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    Tried to load pics, but too much data. If you want to see send your phone # and I can text them.
    The front is great. At the rear there is only about 4" of weldable because of the longer wheelbase. But I think that's enough. If not, I can add plates and/or a 'C' shaped piece later at the rear.
    The seat bolt holes lined up great!

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    83 5.0 GT. Quicker than it looks! 10:1 (or just over) 306, Motorsport a332 cam, 140A alt, t5 conv, 8.8 w/ 3.27's, Edel rpm, alum rad, very worked e7's, Holley SA carb, etc... SOLD IT!!!!

    Now an 1981 Granada! 9.5:1 .040 over 302, Edel E-street heads, 268 cam, T5, 8.8 with 3.55, plus all the stiffening goodies, all control arms, lowered, alum shaft, x-pipe with Outlaws, FiTech FI system...

    "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups"

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    Nothing super important but I fixed some of my gremlins with the speedometer and gauge bulbs and I put LED lights in the tails since old ones burnt out. I also did a thorough wash of the car and tried some of my dad's trim restoration stuff he bought. Works like a charm and my headlight buckets look like brand new! I know its a Band-Aid to painting the things but I don't care to go through the trouble yet and this lasts a solid week or 2 so I wash the car before it wears off.

    In case you guys want to buy it: https://www.carguysdetail.com/products/plastic-restorer

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    Quote Originally Posted by richpet View Post
    Tried to load pics, but too much data. If you want to see send your phone # and I can text them.
    The front is great. At the rear there is only about 4" of weldable because of the longer wheelbase. But I think that's enough. If not, I can add plates and/or a 'C' shaped piece later at the rear.
    The seat bolt holes lined up great!

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    Thanks for the info. I might just call Stifflers and ask if they can make me a set slightly longer and i can cut to fit. I also need to measure my frame rails and see what the actual measurement is.
    79 Zephyr, 4.6L 4v/4r70w swap, with team z front and rear suspension, 8.8 and upgraded brakes and coil overs. Running Holley Terminator X Max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast_4_Eye View Post
    Nothing super important but I fixed some of my gremlins with the speedometer and gauge bulbs and I put LED lights in the tails since old ones burnt out. I also did a thorough wash of the car and tried some of my dad's trim restoration stuff he bought. Works like a charm and my headlight buckets look like brand new! I know its a Band-Aid to painting the things but I don't care to go through the trouble yet and this lasts a solid week or 2 so I wash the car before it wears off.

    In case you guys want to buy it: https://www.carguysdetail.com/products/plastic-restorer
    Thanks for that, i ordered some.
    79 Zephyr, 4.6L 4v/4r70w swap, with team z front and rear suspension, 8.8 and upgraded brakes and coil overs. Running Holley Terminator X Max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    Thanks for the info. I might just call Stifflers and ask if they can make me a set slightly longer and i can cut to fit. I also need to measure my frame rails and see what the actual measurement is.
    I was going to buy MM full length, but these were the same size. And in stock at the time I was going to make the purchase.
    As for slightly longer, if they can make them about 4" longer, all at the rear, that would be ideal. At least on my 4-door, and your car(s) sound similar.

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    83 5.0 GT. Quicker than it looks! 10:1 (or just over) 306, Motorsport a332 cam, 140A alt, t5 conv, 8.8 w/ 3.27's, Edel rpm, alum rad, very worked e7's, Holley SA carb, etc... SOLD IT!!!!

    Now an 1981 Granada! 9.5:1 .040 over 302, Edel E-street heads, 268 cam, T5, 8.8 with 3.55, plus all the stiffening goodies, all control arms, lowered, alum shaft, x-pipe with Outlaws, FiTech FI system...

    "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups"

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    In addition to raking leaves (a Fall tradition in New England), I've spent the last couple of days chasing down electrical problems in my Futura. A few weeks back I had a dead battery, which I recharged, and then it went dead again a few days later. The battery was seven years old, so I got a new one and before putting it in, I put an ohmmeter across the battery cables. It showed zero resistance instead of an open circuit. The engine and wiring are from a '98 Mustang Cobra, and I found at least eight circuits in the engine compartment fuse box that have either low or zero resistance. Major project ahead - take out the wire harness with the engine fuse box and check every single circuit. The car is off the road for fear of fire until I fix it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturaGuy View Post
    In addition to raking leaves (a Fall tradition in New England), I've spent the last couple of days chasing down electrical problems in my Futura. A few weeks back I had a dead battery, which I recharged, and then it went dead again a few days later. The battery was seven years old, so I got a new one and before putting it in, I put an ohmmeter across the battery cables. It showed zero resistance instead of an open circuit. The engine and wiring are from a '98 Mustang Cobra, and I found at least eight circuits in the engine compartment fuse box that have either low or zero resistance. Major project ahead - take out the wire harness with the engine fuse box and check every single circuit. The car is off the road for fear of fire until I fix it.
    I still think about this Yellow Coyote from time-to-time--got to be one of the Premier F/Z's out there

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    Working on prep'ing my 89 vert. for a repaint. Mostly the clear coat from a previous repair is peeling off. The repair was more than 15 years ago and before I got the car. It seemed to be a minor. I am Removing all the trim, bumpers, lights and weatherstripping. There was a minor issue with the corners of the front bumper bulging out a little. First glance, looks like the bumper was installed upside down or maybe a GT bumper on an lx. Monday is the scheduled day to drop off at 5he body shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    I still think about this Yellow Coyote from time-to-time--got to be one of the Premier F/Z's out there
    Thanks, Bryan - I'll take that as a compliment

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturaGuy View Post
    Thanks, Bryan - I'll take that as a compliment
    You bet!

