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    '71 510 Sedan, '87 Starion ESI-R
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  1. Final test fit with shifter and cable installed... Cable passes fairly close to the exhaust manifold, so we put 3 layers of header wrap on it... . We did install the new tach, and it functions as it should, but you will either need to stare intently at the top photo, or use your imagination... πŸ˜‚
  2. Not on this one. Unfortunately I bailed on this for another derelict project...
  3. Made a few more revisions to the shifter base, but we think it has achieved it's final form... In other news, we installed this tachometer in the dash. After a few missteps with the wiring, we finally got it to work. Of course, it's a piece of shit and doesn't read correctly. Soooooo, time for another new tach I guess? πŸ˜„
  4. New zorst... We decided to fit up the cold air intake. Here's where it ends... And where it begins... Stock breather was fed by a hole in the top of the radiator support. So we made that hole a LOT bigger and fit the 4" metal pipe through it. Hose on one end, filter on the other. I decided while the grill was off to paint all that stuff behind the grill black (as you can see there), then that snowballed into masking off and painting the grill as well... After that, we had a look at how we were going to affix the shifter tower to the doghouse, then decided drastic measures were called for... It now weighs about 20% of what it did before and will stay stuck to the doghouse should we need to remove it (what Tim was concerned about all along with the old design). We took that off for a bit of paint, and we will be making a beefy backing plate for the other side of the doghouse so we don't crack it by shifting too aggressively. πŸ˜„
  5. Already have 2" drop springs for the front, to be installed shortly. I want to get those in and see how much drop the rear needs. And these wheels will likely not stay. Mulling over a few choices for wheels now in fact... A little bit JDM... A little bit Euro... Or possibly, a little bit 'Murica... With it having the most common bolt pattern in the world (5x114.3), the ability to swallow 10-11" wide wheels with ease, and being able to run anything from a 15" to a 20" diameter, it is not making the choice easy... πŸ˜„
  6. For the most part, I actually share your opinion. I have no intention to leave it like this forever, and I don't think it looks "perfect" right now. I just don't want to blow it apart to paint it any time soon. Once it's on the road and sorted, at that time I will decide on paint. Kinda like your truck. πŸ˜„ And it may depend on if I can find another (less pitted) hood...
  7. See below. Most likely what I will do is give it a bath with a fine scotch-brite and call it good. That seems to get the oxidation off of just fine, and it beats buffing it. πŸ˜ƒ
  8. More the former. I have no intentions to paint it. Always wanted something with patina'd stock paint and a decent interior and engine bay, so this will be it. Need to redo the front suspension/brakes first, then the rear. Then pull the engine trans and paint the engine bay. Then put in the new engine/trans, rewire the whole car, and freshen up the interior. Then just drive it "ugly" for a while. If it gets paint, it won't be for years down the road.
  9. Oh, that is loooooooooong gone. And I'm not sure it would pull a wet stick out of a mud hole. πŸ˜„ This Galaxie has been at my shop for almost a year now. I've been doing some work on it here and there for the previous owner, but it seemed like he lost interest pretty early on and now has decided to sell it. And as his interest waned, mine has slowly ramped up. To the point that as I was walking past it on Wednesday I just said screw it and called him and told him it was sold and that I was buying it. 😁
  10. Oh, and I am now on the hunt for a T-5 trans 'cause I gots to row my own, yo... 😎
  11. Yeah, the 65/66 has a very flat nose. Also this one has the "fastback" style roof unique to this model. The '67 is a "one year" car, not like any of the others. Good for uniqueness, bad for finding parts. A friend of mine had a '66 as a drift car for awhile... πŸ˜„
  12. The previous owner had already purchased some stuff, as I mentioned, including this... All the bits to make the front disc brakes, and also all the bits to rebuild the rear brakes. Going to do that first... it is originally a 289 car, and still has it's original engine, but that is DOA. We have a spare good '70s 302 at the shop, so that will be going in as well. I have a new aftermarket wiring harness for it, as well as a few other cool bits, so here we go...
  13. Well, it's true what they say, never meet your heroes. After a few months of tinkering with this, I am just not feeling it. So it's going away. To be replaced with what you ask? Almost the polar opposite...
  14. So, a friend was storing this at my shop, bought a bunch of cool stuff for it, then decided he didn't want to build it after all. So... 😁 Kinda want a bit of a pro-touring look, something along these lines... We'll see where it goes...
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