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by DaveLS
Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:46 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Looking for a certain Mustang 2 susp.
Replies: 7
Views: 1157

Heidts' MSII for early Mustangs

Does anyone have any experience with this:

http://www.heidts.com/heip17.htm

I just spent the evening going thru their web site. The approach looks very clean and about the same total $ as seperate disc & rack & pinion steering.

-Dave
by DaveLS
Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:57 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: engine weight?
Replies: 12
Views: 1657

The lifters might need fully funtional arms, steel toed boots, and gloves/good hand holds. Do drain the coolant and oil, remove the head and exhaust manifold. Mount some chain hand holds. The old unmounted tire for a protective bed is a great recommendation. But backs are expensive and painful to fi...
by DaveLS
Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:36 am
Forum: Electrical, Audio, and Electronics
Topic: POLL - No headlights
Replies: 10
Views: 1286

You guys are absolutly right about the breaker in the headlight switch. Been there done that. What really adds to the confusion is that this breaker is NOT shown in the wiring diagram (at least in the shop book for a 65 Mustang). The switch will also test/work ok when cold. The problem is intermitta...
by DaveLS
Thu Jan 25, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: Garage Paint Job: Advice needed
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Buzz,

Try www.autobody101.com

A great site and a good place to start.

Good luck.

-Dave
by DaveLS
Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:41 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: sticking clutch
Replies: 3
Views: 742

Removing the peddle hanger bracket is somewhat challanging. We did ours when we had the air cowl apart for repair, so we had some additional access. Removing the guage cluster helps, along with dropping the parking brake. There is a spring up there that needs to be attented to as well. As I recall, ...
by DaveLS
Sat Jul 01, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: sticking clutch
Replies: 3
Views: 742

If it is not the Z bar it could be: The Pressure plate fingers/springs. Ours have broken once. or The bearings that the clutch and brake peddles hang on. The factory bearings are plastic and wear out over time. Ours had warn so much that the metal they were mounted in had warn by about 1/4 inch. Thi...
by DaveLS
Sat Jun 24, 2006 11:35 pm
Forum: drive train tech
Topic: first time ever transmission
Replies: 26
Views: 16833

Ideas for a T5, which is about 85 lbs. Create a car supported transmission suspension that allows forward and backward motion of the transmission. This can be accomplisheed by placeing a belt/rope/strap (ratcheting strap works best - height adjustment) around the tailshaft and runing it up throught ...
by DaveLS
Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: Properly installing door panel skins
Replies: 22
Views: 1795

Kstang and I replace the door skins and rebuilt the door shell this weekend. The key undocumented feature is adjusting the gap that the vent window and side glass fits between. We found out the hard way that it is best to install the vent window to set the separation between the skin and shell, and ...
by DaveLS
Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:19 am
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: floor pan welder question
Replies: 32
Views: 2535

Sorry for the rant but this is actually a really important point. One of the great things about this hobby is learning new things. One of the great things to learn is welding - specifically mig welding with gas. So without welding knowledge and based on a friend's advice we got a Millermatic 130 wit...
by DaveLS
Fri Oct 28, 2005 10:50 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: installation of clutch pedal shaft/pivot
Replies: 5
Views: 638

We used Mustang Steve's kit for this. It had to be welded in but changes the bushings to roller bearings.

Very pleased with the result. Very smooth almost no slop.

-Dave
by DaveLS
Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:56 pm
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: Autobody Books?
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Adam, Your points are well taken. Our lack of formal education has thus far not stopped us from changing engines, doing a ring job, changing transmissions, clutches, and replacing the entire suspension system at least once, and welding in floor pans, and air cowl. Did we do this as well a a pro - no...
by DaveLS
Mon Aug 09, 2004 10:06 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Clutch adjustment
Replies: 14
Views: 1909

Mike, We have had the exact same problem. We tried several different and stronger springs etc. all of which helped but did not solve the problem. We even had the clutch adjusted by a transmission shop. Ultimately we replaced the pot metal bushings the clutch/brake pedal piviot arm rides in with Must...
by DaveLS
Tue May 18, 2004 2:11 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New to the group and I could really use some help!!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1267

OcavyO, Welcome. We have found that changing to a t5 transmission has been well worth the effort. More power in 1st gear lower cruising rpm in 5th. This is relatively straightforward if you alrready have a manual transmission. A stock engine with a t5 will spin the wheels in first gear. If you searc...
by DaveLS
Tue Feb 24, 2004 11:27 pm
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: strengthening a unibody
Replies: 20
Views: 1874

