Journal: August 1999
Sunday 8/1/99, Time's flying and I still don't have this mustang torn down. I've been way too busy with non-cobra stuff this week, but I did get a few things accomplished. Got the gas tank cleaned up and it looks pretty nice. I'm not sure if I'll use it or not . My gut feeling is to go with the Fuel Safe fuel cell, but they are sooo expensive and I am sooo cheap. The wife is pushing for the cell though so it will probably happen. I also did the prep work described in the manual on the turn signal switch and the ignition switch. Again, I'll probably go with aftermarket switches, but it will be nice to have these to plug directly into the wiring harness for testing.
8/7/99 I've been in contact
with Wallace trucking this week Their E-mail address is email@example.com
if you are interested. They will deliver the kit to my door and save me
the hassle of picking it up at a freight terminal. They come highly recommended
by several people on the cobraforum and Keri at Factory Five. At this
point, the plan is that they will pick up my kit and one for a customer
in Michigan on September 10th. This will also save me a couple of hundred
dollars compared to Consolidated Freight's price. (I
don't think Wallace Trucking is transporting FFRs any more. Most guys
are now using Stewart Transportation for direct delivery to their homes.
They can be contacted at 888-737-4852 or E-mail Collin at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday 8/12/99 Cody (my son) and I have been working on the Web page for the last couple of nights. He added a link to the Cobra Web Ring, and I've updated the costs page and fixed a couple of items on the Links page. We also posted some pictures of the lower radiator bracket that Mike Sullivan fabricated for his FFR kit. Some visitors to the site are having problems viewing it with Netscape browsers. Cody used Microsoft Front Page software so it would be easy for me to update the page, but unfortunately the code it creates doesn't translate well to Netscape browsers. It looks great in Internet Explorer, but it's mighty ugly or in some cases not viewable in Netscape. He's working on redesigning the page so it will work well with all browsers. The only progress on the tear down I've made is doing the prep work on the master cylinder. I hope to finish up all the small stuff this weekend, and get the engine and rear end out next week end. This is sounding like a government project with all the schedule slips. That's okay though, I really want to take my time. do this right and enjoy it. Oh yea, and try not to get too obsessed with it. (figure the odds of that) Hope you all have a great weekend!
Sunday 8/15/99 Had a pretty good weekend. It drizzled all day Saturday which put a damper on the teardown. SO, the wife and I went shopping and I found a good deal on a 1000 lb engine stand. Picked it up for $40. Cody posted some pictures of Dave Houstea's Mustang Turbine Wheels with spinner hubcaps. I think they look great and I'd like to use them on my wheels. I hope to get the details on how Dave fabricated the spinners.
Sunday was a beautiful
day and a lot more productive. I got some yard work done that had been
neglected due to the teardown project. This should keep the neighbors
happy for a few more weeks. I'm finding that there is not enough time
in the weekend for the cobra and yard work. (Guess which is slipping.)
I finished up all of the minor teardown tasks so I'll be ready to pull
the engine and hopefully rear end next weekend. These included removing
Wednesday 8/18/99 Okay, so I just confirmed what a mechanical bonehead I really am. I marched off to buy a 12 MM, 12 point socket only to find that it looked like half the sockets in my set. Guess I've never run in to a 12 point bolt before. I thought it was some kind of mutated TORX fastener and required a special socket. Anyhow once I figured out that I already had the correct socket, I removed the drive shaft in about 10 minutes. So I'm finally ready to pull the engine this weekend, provided I can line up some help and borrow my neighbors cherry picker.
8/22/99 Wow, what a great
weekend. Jeff Hamilton sent me an e-mail Saturday afternoon that said
he was going to a cruise-in
in Brunswick Ohio. Cody and I dropped everything and headed off to
Brunswick to see his car. I saw Jeff's car a few months ago when it was
still in the go-cart stage and since Brunswick is about midway between
our houses this was a good opportunity to see the completed car . We had
no idea where we were going, but once we reached Brunswick, the car show
was hard to miss. There were hundreds of beautiful cars everywhere. Enough
cars that it took us about half an hour to find Jeff and his wife Laurie.
While wandering through the show, we saw two beautiful ERA bigblock replicas.
Beautiful cars, but almost too pretty to drive.
Sunday was a very
productive day for the donor teardown. I was able to borrow a monster
engine hoist from my neighbor. When he made the offer, I was expecting
your average $250 engine hoist, but this thing could be used for Caterpillar
diesel engines. He even delivered it. Thanks John, It worked great. With
the help of Mike Schott and his step son Shawn Morris, we had the engine
out in fifteen minutes. This is quite an accomplishment for a couple of
computer geeks (Alpha Geeks) and I think we were feeling justifiably proud.
Luckily Shawn had done this before so he was able guide us through it.
Okay, he did most of the work. From the start, this was the step that
had me worried the most, but it really turned out to be pretty easy. We
had more trouble lining up and attaching the engine to the engine stand.
I was also worried about removing the transmission and clutch, but again
it was easy. It did really help to have Shawn there telling us what to
expect. So to summarize, If you've never pulled an engine, don't worry.
Follow the steps in the Factory Five and Chiltons manuals and you can't
go wrong. Strong friends are a big help too.
Thursday 8/26/99 I added more donor teardown pictures today. Also had a voice mail message from Kerri at Factory Five Racing. My kit will ship 9/9/99!
Sunday 8/29/99 Three bolts stand between me and finishing the Mustang teardown. Unfortunately they are really big bolts on the A arms and I already broke two sockets and a torque wrench trying to loosen one of them. It's been one of those days. First I picked up a spring compressor at Autozone. (They have a nice tool loan program that lets you pay for a specialty tool and then return it and get your money back when you're done.) The compressor I got was designed to fit inside the spring, Unfortunately it didn't. So back to Autozone to get a different style of compressor that fits on the outside of the spring. This one didn't fit very well, but I was able to squash the spring enough to get it out. So I've got the springs out, tie rod ends are off, all the little stuff is loose, but these big ass A arm bolts are driving me nuts. The two sockets breaking were understandable since they were Chinese junk , but the torque wrench hurt when it went tink. That will teach me to use the right tool for the job. I'm going to pickup a socket and breaker bar at Sears tomorrow. Hopefully this allow me to finish up the teardown.