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Re: Born 1974 - Died 1996 Resurrected 2021-2022?
« Reply #60 on: September 12, 2021, 12:54:05 PM »
 The driveshaft length is one of the "bolt in" big pluses of the T-9. I thought the crossmember was too but apparently not. Would like to see pictures of what you built.

I was very fortunate. I went from a 2.0 / C-4 /6-3/4" rear to a 2.3 / T-5/ 8" rear and my existing driveshaft also fit perfectly. I assume whatever was gained/lost between the C-4 / T-5 and the 6-3/4" / 8" all compensated.

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Re: Born 1974 - Died 1996 Resurrected 2021-2022?
« Reply #61 on: September 14, 2021, 08:16:23 AM »
I'm getting pics as I progress, and when I can figure out why my pics won't load, I'll bombard this thread with a pictorial sequence of events. The crossmember that I built isn't pretty, but it will be functional for a long time.
On Sunday the 12th, I did a little more tune up work on my daily, then worked on the Pinto some more. Way back in the '80's when I drove this car all the time, I had drilled a hole in the driver fender and mounted a  CB antenna. The vibration, and lack of a reinforcing layer of metal caused some damage to the location, then add on all those years of rusting. What I decided, was to pull the fender off, do a repair, add a reinforcing layer, then re-drill a new hole for the antenna, and drill a hole for a battery cutoff switch a couple of inches forward of the antenna. It may be kind of a goofy idea to some people, but I don't want to install the switch in the dash, or have to pop the hood open to switch it on/off.
I was able to get the fender off, and route the new battery cable. I will begin metal repair soon. If you go back to the beginning of this thread, you can see a small dent at the headlight bezel that I will take care of while the fender is off, and you should also be able to see the antenna mount I talking about.

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Re: Born 1974 - Died 1996 Resurrected 2021-2022?
« Reply #62 on: September 19, 2021, 09:56:12 PM »
Saturday was rainy and windy here in Seattle, I did nothing outside. Sunday, I installed the fuel tank (but without the sending unit), I installed the radiator and fan, filled the remote oil filter and the cooler with new oil, primed the oil system, and put a new gasket on for the valve cover.
I ordered a PDR body tool set from Amazon, should be here about 1-1/2 weeks. I ordered a Spectra FG178B fuel sending unit from RockAuto, should be here this coming Friday. After I get the fuel sending unit installed, I will locate a place to mount the electric fuel pump, then install the new carburetor I have. After that, I will double check for all the little things that need to be completed, and possibly buy a battery and attempt to start the engine. I believe that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the carpet kit I ordered had arrived, well on Friday, the new headliner arrived. I will soon be transitioning from running gear, to interior work and looking for tires. Just a thought as I'm posting this, on November 1st, it will be the 40 year anniversary of when I purchased this Pinto. I wonder if I can have the engine running by then, and have new tires.

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Re: Born 1974 - Died 1996 Resurrected 2021-2022?
« Reply #63 on: September 25, 2021, 11:29:53 PM »
Fuel sending unit arrived on Thursday, installed the same evening. I finalized the location for the electric fuel pump, and got it installed today, plumbed the fuel lines, and ran an extension to the wiring through a hole and grommet into the cavity below the back seat. I will run power to the pump later. I vacuumed the interior of 25 years of dust/debris. I received a box of PDR (paintless dent removal) tools yesterday, now to get busy watching YouTube videos on how to use them properly. I think that I will practice first on the Taurus, it has a simple dent in the front fender from a parking lot hit and run incident a couple years back.

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Re: Born 1974 - Died 1996 Resurrected 2021-2022?
« Reply #64 on: Today at 07:45:35 AM »
Yesterday, Sunday, I did a lot of my weekly shopping errands, including a stop at the auto parts store for several items to continue the progress with the Pinto. The most spendy of which was a new battery that will actually go into my daily driver Caballero. It is a dual top and side post battery. The Caballero uses side post, and the current battery is dual top and side with a bad side connection, so I will move it over to the Pinto as a top post. I bought a pump that fits quart sized oil bottles to fill the stick shift transmission, antifreeze, more small and medium hose clamps, spark plugs, points. Need to visit a different store to get the condenser, cap, and rotor. They weren't in stock yesterday. I was able to get the valve cover bolted into place and the spark plugs installed before the rain started falling, so I packed the tools away and went indoors.