Jimbo, Gald your back. Mustang Unlimited, just north of Atlanta caries roll bars. Cost is about $300 We plan our trips north so that we can stop in and get large parts on the way home. By the way, we are thinking of getting the four point mounting street bar for Kevin's 65 coupe. I would like to add...
by DaveLS
Mon Feb 23, 2004 2:31 pm
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: strengthening a unibody
Replies: 20
Views: 1874

Dave, The sub-frames are only sheet metal and the part of the car that provides the strong points to mount the suspension. I was totally amazed at how thin the sub-frames' metal was when we removed our floor pans and saw the sub-frame's insides. The sub-frame connectors on the other hand, are usuall...
by DaveLS
Mon Feb 23, 2004 1:41 am
Forum: Body, Paint, & Interior
Topic: strengthening a unibody
Replies: 20
Views: 1874

Dave, We had Total Control Products Sub-frame connectors installed. These have made a noticable and worthwhile improvment and reduced our worries about the car's structure (lots of rust). By the way, since the sub-frames are only stamped sheet metal, the connectors must be welded in. The thin metal ...
by DaveLS
Mon Feb 16, 2004 11:26 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Actually Installing the tranny - need 'Old-Timers'
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Lt. Thompson, Sorry about the long post. It is proably longer than you need, but hopefully contains somthing useful for you. In Response to your question about mounting the T5 & Bellhousing from under the car to the engine that is already in the car here is our experience. It worked. We will however...
by DaveLS
Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:38 pm
Forum: Mustang Corral
Topic: Gas tank idea
Replies: 17
Views: 2372

Options, ideas, Fuel cell. Plate construction with bladder liner. About $700 to $1,000. Rear Seat Steel Plate, separates trunk from passenger compartment, But what about hat shelf? Lists for about $100 Tank Armor $300? Steel plate that goes over top of tank, forms new trunk floor. (this was listed o...
by DaveLS
Tue Jan 20, 2004 11:18 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Won't start
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Chris, Try starting fluid. Spray some into the carb. If the engine starts it is a fuel problem of some sort. You can be out of gas and still pump fuel with the accelator pump. This can occur (trust me I know the hard way, and I did not believe it either) because for the car to run the jets need the ...
by DaveLS
Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:09 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: T5 costs
Replies: 12
Views: 954

Matt, The t5 was the single best improvement in performance we have done. We have a 3.20 rear end and a t5 from an 89 4 cyl Mustang. This gearing combination works well, 1st is really low (can you say wheel spin?), and 5th allows the engine to relax at speed. Steps, Assuming you already have a manua...
by DaveLS
Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:02 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Part #C9DE-6051-C what is this???
Replies: 23
Views: 1993

David, Here are our measurements to add to the list. Measured two Fel Pro, #7916PT-1 head gaskets that we have removed from two different 200 ci engines, heads torqued to 70 lb/ft. One gasket had been in an engine for at least 20 years, the other for 8 months. They both produced equal numbers. Ten m...
by DaveLS
Mon Jan 19, 2004 2:31 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Need opinions (I know you've got one! ).
Replies: 33
Views: 3646

MarkP, Ideas that would not reduce performance - and rational, 1. Headers - general improvement in effency 2. High Energy Ignition - general improvement in effency and possibly lower idle RPM 3. Adjust deck height to achieve 0.040 deck clearance (your steel head gasket may already be doing this. - i...
by DaveLS
Fri Jan 16, 2004 9:19 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Adjusting tappets
Replies: 5
Views: 705

Watcher75, Think exhaust manifold gasket or crack. We just went through this. It sure SOUNDED like a lifter. Took the stethoscope out and could not identify the location. An additional test is to take the valve cover off, and with the engine running use a long screwdriver, handle to the ear, and 'sa...
by DaveLS
Fri Jan 16, 2004 12:02 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Compression Ratio/Cam/Gas Choices - Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 570

David and Doug, Thanks for the info. In fact I re-read page 19 and re-visited Doug's web site before posting. The new wrinkle to me was the effect of cam on max CR, and the need for increased CR with longer cams. Your answers were exactly what I needed. We have a 4cyl T5 and a 3.20 rear end, so our ...
by DaveLS
Thu Jan 15, 2004 10:21 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Compression Ratio/Cam/Gas Choices - Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 570

