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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #240 on: December 11, 2023, 03:59:53 PM »
Wishing you more 40 degree days!  We woke up to snow this morning :(

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #241 on: December 11, 2023, 07:23:58 PM »
This coming weekend is looking promising weather-wise so I will likely get a little more done.  If/when the Winter weather takes over, I will start making plans for final body and paint, windscreen selection and order, wiring harness clean and prep, battery box/trunk mount and cables to the engine bay, and a host of things I haven't even thought of yet!  I am looking forward to Spring and it's not even Christmas yet!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #242 on: December 17, 2023, 02:36:04 PM »
Today I hogged out the bumper mount bolt holes and mounted the assembly, including what I have made for headlight mounts.  I still have some more to create for the headlight mounts but it seems to be coming together.  I'll take and send pics once I have the headlights mounted. 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #243 on: December 17, 2023, 05:36:24 PM »
Today I hogged out the bumper mount bolt holes and mounted the assembly, including what I have made for headlight mounts.  I still have some more to create for the headlight mounts but it seems to be coming together.  I'll take and send pics once I have the headlights mounted. 

Sounds good!!!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #244 on: December 24, 2023, 03:21:12 PM »
Today I mounted the headlights...i t's temporary, but I think this is going to be the permanent configuration with a little extra bracing welded in.  I have the fore and aft part of the mounts vice gripped in place.  I'll tack them in place the next time I get the welder out. 

Our weather is going to turn colder next week and I continue to work out of town so progress will be sporadic until Spring.  If I do anything, I will let everyone know.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2024 to all!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #245 on: December 24, 2023, 05:57:29 PM »
It's starting to look like a Mustang II - I'm impressed!  Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #246 on: January 01, 2024, 06:21:30 PM »
The only thing I did to my project this weekend was to pull the cover back so I could look at it!  Happy 2024 to All!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #247 on: January 03, 2024, 12:27:33 PM »
Considering you are in the land of Ice & Snow doing ANYTHING is an accomplishment .  It is 60F-65F degrees here in So. Cal. and it still takes a strong act of my will to want to go out and work on my cars. But then I have a condition called Renaud's when if the temperature goes below 85F my hands and feet feel icy cold - even in the summer.  It was so blatantly obvious when a group of us were at a Science Museum and stood before a thermal camera and I look so decidedly different. I guess you could call me "The Hidden Minority" based on (thermal) skin color.

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #248 on: January 04, 2024, 06:35:38 PM »
It was cold here today...starte d out around 32 with snow at 0730, and by afternoon it was mid-20's but sunny.  Weird weather.  I was outside working with techs this AM, but parked in front of the computer all afternoon.  Next week I will be evaluating techs (outside) so I'll have to bring the insulated gear.  If I keep my hands and feet warm, the rest of me will stay that way. 

Stay warm and only 3 more months of Winter!
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #249 on: January 12, 2024, 09:42:27 AM »
Looking at it is better than not looking at it!  lol   Happy New Year!!!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #250 on: January 24, 2024, 03:41:25 PM »
Since nothing has been posted for a few days, I will let you know that I have done nothing on my project since 12/24.  It might be a while before I even lift the cover to look at it!  Otherwise, I hope all is well with all.  I'll let you know if any progress is made and if there is anything of value to report.
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #251 on: February 11, 2024, 07:53:01 PM »
No progress to report but there have been signs that Spring is coming.  I know there are several more weeks of Winter, but every day gets us closer to the end.  I am looking forward to working on my project again.  The next major progress will include bodywork and paint so I need it to get and stay warm.  There will be other smaller details I can work on but the major progress will be after paint has been sprayed. 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #252 on: February 14, 2024, 07:49:45 AM »
Something to look forward to for sure!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #253 on: March 02, 2024, 01:34:37 PM »
I ordered and received a valve cover grommet and 1/2" 90.  It will ultimately be tied into the air cleaner.  I ordered it from Rock Auto for an '88 Ranger as I was guessing where the valve cover originally came from.  It took a little silicone spray and manipulation to get the grommet in, then I had to use the heat gun to soften the grommet to get the 90 in place.  It will have to come back out later in the project when I completely sand down the valve cover and either powder coat or paint with hi temp engine paint.  I just sprayed it with general purpose black spray paint so I could see what it was going to look like.  It was Ford Blue when I got it. 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #254 on: March 02, 2024, 02:45:32 PM »
Seems like a good guess. The center indent in the valve cover I believe is for the fuel injection manifold to cross over and provide hood clearance.

