in aluminum, right?

I'm using a 302, C4 and 8" rear-end. Actually, none of those are original to this car. They came off of other cars and I have no idea if there's anything different about the dimensions from the original 289, C4 and 8". I doubt it, but it is good reason to measure again. There are other things that actually do change the dimensions I found out. Most notably, my car now sits lower than original height. The engine and trans also have adjustable mounts. The best thing to do is to get in there and take the measurements, which I am showing below.

Denny's Driveshafts created a great worksheet to use. I used a tape measure, caliper, cell phone for the flashlight and camera.

B6 The first thing I did was measure the distance from the transmission tail where the seal is back to the rear-end yoke (see B6 in the worksheet down below). I don't have a pic of this because I had to use two hands to get in there and hold the tape measure. The overall lengths is 54-3/8 using a tape measure.

B7 This next measurement is on the worksheet, which is the distance of the splines output shaft on the transmission tale. This comes to 3/8.





B8 does not apply.

B9 My pinion yoke has the tabs, which you can see in the picture. The answer to this is YES.

B10 The distance between those two tabs is measured with my caliper. Here are a couple pics of the measurement of 3-7/32.







B11 The last measurement I did was measure for the U-joint cap. You can see this picture below, which measures 1-1/8.





Here's the final worksheet I completed. You can see I put an asterisk by the #'s I actually used. I also circled the measurements I used.

 

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Discussion Starter #144 (Edited)
Dakota digital hdx-65f-mus

Now for the unboxing. I paid so darn much money for these gauges that I was expecting an Apple Inc type of experience, but not so much. Who cares, it's not just electronics, it's car stuff. So, having a rough package is ok.




It all came in a big white box. Gauge cluster is really clean, but the actual analog speed & tach are actually small. So small, well, might not be too good of a read. I understand they had to cram in 6-gauges into a 5-gauge pod, but it's a little squishy in there.

I'm pretty sure I'll be cruising with the speed read-out on the digital display.

Take a look...What do you think?





The contents seem well put together with nice hardware. It comes with a Ford speedometer sender adapter, wires, etc. The the back of the display is clean and takes only a plug or two. All the wiring will go to the box.








The control module is a little bigger than I thought it would be. It looks like a nice unit to plug everything in though.






So, what do you all think. I know these aren't for everyone. I could've easily gone with something else. There's lots of great setups out there. I'll have to re-visit this once I get the app up and running (and the car). :)
 

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2010 mustang gt calipers

Quick update...I received my rebuilt, powder coated calipers from CARDONE.

They look pretty good. I wanted these before the other ones because they're powder coated and it cost just as much to buy these as it does to send my used ones out for powder coating (or go to a local powder coating shop)...plus, these come with a warranty.

Anyway, I think the powder coating covers the pores well and provides a nice surface to keep these cleaner than no coating at all. I like that they're not flashy-red too. I would rather have gone with black, but couldn't find any.

These will bolt on to my Mustang Steve brackets. I have stop tech's new rotors and pads to go on them too. New braided Russell lines as well.

I have the rears too, but didn't snap any pics. I have to return the cores now too.



 

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Packed up all my calipers from last week and shipped them back. Believe it or not, they're for a 2010 V6 Mustang...ARGH!!!

The good news is that Rockauto will cover the shipping.

The better news is that I went to Cardone's website and found all BLACK Powder Coated calipers, which is what I wanted in the first place. I only have one on right now. The other 3 calipers haven't even arrived yet since they're on backorder. I like them a lot better than the silver ones.

Here's a few pics taken in the garage. I think they'll be more noticeable in the garage.









 

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I also took advantage of 15% off sale at Mac's. They also through in a $25 coupon as well. Shipping is "cost" only. They sent 4-shipments to me for only $50. I am still waiting to get these things.

This should be most of what I need to finish this...I still need to buy new windows, pulleys, hoses, a few other small things. Not any big ticket items though.

 

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Thanks Brian...oh, I'm still feeling really far off. I have to put a lot together.

Part of the fun of documenting your project is being able to see the BEFORE and AFTER pics, hoping that you can tell the difference once you're done.