Compression Ratio/Cam/Gas Choices - Questions

What has been your experience with cam/compression ratio/and type of gas? I am looking for recomendations. We are building a performing daily driver 200 with OZ head, Holley 4V (350 cfm), duraspark/MSD6al, T5, and headers. We will be putting in a cam (probably in the 270 range). With this cam and ru...
by DaveLS
Tue Jan 13, 2004 10:50 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Another milling-decking-compression question
Replies: 4
Views: 850

AL65Stang, We am currently thinking about the same issue. Conclusion, Deck the block to set deck clearance and "squench," Bore the cyl to clean them up, Mill the head/select piston type (dish size to flat) to set compression. Check to make sure pistons do not meet valves or head after engine is warm...
by DaveLS
Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:07 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Combustion Chamber Size
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Chris, Using 62 cc combustion chamber size and reasonable guesses on the other parapmeters the stock metal head gasket would have about an 8.1:1 compression ratio, The thicker Fel-Pro gasket would lower this by about 0.5 point to 7.6:1. Our engine has a calculated compression ratio of 8.2:1, has a s...
by DaveLS
Mon Jan 12, 2004 8:01 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Negative Deck Height for 200
Replies: 13
Views: 1702

Thanks to everyone for their input. This forum has saved our project on more than one occasion. Here is a summary of key points: 1) neg deck height is ok but requires care, if you want to do this reading this entire string would be useful 2) Up to 0.070 inches may be removed from a "new" block from ...
by DaveLS
Mon Jan 12, 2004 1:49 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Negative Deck Height for 200
Replies: 13
Views: 1702

Dennis, Thanks for the info. The question about limits includes if there will be enought metal thickness left on the top of the block after decking. The question follows from the 0.090 milling limit on the head. Does a similiar limit exist for the block? Your book provides very good guidance on avoi...
by DaveLS
Mon Jan 12, 2004 1:08 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Negative Deck Height for 200
Replies: 13
Views: 1702

Steve, I agree with your compression ratio figures with flat top pistons. There are theoretical and possibly real reasons to keep the dish and reduce the deck clearance. If I am missing something here please let me know. I am looking for guidance. Here is what my thinking is based on. Forgive the fo...
by DaveLS
Sun Jan 11, 2004 11:26 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Negative Deck Height for 200
Replies: 13
Views: 1702

Negative Deck Height for 200

The deck height of our stock 1965 200 is 0.031 inches (measured) and our OZ head combustion chamber volume after milling is 54 cc (measured), the cyl are 0.040 over. The pistons are stock and have a 7.3 cc (measured) dish. Thus accoriding to the For I-6 Performance Handbook the resultant static comp...
by DaveLS
Sat Sep 13, 2003 11:57 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: I've created a Monster... NEW PICS!
Replies: 27
Views: 3038

We have had a problem getting the idle slow enough with an OZ 2V (using a Holley 390 four barrel, electric choke, stock ignition, stock cam, headers, T5 transmission). One thing we found was that disconnecting the PCV system and plugging the inlet to the intake manifold allowed the engine to idle at...
by DaveLS
Mon Sep 08, 2003 4:49 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Clutch Chatter
Replies: 13
Views: 1314

Does your clutch peddle come all the way back when released? Check the clutch/brake peddle support bearings. These wear out and can cause the peddles to bind. If the clutch peddle doesn't come up all the way then the clutch cannot fully engatge. MustangSteve has a bearing kit to repair this problem....
by DaveLS
Tue Sep 02, 2003 1:28 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Getting rid of my disc brakes
Replies: 3
Views: 686

I have just read the two strings on your problems with the SSB kit. Since these SSB work for other, there must be a solution. Something simple but unexpected has to be the problem. You have already tested all the big swappable pieces. You must be close to a solution. I assume that the type of brake ...
by DaveLS
Thu May 08, 2003 12:43 pm
Forum: Aussie Ford Sixes
Topic: head work prices
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Addo, Thanks for the feedback.

DBzOkole, Resercace (typotranslational dialect of trimerged English, Austrialian, and US language) translates to resurface. This translation can be found in the newspeak nondocumentation.

Regards, Dave
by DaveLS
Wed May 07, 2003 2:28 pm
Forum: Aussie Ford Sixes
Topic: head work prices
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Modification of Stock Exhaust Header for OZ 2V

Adam wrote: "OTOH, I have not seen an inlet manifold that needed resurfacing before. Are you saying you ground the face of some headers to fit, as well, or is it a standard manifold when you describe "resercace exhaust head 40.00". I ask because if you want to use a stock manifold with a 2V, you nee...