So last fall, my Mustang developed a knock. I thought it was coming from the transmission, so I got a rebuild kit for it. Turns out that wasn't the problem, but it still needed a rebuild. And I put a Summit version of the Steeda Triax shifter in it at the same time. Maybe it was a clutch or flywheel problem? Pull the trans
again, all the clutch bolts are tight, and so are the flywheel bolts, so it's not that. Then I notice that the knock gets worse as the engine warms up. Must be bad bearings. Pull the engine, and sure enough, the rod bearings have debris in them. Send the motor off to the machine shop to get the crank polished and new cam bearings installed since those are toast, too. Shop calls me up and says the crank is cracked at the front of the first rod journal. Big ol' crack through half of the journal. Probably caused by a bad balance job (see this thread for balance woes
So while that's off getting worked on, I addressed a leaky mechanical fuel pump by ditching it for an electric one. Mostly, I just want to be able to fill the carburetor after tuning it without either cranking for a minute or sloppily pouring fuel into the bowl vent. So while running a wire to the back to power the pump, I started poking around for a place to run the wire from inside to outside the car in the floor pan under the back seat. Turns out the floor pan, which was covered in bondo, didn't have much metal underneath it. In trying to chip away the bondo to evaluate how easily I could patch it, I pulled up some of the floor metal with the bondo. Yay. So now, I've cut out much of the sheet metal in the seat pan area, and even some of the wheel house that was likely the source of the rot, and started patching it up. And I still haven't gotten the fuel pump running yet.
What started out as bearing replacement has morphed into a partial restoration. Yay.
Proud owner of a '65 289 coupe. Equipped with Edelbrock Performer intake, Quick Fuel 680HR carb, ported stock heads, 282 Magnum solid cam, Hedman longtube headers, MSD ignition, and decked and ported heads. T5 transmission with hydraulic clutch. Griggs Racing GR350 suspension. 8.8 rear end. Griggs front & Wilwood rear brakes. Many more mods to come!