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Modifications Changes from the factory stock setup - performance and appearance. What to buy next? What works & what doesn't?

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Old 07-10-2014, 10:45 PM   #16
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Very cool, glad to hear you like the Cobra Rack in your car, I actually got the rack put in the car today, I was waiting on new inner tie rods for about a week so hopefully I will have everything finished up in the next day or so.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:48 AM   #17
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Very cool, glad to hear you like the Cobra Rack in your car, I actually got the rack put in the car today, I was waiting on new inner tie rods for about a week so hopefully I will have everything finished up in the next day or so.
Yeah, so far anyway. I haven't driven the car much since the install, I still need to flush the system (it's bled, but I want all new fluid in there) and I've been tied up with other things that have prevented me from fixing my exhaust leak at the collector so I can finish my tune.

If things go well, I hope to get through that stuff before the end of the weekend..we'll see. Something always seems to come up.
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:44 PM   #18
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I just about had everything buttoned up and then realized the steering shaft is only a fraction of an inch from the header. After looking at it I noticed I knocked the shaft too far up into the firewall and that changed the angle, so now I have to work on pulling that shaft back out, I think the only way that's gonna happen is with a slidehammer.

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Old 07-14-2014, 08:32 AM   #19
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I just about had everything buttoned up and then realized the steering shaft is only a fraction of an inch from the header. After looking at it I noticed I knocked the shaft too far up into the firewall and that changed the angle, so now I have to work on pulling that shaft back out, I think the only way that's gonna happen is with a slidehammer.
Nah, it comes back out pretty easily. Just grip the shaft with a set of pliers and gently tap it back out. That's what I did.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:02 PM   #20
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Mine did not move easy at all, I had to use a hammer to knock it up in there and then needed the slide hammer to pull it back down. I needed to loosen the steering rack and pull it forward to pull the shaft out and then noticed the return line at the rack is leaking, its a brand new line, my luck has been terrible with this project!
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Mine did not move easy at all, I had to use a hammer to knock it up in there and then needed the slide hammer to pull it back down. I needed to loosen the steering rack and pull it forward to pull the shaft out and then noticed the return line at the rack is leaking, its a brand new line, my luck has been terrible with this project!
Strange. I had to use a rubber mallet on mine too, but I only had to tap it to make it move. I didn't hit it hard at all.

I re-used my old lines, and they aren't leaking (yet) but I have a feeling when I pull the return to flush the system out that I won't be so lucky when I re-install it. lol. Was hoping to do that this weekend, but now I have to put new brakes and brake hard lines in my neighbors truck, so it'll have to wait again.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:36 PM   #22
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Strange. I had to use a rubber mallet on mine too, but I only had to tap it to make it move. I didn't hit it hard at all.

I re-used my old lines, and they aren't leaking (yet) but I have a feeling when I pull the return to flush the system out that I won't be so lucky when I re-install it. lol. Was hoping to do that this weekend, but now I have to put new brakes and brake hard lines in my neighbors truck, so it'll have to wait again.
I read a few other threads where people had trouble moving that shaft, no big deal though. I reinstalled the old line on mine and probably put about 50 miles on it today, I need to tweak my toe settings and readjust the steering wheel, but otherwise the car feels great. I know the feeling you had in wanting to work on your car and then end up not being able to, hopefully you get to finish it up soon.
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I read a few other threads where people had trouble moving that shaft, no big deal though. I reinstalled the old line on mine and probably put about 50 miles on it today, I need to tweak my toe settings and readjust the steering wheel, but otherwise the car feels great. I know the feeling you had in wanting to work on your car and then end up not being able to, hopefully you get to finish it up soon.
Sweet, I can't wait to try mine out. I was hoping to do it this weekend, but my neighbor came over yesterday with a blown out hardline on his Truck, so I'll be doing that and the rest of his brakes instead of my car Saturday. It's hard when you have a couple of kids to find the time to work on stuff. When my boy gets older I'm sure he'll love to keep me company and help, but right now he's just a liability and I can't work on them while he's awake for fear of him getting hurt.

One day...lol.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:06 PM   #24
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Sweet, I can't wait to try mine out. I was hoping to do it this weekend, but my neighbor came over yesterday with a blown out hardline on his Truck, so I'll be doing that and the rest of his brakes instead of my car Saturday. It's hard when you have a couple of kids to find the time to work on stuff. When my boy gets older I'm sure he'll love to keep me company and help, but right now he's just a liability and I can't work on them while he's awake for fear of him getting hurt.

