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Old August 28th   #1
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New Mustang in town

Greetings Folks!

I just bought an Emberglo 66 convertible (6cyl+3spd)
from a guy in NY State off Ebay. Drove it home weekend
before last. I'm almost recovered.

I'm joining the RCMC, but I need some immediate
Mustang connections to get the car into daily driver
status ASAP...

#1) All weather-stripping is dry rotted, so the
windshield and top leak badly...

a. Who does the best early Pony windshield work
around Huntsville? I know installing an early Mustang
windshield gasket and sealant takes experience.

b. I plan to replace all the convertible top and window
rubber myself. I've never owned a ragtop. Are there
any pieces I can't install without expert help? It looks
pretty easy.

#2) There's a repeating noise in the back which I
suspect is a worn U-joint. Where would you guys go
to have an early Mustang U-joint replaced? If I wanted
to have the entire unit rebuilt, does anyone around
Huntsville work on early Mustang 7-1/4" rear ends?
I can't find 7-1/4" bearings on the web, so I fear
an 8-inch swap might be the only repair.

#3) The gearbox leaks gear oil at an alarming rate
considering how thick the stuff is. Who's the best in
the area at tweaking these old 3-spd trannys?

#4) She runs hotter than I like and the radiator looks
pretty corroded, so I want to have it cleaned and/or
re-cored. Any recommended local shops?

After all that's done, I just have to replace the wiring
harness to solve a pesky no tail-lights-at-night problem.
I'll first try replacing the light switch, the instrument
panel voltage regulator, and some other nick-knacks,
but I'm pretty sure mice gnawed much of the wiring
behind the dash (I found their nest on the way home
from NY and a newly-dead mouse in the back seat last
week, yuck). Obviously, a new harness will wait until
Winter when I have a spare month of no driving to
dedicate to the job. Yeehaw.

Anyway, any info you folks can provide is greatly
appreciated. I look forward to meeting everyone at
the next shindig.

Sincerely,

Brian
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Old August 29th   #2
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Congrats on buying a beautiful car! I'm sure you'll enjoy tinkering with it as much as driving it.

1a. Before rushing to judgment on leaky windshield, inspect the cowl. Take a garden hose and direct lots of water into the cowl vents just behind the hood. If your floorboards get wet, you have a rusty cowl which will require some work to correct. For more info, google "mustang leaky cowl". Windshield install is quite simple on these cars...actually everything is quite simple on these cars.

1b. Weatherstripping is a Do-It-Yourself DIY project anyone can do with simple hand tools and a tube of 3M weatherstrip adhesive.

2. Huntsville Driveshaft off of Putnam can handle your u-joint woes. If you want a spare 7.25 rear, I just removed one from a 65 and won't be reusing it.

3. Also have 3 spd from said car.

4. Buy a new radiator from NPD, Mustangs Unlimited, etc. They're cheap.

New wiring harness is quite expensive, but if you carefully pull it out, it can probably be repaired.

Welcome to RCMC. We meet the third Tuesday at Casa Blanca near Madison Square Mall at 7pm. Everyone will be jealous of your car. Try to be kind to those unfortunate souls that don't have Emberglo convertibles.

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Old August 29th   #3
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Before rushing to judgment on leaky windshield, inspect the cowl.
Oh, the cowl also leaks, but that can wait until I tear
the entire car apart and crack the box open. A cowl cover
will be a short-term solution until I get a RoundTuit™.

I should have mentioned that my first car was a 1966
Sahara Beige coupe (289+C4+AC) which I drove 10+ years
through highschool and college. So I've been-there-
done-that on leaky cowls, lower door rust, weak drum
brakes, etc.

One look at this windshield gasket and you can tell it
leaks. Besides, I ran into a big storm in Chattanooga
driving back from New York. My shorts were soaked from
the leaking top, but I also saw drips under the radio
onto the console. Not a likely place for a cowl leak.

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Windshield install is quite simple on these cars...
I once took my 66 coupe to a generic glass shop after a
rock cracked the shield. After three re-trys, I still had
a leaky windshield. I finally was able to find a Mustang
restoration shop which knew what they were doing.
I never had another problem with a leak. That's why I
was looking for recommended glass shops in the area.

