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Old 12-01-2017, 02:41 PM
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I only got about a quarter hour of Pontiaction in today, welding up stray rust holes at right rear corner of trunk jamb.

Nobody else thought the Mustang door twist need was significant. I gathered the opinions that matter and spent most of the day hunting down the things that were preventing an adequately balanced set of front end gaps. Brought the driver door all the way in at the top, notched the fender slightly for A pillar clearance, put one shim under the left rear hood bolt, moved fenders and hood all forward, adjusted the latch laterally a bit and it's support down further, and found a spot of interference that was holding both fenders out away from the cowl. The flat cheesy overlapped apron panels have badly misaligned rows of fender top bolt holes so theres only a couple bolts in each side right now. The trunk lid sticks up at the right rear but should level out with all the rubber pieces installed. Painter has been sliding paper over it and stuff, as you can see. Once we recieve those better hood hinges it will be time to talk it over with the owner. I think I had said these were billet hinges but it has stamped chrome ones on it now. I am satisfied with the balance of front end gaps now but they will never be like a bank vault door. In the pics, the doors are not quite in the closed position and the left door could move forward a smidge. Pontiacs are best.
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Old 12-01-2017, 04:20 PM
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Getting the gaps to look good on an all original stang is a challenge, as 1/4" was fine with the factory...
That one looks mighty fine for aftermarket and glass parts..
Your surprise should be in your mailbox tomorrow...
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Old 12-01-2017, 05:59 PM
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I disagree, I think those are the easiest panels to line up in terms of old schools. If I want good gaps I want original parts. The quarter extensions and fender extensions can be annoying to fit but the rest of the car is pretty simple stuff. If you have shims anywhere else but your fenders something may be wrong, at least for most cars of that era. I'd Tram it out and check that cowl.


Anyhow, looks like Calibur Collision is taking over Sacramento. It's a shop where they overstaff, hire younger guys that take less, and they are taking DRP's from everybody. They are right across the street from us and already took AAA. Guys with more experience catch more damage. There's so much damage that can be hidden so when they talk about turn around times it's merely because these guys aren't catching it. The insurance company doesn't want to know that but they want cheaper repairs and quicker turn around times and that's the result of that. So we are going to cut our staff in half. The boss told me indirectly that my job is safe. So happy about that cause we have some amazing techs here and I'm soaking it all in and don't want to work with guys with my experience, I want to work with guys with MORE experience, not less. He called me a 200 hour guy, so that felt good even though he never gave me 200 hours of work. I was worried there for a second but busting your *** doesn't fall on deaf ears. Good Friday to you!
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:31 PM
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I disagree, I think those are the easiest panels to line up in terms of old schools. If I want good gaps I want original parts. The quarter extensions and fender extensions can be annoying to fit but the rest of the car is pretty simple stuff. If you have shims anywhere else but your fenders something may be wrong, at least for most cars of that era. I'd Tram it out and check that cowl.


Anyhow, looks like Calibur Collision is taking over Sacramento. It's a shop where they overstaff, hire younger guys that take less, and they are taking DRP's from everybody. They are right across the street from us and already took AAA. Guys with more experience catch more damage. There's so much damage that can be hidden so when they talk about turn around times it's merely because these guys aren't catching it. The insurance company doesn't want to know that but they want cheaper repairs and quicker turn around times and that's the result of that. So we are going to cut our staff in half. The boss told me indirectly that my job is safe. So happy about that cause we have some amazing techs here and I'm soaking it all in and don't want to work with guys with my experience, I want to work with guys with MORE experience, not less. He called me a 200 hour guy, so that felt good even though he never gave me 200 hours of work. I was worried there for a second but busting your *** doesn't fall on deaf ears. Good Friday to you!
I mentioned one shim under a hood bolt. As I said, different hinges are on the way so nobody was even expecting the hood gap to be decent yet. But it was low on the left rear corner and trying a shim was the quickest way to get a visual. I left out a relevant fact... the owner had to create new hinge mount holes an inch lower than the originals to get these hinges to even lay down close in back. I did not even loosen them. The cowl might not even be original on this car, and I fully intended to open the worm can and measure the snot out of the car, but once the fender brackets were in place I could see that it would be unnecessary labor because someone had already established above average gaps on it. The parts hanger just didn't follow through, and thats OK because he owns it. This car was an absolute gap cakewalk compared to the Mach 1 I did. The extensions are normally sloppy murder. Sorry to hear about big business taking a bite out of real men's livelihood out there... same thing happened over a decade ago here and I jumped ship. I figure if the pay sucks either way, so bad you can't play at home, might as well ditch the stress and fix cool junk and maybe live longer.
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:42 PM
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hey, I make good money pulling my hair out!

I think the real can of worms is those hinges, or can foresee that.