One day...lol.
Did you ever finish up the installation?
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Sweet, I can't wait to try mine out. I was hoping to do it this weekend, but my neighbor came over yesterday with a blown out hardline on his Truck, so I'll be doing that and the rest of his brakes instead of my car Saturday.
Hi Fishtail,

But it's fun to work on cars and trucks (even if they aren't yours), isn't it? And it's nice to be nice and helpful to your neighbors, especially ones that are into cars. It's a good feeling, isn't it? And it's educational.

Two of my neighbors are into cars. One has a 1969 Camaro that he's been restoring for many years. It's almost done.

My other neighbor has several antique cars, including a 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA (with a 390 engine) and a mid-1960s Ford Galaxie (with a 460 engine). He is always offering to help me with my Mustang GT and my father's antique cars. So, I like to return the favor by helping him with his cars. And I'm learning a lot too.

A few weeks ago, he was installing a new radiator fan on his Fairlane, and I helped him. After installing it, it was hitting the bottom of the fan shroud. He had to cut off a piece from the bottom of the shroud. He wants to install an electric fan in front of the radiator, in addition to the mechanical fan behind the radiator. He also had some problems with the aftermarket electronic ignition. He replaced the box with a MSD ignition box. He also removed the ballast resistor.

About 10 days ago, I saw him outside working on his Fairlane. And he looked pissed. So, I went over and offered him a hand. It turned out that the gasket under the passenger side valve cover was leaking. Fluids were leaking all over the place. He was really pissed because the gasket was only 2-3 weeks old. When he removed it, it was split into 2 pieces. It was the rubber type. He decided to replace it with the cork type. I was glad that I could help him.
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Did you ever finish up the installation?
No. lol. I was thinking of doing it tomorrow though. All I have left to do is flush the old fluid out..I bled it, everything works, but I want to get all new fluid in her before I take it anywhere.

I did some other small maintenance items to the car, now I just want to flush that system, fix that exhaust leak and take it out so I can get some new datalogs and finish tuning it.
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Hi Fishtail,

But it's fun to work on cars and trucks (even if they aren't yours), isn't it? And it's nice to be nice and helpful to your neighbors, especially ones that are into cars. It's a good feeling, isn't it? And it's educational.

Two of my neighbors are into cars. One has a 1969 Camaro that he's been restoring for many years. It's almost done.

My other neighbor has several antique cars, including a 1967 Ford Fairlane GTA (with a 390 engine) and a mid-1960s Ford Galaxie (with a 460 engine). He is always offering to help me with my Mustang GT and my father's antique cars. So, I like to return the favor by helping him with his cars. And I'm learning a lot too.

A few weeks ago, he was installing a new radiator fan on his Fairlane, and I helped him. After installing it, it was hitting the bottom of the fan shroud. He had to cut off a piece from the bottom of the shroud. He wants to install an electric fan in front of the radiator, in addition to the mechanical fan behind the radiator. He also had some problems with the aftermarket electronic ignition. He replaced the box with a MSD ignition box. He also removed the ballast resistor.

About 10 days ago, I saw him outside working on his Fairlane. And he looked pissed. So, I went over and offered him a hand. It turned out that the gasket under the passenger side valve cover was leaking. Fluids were leaking all over the place. He was really pissed because the gasket was only 2-3 weeks old. When he removed it, it was split into 2 pieces. It was the rubber type. He decided to replace it with the cork type. I was glad that I could help him.

Sometimes. I did it for years while I was in college, turning wrenches in a shop. I don't mind doing modifications, but general repairs aren't always fun. Especially if it's really hot/humid out like it gets here in the summer. I liked it better when I had my air conditioned garage.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:26 PM   #28
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No. lol. I was thinking of doing it tomorrow though. All I have left to do is flush the old fluid out..I bled it, everything works, but I want to get all new fluid in her before I take it anywhere.

I did some other small maintenance items to the car, now I just want to flush that system, fix that exhaust leak and take it out so I can get some new datalogs and finish tuning it.
Good luck finishing it up, you will like how it feels. I still need to adjust the toe out slightly more on mine.
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