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Seats look good, how do they sit?

I think I saw your pics on FB and seemed there were a lot of questions also about the console.
I like the seats, very supportive in the corners, although the tracks don't seem to let the seats go back as far as the other ones that I made. In that way I have to recline the seats a little more to feel right. I would not want to be tall with this particular track, although I have not had the stock seats in for years.

They seem to be very well built with good welds and structure underneath. The recline and track mechanism for the seats is also nice and tight with no play or looseness.

Kind of funny about the console questions. The next version will hopefully blow that one out of the park.
 

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What back up camera did you go with? I have an aftermarket camera on my F-150, it's old and doesn't work well when the sun is shining on it.
The brand is called Auto Vox, it had a number of good reviews, but I have not hooked it up yet. Maybe next weekend. It is inconspicuous enough and was cheap enough so I'll post when I get it hooked up.
 

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Late in the day today, I swapped out the secondaries from 80 to 75's. I thought I noticed a little preignition when testing the secondaries tonight. A/F gauge seemed to look okay the second time, but I'll leave it for now and test it a little longer before changing.

On another note, the moroso clear float bowl plugs. When I went to change out the rear jets, I noticed part of the clear lens sitting in the intake. It was from the primary bowl. Since they are just hand tight, I can only assume it failed. That would not be good, as the seal was gone, just the threaded insert remained. It could have leaked fuel, so I'll send them back for a replacement, and leave the brass ones in place, unless I am testing.

It does look like the fuel economy (if you can call it that with an 8 liter engine) has improved dramatically. I am at a 1/2 tank for the long weekend. Usually, the whole tank would be gone by now, so I will only know the true reading when I fill up the tank a little later.
 

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Well things went wrong in a bad way tonight.

My recently brand new floor jack has a wonderful rubber pad on the top, in between the tangs of the lift pad. When this gets a tiny bit of oil on it... it slips like greased rubber.

My jack slipped while lifting the rear end and damaged the gas tank and exhaust.

Caused the tank to leak badly, so a whole bunch of clean up.

Luckily (after the earlier jack failure) I am nowhere near underneath the car. But it's out of commission for at least a week until I get all of this fixed and get a new tank in her.

If you have one of these jacks, rip the pad out and throw it in the garbage...
 

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Sorry to hear about your mishap, good to know you are back on track!

Thanks... it is getting there again.

I did a little bit of work on the new version of my Helmholtz resonator
 

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Thanks... it is getting there again.

I did a little bit of work on the new version of my Helmholtz resonator
Can you explain a little more about what you’re doing? I know a resonator is used to help control sound/drone. Sometimes I’ve seen them installed as a leg off the main exhaust but it doesn’t have flow through. Other times it’s a smaller unit installed between header and muffler.
 

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Can you explain a little more about what you’re doing? I know a resonator is used to help control sound/drone. Sometimes I’ve seen them installed as a leg off the main exhaust but it doesn’t have flow through. Other times it’s a smaller unit installed between header and muffler.
Yes I'll have some photos, when I am done

For now the gas tank came in and I installed it today. I didn't want to get bogged down with the welding of the resonators. Took pretty much most of the day to install the tank and put the miscellaneous parts back on. The tank looks nice. I got to use my tank lock ring installation tool, that I made, for the second time. It works so perfectly. No issues with getting the new fuel level sending unit mounted leak free. No hammer and screwdriver (lol)

Hopefully later this week I'll have the resonators reworked, welded with photos
 

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Things are going okay. A lot of the exhaust welding is done, a full day more to install the new resonators.

I was, however, noticing the operating temperature creeping up a bit higher than normal. The rad fluid was a little low, so I topped it up, but that in itself is unusual. When I checked yesterday, I noticed coolant under the proximity of the overflow can. When I checked it was not the overflow leaking.
It looks like either the aluminum rad is leaking, or a fitting is leaking. I'll need to pressure test it. I have a feeling it's a hole in the rad though.
 

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The Helmholtz resonators that I made were too big, so I ended up cutting them down.
I added a second pair just ahead of the muffler. That seems to have done the trick, along with a votex cone. Those things are pricy but do take off the rasp a bit. (Geeze I must be getting old lol)
Anyway, I thought I was buying a pair. Instead, there was only one in the box. After playing around making a replica out of stainless, I decided to use the one I bought on the other side instead of sending it back.

Now I just have to fix the sudden rad leak
 

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A few nights of fun sorting out the radiator "leak" issue and front end.

I did notice when taking out the radiator, that the lower hose started dripping fluid quite quickly... probably a sign

So after taking everything apart, it seems that the lower portion of the rad support welds were all loose, or not attached anymore or not welded properly in the first place. Haunted by the welding dude that messed up the car in several areas way back when.


