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by thinman56
Mon Jun 15, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: rack and pinion steering posts
Replies: 5
Views: 1055

Re: rack and pinion steering posts

thansk, man, lots of info here. unfortunately, continuing work on the mustang postponed due to, you know, lack of lettuce.
by thinman56
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: rack and pinion steering posts
Replies: 5
Views: 1055

Re: rack and pinion steering posts

mike - wow, that's all pretty inventive. got pics?
by thinman56
Sun May 31, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: rack and pinion steering posts
Replies: 5
Views: 1055

rack and pinion steering posts

well, the new site looks awesome, but i'm having some trouble locating old posts. i was looking for a post where folks were voting for and discussing their favorite rack and pinion system, and i can't seem to get the advanced search engine to find any posts relating to rack and pinion. am i missing ...
by thinman56
Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:56 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Billet manual rack and pinion
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Billet manual rack and pinion

no money, but i still shop for parts. has anyone tried this rack and pinion system from billet? i see the price is coming down a little. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Parts-Accessories_Car-Truck-Parts-Accessories__65-66-1965-1966-Mustang-Rack-and-Pinion-Kit-Manual-Kit_W0QQitemZ180320244102QQddnZPar...
by thinman56
Tue Jul 01, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: tuning questions (kinda long)....
Replies: 34
Views: 4973

30 months isn't too long to solve an old problem, is it? you may recall that embedded in this long thread is the problem of the engine just giving it up around 4000 rpm. no matter the conditions, just spit, sputter and almost die. so, i finally got around to the last thing i could think of, which wa...
by thinman56
Wed May 21, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: idler arms
Replies: 14
Views: 1989

i exchanged some emails with john, he said he'd try to convert my 6-cyl idler with the V8 kit, so i'm going to send it off and see what he can do. i know from previous posts there's some issues, i told him about the discussions on this website and will remind him of that, but he's a pro, he'll figur...
by thinman56
Mon May 19, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: T5 shifters
Replies: 3
Views: 851

bumpity bump. anyone else have a T5 shifter they love?
by thinman56
Sat May 17, 2008 7:29 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: idler arms
Replies: 14
Views: 1989

yea, my problem is not loose steering, it's tight steering after replacing everything last year. i know the opentracker roller idler makes steering easier, but they only make it for the V8 components, i'm looking for an idler arm with bearings that'll fit the 6-cyl stuff and ease up on the steering ...
by thinman56
Fri May 16, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: idler arms
Replies: 14
Views: 1989

page 62, did it make the steering any easier, or does it feel just like the stock unit?
by thinman56
Fri May 16, 2008 7:08 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: idler arms
Replies: 14
Views: 1989

idler arms

i sorta buried this question in another post. the open-tracker roller idler arms do not fit the 6-cyl parts, but the moog K8160 greased bearing idler arm does, according to a conversation i had with them this week. anyone try this moog unit yet?
by thinman56
Thu May 15, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: front suspension
Replies: 9
Views: 1677

the open-tracker roller idler arms do not fit the 6-cyl parts, i just asked a couple weeks ago. the moog 8160 greased bearing idler arm does, tho, according to a conversation i just had with them. anyone try this unit yet? having already done the conversion to granada spindles, i assume the rest of ...
by thinman56
Wed May 07, 2008 6:18 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: New Springs
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

so far i don't find the 5-leafs too stiff, and the roads here in maine are not exactly smooth...
by thinman56
Mon May 05, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: New Springs
Replies: 13
Views: 1357

here's what i did (hope the link works). pretty happy with the results, although i'm not sure i'll keep the rear swaybar.



http://fordsix.com/forum/viewtopic.php? ... highlight=
by thinman56
Fri May 02, 2008 12:31 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: T5 shifters
Replies: 3
Views: 851

T5 shifters

when i put my T5 in 3, 4 years ago, it didn't have a shifter, so i bought a 'short-throw' shifter on ebay, i think it's a 'Pro 5.0', but at any rate, it's kind of a cheap one. problem with it is it's about as loose as the old 3-speed stock linkage was. i searched some posts and see that the Steena s...
by thinman56
Mon Apr 07, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: T5 Gear Changes
Replies: 1
Views: 521

T5 Gear Changes

Anyone tried changing the gears in their T5 transmission? I have a 3.35 first gear and would prefer the 2.95, as i'm swapping out the old 3.20 7" rear with an 8" rear and 3.40 or 3.55 rear gear. Also, I'd like to close the gap in between first and second gear ratios. Simple gear/shaft swap, or trade...
by thinman56
Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: drag links
Replies: 6
Views: 912

my understanding was the original was made in mexico, but that info sounded like heresay when i got it and is not definite. i will say that the second one from mustang depot is fine.
by thinman56
Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:16 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: drag links
Replies: 6
Views: 912

if your old draglink is loose to the point of the front wheels wiggling around, then it's worn out and you're wheels won't hold toe-in and you need to replace it. your's sounds like it was sticky from sitting, maybe a little surface rust in there, and if it's still snug it's probably fine. the speci...
by thinman56
Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:50 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: drag links
Replies: 6
Views: 912

