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Been a busy week!
  • installed new wiper arms and blades, matching in all satin
  • got my tach wired and working, finally have a tach! However in the process of connecting the signal wire to the coil negative, I broke the stud off my yellow top coil. Amazon 2-day, got a Standard Motor Products FD471X delivered and installed. Bright blue, but worked perfected. I was a bit worried about mounting it horizontally, but seems fine.
  • installed @Opentracker manual roller idler arm
  • installed new rims and tires
  • All the typical early season stuff: lubed chassis, checked fluids, tweaked the 2bbl and choke plate, etc
  • drove over 200 miles, longest trip yet! New 3G alternator / PA Performance setup worked great, no more battery puking!





What kind of difference did that roller idler arm make? How does it feel compared to before? Worth the money and work?
 

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Unfortunately, not sure if could tell a difference, but my lack of alignment isn’t helping, along with some odd shock tower issues I still have to correct. The idler I removed might as well have been a ‘roller’, it was completely worn out, no tension at all!

The replacement is a very nice unit, fully grease-able, and I think priced very well (including shipping). @Opentracker had it at my door, coast to coast, in like 3 days! I would recommend it as part of a suspension refresh. I think a sway bar is in my future too!

What kind of difference did that roller idler arm make? How does it feel compared to before? Worth the money and work?
 

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I didn't do crap. I briefly considered ordering a few small under hood parts from the wonderful NPD. Then reminded myself of the old exploder setting there and I really want to to a compression check on the mustang before dumping money into the motor in the mustang. Sorry Rick.

I did put a few miles on it Sat am. Met an old HS friend for coffee. Round trip about 50 miles.
 

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Bright sunny day here on the west coast and perfect day for a cruise downtown. Met up with a buddy and got some cool shots. Little Red 69 got a ton off looks and thumbs up from people. At one point we parked the car and went for a bite to eat in a place called Gas Town in Vancouver. Car seemed to be a popular attraction and became the background image for many damn Instagram selfie peckerheads. Caught one couple taking pictures as we walked up, she was about to lean back onto my car and I hit the alarm button on my remote. Shared the crap out of both off them but the nerve they had to touch someone else's car. Sadly I didn't catch who ever it was that sat on the front fender and left a greasy ass print. W T F is wrong with people these days.
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@Pittbull awesome pictures!
Maybe it's a regional thing. People don't dare touch your car, truck, or dog here without asking.
 
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Went to a car gathering at Sonic Friday. It was beautiful here so it was PACKED. I realized that at almost 38, i'm kind of an old fuddy duddy as I looked around at all the "new" cars being passed as "show" cars and wondered why they were able to park in these areas. Things like 2018 corvettes and a 2015 v6 mustang with a body kit. Meanwhile, there was a SuperPerformance GT40, a Pantera, and so many other really interesting and cool cars that were relegated to the cheap seats. Sign of the times i suppose.
The gaggle of high school boys gathered around said v6 mustang that I unfortunately had to park next to were rubbing me the wrong way as they were leaning against my car with studded jeans. No good was going to come out of confronting them so I left.

Spent Saturday tuning the fuel injection and ignition map on a deserted highway. I'm finding more power in this 408 each time i go out there! I'm going to add a little fuel to WOT and give it a hair more timing. It's at 34.5 with a WOT AFR of 13 and it wants more fuel. No pinging but it's got that "i'm a little lean" smell.
 

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I think I would jump it up to about 15/16 at wot just as a starting point.

My 200 6 with a sniper & small log head likes it there . I say that as a guess because I've not pulled any plugs to look. But I would be kind of leery that lean on your motor especially since you already think it's an issue , be a shame to burn something. Mine was at 13 idle & I had to pull it back to 11/12 to smooth the idle out after I put the header& duals on.
 

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@chaser012001 I would hafta say something to the little snots about leaning on my car. :mad: My paint isn't perfect but I'm the one that pays for it.
 

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I think I would jump it up to about 15/16 at wot just as a starting point.

My 200 6 with a sniper & small log head likes it there . I say that as a guess because I've not pulled any plugs to look. But I would be kind of leery that lean on your motor especially since you already think it's an issue , be a shame to burn something. Mine was at 13 idle & I had to pull it back to 11/12 to smooth the idle out after I put the header& duals on.
15/16 at WOT would be way too lean for this motor. 12.5 performed better than 13.1 without the extra .5 degrees of timing i'm giving it. It enjoys idle and cruise at 14ish now and i dont think i'd want to go leaner than that for a WOT push. When it was having the rich idle issues (11), it was super choppy and that was with an idle curve set at like 22 degrees which was actually 15 degrees since the dizzy was back so far lol. Boy i do love having this much control over the fuel and ignition systems without having to take a bunch of stuff apart.

@myfirstcar66 Boy i wanted to but then i was afraid the little sh1th3ads would intentionally scratch or it something like that. There were def no parents around.
 

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Installed a 1977 nos oem Fog light assembley on the Money Pit . Still have the reproduction switch & assorted wireing harnesses to go .

For the most part a really straight forward install. And it gives her a much better look.
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I had to round up a few nuts & bolts as well as make 2 stainless 20 ga bracket to support the light assembleys to the grill &
The lower grill aporn so they don't flop around. The upper grill frame had the holes to push the power supply clips into as well as the aporn had holes for my brackets . It's like they knew this would happen one day.
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This afternoon I pulled the inner fender splash guard & replaced my broken antenna with a Scott Drake 8" billet. Hopeing this makes it eaiser to put the car cover on, as well as hopeing the new radio will play. Replaced both front guards ,the drivers side fit great the passenger side attachment holes were off about 3/4". Should have checked it first against the old one & saved that aggravation . Those old ones were really used up & the rubber part that was still on was breaking off like a cracker.

I'll put the back 2 on another time. Found both front bearings a little loose ( not really a surprise first time I 've checked since putting the disc brake kit on) corrected that while it was on a jack.

Got the switch for the fog lights mounted, and man the bottom of the dash is running out of mounting room for pretty much anything else in a quick way. If my arms were a lot longer I could use the passenger side for switches.
 

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Ordered a master body bolt kit for the re-assembly. Pulled out the T-56, scatter shield, and a bare block to start test fitting for tunnel clearance.
 

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On my son's car, covered a package tray with dyed cloth to cover speaker holes and aftermarket speakers for a stock look with excellent sound.
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On my son's car, covered a package tray with dyed cloth to cover speaker holes and aftermarket speakers for a stock look with excellent sound.
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Excellent! Exactly what I plan to do in my '67, well, once it's running.

I am too easily distracted by fun projects like this and am trying to stay focused on only projects that get the car to the first start stage.
 
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