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Wow, what a long day. It took 8 hours to assemble, then 2 for cutting and buffing. They wanted to buff more, but I had to hit the road. I'm a little less than halfway home, and had to stop for the night. I'll do a big thread tomorrow with lots of details, for now I'll just throw up a few pics:
















 

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More pictures.

Body Gaps:

This side of the bumper needs a wedge shaped shim to line up. We didn't have time to cut one, so I'll have to do that later.






















Some of the painted trim pieces:







I bought these small LED lights on eBay to use as side blinkers. They are actually really nice solid metal pieces, and I only paid about $8 for the pair:




And Mustang Project Sequential LEDs


Some pictures in the sun:



 

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I dug into the front wheels today, and what I found wasn't pretty. The passenger side bearing appears to have exploded, tearing up the bearing race in the rotor, and galling itself to the spindle. I wasted $50 at the machine shop having it pressed off the spindle only to find out it was not salvageable. I only found 1 spindle in a junkyard around here, and they wanted $80 for it :eek:

I've decided to go with a set of spindles from CSRP. These will work with all of my Granada parts the PO put in, but correct my steering geometry. Hope to get them by the weekend.







 

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I'm in love with your car. One day, one day...I will buy a thrown away mustang and turn it back into what it should be. What a great side project and weekend ride you have now!

How long (total months) has this entire experience taken you?
From junkyard to back on the road rumbling up the street?
 

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I picked the car up on November 6th, 2010. And every spare second not spent with the kids or working has been spent on the car. I'm so glad to be at a spot where I can finally enjoy it.

Thanks for all the comments everyone!!
 

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Did some shopping tonight. Probably 100 things I need more than a stereo, but it is a high profile item to SWMBO, and anything that makes the car more civilized in her mind gets a super high priority right now :)

Rockford Fosgate Prime 600-Watt 5-Channel Amplifier

Pioneer DEH-X8500BS CD receiver with MIXTRAX, HD-Radio, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM Ready

Polk Audio DB691 6-by-9-Inch 3-Way Speakers

Polk Audio db1040 10-Inch Single Voice Coil Subwoofer


I didn't order front speakers because I still haven't decided what size they will be. Still looking for door panels that will hold speakers so I don't have to use kick panels.
 

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Why avoiding kick panels? That should be a nice system! I haven't hooked my stereo back up yet and it's missed greatly. I already have kick panel speakers so ill just keep them. I can't decide on a new head unit is why I haven't hooked it up. Only want to wire it up one time.
 

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I don't like the way kick panel speakers sound, and I tend to kick them a lot, I'm a fan of my foot room.

Check out the unit I listed above. Should have plenty of features for most uses.
 

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I spent about six hours on the car Friday, not much pic worthy. I got 3 sets of RCA cables and 2 pair of speaker wire pulled from the trunk to the front, along with the power and remote trigger for the amp. All 3 RCA and all the speaker wires run down the drivers side (really tight fit) and all the power stuff runs down the passenger side. I also got the weatherstripping around the doors and drip rails done. I got all the rubber parts from CJPP (only because I had a gift card) and I was not impressed with it at all. The door and drip rail pieces were both about 5 inches too long. It was easy to trim the drip rail because they only had one molded end, but the doors had two molded ends, so I had to cut the excess from the middle :(

I also got the upper grill installed. As a tip, be sure to lay down some masking paper when you glue in the rubber, in case any of the gunk drips:











 

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I got the seat covers in today. Not happy with them at all. I'm wondering if I got knock off Clazzios. I've seen several sets before, and they all fit very tight, and took a lot of work to get installed. These slipped right on and are not tight at all :(

On the top I can probably add some padding to the backside to pull the front in tight, but I have no idea what to do on the bottom besides add extra padding to the seat, which I don't want.









 

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Finally got a full day to work on the car. I took it to have the dynomax muffler put on, then I had the alignment checked since I put on new spindles. I also had them add more camber to the alignment since the last shop couldn't figure out how to add shims to the UCA. After that I washed it and took a bunch of pics because I promised the body shop I would send them some. I'm just going to dump them here and send a link. I do a full post later comparing the dynomax to the flowmaster along with decible readings and clips.



























 

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This ride is HOT HOT HOT!!!

The breaking news of the month is that it is freaking HOT!!!! It didn't take long for AC to get moved up the priority list straight to #1. I've decided to go with the OLD AIR HURRICANE unit that includes the all electronic controls.

My first order of business was to try and get the bracket mounted in the engine bay and determine if I could use my existing 2-groove billet pulley, or if I'm going to have to use the ugly cast iron 3-groove they sent over (or spend more cash for a billet 3-groove). Before I had turned the first wrench I had determined that I was going to have to hack some things up. I used a really large bolt to plug the smog holes on my AFR heads, and the top of the bolt was interfering with the bracket. I wasn't keen on grinding off half of the bolt just in case I ever need to remove it, so I decided to notch the bracket:





After the bracket was installed, I noticed that the AC compressor had a 2-groove pulley on it, and sure enough, the inner groove lined up perfectly with the outer groove on my 2-groove crank pulley. What doesn't line up is the idler arm. I am either going to have to trim the idler bracket or use a 3-groove pulley. I plan on looking into how I would trim the idler arm tomorrow.

The other issue I have that will need to addressed regardless is that since I swapped to the Griffin cross flow radiator, my upper hose passes right through where the compressor needs to be. I think I am going to have a piece of stainless exhaust pipe bent by a muffler shop that will clear the compressor. Either that or shell out for a cool-flex hose. I'm strongly leaning towards the pipe, because it would be less than half the cost of the cool-flex hose.



 

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I decided that cutting the idler arm just use a billet crank pulley was dumb, you can't see the crank pulley once you put everything on anyway. I swapped in the 3 groove pulley and everything lines up nicely, however I ran into another problem with the bracket. Old Air list the same kit for a 289/302/351, so I assumed that the bracket would have holes for both 302 deck height and 351 deck height (for mounting to the head). Well we all know what my pappy used to say about assuming. Something about a mule and you and me....

I had to make a template of my head and drill new holes in the bracket so that I could mount the support bolts. I'll take pictures tomorrow when I'm done, I need a bigger step drill bit to finish up.
 
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