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UP IN THE AIR

With the suspension completely removed, I had only to pull out some key steering components before we could mount the Rotisserie. These included the Pitman arm, the steering arm, the power-steering hydraulic pump, and the idler arm. This last piece must be replaced if there is any play where it mounts to the body; otherwise, […]

Back to Business

Sigh…… back to body work. Engine rebuilding was much simpler: attach this, torque down that, lubricate part, etc. But removing accessories and trim is just downright aggravating; the car must’ve been made in a way to keep people from trying to take it apart. All bolts are hidden and impossible to access, screws are normally […]

VOILA!

Fini! Terminado! Finito! DONE! (Drums, please!) The motor is finished! Didn’t think I’d be saying this a whole year into the project.  I mean, how long can engine reassembly take? Ah well, I’ll just have to pick up the pace. My goal is to finish the whole project by the time school starts next year […]

Our 302: all dressed up and nowhere to go

Alright! Reporting from Snowbird, Utah right now, tired from a long day skiing. My English teacher once told me that writing is like a miniskirt: it should be long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it interesting. I plan to make this entry short and concise. Now that the valve train […]

Winter break… time at last

Oops. Sorry I haven’t posted much lately… between the play, finals, and what little is left over for my social life, there hasn’t been much time to work at the garage. Thank heavens it’s winter break now. Last weekend, we inserted the front oil seal into the timing chain cover. After warping the first two […]

The Mustang MacGyver

Yesterday, I squeezed in some time at the garage to prepare for piston installation. Well, our plan was to get to pistons, but we ran into a couple problems (don’t we always?). Ollie tagged along to work on his Oscar the Grouch costumein the last few days before Halloween. The new bolts for the thrust […]

Loss of Yardage

Knowing Dad was going to be gone this weekend, I made sure to get my homework done early on Tuesday and Wednesday so Dad and I could get as much work done at the garage as possible. We left the block, now with its newly balanced crankshaft in place, under a garbage bag to protect […]

Let the fun begin!

Finally! My homework is finished, I’ve gotten some sleep, and Dad isn’t busy. We all know this means I get to spend more time with my rapidly growing addiction to auto-restoration. My dad’s been nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs because our engine is going to start oxidizing if […]