Quote:
Weatherstripping is a Do-It-Yourself DIY project anyone can do with simple hand tools and a tube of 3M weatherstrip adhesive.
Excellent! Time to go shopping. Sort of a moot point
until the windshield gasket is replaced, but I can
get started anyway.

Quote:
Huntsville Driveshaft off of Putnam can handle your u-joint woes.
I drove down Putnam twice on my lunch break. No such
company to be found. Perhaps they went out of business.

Quote:
If you want a spare 7.25 rear, I just removed one from a 65 and won't be reusing it.
I appreciate the offer, but I plan to replace the whole
suspension with V8 stuff and disks. So I don't want to
spend much time or money on the dinky rear. I can really
tell that these smaller 6-cyl drums don't stop as well
as the larger V8 drums I had on my coupe. Scary.

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Buy a new radiator from NPD, Mustangs Unlimited, etc. They're cheap.
Hmmm, I hadn't even considered that. I want to spend
the least amount possible to solve this issue. It's not a
serious problem, but it is annoying. Like the suspension,
I plan to drop a V8 with a large aluminum radiator and
electric fan. If the old one can be cleaned-out for less,
then I'll take that route. But I'll compare the cost and
see. It may be very close.

Quote:
New wiring harness is quite expensive...
I've looked at Painless. Their Mustang-specific harness
seems overpriced. I plan to use their generic 18-circuit
hotrod harness which gives you a lot more features and
flexibilty for about $200 less. I doubt it will take much
more time to install than their Mustang harness.

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Everyone will be jealous of your car.
Only from a distance. Once they get close, they'll see
how much work I have to do. It needs a complete
teardown. So only the masochists will be jealous.

Here's a photo taken the day after I got home, but it
won't stay up long. I'm setting up a permanent site
elsewhere to document the restoration.

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Old August 29th   #4
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Brian,

I just caught your email. I'm a Fox body guy (translation: I know nothin' of the classics) and was thinking of posting your email here in the forum, but I luckily see that you have already found it. Of course, I would not have posted without permission first.

I apologize, for I have been out of pocket for a week. It is a pleasure to have you join the club!

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I drove down Putnam twice on my lunch break. No such company to be found. Perhaps they went out of business.
I somehow recall seeing them on another road off Jordan Lane. I can't seem to find any address information for them though.

Ahhh, here it is!
http://www.yellowpages.com/sp/maps/m...92&id=12349092

Hope this helps. Sweet car btw.
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It is a pleasure to have you join the club!
Well, I was going to join, but since I now see that
the club President is too busy to email back within
a week I guess I'll have to find another Mustang
Club in Huntsville to join. So there.

Acting! I'm am looking forward to meeting everyone,
just not at the same time. I'll never remember all those
names.

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Buy a new radiator from NPD, Mustangs Unlimited, etc. They're cheap.
Cheapest I've found is around $130 without shipping for
an import. Most are $180 to $220. That's a tough call
if the old one can be boiled out cheaply. Then again,
labor costs alone might be killer.

I know! I'll procrastinate. That's totally free and I'm good
at putting things off. Just ask my ex-girlfriend. So here's
the TopTenReasons™ why I shouldn't do a darn thing to
the cooling system this year...

#10) Nobody notices it's smoking if I grind the gears
long enough while trying to find first.

#9) The run-on after the ignition is turned off only lasts
a few seconds. Ten, fifteen tops.

#8) Some people think knocking is a pleasant sound,
like castanets or rain on a tin roof. Ahhh...

#7) David Letterman makes this look easy, but he
has a writing staff of a dozen comedians.

#6) I can't drive the car anyway until the electrical
issues are solved. I noticed today that the brand new
left taillight burned out sometime this week. Argh!

#5) The needle doesn't quite go all the way to "H".

#4) Maybe the gauge is wrong.

#3) Some cars are just "hot natured".

#2) It's actually possible to drive around the block
until the light changes to green rather than sit there
idling and overheating.

And the number one reason why I shouldn't replace the
radiator and thermostat is....


#1) Summer is over and it's getting cooler anyway.
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I somehow recall seeing them on another road off Jordan Lane. I can't seem to find any address information for them though.

