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 may experiment with just replacing the entire dash face with some sheet metal or carbon so I can fit aftermarket round gauges...

 

In fact, seeing it all apart, I think that will be the go...

 

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It rained all day yesterday so I couldn't get much done. Assembled the urethane rag joint, and cut off the long arm that shifts the transmission...

 

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Cleaned and painted the end of the column also, just not before that pic...  😁

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Got the left side caliper bracket mounted and aligned, and installed the rotor/hub. So that means it's time to see just how much drop we ended up with.  😁

 

As expected, it's 3.25" total drop up front.  👍

 

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The rear could use another 1/2" or so, but that will be further down the road. Front crossmember is currently about 6" off the ground, aka about the same height as my jack...  😁

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The front sway bar is a laughably small 1/2" in diameter, and that would not do. There are aftermarket options for a 1" front bar for the princely sum of $200+, but that really wouldn't do either.  😄

 

As it turns out, since they didn't really change the design/geometry of the full-sized Ford's front suspension until the early 80s, there are options for OE upgrades out there. A friend of mine is in the midst of a resto-mod build on a '73 Ranchero and had recently purchased a '74 Torino as a parts donor for it. And also as it happens, the Torino has a bar that is the exact same shape as mine but is 15/16" in diameter. So for $40, now I have a front sway bar that is twice as thick as stock.  👍

 

After a scrub, and some paint...

 

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Now I need to order up some urethane bushings for it and hopefully get it installed on Saturday...

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33 minutes ago, datsunfreak said:

I need to order up some urethane bushings for it and hopefully get it installed on Saturday...

 

And of course, thanks to stupid Amazon, they won't be delivered until Sunday, so...   😝

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Got the rear bumper back on, yes it's still wicked bent...

 

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It may just be all in my head, but I swear the added weight of that bumper lowered the back 1/2"...   😄

 

Got the front back up in the air so when my sway bar hardware shows up I can bang that out...  👍

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Also been watching too much Roadkill Garage, which has had two effects. One, it has convinced me to never paint this car. Two, it has taken me back to wanting some 17x8 Torq Thrust wheels for it. 😄

 

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Demonstrating the ever so slight difference in size...  😁

 

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If you have never tried to swap out sway bars on a car that is not disassembled, I do not recommend it.   😅

 

Getting the old one out only took two minutes. Getting the new one in took at least 20. And put lots of scratches in my freshly painted sway bar. And if I had done it before I installed my T/C rods, it would have taken about 30 seconds...

 

Got the end links installed, but could not use the stock frame bushing mounts. One, they are kind of a weird design that I don't like. Two, they are hell of wimpy...

 

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I will be moving them inboard about 2" so I can connect them directly to the frame. Hopefully I can get that knocked out next time I am there. Then it's on to getting the Explorer diff fitted...  👍

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1 hour ago, dimlight65 said:

 

Or, y'know, install hood pins... tomato/tomato. 🤣

 

 

Well, installed the hinges, and then the hood...

 

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Which, as you mentioned, required doing Datzenmike's favorite mod...

 

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Stock latch was pretty well knackered, and I surely didn't want to trust it at 80mph, so...   😁

 

Made sure to get aluminium hood pins, to shave that extra 7 ounces of weight, and to make sure they don't rust...   😄

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I was not happy with reusing the stock sway bar mounting hardware due to size (5/16") and age, so I swapped it out for newer bigger bolts (3/8")...

 

Also got the rear end jacked up and ready to remove the rear diff. Hope to start on that Saturday...

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2 hours ago, datsunfreak said:

 

One thing is for sure, I don't think I will ever have to yell at anyone for leaning on it...  😁

"Have to?"  No.

 

"GET to."  Hell yeah!

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Took almost 3 hours, but I did get the rear end out...

 

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Luckily none of the bolts broke, but there was sooooooo much dirt/sand packed into everything. And every time I touched it, more fell on my face...

 

I ended up needing to use air tools on a few bolts, and that just created a giant sand storm...  😄

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On 7/6/2020 at 3:05 PM, dimlight65 said:

 

You ever get 10 seconds into a video and you're like "nah, this isn't for me", but you decide to give it a few more seconds to see if something will happen? And then three minutes later you realize nope, absolutely nothing is going to happen. This is just someone who just got a copy of Final Cut Pro and wanted to play around and do as many goofy edits as possible. 😄

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On 7/7/2020 at 4:23 PM, datsunfreak said:

 

You ever get 10 seconds into a video and you're like "nah, this isn't for me", but you decide to give it a few more seconds to see if something will happen? And then three minutes later you realize nope, absolutely nothing is going to happen. This is just someone who just got a copy of Final Cut Pro and wanted to play around and do as many goofy edits as possible. 😄

Oh yeah, the video is totally blowful.  No argument there.

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Didn't really get any work done, just some head scratching/planning on how to best adapt the Explorer diff to the car. I think we have a solid plan in place, I just need to get some metal so we can make new brackets instead of cutting the old ones off the stock diff. 

 

We entertained the notion of converting to a proper 4 link instead of the stock 3 link/panhard rod arrangement, but I think we are going to stick with the stock design for now. Just slightly improved. 😁

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