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March 2002 Archive
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March 31st, 2002
March 29th, 2002
Removed the heater/blower assembly from the car, which was easier then it looked, only to discover that the heater-core that I purchased FROM the Ford dealership was the incorrect model, and wouldn't fit. I left the old one in, which was functioning fine anyway, and looked to have been a replacement as well. The blower-motor was fairly easy to install as well, and no more squeals!
The dash-frame went in...somewhat.. I took this thing apart 8 months ago, and have no idea how it goes back together. I really don't like the wiring mess, and would LOVE to tear it all out, and re-wire it myself. I'm certain that I managed to plug everything back in correctly, but I can't get the actual dash to sit into place. Probably just requires another four hours of frustration.
Moved onto the MSD ignition, as I just couldn't stand being cramped in that car anymore. Drilled four holes and installed the rubber mounts. Screwed msd unit tight. Almost as easy as it looks. Oddly enough the MSD unit appears to be the same colour as the car.
As with each day consisting of a labour of love, here's the new gallery, and here's the updated Conversion Tech.
March 28th, 2002
March 27th, 2002
I also changed the oil in the Escort, and poured the synthetic into the 'stang. Filling the transmission with ATF was easier than I thought it would be.
Finished installation of the the passenger side header ... just took a little bit of patience, although the bolts are 12 point imperial, and my 12-point sockets won't clear the tubes. The 12-point closed ended wrench was actually unable to access 3 or 4 of the bolts, so I have no idea what I'm going to do to tighten those up.
I'd heard that it would be necessary to modify floor-pan around the shifter for clearence, and I've heard the opposite. Well, it was necessary. The shifter installed easily, and I'd show the steps but the digital camera's batteries were dead. So, here's the end result.
The pedal assembly gave us the most trouble today. Installing the quadrant was easy, after we figured out how it worked. Installing the pedal assembly was easy, once we figured out how it would fit. Installing the nuts and bolts was just downright hard. The carriage bolts turned endlessly, and required some serious finess. After bolting everything up, we turned the steering wheel, only to discover that the shaft was grinding against the header. After some useless prying, we then used some washers on the steering shaft to drop it just enough. Smooth as silk.
Installing the exhaust was a piece of cake. Locating and drilling holes for the rubber hangers was total guesswork, but our patience paid off, as it's hanging exactly where I want it.
Updated the tech section to reflect today's work.
As always, here's the [link] to the new gallery of today's progress. Enjoy!
March 26th, 2002
Also returned the infamous propane heater, which really never did impress me with it's output. Picked up the necessary hardware to secure the exhaust to the car.
At Canadian Tire I bought 5 litres of synthetic oil for the Mustang, and 5 lites of ultra-budget conventional oil for the Escort. $30 vs $4.75. Almost the same ratio as the value of these cars. Also purchased the filters, Black-Majik tire care, and the transmission fluid.
And last but not least, I picked up my developed photo's and cd, and built a new gallery to house them in. They're slightly dated from last week, but do fill in a lot of gaps where the digital left out. As always, the el-cheapo film camera takes blurry, fuzzy, unpredictable pics, and the gallery reflects that. Click here for pics!
March 25th, 2002
The old power-steering pump and bracket was fairly easily removed from the 2.3L motor. I need to take it to Western Motorsports tomorrow and have them swap it into the 302 bracket (The pulley requires a special tool).
Trevor fought with the removal of the fuel tank while I struggled with the starter. I assumed the bolts I had would fit, and that the starter/bellhousing plate was binding. Trevor assumed he had all the bolts. We were both wrong. The fuel pump was removed by hitting a hammer on a screw driver to twist it from the nearly empty tank. The pick-up tube essentially dropped right in. We decided to hold off on re-installing the tank until we can make sure the fuel line will bolt up.
As for the starter, a quick trip to Home Depot saved the day. We then began installation of the headers, which I knew would be frustrating, and of course... it was. The driver's side went in easy, and I assumed it would be the difficult one with the steering rack in the way and all. It wasn't. Passenger side is much worse, and we ended up putting it on hold until Wednesday, when I can finish the rest of the exhaust.
As always, here's the new gallery with pics taken tonight. Notice how many empty boxes are being stored inside the car.
Updated the Conversion Tech page was well to reflect what was accomplished, and what lies ahead on Wednesday.
