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Unread 04-19-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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ok since im doing a lot of work on both my cars i thought i would start a resto log of what i have done what i am doing and what im going to do

1968 mustang:
what ive done so far:
i have replaced the ignition system completely including plugs, wires(Accel 8.8mm), cap and rotor, coil (Accel super coil), ignition box (MSD 6A) , battery and, positive battery cable and negative terminal. I have replaced the carb with a new Quick Fuel mechanical secondary 750cfm double pumper. I replaced both valve cover gaskets. I replaced the radiator(aluminum 3 core), hoses, high flow water pump, high flow 180 degree thermostat, and 2500cfm electric fan.

What im doing:
prepping to be my daily driver

what needs to be done:
it needs new brake lines, a new steering box, new shocks and springs, hood latch and hinges, gauges redone, manual swap, headers installed (already bought em), completely re-wired headlights to taillights, and a little body work

1995 mustang:

what ive done so far:
put it in several ditches, backed into a pt loser, and tore the rear end off an oldsmobile Alero

What im doing:
driving it till it dies which if the overheating is anything to go by will be soon

what needs to be done:
it needs a complete engine overhaul, vacuum system redone, new ac system, a transmission overhaul, a new rearend, a ton of interior work, new air bags, new tires, a new front end, new windshield, front end allignment and, a new exhaust system


Well thats about all i can think of for right now i will keep the 1st post updated as i do things

suggestions and opinions are welcome

pics of both cars

VIDEO OF THE 68:


front end of 95


95's rear tire (i really need new ones)

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Get those pesky electrical gremlins ironed out of your '68 and it will be just as reliable as my old Ford. Finally let you park that damned V6 hunkajunk and work on it, which it needs pretty bad. lol misfiring, lol pull.
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I can't wait to see pictures of that 68'. I've always wanted to work on restoring old cars, lucky ha ha.

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I can't wait to see pictures of that 68'. I've always wanted to work on restoring old cars, lucky ha ha.
heres some older pics of it i cant get any with the new radiator till tomoro as the cars at my dads house but picture an aluminum rad where that ugly black one is and a shiny new water pump and you get the idea








EDIT: also heres a video of the car i took a while ago


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what ive done so far:
Put it in several ditches, backed into a pt loser, and tore the rear end off an oldsmobile alero

what im doing:
Driving it till it dies
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yeah ive beat the crap out of the poor thing and its kept on going so far but i have to say its on its last leg its misfiring, has a broken ignition, bad O2 sensor etc

i predict it has about 2 months left before something really bad happens, i hope im wrong but shes not doing well


oh well at least the 68 is up and running and ready for the summer with that new radiator

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Well the demise of the 95 begins

as im running errands yesterday in 75 degree weather the car starts overheating so i turn on the defroster full blast and that seems to keep it within operating temperature but it gets so hot in the cabin it makes you sick

so now the 95 overheats, misfires, has a bad O2 sensor, a broken ignition, bald tires, huge exhaust leak from a warped header, has no front right turn signal as the wiring harness got a chunk ripped out of it when i hit the alero, needs an allignment (BAD), has a potentially bent unibody and is Rusting!!!

i have just about destroyed this car body wise and it has now twice grenaded its engine the 1st time cost me over 1k to fix and this time i just dont have it

so im hammering out the few problems with the 68 and am going to get it insured to drive monday i HATE having to use my 68 as a daily driver but until i figure out whats causing the 95's engine problems im going to have to

if anyone has any idea as to why a car would randomly overheat besides:
waterpump (got a new one last year)
thermostat (also new)
fan not engaging (it is....right when the gauge is straight up and down)

im thinking the head gaskets may be ready to go again as these exact symptoms presented before they blew last time

Member TestECull and i are going to compression test my car this morning when its daylight to see if the gasket is going

any other ideas or observations are welcome

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lol just don't drive the old one into ditches or anything! I wouldn't even fix the '95.

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you can find a driver on craigslist for dirt. look for a 90's escort or something.

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This morning kinda failed. We didn't have time to do a compression test, but I don't think we needed to. I was checking the water pump for bearing wear while he was removing a plug. I lightly grabbed the pulley, about as hard as one would grab a full glass of coke, then proceded to try to wiggle it. To our amazement, the whole damn car started rolling! It was in reverse,and since the parking brake cable snapped a while ago the engine is all that holds it in place. It made about three complete turns of the engine before I was able to stop it. IT was sitting on a level piece of concrete, too, so it's not like gravity said "YOU MOVE NOW!"


Compression test: Un-necessary. Low compression detected. We have problems.......Oh, and the exhaust smells kinda funny too. But no milk on the oil filler cap. Further diagnosis is required. Frankly, I'm quite impressed that it runs at all, I can't move my F150 like that and it is sitting on a bit of a hill.


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lol just don't drive the old one into ditches or anything! I wouldn't even fix the '95.

you can find a driver on craigslist for dirt. look for a 90's escort or something.
Right. He needs an even more unreliable car. That's gonna work well...he'd be better off just daily driving the '68, which is most likely what he's going to do.

My suggestion to him was to fix the '95, if only to gain some experience mucking about with internal engine work. That's the kind of stuff you can only learn by doing it, and if he wants to restore the '68 properly he needs to know how to properly torque down a set of head bolts among other things. What better a way to learn than doing it on a car that needs the work done regardless? Even if he does get rid of the '95, at least he will have gained the experience and learned how to properly work with cylinder heads from it, and that will be invaluable should he ever decide to replace the heads on his '68's engine with better pieces or do some valve work on it.


You'd probably say the same thing about my F150. I changed a head gasket AND a clutch in it. Runs great now, whereas before it ran like crap. So what if I only paid 500 bucks for it...better I put another 250 into a head gasket job and another 150 or so on a clutch package than let it rot in a junkyard and pollute my drinking water.
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