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Old 04-08-2018, 08:25 PM
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If you havent driven it,,try it ,they will surprise you,

you might not have an import,Ford owns controling intresr unless something has changed in last few years,,

if serial # starts with a 1 --built in Good ole USA,,if it starts with a J built in japan.
He changed the shocks removing those brand new ones you see on the ground beside the car to put in used higher quality ones he bought on Craigslist, along with sway bars he got from the guy. He said it made a BIG difference in how nice it floats over bumps AND how well it handles. He did a bunch of work on the net searching down info and just got the good stuff that they say is the best for the money. Those cheap ones they say aren't as good as stock shocks!

Then the real mind blower, the tranny was hard to shift. He went looking and they say that changing the lube in it to a factory Ford synthetic trans oil, I got him three quarts and he changed it, and it totally changed how it shifts! He said it's like it's a new trans it made a big difference. So that was cool, he worked all day and everything worked out for the better.

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I put some painters tape along the gap thinking it would show better with the same color on both sides.

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You shouldn't have any problem sneaking that ahead an 1/8th-3/16 ". What sucks is, you need to remove the fender for that small adjustment..

Seeing the door on there should motivate you to get back at it...
Pokey stick is IDJ's influence...
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You shouldn't have any problem sneaking that ahead an 1/8th-3/16 ". What sucks is, you need to remove the fender for that small adjustment..

Seeing the door on there should motivate you to get back at it...
Pokey stick is IDJ's influence...
Whoa there, the stick is for checking gap consistency. You insert it in the gap then count off how long it takes for all the gap to run off the stick. See? Yeah.

I was wondering about cozwurth's body mounts. Bottom front of the door looks to be limiting forwardness but.. . Yawn. Cars and gaps and big Cats and Mondays, oh my.

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He changed the shocks removing those brand new ones you see on the ground beside the car to put in used higher quality ones he bought on Craigslist, along with sway bars he got from the guy. He said it made a BIG difference in how nice it floats over bumps AND how well it handles. He did a bunch of work on the net searching down info and just got the good stuff that they say is the best for the money. Those cheap ones they say aren't as good as stock shocks!

Then the real mind blower, the tranny was hard to shift. He went looking and they say that changing the lube in it to a factory Ford synthetic trans oil, I got him three quarts and he changed it, and it totally changed how it shifts! He said it's like it's a new trans it made a big difference. So that was cool, he worked all day and everything worked out for the better.

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Road Atlanta is about an hour away from us,so the Miata is Very popular here and Lots of parts,where most people strip out new seats ,interiors wheels and tires etc,,and most all vendors carry bolt in rollbars koni shocks even turbos and superchargersmmthe Miata is a serious contender and multiple winners on the road course mthe 4 wheel independent suspension and light weight make them great handlers and many winners circles,,i hope he enjoys it, i bought a new top with frame and Glass rear window instead of plastic,2 seats and door panels for mine for $150 for all of it.
cant find any bogy panels people waiting on them.
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I think that is because I was raised in the big city and these guys were raised in the country. Street racing was just what they did back when. Me? We were cruising the drive-ins looking for girls. A cool car was what worked.

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LOL,reason the city boys were ,lookin,,the Hot Rod guys had them and gone,..

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I think that is because I was raised in the big city and these guys were raised in the country. Street racing was just what they did back when. Me? We were cruising the drive-ins looking for girls. A cool car was what worked.

John

LOL,reason the city boys were ,lookin,,the Hot Rod guys had them and gone,..

Now that's just plain mean. We did get lucky once in a while..........

You hot rod guys didn't have any money left to buy a girl an order of french fries and a milk shake.

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Did you send me a friends requet about an hour ago for facebook.
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I straightened some stainless for a friend who is building a '61 Vette a few weeks ago. He brought 3 pieces back they damaged installing it. I spent my evening straightening it out .....again.

I have it picked and filed it and have 2 of the three polished. I did it at night at the kitchen table because I am not willing to work on it instead of my own car during the day. It sure is different when the parts you are working on are yours instead of someone else's.

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I'm getting nothing done on my mess today, but I did get the driver door hinge pins and bushings replaced on my aunts S-10 Blazer. They were really bad. The upper pin had worn completely through the bushing and was wearing into the hinge steel. Oblong hole for one, please! I got them replaced and told her I would try something to see if the oblong hole could be salvaged. I used some Steel Stick epoxy putty to try to fill in behind the bushing. If it works, great. If not, I'll be removing the door completely to do some welding when the bushing fails again. At least she can shut it without lifting and slamming it.

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Folks tend to let those go until the door chips paint. Your fix may last awhile, bushing just needs support. Like family do.



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Dave, where are you at with the rear window/quarter repairs ? Belden speed has introduced window channel patches and part of the sail panel to help with that area.

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I just could not keep my eyes off of those panels... I ended up ordering the two driver side panels from them, and they arrived today. They look good. I will be working these panels in to fix the poor attempt that I made at the lower radius. It turns out that they are in Williamsburg, VA, which is not far from me at all. Thank you for pointing these out to me!

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Folks tend to let those go until the door chips paint. Your fix may last awhile, bushing just needs support. Like family do.



I am not smart enough to understand what I am looking at Matt. How about a little explaination?

I went down to sand the other side of the cowl today but instead ground welds and rewelded the front body mounts as well as a few other little spots that needed attention.

Also, finished up my friends Corvette stainless.

Oh, and my new windshielt is at the freight depot. The last windshield I had shipped jingled in the box when it arrived.....Not good at al!

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Looks like a pumpkin hat,,

I will be needin on also,
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