I'm guessing you're talking about your gap to the cowl vent panel as the fender can be manipulated. I wouldn't even go there til the hinges get there as you suggested.
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:45 PM
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Getting the gaps to look good on an all original stang is a challenge, as 1/4" was fine with the factory...
That one looks mighty fine for aftermarket and glass parts..
Your surprise should be in your mailbox tomorrow...
Had to go check today's mail just in case, and my mind is running wild with suspense. Thanks for thinking of ol 'junk. Whatever happened to the silver Texas truck?

Boss has a 65 fastback (not a converted coupe like this) and was way OK with the improvements I made. We all know how trucky gaps can be on these when nothing is OE. This guy is considering shaving the firewall seam for a clean look sans strut tower brace. It is to be a keeper in his collection built from abandoned projects of others, rather than a national level show car. So we can take it as far or leave it as alone as he wants, but he is certainly from the frugal camp. I was told this is the third project we have done for him.
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hey, I make good money pulling my hair out!

I think the real can of worms is those hinges, or can foresee that.

I'm guessing you're talking about your gap to the cowl vent panel as the fender can be manipulated. I wouldn't even go there til the hinges get there as you suggested.
Cost of living is skyrocketing here as development of the area continues... that does have everything to do with how good or bad a given pay rate is for sure. And yeah, all bets are off until hinges, I really don't know what to expect there but am not sweating it. I and boss were just relieved to see that the car was not a bungled mess entirely. Experience had us antsy until those fender brackets went on. The owner had the hood all the way back, which since the sides are not paralell opened the side gaps way up. Things leaped again in the positive direction once I scooted the hood forward. I'll say one thing, the Julian hinges are certainly more stout side to side than stockers and open twice as far. But theres a spot where a bolt on the left hinge drags on the apron bad still. What the world may never know is why do all these Mustangs hang the right rear hood corner out precariously close to the fender when open?
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:35 PM
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Where we are at today, it turns out the crank was already cut 10 under,
So last night had to order another set of bearings

So far every thing specs out ok.
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Continuing to finish the SBF 302 and started on masking the 91 Merc to get ready for Paint. It was too dark to get any images.

Checking bearing clearances and dry fit mock up.

Pic of the gasket that started it all, head gasket has a nice 1/4 wide chunk missing between cylinder 6 & 7.

The sad thing is; is that the person that I purchased the engine from just had it rebuilt by a trade school auto shop instructor. Coming home from a car show it started "tapping" and running poor. He immediately turned it off and had it towed home. He replaced it with a crate engine.

And something I've never seen before, is part of a 3/8 Ratchet driver, pieces that were in the pan.
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I picked up a piece of old 2 x 6 for the bread board ends of the table.
I imagine it's the same age as the table wood. I found an old square nail in it.
I cut the mortises and tapped them into place.
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Continuing to finish the SBF 302 and started on masking the 91 Merc to get ready for Paint. It was too dark to get any images.

Checking bearing clearances and dry fit mock up.

Pic of the gasket that started it all, head gasket has a nice 1/4 wide chunk missing between cylinder 6 & 7.

The sad thing is; is that the person that I purchased the engine from just had it rebuilt by a trade school auto shop instructor. Coming home from a car show it started "tapping" and running poor. He immediately turned it off and had it towed home. He replaced it with a crate engine.

And something I've never seen before, is part of a 3/8 Ratchet driver, pieces that were in the pan.
The ratchet parts are way on disbelief??? Who would do that??? I can't get my head around that.!

Later gator
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After 4 sets if different seats and 3 consoles ,I finally have the ones I like,,i disassembled and painted all 3 consoles with Sems (not napa paint ) NAPA Red
Vinyl dyem and installed them ,but didn't like first 2 consoles,yhis is 4th set of seats mand finally like these ,,next to last are original 89 Silverado SS seats but backs don't tilt forward or recline so I didn't use them,,the ons I used are from a 87 Fill size blazer as is the console,,Did not replace door panels or carpet,just used a heat gun to restore color,,
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After 4 sets if different seats and 3 consoles ,I finally have the ones I like,,i disassembled and painted all 3 consoles with Sems (not napa paint ) NAPA Red
Vinyl dyem and installed them ,but didn't like first 2 consoles,yhis is 4th set of seats mand finally like these ,,next to last are original 89 Silverado SS seats but backs don't tilt forward or recline so I didn't use them,,the ons I used are from a 87 Fill size blazer as is the console,,Did not replace door panels or carpet,just used a heat gun to restore color,,
Very, very nice David. You will enjoy that truck for a long time to come.

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While working on the truck I found a computer that I thought was for the radio,,the one for the radio is miunted just above the sterring column but it is there,,

Is it possible for the truck to run without the computer ,,I think I left it out when replacing heater core and evaporator core
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Today I didn't do anything car-related

Got SOME of the Christmas lights up on the front of the house and "gift-wrapped" (put winter covers on) the travel trailers
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