There is a very large class of people that own 65/66 Mustangs that, as far as I can tell, anyway, have been, for the most part, ignored entirely. They don't really want that 100 pt. show car that is so nice and was soooo expensive that they're afraid to drive it, they also don't want to make their car capable of achieving warp factor three. They just want this car that they dearly love to be able to cruise around smoothly and reliably, without having it dump them out on the side of the road or have it start making weird noises or belching out big clouds of funky-smelling smoke. And I think, truth be told, that this is by far the largest class of Mustang owners. They take their car to some technician when what they actually need is a mechanic, and this, frequently, does not work out very well at all for the owner. They don't want to re-engineer the entire car, they just want someone to fix what broke. These are the people that I am trying help out with this blog. Some problems require a little bit of back and forth, as in, "Try this." "I tried that and it didn't change anything."
" Oh. well, you probably need to try that." " I tried that and it helped, but it still isn't quite right." "Now you need to try this...." If you go to http://www.allfordmustangs.com/ and then go to the classics forums, you will be able to do that with a pretty hefty gathering of some very knowledgeable people that also happen to be very friendly. None of that ridiculous one-upmanship, no flaming or abuse, none of that stuff. Just good, solid advice from people that know what they are talking about.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dash repair for radio holes

It is not uncommon to see one of these cars with the hole in the dash all hacked up. People used to do that to install a variety of size huge tape players 'back in the day'. The optimum solution is to cut the area out and weld in a piece that has the correct holes. This 'piece' can be cut out of a basket case donor car, or, new replacement panels can be purchased from most vendors of vintage Mustang parts. If your budget doesn't really allow for that, here is a good alternative. It would not pass muster at an MCA car show, but, the piece actually looks pretty nice, and doesn't call for any cutting, welding, etc.. It would be something well worth considering.

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