greased the heck out of it. on the stiff one, i flushed the joints out with WD40 and worked 'em to try to loosen 'em up, regreased and still could barely move them. i plan to see if i can get it apart, just out of curiosity.
by thinman56
Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:59 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: drag links
Replies: 6
Views: 912

drag links

after i completed my front end rebuild this summer, my steering was wicked stiff with no return to center. i disconnected one thing at a time, tie rod ends, idler arm, drag link, and it was definitely the drag link. the guy i bought it from was great about sending me a replacement link, but neither ...
by thinman56
Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:34 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Lube Your Steering Box Today. It's easy & you need it!
Replies: 25
Views: 5591

holy cow. i adjusted my steering box per stanger's thread, and lubed it with lithium grease, it took two full 3-oz tubes of grease! like lagrasta's, it probably had never been done. it's definitely much tighter and smoother, but still the return to center is almost non-existent. before i did the ste...
by thinman56
Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:11 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: question about fabbing brake lines for disc brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 915

huh, wish i saw that $10 tool from summit before i re-did all mine. but, i had pretty good luck by putting a leftover short piece of 2.1/4" exhaust pipe vertical in the vise and using it to bend nice, smooth bends by hand, even a full 360 loop. for a couple tighter bends, i used a broom handle. what...
by thinman56
Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Coolest wheel selection tool I've seen
Replies: 4
Views: 682

jaymers, i'm with you on the smoothies. i've always been a fan of the old cragar s/s, but i also like their star wire wheels, now that i've seen 'em mocked up on my car.....
by thinman56
Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:17 am
Forum: Turbo, Supercharger, and Nitrous
Topic: driving a supercharger
Replies: 20
Views: 1931

mild cam with turbocharger? i just spent an hour reading though old posts, and looks like a short-overlap cam with same duration exh and intake is the way to go? any of mike's cams better suited to turbocharger?

sounds like i need to decide if i'm going turbo before i rebuild my bottom end.....
by thinman56
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:17 pm
Forum: Turbo, Supercharger, and Nitrous
Topic: driving a supercharger
Replies: 20
Views: 1931

oops, you're right, the T5 is 1990-91, B/W ID 199, 5.0L, 300 ft-lbs torque capacity, 3.35 first gear.
by thinman56
Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: Turbo, Supercharger, and Nitrous
Topic: driving a supercharger
Replies: 20
Views: 1931

V8 T-5 from a 1999 Mustang...
by thinman56
Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: Turbo, Supercharger, and Nitrous
Topic: driving a supercharger
Replies: 20
Views: 1931

wow, quick responses, thanks. i did read through a few posts to get an idea of turbo vs super, blow-thru vs draw-thru, horsepower claims, etc. i get the part about blowing up the weak links. this winter i planned to do the bottom end - balancing, fasteners, cam, cam chain. i have an 8" rear going in...
by thinman56
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: Turbo, Supercharger, and Nitrous
Topic: driving a supercharger
Replies: 20
Views: 1931

driving a supercharger

is there anything special about driving turbocharged or supercharged cars? i'm lookin ahead to 2008 and what might get done for the next round of fun....

cheers
by thinman56
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:41 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: showin' off the new stuff
Replies: 19
Views: 2952

okay, savior, just read the thread you posted, i'll check and see if there's any danger of binding or pinching the hose where i have it run now.

thanks for the heads up.....
by thinman56
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:36 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: showin' off the new stuff
Replies: 19
Views: 2952

...i'll check it out....
by thinman56
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: 4 lug wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 1333

if you like the look of these wheelvintiques smoothie series 10's, i'll be selling my 4-lugs this fall. i already converted the front to 5-lug, and will be doing the rear end in a couple months. pm me if you're interested.... http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/thinman56/PICT0002.jpg
by thinman56
Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:10 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: showin' off the new stuff
Replies: 19
Views: 2952

for the rear leaf springs, don't even mess with trying to press that front bolt out if it's stuck, get a sawzall with hacksaw blades and cut it either side of the rubber bushing. takes ten minutes. i had one stuck and one came out like i put it in yesterday.
by thinman56
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: WHAT ABOUT THESE WHEELS ON MY 66 COUPE
Replies: 21
Views: 2434

car's awesome, dude, but wheels are a matter of taste. personally think anything bigger than 15" looks too modern on a classic car. i would have gone to the classic Cragar SS wheels if i could've afforded them.....
by thinman56
Fri Sep 21, 2007 7:44 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: i think im doing this wrong... are my tie rods on right?
Replies: 3
Views: 540

if the car is the 66 in your signature, the inner tie rod end goes thread/nut down through the pitman arm/idler arm and the outer tie rod end goes thread/nut up though the knuckle. looks odd when the car's jacked up, but will look normal with the wheels on the ground.
by thinman56
Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: showin' off the new stuff
Replies: 19
Views: 2952

thanks, men. chris, the leaf springs are 5-leaf, mid-eye lowering springs from laurel mountain. $40 extra with the kit. don't know the rating.
by thinman56
Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: one more pic.....
Replies: 0
Views: 345

one more pic.....

bad link to the guts, try again....