Ahhh, here it is!
http://www.yellowpages.com/sp/maps/m...92&id=12349092

Hope this helps. Sweet car btw.
Thanks! I'll check them out tomorrow.
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I know! I'll procrastinate. That's totally free and I'm good at putting things off. Just ask my ex-girlfriend. So here's the TopTenReasons™ why I shouldn't do a darn thing to the cooling system this year...

#10) Nobody notices it's smoking if I grind the gears
long enough while trying to find first.

#9) The run-on after the ignition is turned off only lasts
a few seconds. Ten, fifteen tops.

#8) Some people think knocking is a pleasant sound,
like castanets or rain on a tin roof. Ahhh...

#7) David Letterman makes this look easy, but he
has a writing staff of a dozen comedians.

#6) I can't drive the car anyway until the electrical
issues are solved. I noticed today that the brand new
left taillight burned out sometime this week. Argh!

#5) The needle doesn't quite go all the way to "H".

#4) Maybe the gauge is wrong.

#3) Some cars are just "hot natured".

#2) It's actually possible to drive around the block
until the light changes to green rather than sit there
idling and overheating.

And the number one reason why I shouldn't replace the
radiator and thermostat is....


#1) Summer is over and it's getting cooler anyway.
LOL!!! You've given me the best laugh I've had all day.

On a more serious note, I actually will have a connection with a local radiator shop in the next 2 months, so your wait may not be in vain.
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Actually...Huntsville Driveshaft is on Sportsman Lane behind the cemetary on Jordan. Its within sight distance from Wiley's.
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#3) Some cars are just "hot natured".
Is that kind of like women who claim they're "big boned"?
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Actually...Huntsville Driveshaft is on Sportsman Lane behind the cemetary on Jordan. Its within sight distance from Wiley's.
Thanks for the help Samir and Jay. I couldn't remember where exactly it was and google failed me.
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I know! I'll procrastinate. That's totally free and I'm good
at putting things off.
Have you met LMan yet? He's got a PhD in Procrastination and Pondering Sciences. Used to teach summer classes at the University.
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Well, I was going to join, but since I now see that
the club President is too busy to email back within
a week I guess I'll have to find another Mustang
Club in Huntsville to join. So there.
*grins*
Well, there really used to be another Mustang club in Huntsville, ran by a friend of mine. I still see him and his wife at the monthly Dairy Queen Cruise-In. Why not bring that car by there this coming Wednesday before you tear it down?

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Acting! I'm am looking forward to meeting everyone,
just not at the same time. I'll never remember all those
names.
I have been a member for a while AND have been president for a while and am ashamed to say that I don't know all the names, either.
I'm working on it, though.
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I have been a member for a while AND have been president for a while and am ashamed to say that I don't know all the names, either.
I'm worse than anyone with names. You don't even want to know how many people I only know by their car.

Everytime someone asks me, "Do you know such-n-such?" my first question is, "What do they drive?"
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I'm worse than anyone with names. You don't even want to know how many people I only know by their car.

Everytime someone asks me, "Do you know such-n-such?" my first question is, "What do they drive?"
I'm guilty of that, too. I am proud of myself though...with all the members in ACC/TC I remember just about everyone's name and usually their g/f's and b/f's too. Thats strange for me...LoL
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Oh, the cowl also leaks, but that can wait until I tear
the entire car apart and crack the box open. A cowl cover
will be a short-term solution until I get a RoundTuit™.

One look at this windshield gasket and you can tell it
leaks.
Gullatt's Mustangs has the cowl cover and windshield gaskets in stock.Gullatt's Mustangs
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It was good to meet you today at the Ardmore cruise-in! Definitely come to the next RCMC meeting and meet all the guys. I think you'll really like the club and the scene around here.
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It was good to meet you today at the Ardmore cruise-in! Definitely come to the next RCMC meeting and meet all the guys. I think you'll really like the club and the scene around here.
Ardmore cruise in? As in...Sonic? When was it?
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Yea cause the one we went to last Thursday was for lack of a better word SUCKED.
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Thanks to Jay we were there a week to soon. It was YESTERDAY not LAST WEEK Jay.
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