March 24th, 2002
March 23rd, 2002
March 22nd, 2002
Completely removed old rear suspension and 7.5" rear-end
Bolted in the rebuilt 8.8" rear-end to the new MAC upper and lower control arms
Placed in the Ford Motorsport 'C' springs
Installed the Tokico shocks and the 5.0 sway-bar
Bolted in the Ford Racing aluminum drive-shaft
We put the wheels back on and set her down to see how it would sit. I'm assuming that it will settle even lower over the next day or so. [Image]
That leaves us with the drum brakes to install, as well as the braided lines, which I'm having difficulty installing due to missing hardware, and no instructions. At the rate the car is going, I'm going to assume the car will be done in EARLY April.
Pictures from today's install, as well as more from Wednesday's, will be available asap.
March 20th, 2002
We started the day off by removing the old struts off the old control-arm, and then taking them to Husky to have the top nut removed via air impact gun (Mine's electric, and didn't do the trick). Took him two seconds flat. We were then able to remove the dust-shield, which was the only peice we needed. I still can't believe that neither the Tokico strut nor the Maximum Motorsport c/c plate came with new shields. Not that the old one was damaged, I just prefer to install new parts.
The new struts bolted right in, and we tightened up the c/c plates. We had a little trouble figuring out the bearings for the new rotors, but over-all it was straight-forward. Installation of the rebuilt calipers and new pads completed the front end. My only concern now is the stainless steel braided brake lines. I don't see how they attach to the calipers, and I'm starting to think that maybe they're for a different year Mustang. [Image of line]
Western Motorsports called yesterday, my Autometer Phantom 2 5/8" fuel-pressure gauge w/ isolator FINALLY arrived, approx. TWO MONTHS after purchase. I'm really glad I've been buying things in advance for this project, otherwise I might not have the parts to meet my personal deadline of April 1st (Due to weather, I might need to push this date back a week or two).
Cleaned up the monthly archives.
March 19th, 2002
As promised, I have scanned and posted the pictures from the engine install, [here]. Unfortunately due to a combination of poor weather, bad lighting, low camera performance and our neglect, the images are dark and blurry.
March 18th, 2002
Even after soaking all the nuts and bolts with WD-40, they remained stiff. My electric impact wrench was seemingly useless at this point and I had to do a lot of ratchet kicking to get those stubborn control-arm bolts loose. Currently, we're on hold until Wednesday, but we managed to remove all of the old front suspension, and install the new Ford Motorsport control-arms, 5.0 sway-bar w/ Energy polyurethane bushings and end-links, Maximum Motorsports castor/camber plates, and the 5.0 spindles. Only the Tokico stuts remain, however, it's not a simple bolt-in quite yet. We have yet to remove the old struts off OLD 2.3L spindles, and thus cannot re-use the bolts or strut dust-covers. I may need access to an air-ratchet, as the top strut bolt spins eternally even with the electric impact, and a set of Vice-Grips firmly latched on the piston.
Images from last Thursday's motor install will be available tomorrow sometime. Images from today's adventure will be uploaded to the site Wednesday. Wednesday is also the next viable day for more installs, and we plan to finish the front suspension, as well as to start and complete the rear suspension. Brakes are bearings and final touches are due Friday.
March 15th, 2002
March 14th, 2002
One of the holes in the bellhousing where the transmission bolts up to is stripped, and utterly useless. We ended up using a slightly larger METRIC bolt. That shit-fix worked!
We manage to drop the motor and transmission into the stang, but something doesn't look right. Yep, the motor-mounts need to be swaped to the CORRECT side.
Excellent, one of the bolt holes is stripped on the transmission, so we can't bolt up the transmission mount. It will have to wait for another day, as it's friggin' cold out there.
Overall we got a lot done considering the weather and the many stripped threads. I'm planning to attack the suspension and brakes sometime next week. Pictures from today's install will be up shortly.
March 13th, 2002
March 8th, 2002
Snapped a shot of the hole in the front left fender, between the door and the wheel. It was originally covered by the door mouldings, but since those will not be replaced, I need something to cover it up. It's only on the left side. I'm thinking about some sort of emblem. Please email me with any ideas firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's still to frickin' cold to do ANYTHING to the stang, as it's been -20°C since I brought this sucka home. Here's some cold pics of the Escort, [ONE], [TWO], [THREE], [FOUR]. Notice the speed decals in the quarter window.
Archived last months "news".
March 2nd, 2002
March 1st, 2002
Confirmed my order of the Targa RS seats. I will be recieving them in roughly two weeks.
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