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Reply #17 - yesterday at 6:51pm
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01-20-2017, 11:16 AM
Still waiting for the painter, so I am doing a little more work to help with assembly after painting. Installed the exhaust pod and rear valance.



Next drilled the holes for and installed the Shelby tail light panel. Added the end caps as well.



Looks like all the parts now fit, and all the mounting holes are predrilled.
  
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Reply #16 - yesterday at 6:49pm
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01-17-2017, 09:52 AM
I am running a little behind and still have a few things to do before it goes to the painter. I had to get a new rear valance and need to cut the hole for the center exhaust. The new driver's door has been fitted, but I did not put the hole in the front for the wire harness, so that needs to be done. I need to ask the painter if I should drill the mounting holes for the valance and the Shelby tail light panel before I give it to him, or do that after the painting. The factory way was to drill after the painting but only because Ford delivered the cars to AO Smith for the Shelby modifications.
  
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Reply #15 - yesterday at 6:49pm
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Picked up the car and brought it home. Drilled the holes for the license plate lights and then another two for the exhaust pod. I need it in place so I can cut the hole in the rear valance for the center exhaust.

  
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Reply #14 - yesterday at 6:48pm
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Even though I had been doing an admiral job at repairing the rusted door, and it was looking like it might even turn out well, the painter expressed his concern about what might happen 2-3 years down the road when another rust spot pops up. And with the rust running up the inner panel side to the lower door hinge, I agreed that I should just go with a new repro door as mentioned previously.

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The new door arrived and was test fitted to the car. The top door hinge had to have its holes widened a bit (just like the passenger door did) to get it properly adjusted and now I do not have to worry about any more rust issues.




It is currently scheduled to go to the painter on Tuesday, Jan 17th. He is going to re-block sand the entire car, do his own body work, and then paint the car.

Turns out the rear valance pan is also in a little rough shape so I will be ordering a new one of those and cut the hole for the center exhaust where the license plate would normally go. I have to have that ready to be included with the car when it goes in for paint.
  
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Reply #13 - Dec 8th, 2016 at 10:14pm
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It's been a while, and I have been busy. The body is almost ready for paint.


  
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Reply #12 - Jan 31st, 2015 at 12:37pm
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The JBA 2.5" H Pipe. I think its going to be able to breathe a little easier.

  
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Reply #11 - Jan 28th, 2015 at 10:54pm
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JBA's arrived the other day. The outlet flange location is a bit lower on the passenger side, and the angle is a bit off on the drivers. Good thing I ordered their H pipe as well. I am going to have to make a new thermal choke tube though.

  
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Reply #10 - Jan 26th, 2015 at 10:57pm
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Upgraded from the Pertronix Ignitor II to the Pertronix Ignitor III to get the Multiple Spark Discharge feature. The II bolted to the original advance plate where as the III is attached to its own advanced plate. The adjustment screw in the III is for a built in rev limiter.

  
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Reply #9 - Jan 25th, 2015 at 11:33am
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Looks like my real solution to the mid pipe issue is going to be the JBA 1653SH  pipe. Due to the very changed position of the flanges, modifying a true H pipe might prove to be a challenge.

  
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Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2015 at 12:16am
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Pulled out my 10+ year old never used H pipe. It is a 2" version. Plastic tape used on the flanges to keep them from sliding down the pipes must have held moisture, added rust. I'm guessing the cross over area is rusty from the welding and handling. Hard to see till I point it out, but the drivers side of the cross over tube weld is cracked. I did not even see it till I was looking at the photos.

  
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Reply #7 - Jan 24th, 2015 at 1:46pm
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Late Christmas. The exhaust pipe kit arrived yesterday, the aluminum radiator and Energy Suspension bushing kit and 120 grit roll cartridges today. Too bad its so overcast today or I might be out doing something.

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Reply #6 - Jan 18th, 2015 at 11:18pm
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Starting to port the heads. Album here

  

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Reply #5 - Nov 7th, 2014 at 12:16pm
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I'll be file fitting the piston rings this weekend. To see what that is all about, look here:

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Reply #4 - Sep 6th, 2014 at 11:09am
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As the transmission is almost complete, I have started taking a look at the engine.
  

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Reply #3 - Aug 24th, 2014 at 11:25am
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More on the FMX transmission. I bought a bunch of new friction/clutch discs as one of the set was badly pitted. Had the entire thing apart, inspected, cleaned and almost put back together.
  

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