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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    What I was doing for interior things was to strip out the old tar paper stuff they put on the floor pans. This will be so I can put down the new sound deadener and insulation.

    Most of it came off quite easily. The part behind the rear seat was a different adhesive by the looks. I am not intending to do the trunk this time around so only went up so far.

    Along with the interior I've already cleaned up and now looking at this; I see an almost new car. 17k miles or 117k miles?



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    The driver's side has a high spot in the corner where it looks like a jack or lift pushed up from the bottom. It went down fairly easy while flaking off the undercoating on the underside.


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    I pulled the grommets on the drivers side and it looks like new with no rust


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    Wow man. So clean itís mind blowing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    I have no idea if the front and the rear are the same. I never had to remove the rear ones on the other car. I'll be taking these off soon enough and compare. I do have one spare used pair and a single I think. If they are all the same I should be good. I'll just put them in the "for sandblasting" pile and paint them later.

    What to do about possible slop in the misshapen looking rear hole? Erratic, you mentioned spacers
    I think he was suggesting they should have used spacers on the bracket to the bumper support to straighten it out.

    The opening should just be a matter of doing a bit of sheet metal work to straighten it out with possibly some welding. It should be easier to determine what is possible once you pull the support and the mounts.

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    Default Interior progress.

    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    What I was doing for interior things was to strip out the old tar paper stuff they put on the floor pans. This will be so I can put down the new sound deadener and insulation.



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    Well, it has been a while for an update. While I wish I had spent more time over the last nine or so months getting things done, I feel I have made some progress.

    I did finish off replacing the sound deadener. I have some new jute pad to go over top of this in places prior to the final carpet reinstall in the future.



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    I have never replaced a heater core on one of these before. As I had noted before it looks like the dash had been pulled at one time in the past - or at least some of the fasteners have been disturbed.

    Too bad the original copper heat exchangers are not available any longer. I have one but it will go in my SVO. I may just do a pressure test but with this being as stripped down as it can, the effort to change may be just as easy...


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    Default Steering Wheel

    The original cruise wheel is in really good shape. It does have one of the typical cracks. The center insert fastener bosses are broken too where someone must have tried to remove it the wrong way. Inlay is very nice also.


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    Not sure how this would happen but both of the button inserts had minor damage. I ended up taking it all apart to do a repair.





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    A little cleaning and polishing plus a little silver Sharpie and it is ready for install at a later date.


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    Default Ghia Sport Wheel

    I lucked out and got some parts locally off of another 79 Ghia coupe including this nice sport wheel.

    It had some minor surface rusting but came off rather easily and cleaned up really nice.

    While I intend to keep the factory cruise under the hood at this time for looks it would be doubtful it I would have it working. Maybe it would. Regardless, I have a very nice Plan B if I want to change and add some contrast to all of the blue in the interior.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    The driver's door lock had been drilled out and needs to be replaced.

    Hopefully a stock replacement can be easily found locally, online or the JY and they can be rekeyed. I do not think I need to replace the set.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wraithracing View Post
    The only issue you will have with yours most likely will be finding a spare door cylinder that uses the ignition key. Yours should be the single key system where the doors and the ignition are the same. I believe the door cylinders from the 70's model Ford trucks and probably others will work. You will most likely need to change out the arm/bracket attached to the back of the cylinder to work in your Mustang, but I believe that is about it. Any good locksmith should be able to key the new cylinder to match the other side. I think that covers most of it, but I am sure I missed something. Good Luck!
    So lucky me. On the same local 79 Ghia I managed to grab some good parts including the two door locks and ignition cylinder with a key.

    Can the existing ignition cylinder be re-keyed to match this new key or just better to replace all three? I am guessing the current cylinder would have less wear and tear.



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    Default Misc. stuff

    After getting all or most of the interior stuff done previously and out of the way, I still had a pretty bench full of take off parts to deal with. I like to keep up on organizing, cleaning and restoring parts along the way. I tend to get too much backlog during that take apart frenzy. All of that takes up the workbench counter and piled around the garage.

    I cleaned, prepped and/or finished many parts taken off, bagged and tagged and put them away. Engine and engine compartment items, body and trim. Suspension and brake stuff.

    I like a somewhat tidy work area plus I knew I needed a large push to keep things moving.

    Some highlights I suppose:

    Master cylinder: intent to reuse the original but keep the look. 79's had the MC and the booster painted black. At least they were on both of ours. I ordered a replacement booster and refinished it.



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    I bought some replacement factory calipers and cored the originals. I opted to paint them black even though I did contemplate clearing them and leaving the plain finish but didn't.



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    I used the second oven in the basement. No wifey complaints this time


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    Default More misc.

    Brake shields; were the original Ford blue. Pretty scuzzy. Cleaned up decently; degreased and scrubbed, then rust convertor. Plan is to find the correct Ford blue to use, prep them properly and reuse. They were pretty nice underneath. Will need to make new foam gaskets.




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    Outer tie rods; cleaned the oversprayed black and the crub and rust removed. They are tight and reusable. Still had the original boots but I'll get new ones. You could see the markings after cleaning them off.




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    Strut boots:Once I removed noted I noted I have one replacement. The proper one should be the one on the left. I may need to track one down.


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    Sway bar: Again quickly oversprayed with black to hide the surface rust I think. I could not see any factory color banding or markings after I cleaned it up. The car was an original TRX suspension and wheel car so has the 1.125" bar. I painted our other car's black. I may clean the rust off and leave this one close to the natural grey color.