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #255 on: March 02, 2024, 05:32:59 PM »
Yep, that's what it is.  I like the look...it reminds me of the "Cobra Power by Ford" valve covers on my Mustang's 289.
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #256 on: March 03, 2024, 08:58:13 AM »
I DO love progress!!!

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« Reply #257 on: March 03, 2024, 04:27:08 PM »
Hopefully soon there will be more of it and on a much more regular basis! 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #258 on: April 06, 2024, 07:20:31 AM »
We had snow this week but the trend is for improving weather patterns.  Hopefully I can transform my Winter storage barn into an operating shop soon.  I need to get back on my project so I can get it done this Summer.  I have priming and painting to do so I need it to really warm up.  There are some other odds and ends I can do until it's warm enough to paint so I will hopefully start posting progress again soon. 
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #259 on: April 06, 2024, 07:58:14 AM »
I will hopefully start posting progress again soon. 

Definitely looking forward to it!

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #260 on: April 28, 2024, 09:39:36 AM »
I think next week my Winter Storage barn returns to workshop status!  I will be starting back up on my project.

Unrelated, I have an 03 Ranger with a rotted bed.  There is rot around the wheel wells and the bed floor.  If there wasn't a bed liner in it, it wouldn't hold any cargo.  Today I just bought a Mazda bed from a guy that gets them from NC.  Rust free and the same color.  The body lines are slightly different, but it will bolt on.  I will clean up the underside, epoxy, enamel, then coat with fibrated roofing tar.  That will get me a few more years out of the truck.  While the old bed is off, I'll clean up and seal the frame with POR 15 or similar.  The left side wheel well is way worse than the right side in the pic.
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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #261 on: April 29, 2024, 07:35:23 AM »
Sounds like a relatively simple and inexpensive way to keep your otherwise functional truck alive and well.  Looking forward to seeing the next phase of work on the roadster.

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Re: Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster
« Reply #262 on: May 05, 2024, 03:48:45 PM »
Yesterday I rearranged my garage and got my toys accessible.  The Harley got it's annual oil and primary fluid changed.  It doesn't get tranny gear oil change this year.  I put the battery in the Mustang and fired it up.  Took it to the end of the street and back.  Only put 500 miles on last year so no oil change.  Re-torqued the lug nuts as I bought new tires last Fall just before putting putting it away.  Glad I did...there were some that were loose.  The project car just got rolled around and admired.  I think the first things I will do is repair the cracks in the dash pad and get the rest of the interior parts (dash, steering column, rear interior quarter panels, rear package tray, junk tray) ready for adhesion promoter, primer, black paint.  I have to work in some gardening/weeding and other home projects, then a week in FL at the end of the month but I plan to make some progress in the next few weeks.
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« Reply #263 on: May 06, 2024, 10:52:05 AM »
It sounds like you got a few things accomplished over the weekend, and that's a good thing!

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« Reply #264 on: May 19, 2024, 04:24:57 PM »
I finally did something other than look at my project.  I made repairs to my cracked and otherwise unsightly dash pad. I used a heat gun and razor knife in the areas of the large cracks and dug out the bad foam too.  I filled the deep crevices with crumpled aluminum foil, then regular body filler.  After fully cured, I used a lightweight, flexible body filler (Porpoise Putty) and skinned and sanded it smooth.  See before and after below.  Future treatment will be adhesion promoter, primer/surfacer, then the black paint the rest of the interior parts will get.  Progress...
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« Reply #265 on: Yesterday at 06:59:07 AM »
Ah, progress... one of my favorite things!  Glad to know you're back at it!

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« Reply #266 on: Yesterday at 09:07:41 AM »
Looking forward to how this turns out and more importantly how it holds up. On my Datsun 510 I filled the cracks with spray foam and then sanded. Then I bought a sheet of vinyl and wrapped it. But that dash didn't have the complex curves of the Pinto.