So I decided to pressure test the radiator, find the leak and try and patch it. There were some indications of rubbing of the aluminum bottom tank on the x-member. The pressure test indicated that the radiator has no leaks and held for 30 minutes.

So given that and the location of the drips, I'd say it was the lower hose clamp.

Tonight I used my spot weld cutter to prep the whole front x-member and strut rod supports (which were noted to have cracks on the one side)

The nice thing I found out, was that using flux wire in my MIG made it easier to have penetrative upsidedown welds. The welds did seem to be hotter though and made it tricky welding the thinner metal together. Pretty low settings.

I was happy though and ground all the welds, seam sealed, primed and painted tonight. Should be ready to put the rad back in tomorrow after work
 

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Not so fast.
Welding is done, but once the radiator was dropped back into the car, I pressure tested it before going much further.

Nope, it did not hold pressure. Slow leak.

So I'll have to fill it again, since I noticed the dripping under the rad near the overflow or right hand front of the car.

I guess at this point, I am hoping indeed that it is a rad issue and not something else
 

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After coming back from holidays, I filled the system with coolant to confirm the leak was coming from the radiator. I had nightmares about a head gasket or something more evil. Happily the drip was under the rad.



Out it comes again with a decent idea of the area to look. I took a chance and pressurized it with air (did not find the leak the last time using air but it would be less messy than coolant) Got my magnifying glass out, looking for pin holes. I saw a rub mark on the front of the tank weld seam where the weld was rubbing away from abrasion with the sheet metal.

Cleaned all the metal with carb cleaner.
Sprayed some soapy water there, and 2 little pinholes appeared.

Okay so that was good.
Scuffed everything up good with an abrasion pad, and cleaned it all with methyl hydrate. Repeated a few times. Scuffed it with much coarser sandpaper.
Cleaned again. Gave it a shot with the air nozzle, then heat gun and applied the epoxy.

Supposed to be dry in an hour and usable in 8 hours, so will wait until tomorrow night before testing.

It's in a fairly repairable spot, with lots of ability to tooth. I also added a few spots under the lower reservoir where it looked like there was abrasion, just to be sure.

Hopefully everything checks out tomorrow.
 

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Well I am learning how not to do things

The epoxy repair that I did yesterday, failed immediately upon pressurizing the rad.

Got a map gas torch and tried to weld the aluminum.
That made things worse

I am trying a second go with a different epoxy.

From what I have read the radiator is toast and pretty much non-repaiable. I'll see how things look after the new epoxy cures. I applied vacuum to the radiator this time to suck the bonding material into the holes.

I'll know more tomorrow
 

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After work last night I pressurized the rad again, and left it during dinner. Surprisingly not loss of pressure.

I wasn't expecting that.

After dinner I started dropping it back into the car. Filled it with fluid. Pressurized again. It held. I kept it pressurized all during the time, I reassembled everything.

All good. Took it for a drive last night, and got the engine nice and hot. Still no leaks!

It will take a number of good drives to convince me this will be okay after the first two fails, but I think it will be okay, thankfully.
 

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It's been a heckuva year. Wifey was rolling up the passenger side window today and the vintage regulator snapped.
Fortunately when I bought the drivers side regulator, I bought a pair, so I have the right hand unit stocked in my garage lol

I guess I'll be swapping that out soon!
 

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I guess this year the 'stang is trying to make me pay a lot of attention.

I woke up this morning to find a gas smell and a drip under the sending unit of the new tank. Fortunately the tank was nearly empty and I had a spare seal.
SO the planned change of the window regulator was postponed to this afternoon.

Good thing I looked at a youtube how to video, because the track crews at the bottom of the window frame are stripped and seized. Probably why I did not fix it before this.

Anyway got the rollers slid in and out and swapped the mechanism. Hope that it give me no trouble now.

I'm not counting on anything though.
 

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It's been a month of doing detail items on the car and closing open loops here and there. From replacing the O2 sensor, to some exhaust welding, review of the E stopp parking brake and tweaking, fixing the rad of course and a spontaneous gas tank sender leak, which I am convinced was a byproduct of the jack failure (damaged the gas line clamps)

Anyway more details. The Alarm system, door locks wiring was badly in need of attention. I admit I rushed things to put it together (back in the day (anxious to see if it all worked) and left it.
So spent last night detailing the stereo wiring for the rear speakers (one of the filters became disconnected)
Tonight was detailing the wiring for the alarm system, and relays. Much much better than before.

More detail work coming.
 

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