Picked up car on 2/11/2001
Car Not running, Brake pedal goes to floor, has been sitting for undetermined amount of
time (Found and inspection sticker from 1978 and previous owner says that's in the right
time frame for the car being pulled off the road). Car is complete except for
hubcaps and radio antenna.
Fixed Stuck Door Latch and Trunk Spring. Electrical Looks good had a
blown fuse. Everything works except clock, tail lamps and Radio (found out no
speaker in dash).
Tail lamp sockets were dirty cleaned them up and all lights work.
Cleaned master cylinder and bled drivers front tire. Went to bleed Passenger
front and Bleeder screw broke off. No leaks so far and emergency brake works.
Will mess with rear brakes and broken screw once she is running.
Clean up paint and interior. Things look pretty good. Rust not as bad as I
Engine won't crank over. Filled cylinders with Mystery Oil and will try again.
Decided not much hope in getting motor running. Got a good deal on a running
motor an trans out of another 65 ford. $300.
Cleaned up new Motor and trans.
Received original title from 1967.
Pulled old Motor and trans took about 2.5 hours.
Took Oil pan off of new motor looks pretty good. Replaced with Chrome Pan.
Switched over Shifter Linkage to new trans. Old one was facing down (came out of
a column shift car). Put on new filter and pan.
Put new Motor and trans in with help of Girlfriend. (She managed to stay clean)
Filled up oil and trans and primed engine. Started (using Starting Fluid) and
idled well. Much to my surprise. Must still be a little gas in the
tank. Only let run a few seconds.
Hook up all hoses and capped off all fluids. Put gas in tank, Guess what it came
out just as fast as it was going in. Bottom of tank is rusted out :( . New tank is on it's way.
Hooked up spare gas can to fuel pump and let her run for a while. No smoke from
the engine but all that penetrating oil smokes real well. All gauges work and so
does Tach :). Idle is high seems throttle linkage needs adjusting.
Straightened Throttle Linkage out
Checked Alternator. It's bad
Fixed a stripped bolt on the transmission linkage and installed drive shaft.
Ran the Trans thru gears and capped off fluid. All gears seam to be fine.
Still waiting on Gas tank should have by Thurs
No I just need to get the braking system straightened out. Emergency Brake is
fine. Need to check out rest of system.
Got the tank and alternator($9 from E-bay) in today.
Old gas tank came out without any effort. Had problems getting the filler pipe to
line up on the new one. Guess what wrong tank. They sent me a 69 tank
DUH. They are sending out a new tank I should have it Friday.
Installed the alternator and now the charging system is working just fine.
Put the hood back on with help of the girlfriend. Sure glad she's around :)
Received correct gas tank in. Went in without a hitch. Gas gauge even
Removed muffler that was just hanging there anyway.
Went to work on the brakes. Got bleeder screw off on Drivers rear but could not
get any fluid out. Passenger rear bleeder broke off. Looks like I might be
better off just redoing all the brakes.
Car runs fine. I need to get the choke adjusted to make starting it easier when
Tried to find the build sheet. It's not under the rear seat and didn't see it
under the dash.
Pulled the car out to get a friends jet ski out of the garage. Hosed off all the
dust and took some pics and got to give the garage a much needed cleaning.
It's running good but the carb needs a rebuild. Can't find any oil or trans leaks
so I must have done something right. :)
I'm picking up the brake parts this week. If all goes well they will be done by
the end of the week.
Cleaned and lubed the original clock and it is working fine. Also put a white
face gauge kit on the rally pack. It's much easier to read. I will do the rest
of the gauges when I get bored one day.
Fixed High horn just needed a cleaning. So far everything electrical is
working. Radio is the only thing not it has no audio.
Put on 4 new wheel cylinders and all new lines. Still need to pick up one hose
for the front (parts store only had 1). Brakes feel great. The pedal is hard
but still fades after holding a little bit (Master cylinder).
Rebuilt the carb today also only took 1/2hr. The engine runs a million times
better. There was all kind of gunk throughout the carb.
Replaced master cylinder and last front brake hose.
Bled the brake and adjusted them. The pedal is nice and hard and no fading.
I got to take the stang out on it's first ride tonight. I had a friend bring over a
dealer tag and we jumped in. If the history is right it's the first time the car has been
driven since around 1978.
To tell you I'm pumped up would be an understatement. It ran great. The tires spin way too
easily and I was babying it. The front end needs work but still felt good and the brakes
still need some tuning. The engine and trans didn't miss a beat. In fact I pulled out onto
the highway after getting gas and it even chirped between 1st and 2nd shift (remember I
was still babying it) and shocked the guy I was with and me.
Not much Happening. I've gotten lots of little things done on the car and have
had it out several times. It runs good and I hope to check into the front end
soon. I did fix a bad thermostat but that's the only problem so far. The
brakes have been working fine and the Trans and rear are not making any funny noises.
Lots of little stuff like chrome have been replaced on the car.
I have also changed out the 2bbl carb and manifold for an Holly 4bbl and
Performer RPM manifold. I haven't done anything in the last year
except starting the car and dusting it off due to an injury. I sure
miss working on it and driving it. The brakes need to be bled again
and I might have a leaky wheel cylinder as the master cylinder was empty one
day and I all but lost pedal pressure. Once I recover I plan to get
the rust taken car of, brakes redone, headliner redone and dual exhaust on.
Oh and not the least of all, Drive the stang as much as posible.
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