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.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Must-have tools/ various useful things

One thing that is useful and doesn't typically come with a lot of the sets is a 15/16 socket. That is the socket that you need to remove that big nut that holds the steering wheel on. It is also needed to remove the trunk lock stuff from the trunk lid. And, that is the one that need for that big bolt in the middle of the crank pulley. That bolt is what holds the harmonic balancer on, and, sometimes you need to turn the motor by hand (with a wrench) and that is the bolt that you turn the motor with. A very useful item.

It is also good to have a couple of heavy paper clips sitting around. You need one to remove the lock cylinder from the ignition switch, which has to come out before you can replace the switch. It is also the tool of choice to remove the clips that hold the window crank and door release handle on if you have an earlier 65 or a 64 1/2. It is also useful as a brake light switch by-passer if you are checking your brake light switch. There are lots of things that a correctly configured paper clip does very well.

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