Super clean

Got the last driveshaft bolt off with some brute force.  Reorganized everything in the garage so I can get to things easier for cleaning.  I started cleaning some smaller parts finally.  The Castrol Super Clean is some pretty good stuff.  It really gets the junk off.  Unfortunately it has a tendency to go everywhere also.  From what I’ve read it can suck all the oil out of your hands if you don’t wear gloves.  I’m sure that as I move on to some of the bigger parts the stuff will be going everywhere!  I managed to break several torx bits trying to remove the plate that goes on top of the upper intake.  The four little torx bits don’t want to budge at all.  I might end up cutting into the plate just so I can get to the bolts underneath.

Driveshaft bolts

Banged away at the transmission bolts again last night.  Managed to get one more off but the last one doesn’t want to budge.  I sprayed more Liquid Wrench on and I’ll try again tonight.  Not sure what to do if it won’t let go.  I also received a package from Tri-State!  Got the Cleckos and a new steering shaft.  I didn’t like the idea of taking a chance on the welds breaking with the recommended method of extending the steering shaft.  Now back to the cleaning!

Stuck bolts

Finally got to some cleaning today.  If today is any indication, the cleanup process will take longer than I’d like.  Hopefully everyone is right in that getting to the go-cart stage is quick.  Most of what I did today was disassemble the front arms and start on getting the driveshaft off the rear-end.  The driveshaft is proving troublesome as I was only able to get two bolts off with the impact hammer.  I sprayed it liberally with Liquid Wrench but nothing.  Hopefully letting it set for a day or two will make the difference.  I also muddled around with the engine a bit.  Took all of the accessories off the front and started looking at disconnecting the vacuum and wiring lines.  I tried to remove the “H.O.” cover off the upper manifold and in the process destroyed two torx bits!!!  Argh!  Sprayed them with Liquid Wrench also and I’ll give them a couple of days to soak in.  Looks like cleaning will take a couple of weeks.

Truck in a ditch

Actually had some stuff going on in the last month.  My most excellent wife got me a number of things for the car!  I now have wind wings, AC pedals, quickjack bushings and a Cobra Parking Only sign!  Woohoo!  Also, the New Years Day cruise I spoke about was a huge turnout.  We had 13 cars, I believe, drive into downtown DC in 29 degree weather.  It turned out sunny though so that helped.  We really had a great time and I look forward to doing it again next year.

Last weekend had it’s good and it’s bad.  Wrecked the truck again.  Got caught out in the snow and lost it on a turn on a hill.  Went into a ditch and screwed up the front.  ARGH!  At least we didn’t hit anyone.  The good news was that on Sunday I sold the mustang.  Finally!  Got $450 for it which is less than what I was looking for but I think still reasonable considering the condition it was in.  Almost enough to pay for the deductible on the truck. (

I’m kinda pumped now to get started on the car.  Now that we can get the Accord back in the garage some of that pressure is off of my shoulders.  Ang was great about it but I know she was getting tired of having it outside.  Also means I have some room to work on things now.  First couple of things is getting the front arms taken care of, the driveshaft shortened and starting the engine cleanup.  The front arms will need to have the bushings and possibly the ball joint replaced.  Plus they need to be cleaned up.  Not sure if I’m going to take them somewhere to get them sandblasted yet.  Might just try to wire sand them and then paint them.  We’ll see.  I’m also anxious to see what shape the engine is in once I start getting it cleaned up.  More pics to come after the weekend I’m sure.


I am such a slacker!  The last month has mainly consisted of cutting the bolt on the front arm and wiggling the arm until it came out.  You can see some new pics of how the bolt looked in the sleeve.  It’s jammed in there pretty good with rubber from the bushing.  I don’t think there was any chance of it coming out.  Oh well, 4 new bolts will probably look better anyway.  Aside from that I’ve been making a half-assed attempt to get rid of the donor carcass.  Anybody want the shell of a mustang???  There’s been too much to do getting ready for Christmas so not much else has happened.  I imagine I might get a couple of car related things under the tree on Tuesday.  I’ll be sure to let you all know about it.  (like anyone reads this anyways!)  We also have a group of about 5 Cobra’s that are planning on driving down to and around the Capital Mall on New Years Day.  We’re going to try to get some scenic pics while we’re there.  Have a happy holiday everyone!

