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Cowpatty69
Sitting Bull

USA
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Posted - 24 Nov 2017 :  8:40:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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After the boys drove her to high school for a year, she's back in dad's shop for the winter for more projects. Remove and replace rear leaf springs, upgrade rear gears to 3.73s and posi, and hopefully get the doors and fenders aligned for real. Maybe a cylinder head upgrade as well, but splitting time between this and my 67 Bird- which is another post!

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Cowpatty69
Sitting Bull

USA
154 Posts

Posted - 24 Nov 2017 :  9:08:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Day 1- pulled front fenders, hood and AC unit (in case we get to the cylinder heads..) Formula hood is in my garage with a little fiberglass repair

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Cowpatty69
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USA
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Posted - 24 Nov 2017 :  9:17:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Jacked up, bolts are loose or free (the back leaf spring ones are a real bear- cut off wheel and sawsall). We needed to stop before dropping rear end, springs and all, until we remove emergency brake cables and rear break line(s)- hopefully tomorrow. Good way to work off too much turkey..

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Cowpatty69
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USA
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Posted - 25 Nov 2017 :  3:07:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Removed the emergency cables (all all the rear brakes) and the brake line at the splitter block on axle- dropped it springs and all

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Bushings actually came out and look really good- how often does that happen?! Still being replaced
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After a good cleaning, we'll paint and replace the 2.41 non posi, carrier and all, with a posi carrier from a 77 TA that we are upgrading to 3.73s. All new territory for us but learning together. Do do have some "experts" to help with the set up- so we'll see how that goes!

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Bill Boyle
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USA
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Posted - 27 Nov 2017 :  3:04:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ahhh, this is all good experience. Tearing apart is far easier than assembly. Clean parts really good including fasteners so they can be spun in by hand. That clean makes assembly later so much easier. Don't forget to take lots of photos on conditions and "tagging and bagging" is a must.

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Cowpatty69
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USA
154 Posts

Posted - 06 Dec 2017 :  5:36:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Pressure washed the rear end- little wire brushing and ready for paint. I'm thinking it will be more pleasant to work on if its not so gunky. We did go with 3.42s. Still have the upper shackles to remove- it's a pain with the gas tank in place

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Cowpatty69
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USA
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Posted - 06 Dec 2017 :  5:41:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Meanwhile, back at the ranch.. Doing a little work on the formula hood. If you look to the back of garage, you can see the 1967 Bird and subframe next to it- the OTHER winter project. But that's for another post..
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Cowpatty69
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Posted - 06 Dec 2017 :  5:46:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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As with most fiberglass formula hoods, the corners were wore off from storage-or dragging the points across concrete. Close enough now until we actually prep car for paint- which is at least 2 years away

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Cowpatty69
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USA
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Posted - 10 Dec 2017 :  3:40:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Upper shackles removed- drivers side was an extreme PIA, but passenger side I was able to remove the nut! Again, the rubber grommets were like brand new and came apart and out with no issues. I'm thinking if this was a typical rusty midwestern car we would have dropped the fuel tank and saved time.
Rear end ready for paint

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First coat complete. Have checked in with the crew for the rear end overhaul party, and have reached out to some additional sources..

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Edited by - Cowpatty69 on 10 Dec 2017 3:43:18 PM
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Cowpatty69
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USA
154 Posts

Posted - 10 Dec 2017 :  3:48:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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So in a different post I was asking about a hard brake pedal-it's getting better, but not what I like. So anything not new will be new upon completion. It is way easier to replace the front to back brake line now with the front clip off. New rubber line with T-block as well, and 2 new lines from T-block to new wheel cylinders. Hope that helps!

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