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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-26-2015 Thread Starter
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So that's why it ran like........

Heh. so i had a bud over for some tuning on the straight 6 in the car
(im gonna end up keeping the original drive train) turns out who ever worked with the timing last was for sure not using a timing light cause it was WAY OUT. So set the timing to 12 Degrees BTDC (via a high end snap-on timing light) and behold that Sound i mentioned in previous posts is diminished to nothing. Let it run a bit more and its running better then ever (shanigans insued for a bit). I also NEARLY had a shifter. i was at school during lunch and wouldn't a 79 shifter happen to pop up on ebay for 30$ bookmark ETC ETC ETC. get on at home and its sold! anyway now its on to a thing i've been debating sence i got the car. You guys think the vinyl roof should go back on?
i have most the trim but i dont know what is would cost for something like that.? please reply

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Vinyl roofs make it sweat / rust. Your car, your call, you could always paint it. That's what we did with my mother-in-law's Torino when we pulled the vinyl roof off. Glad to see your luck is changing!

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So as i said in the previous post. the shifter was and i lost a chance on a perfect one BUT! i found a new one. Well sort of anyway... i bought a 1976 Mustang shifter and it so happens that the lever is interchangeable with mine. the only difference being its all metal and Chrome! it came with a second spare
shift lever with a good cable and a shifter bezel (wich i needed) sorry about the before picture being so far away.

anyways moving on another/im not using a vinyl top thing that is stumping me on what to do is. well its a 1980's USDM car so cutting corners for extra profit was a good thing to them. not to me on all for pillars where the roof is welded to the car there are big gaps and indentations because it had a vinyl top and they (ford) didn't need to finish the roof. so how does one go about filling these? i feel that on a car this straight and rust free that much bondo is a sin. and i fear that welding that clsoe to the glass will melt, crack or burn it.

well please reply

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Good to hear from you, the pictures are good enough. I'm glad you found a shifter!
That indentation in the roof had a piece of trim in it. Since this car is a coupe it might be a little harder to find. Try NPD or 5.0 resto. Maybe there is someone on here knows or has some around.
Cleaning up the seams on the top is a matter of preference. Bondo is probably the easiest, or you can learn about leading car bodies. There might be someone in your area that knows what is involved. This gets back to your level of commitment, do you want to pull the glass? Anytime you add heat you have to be aware of what else is in the area. Ask around, there are people smarter than me that know how you do it. I know that is what you are doing here. If you don't get any answers here go on you-tube. I just went and looked on you-tube, there is about 34 million examples of how to do it. Watch enough that you see the commonality between them. That will help weed out the others. Again good luck!
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Time for a update

The car has been sitting in the garage for a time now. Winters rolling in fast and soon enough it will be trapped by several feet of snow.
That being said i have started to pull the interior apart. As i feel the carpet needs to be replaced. Its also gives me a chance to vacuum the
Honey nut cheerios and lolipop sticks off the floor pans. Some time with in the last 2 months due to something or someone i didn't see. The windshield developed a crack from top center down about half inch away from the drivers mirror mount then out to the passenger side in the same length. its not a spider web crack either just 1 line. I also located a new set of kicks for it. Im not sure what the rims are but its a set of 4 Radial G/T Road hugger tires. will 220/60/14 tires fit?

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I think the tires are close. You could take one of your tires off and set it beside the others to compare them. I think my 87 GT had 225/55/15 from the factory. I did run into a problem trying to put new truck wheels on an old truck. I think it was a metric to English conversion that did me in. Try one on the front to see if it clears the steering / brakes. Crank the steering wheel from one side to the other, see if it clears the lower A arm. Keep us posted..
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