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« on: September 26, 2018, 04:16:54 AM »
Hello all, I didn't see an introduce yourself thread so I guess I will do it here.

Just purchased a 1976 Pony MPG with a 302 in it. Previous owner evidently bought it already built and didn't know alot about it.

I would call it a a back yard find as it had grass clippings for at least 2 or 3 years all over and in it.

Beautiful shade of green mold all over it and lots of patina. It does however have solid sheet metal.

I got it home and got it washed and haven't gotten to far into it yet, but from what I can see so far who ever did it seems to have done it right.

I will try to get some pics posted later today. Looking forward to sponging as much knowledge that I can from you all.

I build motorcycles and mess with cars, make a lot of my own parts, I have 2 lathes and millling machines in my little shop.

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Re: New member
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2018, 10:00:23 AM »
Look forward to the pictures etc !

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Re: New member
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 01:52:04 AM »
+1, I would like t see pics as well especially of the engine compartment.

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Re: New member
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 02:16:29 AM »
WOW, finally I can post again? Every time I tried it said I didn't have access to this page....(My own post even)

Engine bay is still as purchased. I have been working my way forward from the rear. So if this post works I will get some pics and load them up when I get out in the shop later today.

So far I have added a sub-frame connectors from the front to the new redesigned front leaf spring mounts, and I also made some adjustable rear shackle mounts, so I can lengthen or shorten the distance between the spring mounts and also can raise or lower the car by moving the front and rear mounts up and down.

Trunk hump cut out and a new tank will be mounted under the frame I am building in the rear of the car, along with new shock mounts and modified the traction bars that came with the car.

I was sidelined a bit as I changed the 8inch rear gear from 3.00 to a 3.55 added a powertrax and rebuild the rear end.

Reworking the front suspension with urethane bushings all around right now.

More to come
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Re: New member
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 10:19:15 AM »
I guess I am not allowed to add pics until someone clears my payment, sorry guys, have to wait
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Re: New member
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 08:51:30 PM »
Payment ?

Use Imgur

When Photo Bucket went to the pay system, I went with Imgur.

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Re: New member
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 11:47:02 PM »
The forum won't let me create a gallery unless I have a subscription.

As for photobucket and Imgur, never used them.

I take that back, seems I do have a Imgur account from a long time ago I didn't remember, guess I ill have to try that tomorrow.
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Re: New member
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 02:38:11 PM »
 Pinto comes to new home.
 
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 02:43:28 PM »
The Pony was left outside.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2018, 02:46:06 PM »
Looks like it ain't exactly built for gas mileage.





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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 02:47:21 PM »
Bumpers gettin set-in

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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 02:50:21 PM »
After a good bath. Original paint, 53400 miles, solid unibody, with MII 8inch rear

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Re: New member
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2018, 03:27:27 PM »
Old Pony gets a subframe.


and suspension changes




8inch rebuilt and trutrax locker with new 3.55 gears

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Re: New member
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2018, 03:30:43 PM »
working on front end now, threw the rotors in my lathe and turned them.



Next to reinforce the lower control arms, add 3" lug studs, and energy suspension bushings, QA1 coilovers, and new wheels and skins.
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Re: New member
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2018, 04:07:43 PM »
Spare pocket cut out to flatten floor and new nogo boom fuel cell to mounted under the new floor.
 


Rear leaf mounts made adjustable.



And front leaf perches also.




I think that will bring everything up to date.
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Re: New member with Project
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2018, 06:26:49 AM »
Thanks for sharing!  It looks like your project is progressing nicely!

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« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2018, 11:26:48 AM »
LOWER CONTROL ARMS

I wanted to use tubular control arms with coilovers, however the Hooker super comp headers on the drivers side are so close to the lower control arm mount there isn't enough room to fit them in.

SO, I looked at Heidt's which happens to make a tubular lower control arm that fits in and wouldn't be a problem. I am cheap, a little research yielded a ready made brace which is made from sheet steel, well I am cheap remember. SO, I took some steel from the scrap bin and made my own.

Pics are prepped for welding, layed on for fit, and welded.