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    Default More Misc. stuff

    Brake lines and proportioning valve. As the original brake set up is being used, these were cleaned up and put away. The front lines shined up just as nicely



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    Power steering hoses. I plan to see if I can get these recoated with some fresh yellow Cadmium. There is a place locally that does restoration among industrial. I hope they can do hose ends like this. Our other car I did in the faux Eastwood Cadmium kit.



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    Default TRW Rack

    Speaking of the TRW rack from the car. Again oversprayed in a quick hiding black paint coat like a lot of the undercarriage and surface rusted areas.

    After cleaning, scrubbing, and going it over once pretty decently, I have decided I am going to retry this rack in the car. There do not seem to be rebuilt TRW racks on the shelves anymore and I am not enthused to send this out through RockAuto from Canada for a rebuild. I think if I had to rebuild or replace, I would replace with the Ford rack along with the hoses and the pump to do it right.

    For now this one seems tight. Maybe this shows only 17k miles... I will spend some more time detailing and refinishing but this is a good starting point.





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    Nice attention to detail! Looking great.

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    Default More Misc. stuff

    Cleaned prepped and refinished the AC condenser. Now all wrapped up, stowed and awaiting time to install.

    Removed all of the brackets and tubing and did this in pieces.




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    And the radiator:



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    Looks to be the original radiator and pretty clean inside. Maybe 17k clean...



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    Default Front and rear covers

    As evidence has grown about some repaired damage, maybe some new evidence.

    I took the header panel out of the cover, dismantled, cleaned and painted it.

    The front cover is in very good condition. You can see by the condition of the inside.




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    The thing I noted is the number formed in the header. Starting with the E0ZB- I am guessing this is a later part than the "later" 79 production update. Likely a replacement early in the car's life. Maybe the rear damage ties into a replacement?


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    One other item of note after taking the front cover apart. It sure looks to have all four original non-halogen Wagner bulbs. Too bad one low beam has a chip and small crack...


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    The rear cover has a D9 part number and judging by the condition was not replaced when the other rear damage was repaired. You could see that in my previous post of it. The condition of the attaching hardware and the metal reinforcement strip is surprisingly good though. It did have a bend which looked to have been from the impact that bent the rear bumper mount.




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    Looks good Darran. I've got the full set of original headlights in my car still and am willing to swap them out for newer halogens if you ever want them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlehma13 View Post
    Nice attention to detail! Looking great.
    Thanks Jon. I knew you'd like seeing the details. How's your Brown Capri doing or are you onto another project?

    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Rider View Post
    Looks good Darran. I've got the full set of original headlights in my car still and am willing to swap them out for newer halogens if you ever want them.
    Thanks Ed. I was surprised this had all of these. The other 79 Ghia car I grabbed parts from had two but more high beams. I put a new set of Wagner sealed beam halogens in the orange car and am okay with them. I don't drive much at night so it's not a real bother. Non-halogen originals, while cool to have may not perform these days. Hang onto them for a while longer just in case. I'll still be a little before I get to that point

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    So this car was undercoated. A lot by the looks of it.

    I spent a good number of hours removing what I could under the front wheel wells. The black on the lower rad support is black spray paint where someone had sprayed parts of the undercarriage to cover up some rust.

    Still more wiping and work to do under here when I have better access. Yay!








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    Default Engine bay wipe

    I wished I had had an opportunity to properly degrease and pressure wash the engine bay before I started on this journey. With the engine knock, I couldn't get it to a car wash to do it.

    The area was pretty bad and I know that this will need to be started eventually.

    As noted previously, the engine is ready to pull. For space reasons, not wanting to dive into engine ($) stuff yet and still a lot of other laborious stuff still to do, it sits in here.

    Where I left off:

    Reasonable for a first scrub.





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    As much as that undercoating looked bad and was a nuisance to get rid of, it looks like it did a pretty good job of protecting the metal and original finish. What are your plans for the underside, leave it original or repaint?

    I'll keep those headlights for you if you decide you want them.

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    The body looks great. Usually it hides rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Rider View Post
    As much as that undercoating looked bad and was a nuisance to get rid of, it looks like it did a pretty good job of protecting the metal and original finish. What are your plans for the underside, leave it original or repaint?

    I'll keep those headlights for you if you decide you want them.
    Ed, I'll have to see what the underside looks like. I'd love for it to be really nice under the coating and the quick black spray over some of the surface rust that it had. I honestly haven't taken too close of a look up to now. There is no "Road Abrasion" applied to the car. Not sure if I will apply it or not. Maybe it won't be needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by cougman67 View Post
    The body looks great. Usually it hides rust.
    I'm still trying to piece the actual mileage together with all the details I find. You are right though, the body is in pretty good shape regarless!

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    Default Up to date.

    I am pretty much caught up to where I am.

    I have my work bench cleaned up pretty good and ready for more action.


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    The car with the exception of the engine bay and all of the large parts are now sufficiently cleaned up and degreased now and ready for some sanding. While there is still a done of other laborious stuff to do, I think that I need to focus on that. Now to find the time to be able to get another surge of work done.


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    I did pick up a very lightly used set of Flowmaster mufflers and Chrome tail pipes locally for a reasonable price.



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    These are the same on the other coupe so should look great and make a stockish 79 302 sound a little meaner.


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    It looks great with the dual exhaust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    There is no "Road Abrasion" applied to the car. Not sure if I will apply it or not. Maybe it won't be needed.
    I've read that it was standard on all the Canadian models, not sure if it was even offered in the US. If so then it was optional. I'd leave it off and go with a good paint protection film instead. I had that done on lower portion of mine done from the body molding down.

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    Thanks Jon. I knew you'd like seeing the details. How's your Brown Capri doing or are you onto another project? :
    There's been some projects here and there but still enjoying the Capri!
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