I was going buy a new gas tank, but mine was pretty good still. It was hard to justify spending $150 and then toss a perfectly good tank. So, I decided to try to refinish mine. The hose was brittle and literally breaking apart. I have a new one on the way.






My tank appears to be the original tank and I think even had the original sending unit in it. It also had the original undercoating, so I bought a cant of Eastwood undercoating. I cleaned up the original undercoating that was coming off. Scuffed it a little and cleaned up some small rust spots with a wire wheel on my drill, a little acid etch and rust remover...


BEFORE


AFTER




BEFORE


AFTER



I also cleaned up the top a little. It was already pretty clean in the first place though. I sprayed it with some aluminum spray for a uniform fresh look.

BEFORE


AFTER



THE FINAL PRODUCT




 

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I also just couldn't bring myself to buy new taillight housings because I knew mine were in good shape. They just needed to be cleaned.

I was going to buy an LED kit to go with all the other improvements. But, I was thinking it might be a waste if I could just buy the LED bulbs and clean up the housings really nice with a wire brush. The backs of them were painted with aluminum paint.







Years ago I saw CHROME PAINT in the aisle at PepBoys and laughed. Yes, literally laughed and thought how cheesy it would be to paint anything chrome on your car...well, I found a use.

I wanted to get the most light reflecting out of the housing, so I remembered the CHROME PAINT. It didn't turn out too bad.










 

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Sweet looking car and nice build thread ,Too bad about loosing all the original patina though :wink:
Bahaha! Thanks! Hard to get the patina thing done right.

Actually, I have a 75 highboy with great patina except the driver side door. It has all original paint, crazy cool color but I don't like the way the door looks. Would love to get a patina specialist to get it looking right. Lol.
 

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Bahaha! Thanks! Hard to get the patina thing done right.

Actually, I have a 75 highboy with great patina except the driver side door. It has all original paint, crazy cool color but I don't like the way the door looks. Would love to get a patina specialist to get it looking right. Lol.
pics or it didn't happen
 

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pics or it didn't happen
I have this one, not the driver side. I'd have to have a close-up. I think you'd like it though. Has a nasty rough, paint-chipping kinda look. :smile2:


Unfortunately I don't have a pic of my Mustang in the "patina" version.

 

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Discussion Starter #156 (Edited)
Great day today since about half of my order arrived. It's actually a lot of knick knacks and stuff. Interior/Exterior mirrors, rubber seals, plastic rollers for the windows, etc...really nothing too exciting.

Since I ordered it all at once I have to check to make sure it's all there. I saw that I messed up and bought 2 interior rearview mirrors. I think they through in a free quarter window weather strip too.

 

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You know you love it
Hell Yeah! Damn right, man! I do like that. He chopped the bed and I don't even think it's 4WD. Looks set up like a pre-runner.

You know, I was thinking. Whether it's a truck or car, I think if you're going to do the patina-thing right, it HAS TO have some kind of performance element. For example, some torque thrust's, lowered with a raised white letter BF Goodrich tires or something would be enough to do it right. A Mustang in patina with wire wheel covers just doesn't do it.

After seeing that truck you're making me rethink what I do with mine! :)
 

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Couple more Dakota Digital Gauge items today:

1) Gear Shift Selector...this seemed like a neat option my wife would like. I got this one for her...some of you might recall I tried to balance the cam with something my wife could enjoy driving once in a while.
2) I got the GPS interface for me.
3) The air temp was a cheap add-on (I think $20), so I got this just for the fun of it.

 

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This is my weekend project goal. I have a couple other things I will try to squeeze in too. I took Tuesday, July 3rd off to make it a longer weekend.

Hopefully by the end of the day Tuesday I will have a complete vent window frame with clear glass, new seals, buffed out division bar and new latch.

The PASSENGER SIDE frame I found at a Swap Meet for $40. It is an original, unrestored piece in very good quality, without any pitting. This will receive a new DENNIS CARPENTER Rubber seal.

The DRIVER SIDE frame I paid $75 on a Craigslist. It was re-chromed and is in excellent quality. This will receive a new NOS FORD OEM Rubber seal.

I'll take good pics this weekend of the process.

 

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By the way, I stopped using Photobucket. I am now using a Google Website I created to upload these images. So far, I like the sizing.
 
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