Front arm bolt

Spent the weekend wailing on the stuck bolt.  It worked…to a point.  Now the bolts not budging any more.  It’s about 2″ out.  The frame bracket is pretty beat up at this point.  Also, the bolt is trying to kink upwards and the threaded rod is starting to bend pretty severely.  I’m sure it’s not the strongest rod around and I’m starting to get concerned that it might snap.  I’m not sure but I might be pushing on the sleeve and not the bolt.  The sleeve has a slit in it and I’m guessing that this has acted like a knife cutting into the bushing and jamming it inside between the sleeve and bolt.  The combo spins fairly easily but it doesn’t seem to be coming apart any more than it has already.  Looks like I might have to get a sawzall or torch.  Argh.

Leaky oil pan

Posted new donor pics last night.  You can see that the gunk is pretty thick.  Should be fun cleaning it.  Seriously!  There are a number of what look to be leaks.  The oil pan gasket is very obviously crushed.  I’m not sure if it was a crappy gasket or if they overtorqued it.  Either way, it left a lot of oily junk all around the bottom.  I think the oily residue in the bellhousing is from that.  At least I hope it is.  There’s also a lot of wetness near the rear of the drivers side valve cover.  Same thing there, I’m hoping it’s just a bad gasket.  Should be interesting when I take it apart during the cleaning.  I’m taking tomorrow off to work on the last couple of heavy wrenching items.  The rear upper arms are still attached.  They were being difficult the other day so I sprayed some Liquid Wrench on them.  Hopefully that will loosen them up some.  And lastly, the front suspension bolt.  Robert Duncan from the forum came up with a good suggestion.  Take a threaded rod and throw a couple of bolts on it.  Run it through the open side and start torqueing it down.  Wiggle the bolt back and forth at the same time.  Hopefully it should start pushing the bolt out.  If that doesn’t work I’m going to have to take drastic measures and start heating/cutting things.

Donor tear down

For the most part I’ve completed a migration to a new server.  Got lots of space now for lots of pics.  I also migrated the pics to a new Gallery viewer.  Pretty nice little program.  Makes it really easy to manage all the pics.

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been tearing down the donor.  It’s taken significantly longer than I expected.  Two weekends ago Greg Keller of came by and helped with all of the heavy lifting stuff.  We pulled the engine, tranny and rear-end that day.  Last weekend I set about taking care of the last couple of pieces and parts that are still on it.  The front suspension seemed to come out pretty easy with one gigantic exception.  NOTE! The first lower arm bolt I tried to pull, I made the mistake of turning the bolt instead of the nut.  Now the bolt is fused, bound up, whatever you want to call it, with the bushing.  It turns but won’t budge side to side.  ARGH!  All the others came out easily too!  Now I’ve got to find some way of getting it out without damaging the mounting brackets.  Also of note, the FFR instructions for donor teardown is greatly lacking.  Basically you end up unscrewing everything on the car.  There are steps where they say something like “remove the dash”.  Problem is, removing the dash requires removal of about 10 different other things and can take quite a while.  For a neophyte like myself, this is rather misleading.  While I am complaining about the lack of detail, it’s still better than others, from what I’ve heard. 

Now that I have the gallery set up I’ll be posting pictures of the donor parts.  What a nasty grimy mess.  I’m actually looking forward to making everything shiny again.  Woohoo!

Donor has arrived

The Mustang finally showed up!!! Check out the pics. The front left tire is pretty low and cracking on the sidewall. I don’t plan on driving it so it’s not a big deal. I would like to be able to keep it inflated while I’m working on the car. We’ll see if it becomes a problem. Time to get dirty!

Donor delay

Turns out the truck can’t do it until saturday so that’s when I’m looking for it to be delivered.  Can you tell I’m getting anxious?  Time to start studying the manual again.  I’m also going to order a Chiltons and possibly a Haynes manual.