Saved some money and stiffened up the arms a bit, it isn't an auto cross car, and I doubt the wheels will come off the ground.

The aluminum block is in place just in case the arm would want to warp......it didn't.





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Re: New member with Project
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2018, 07:41:23 AM »
I'm going to do something like that on my blue car. Need to so I can have good tie downs for hauling...good job & keep us up to date !

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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2019, 03:36:42 PM »
New NOGO Boom fuel tank.



New trunk floor, the black thing is where the fuel filler will go in, the gasket looking black thing is a hockey puck I turned down to use as a gasket.



Battery box will go about where it sits now.



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« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2019, 03:41:26 PM »
Now for stage 1 (front bumper push in) the crash bumpers gotta go so here it is not finished yet, held up with a couple bolts.





The sides where trimmed down to match the body lines and will have steel filler panels fabricated to fill and match.



The rear comes soon, and then off to powder coat a nice gloss Ford gray.
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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2019, 03:50:21 PM »
Now remember this car has the original paint and isn't goin to be painted any time soon, gonna run the "patina" for a while, but as I change things it will get a coat of paint or what ever (Like the under side, saving what I got)

Had to do a new fuel filler, the one I bought was a bit small in diameter so I made a spacer to fill the gap and made it flush.





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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2019, 03:53:18 PM »
Rear bumper, and tires coming soon, front end got urethane bushings and all new ball joints, with QA1 coil overs, plus new rack boots and bushings, Currie 3" lug studs all around. Did I mention I rebuilt the rear and added a traxlock and swapped out the gear for a 3.55?
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Re: New member with Project
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2019, 12:40:36 PM »
LOTS of progress!!!  Well done!


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Re: New member with Project
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2019, 06:37:31 PM »
Got any pictures of how you connected the fuel cell to the fuel filler?
I'm looking at doing the same thing shortly.
Making a lot more progress than I am that's for sure.
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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2019, 12:00:29 AM »
Got any pictures of how you connected the fuel cell to the fuel filler?
I'm looking at doing the same thing shortly.
Making a lot more progress than I am that's for sure.
Thanks,
Russ

Here is the tank I am using.

http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=83/category_id=133/mode=prod/prd83.htm

Here is the cap/filler I am using.

http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=475/category_id=133/mode=prod/prd475.htm

Here are the hoses I will use to hook up.

http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=104/category_id=167/mode=prod/prd104.htm

I will get some pics as I get it put together, it will be a bit as there are half a dozen things going on at once.
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Re: New member with Project
« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2019, 12:33:56 AM »
Thanks.
I am trying to think of a way to route the fill hose without being in the car. Not sure I can lower the cell enough.
Thinking I might have to have a raised floor.
I have to pass emissions here also. They check the fuel cap for vacuum or some such thing.
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« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2019, 01:23:01 AM »
Thanks.
I am trying to think of a way to route the fill hose without being in the car. Not sure I can lower the cell enough.
Thinking I might have to have a raised floor.
I have to pass emissions here also. They check the fuel cap for vacuum or some such thing.
Russ

I don't have to pass smog here, and the cap I picked does seal and is not vented, the tank has a vent / tip over valve that has to be run to a location higher than the filler neck opening.

The filler hose will run thru the trunk, and I am going to add an aluminum panel over the opening at the back of the rear seat, and an aluminum package shelf cover, so if hit from the rear the gas and fumes shouldn't enter the passenger compartment very easily.
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« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2019, 10:30:24 AM »
Bumpers, front and rear, not fitted spaced/shimmed perfectly, will fit them better after powder coat, did paint with some gray so I can visualize what they will look like powder coated, pushed in, trimmed, filled.

Not perfect but they will do.











 
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« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2019, 04:39:14 PM »
Snowing like crazy here, and I spent the day helping a friend add OSB to the inner walls of his shop, came home and decided to do the door panels I made the other day.

Got a sheet of AL for various things, decided not to use the destroyed / worn out door panels, so I made some and presto.



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Re: New member with Project
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2019, 02:49:58 AM »
Nice.
I've thought about using aluminum, but I would have to just go with plain, no fancy tools.
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