Image


and one more gratuitous shot of the car:

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by thinman56
Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:11 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: showin' off the new stuff
Replies: 19
Views: 2952

showin' off the new stuff

so, my suspension rebuild is almsot done, needs to go back to the alignment shop one more time, as the first guy didn't know what he was doing, and didn't get paid. but, so far i'm pretty happy with results. i saved and bought the 'discbrakeswap' kit, laurel mountain's performance suspension kit min...
by thinman56
Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:40 am
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Think these will be alright for my first rims?
Replies: 17
Views: 2208

yea, i ripped everything out and did it all at once. i figured i knew where to go to get enough help to sort out any problems! i'm gonna post some other pics of the whole car here in a few minutes so you can see the final stance.....

good luck
by thinman56
Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Think these will be alright for my first rims?
Replies: 17
Views: 2208

hey darwin, here's a couple pics of my front tires after recent front end mods. the tires are 205/60-15 on 15x7 rims with 4" backspace, which just clear the granada calipers. the front end got the shelby drop and 480# 1" lowering springs. the tires clear the wheelwell by about an inch, even when tur...
by thinman56
Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Brakes, Wheels, and Tires
Topic: Think these will be alright for my first rims?
Replies: 17
Views: 2208

hey darwin, here's a couple pics of my front tires after recent front end mods. the tires are 205/60-15 on 15x7 rims with 4" backspace, which just clear the granada calipers. the front end got the shelby drop and 480# 1" lowering springs. the tires clear the wheelwell by about an inch, even when tur...
by thinman56
Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: creeky new ball joints
Replies: 7
Views: 903

addo - that occured to me, i pulled the dust covers off to see where the tapers would sit when i set it up loose to drive it, they weren't bottoming. i also put the link in the vice and grabbed the bottom of the tapered pins with vice grips (using emery cloth to keep from gouging up the pins), i cou...
by thinman56
Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:34 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: creeky new ball joints
Replies: 7
Views: 903

it was just a stock idler arm that came with the kit from Laurel Mountain Mustang. It seems to be okay, at least not the major culprit for the stiff steering. this stuff all chinese made now? anyway, it's definitely the drag link or center link, which is why i was wondering about anyone ever getting...
by thinman56
Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: creeky new ball joints
Replies: 7
Views: 903

so, i got to thinking about the things i loosened on saturday to check what was stiff, and went back out and loosened the drag link from the idler arm, and bingo, steering knuckle and idler work smooth. so i loosened the other end of the drag link (whacked them out of the tapers) and then left the e...
by thinman56
Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:53 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Rollerized Idler Arm Conversion
Replies: 66
Views: 8796

i just talked to mustangs plus, they say that bearing kit is for the shelby quick-steer idler only (even tho the web site says different) which is apparently an inch longer than the stock V8. in any case, they say it won't work with the 6 cylinder idler. still curious about actual bolt OD sleeve ID ...
by thinman56
Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:28 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: Rollerized Idler Arm Conversion
Replies: 66
Views: 8796

so, anyone established that the rod OD and the arm ID are the same for V8 and 6, even though the arms are different, so that the Mustang's Plus roller kit works on the 6 idler? i gotta modify mine, it steers like a truck.
by thinman56
Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:47 am
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: 1965 mustang front spring removal question?
Replies: 11
Views: 2002

NAPA has a purchase and return program, at least around here. if you don't damage the tool and return it in a week or so, they refund your dough, so it's like free rental. also, my NPD 480# 1" lowering springs were so short in the unsprung length, they went in without the tool! got a picture somewhe...
by thinman56
Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:05 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: creeky new ball joints
Replies: 7
Views: 903

addo - replaced the idler arm, and the link rod to the pittman arm, basically everything from the pittman arm outward. hmmm, did i grease the idler arm? it occurs to me to go back and loosen things one at a time (ball joints, tie rod ends, etc.) and see what's sticky, i'll try that saturday. after i...
by thinman56
Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: creeky new ball joints
Replies: 7
Views: 903

creeky new ball joints

so, i just finished completely rebuilding my suspension, drove it carefully to the alignment shop this morning, but the steering is very stiff, and it feels like the ball joints are 'sticky'. is this common on a brand new front end? i noticed when i was greasing the various components that the greas...
by thinman56
Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:56 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: non-destructive rear spring frone eyelet bolt removal
Replies: 5
Views: 840

yup, you're right, the sawzall took 'em right off in ten minutes of fussin'.......
by thinman56
Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: Spline count on Ford 3.03 and 3 speed Top Loader
Replies: 7
Views: 2540

my old toploader, 10 teeth spline (clutch side), 1.05" OD. need one? just sitting in my garage....
by thinman56
Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: Steering and Suspension
Topic: non-destructive rear spring frone eyelet bolt removal
Replies: 5
Views: 840

well, s..t, after posting my question i searched and found this bad news. guess i better eat some steak, greens and beer to muscle up, and go break out the cut-off wheels.