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    Between the heat and stuff I managed to mostly finish the bodywork. Fixing dents is an art form if you ask me, and I'm most definitely not an artist. But I think my hack bondo work won't be noticeable. I have to block off and bondo the antenna hole on the fender still. I screwed shut and bondoed over the fuel filler, so I'll have to pop the trunk every time I get gas. I plan on getting a shark fin antenna for the roof. I haven't researched it yet, but hopefully they make one that has a CB antenna along with FM/AM. I'd like to go old school and have a CB radio just for fun. I didn't spray the hood because it needs more attention, and I'm not sure exactly what I'll do with it.

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    I have some hood louvers to put on to help get the heat out, but the main problem is the intake and throttle body are too tall. Even if I get the thicker k member spacers it won't fit. I guess I'll have to get a hood scoop. Boo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxtop78 View Post
    It's coming along nicely, can wait to it on the road do you plan on putting it on the road or is it more of a track Car? As you know California smog laws is tough as it is and I have read some articles on hot rod magazine that pre-'80 vehicles to be exempt from smog in 2018.if that's the case then I might want make mine fmont a daily driver instead of a track car. I could be wrong on this smog stuff.
    Its going to be a street car. Maybe a track day here and there, but we shall see. Thats what I said about my motorcycle, and it has never seen the track. I think I have a way around smog, but I'll have to research it some more. The smog laws are so lame and archaic. The mod (both modern and modular Ford) motor will be so much cleaner than the old I6, but CA requires everything from the donor car to be stock. As in the stock engine computer. I have to run the FRPP control pack, so its gonna be interesting when it comes time to register and smog it. The car will pass the sniffer test because I will have catalytic converters on it, but it will fail the visual test because it'll have the FRPP computer, not the factory one from a 2007 Mustang.

    There was a bill going through the CA legislature that would have made cars 81 and older smog exempt, but it didn't get out of committee. So for now in Kalifornia we are pretty limited as far as engine swaps are concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkm View Post
    I'm doing a 3v swap in my 83 gt. I bought a set of Mac 2v headers with a set of kooks 3v flanges welded on. I'm going with the tr3650 as well, but I'm using a 01-04 cable clutch model.

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    Thats good to hear, I was thinking of doing the same thing. I'm just being cheap and waiting to find some used headers to cut up.

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    Wow I've been reading up on this thread. Very cool!

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    Been pretty quiet in this thread for the past few months. Any progress to report?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Olsen View Post
    Been pretty quiet in this thread for the past few months. Any progress to report?
    Your psychic abilities are impressive... Back from the dead!!! When we last left off I was searching for cheap headers, and I FINALLY got some. I searched ebay and CL every day since August, and kept getting outbid on everything. I didn't want to buy good headers because I would have to cut them up and hit them to make them fit. I did not think it would take 4 months to find a set of SN95 2 valve longtubes, but whatever. That is only one excuse for not working on the car, I also went on a few vacations, which requires time and money. I bought a non-running truck and had to replace the engine. And of course I couldn't put a stock engine back in, so I upgraded a bit. Which took time and money. Once I got the truck running and driving I noticed that the rear axle was bent, so I replaced it. And of course I couldn't just swap out the axle itself, I had to swap in an 8.8 out of an Explorer with rear discs and limited slip. Which took time and money. It was also the holidays, which took time and money. And I had more house projects to do, which takes time and money. And the last excuse is that its winter. You people who live in the northern states don't know the about the harsh winters here in CA. I was working on the Fairmont today in sunny 60 degree weather. I had to put on a long sleeve shirt.

    Enough of the excuses, I'm back to being excited about working on the car. The engine and tranny are in for good (hopefully). I've got some modifying to the trans tunnel to fit the shifter to do, but that shouldn't be too much trouble. I bought a random clutch master cylinder that I've got to try and modify and make work as well. But the primary task is to get the headers to fit the engine and the chassis. The SN95 headers fit the chassis, but not the engine. So I bought a set of 4.6 3 valve flanges to weld on. I was hoping to get lucky and just weld the 3v flanges on the headers, but that made more fitment problems. And, if I cut off a bit extra of the tubes then it would suck the headers in towards the block a bit more, which is a good thing as there isn't much clearance between the frame rails and the headers. I made this high quality cutting jig with only the finest materials and cut the headers today.
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    Then I spent a few hours beating the tubes with a hammer to try and get a better fit, the 2v ports are circular whereas the 3v ports are d shaped. The passenger side is tacked together and in the car, and it seems to fit well. I have to clearance it a small amount where the k member bolts are. The drivers side is being stubborn and I'll need a friend to help hold the flange and pipes in place while it gets welded. And, I don't trust my welding skills on this at all. Gonna have to wait for my friend to help me out again, hopefully this coming weekend.

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    Hey, I recognize that HF sawzall - I have one just like it. Haven't used it as a table saw, though. Pretty clever!

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    I like that sawzall trick too! I'll have to try that on something.

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    The shifter is proving to be a bit more troublesome that I thought it would be. First the shifter base was too wide for the tunnel, but that was easily rectified by simply trimming the base to fit. The second problem is that when the shifter base is bolted to the trans, and then the trans is lifted back into position the arm for the shifter comes in contact with this nub sticking off the transmission as shown in the picture below.
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    Basically what is happening is that the shifter base on the left is in contact with the top of the tunnel already, and the trans in not in the crossmember. I have to raise it about an inch to get the bolts in. However, when I raise the tail of the trans up that nub comes in contact with the shifter arm. It seems like the only two options are to bend the shifter arm, which will probably be difficult to do, and will cause issues with the shifter linkage being not the correct length. Or, cut the nub off. I can't imagine that it actually does anything, but I am by no means a transmission expert. It certainly doesn't seem like there is anything internal going on in the nub.

    Stupid remote shifters... I'm assuming that the transmission tunnels for the S197 Mustangs are much more roomier than the Fox's, hence why I'm having issues.

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