Monday, January 26, 2015

Future Plans

I have been a little side tracked between changes with my job and home projects and cold weather.

I plan on getting back to the car soon after I finish some things. My plans are to find new seats, wheels, and a roll cage. I have pretty much made up my mind on the Roll cage although I have not made plans to purchase yet..

Roll cage I am looking at is this

I broke the back on my original driver's seat from constantly pulling identification out of my pocket to get on base after 911 occurred.  My original seat was a high back seat that had no recline function. I would like to put a set of performance seats in. I do like Corbeau's LG1 seat and I have seen many good reviews on comfort and support provided by this seat, but my seat is second priority for this car right now.

First priority is to find a good set of wheels. I have plans on updating the brake system in the front of this car and when I do the current 14 inch Dukes of Hazzard style wheels will no longer fit the car. I will be going from a 7 in diameter rotor to 11 in diameter. I am really tired of the standard cobra wheels that everybody seems to have and I have been eyeballing Saleen SCs. My options are limited due to availability of 4 lug wheels. I am not budgeted for a 5 lug conversion, since the only real benefit I see from it is the wheel selection. I was thinking of a 17x9 in all around.

My regular job is performing Windows Application System Administrator functions for a large company. Currently I am in an oncall rotation that consists of 24/7 availability for 2 weeks out of the month with no extra pay. This is a bummer and has hurt my ability to finish things in a timely matter in addition to being a huge invasion of personal life.

Once this car is finished it will be a huge relief and make change in my life possible...

Friday, November 7, 2014

1979 Ford Mustang Floor Pan Replacement

Here it is the long awaited time lapse video for the 1979 Ford Mustang Floor Pan Replacement.
If you take on this task wear goggles instead of safety glasses. I ended up in the hospital for catching a metal shaving ricochet in the corner of my eye while wearing safety glasses.

Monday, November 3, 2014


Sometimes you need to give a little TLC with a slide hammer. lol
Next was to weld in my 1/8th inch reinforcement plate

 I also had to fix some fuel line issues. I am running a new fuel line in front portion of car.
 There was a Zip tie to assist clip here before and I could see why that clip does not hold the fuel line well anymore.

 Coated with copper weldable primer in areas to be welded on again. Rear of sub frame connector will be welded to this contact point. Fuel line work will continue after Steeda full length sub frame connector is welded in on driver's side.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


I have moved to more modern Mustang Engine I found a Roller Cam block and have retired the 79 block for now. I have Fidanza flywheel that needed some work when I disassembled the other engine. My Performance flywheel was made to be universal. I have a 50 oz and 28 oz imbalance weights for the flywheel. In 1982 the first HO engine was built and all following engines from that year on came with a 50 oz imbalance. As you can see the Fidanza performance flywheel comes with a replaceable friction surface. I ordered a new one and also noticed that the ring gear was damaged on one side. Fidanza Recommends that this is pressed off evenly with a machine due to the Aluminum having a different expansion rate then the Steel Ring gear I sent the flywheel off to Fidanza to do the work for me. They were kind enough to check balance on my Ford Racing King Cobra Clutch pressure plate as well.

This was a one man show so I did not install the engine with transmission attached. With two people I could have done that with no worries of scratching anything, but since I was alone there was no way I was going to risk it.

 Here is the Flywheel back from Fidanza and installed. Transmission reinstall by myself was a real pain and took me about 4 hours.

Transmission install finished, but be warned when using a universal tranny plug as seen can end up stretching out your rear tranny seal if left in to long. I ended up changing out the seal due to a gap I saw after I installed the Ford Racing aluminum drive shaft. 

 Next is the Full Length Sub frame connectors to be installed. Since I am making this into an autocross car I planned on stiffening up the chassis. This will also be very beneficial for future engine mods. If I ever get the finances for a 331 Stroker kit the reinforcements needed to the chassis will already be there.

The pic above is a picture of the passenger side Cross member mount. this will have to be cut and flattened out with a hammer against the sub frame. Once the sub frame connector is in place I will weld the points that were cut to the sub frame connector to add strength. Picture below is the driver's side sub frame connector. Notice that the 1979 Ford mustang has the fuel line run straight across the sub frame. Fuel line will need to be cut and replaced. Currently I have the fuel tank back in the car but it has not had fuel added to it yet. I have been waiting to get these sub frame connectors added.
 A nice add-on from Steeda is a torque box reinforcement plate. I had to do some significant pounding and prying on the torque boxes to try and straighten them out. Most get crushed from years of Jacking or putting on lifts. Below is the plate welded into place.

 A little trick to get the "C" Clamp moved into proper position was to add a little tension with a jack and a block of wood.

 I used three Jacks in total. I am by myself doing all of this, so this made my life a little easier,  a little ingenuity never hurt.

I tried to initially get things all clamped at once and that got things close but there appeared to be a need to finesse things a little so I decided to start welding from the back and work my way forward. Once one point was anchored then I could twist and pull the sub frame connector whichever direction needed to get things straight as an arrow in line all the way down. I love the fact that these came with the seat reinforcements as well.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Problems that you will have ordering Aftermarket Mustang Fenders on eBay.

Aftermarket part manufacturers from overseas have no clue. Do they have a 1979 Mustang sitting in their plant to test fit parts. Answer is “NO THEY DON’T”
These fenders ended up coming from Tang Yang plant in Taiwan. Each Picture I will outline that not all Fox Bodies were made the same and to be honest the strength isn’t the same either. They feel flimsy compared to the originals. These were found on eBay with no mention of who was the manufacturer before buying. I had bought a set and the fenders came packaged with only the cardboard wrap and no other protector in the box. Plus they shoved both fenders in the same box with no separator of any type. First shipment only the passenger side came in unscathed. Driver side was twisted all to hell. Second shipment no attempt was made to add additional packaging after emailing the problems to the seller and again only wrapped with cardboard seen pictured. The idea of buying new fenders is to not have to do additional bodywork and when some advertises that the part works you expect it to work out of the box. Not the case again for the 1979 Ford Mustang. I have a couple dings to repair in order to use them and in addition I will need to cut and weld on them to make them work for the car. This is not as ADVERTISED.