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    Got in one last carwash and drive for the season since it was a nice day. I'm gonna miss this car over the winter.

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    Washed the car. Been putting it off for a couple of years.
    Since Feb 2020 to be exact. Took it to get smog checked and it failed. Covid hit and I never could find the time to
    have it retested and there were no car shows to take it to so there was no real reason to drive it. I prefer driving the 4-door any how.
    Decided to finally get it smog checked and on the road again. Have been paying the registration for 3 years with out taking it on the road.

    Started right up mainly because I started it a few months ago when I switched the battery cables with the
    ones on the 4-door when that one would not start.
    The car sits out uncovered in the sun year round. I washed the car and boy was the paint faded.
    The car was more pink than red and looked horrible. Polished it up and now it looks wonderful again except for the chrome rims and the hopeless trunk lid where the paint is all cracked and coming off.

    Now two new problems have come up. The brake pedal goes down almost to the floor. They still stopped the car
    but I was only moving it around on the driveway. And the radiator is leaking. It is right under the lower hose.
    Will take a better look at it another day.
    Here are a couple of the Z-7 partially polished.

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    Finally got around to installing the 8.8 rear that I put together years ago. Just the first of many upgrades to come before next spring when she comes out of hiding haha.

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    Yesterday i put the zephyr away for the winter. Climate controlled garage. 50 mile trip, car ran good. Plenty to do in the spring.
    79 Zephyr, 4.6L 4v/4r70w swap, with team z front and rear suspension, 8.8 and upgraded brakes and coil overs. Running Holley Terminator X Max.

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    Not really to the car itself yet, but I got final word from USAA (guy who rear-ended the Granada in Sept) that they will pay for repairs.
    They initially balked at the labor cost, but only a shop that does restoration will touch it, and they're much more per hour labor wise.
    Now just waiting for the shop to call me with the 'when'.
    Tempted to see how much more it would cost to have the whole car reshot with as close to factory as they can.

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    83 5.0 GT. Quicker than it looks! 10:1 (or just over) 306, Motorsport a332 cam, 140A alt, t5 conv, 8.8 w/ 3.27's, Edel rpm, alum rad, very worked e7's, Holley SA carb, etc... SOLD IT!!!!

    Now an 1981 Granada! 9.5:1 .040 over 302, Edel E-street heads, 268 cam, T5, 8.8 with 3.55, plus all the stiffening goodies, all control arms, lowered, alum shaft, x-pipe with Outlaws, FiTech FI system...

    "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups"

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    picked up my capri from a transmission shop as it needed the correct flywheel (28oz) then drove it home and wow! no shakes runs smooth. I couldnt drive it far as I had to park it then make my run up to vegas for SEMA.... Im in over load for all that I saw there
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    Finished welding in the subframe connectors. What an ordeal. Ran out of welding gas last night, to make matters worse. Anyway, next is fuel lines and tank, then pulley/water pump/ steering system. Going from v-belt to serpentine and I also need to replace the rack.
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    Dropped the car off to the shop 9 days ago. Car is in primer and most of the body work is done. Possibly getting paint on Saturday. Stopped by to remove the convertible trim today. Got to remove the door handles next.
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    I took a more drastic approach. I started thinking... I'm changing headers/exhaust, transmission, fuel lines, pulley setup/water pump, rack and pinion, radiator, fan, 3g alternator swap and some other things I'm forgetting. So I figured I would just go ahead and yank the old 302 and go through it. I got the engine on a stand today and oil pan, intake, one head, and front accessories off. Coming up with a game plan now.
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    Looked at it thinking to myself....."get off your butt and put the car back together".
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    Prepped for cold weather and ran the Zephyr for 30 minutes. I'll start it up every couple weeks during winter and make plans to fix up things that aren't broken.
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    Happy Holiday to all. Keep safe and enjoy the holiday.

    Wild turkeys live around in this area. Big ones. Flocks.
    Was driving 30 mph yesterday, two lane local road.
    One had the idea of crossing the road in front of me but decided not to.
    It gave me the turkey eye to me and gave it one back.


    Will be going cross town to visit, party a bit, and eat of course. Watch football.
    55F and dry so the Mustang gets the call.

    Update
    Watched no football, movies, or tv after leaving home.
    Car ran fine 60 mile round trip mostly freeway 65 mph light traffic.
    Used to drive that basic route to/from work for many years.
    Misty rain headed home at 11p. 50F is mild and welcome for this time of year around here.
    Had to fix wobbly wiper blade before heading home. The arm clip was coming loose.
    Fixed with mini zip tie. I always carry a few in the car toolbox. Done this before.
    Car radio off most of time to listen for abnormal suspension/body and power/drive train noise. None.
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    Started my no-option '83 for the first time in a couple of weeks. Runs like a Swiss watch now

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    Installed a MM strut tower brace and also a MM k-member brace. Hope I will notice a difference when I drive it in 6 months lol
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