Mustang update #10

Still working on removing the rear axle. Need to disconnect the hand-brake lines to free it up. To do that I needed to remove all of the brake parts. You can see the spring-loaded hand-brake cable poking out the bottom here. Here is the axle fully disconnected. Also the shocks. Close up of the serial number on the differential. And here is the underside of the car without the axle.

Mustang update #9

Started working on removing the rear axle.

Mustang update #8

Took out the some of the glass today. The wind-screen glass was already cracked, so, I did that first as it didn’t matter if I screwed it up. The first thing to do was remove the chrome from around the wind-screen. There’s a special tool for doing this. It reaches in under the chrome and unhooks it from little metal clips attached to the body. I just used a skinny screwdriver and that worked fine for me.

Mustang update #7

The objective today was to pull the engine out. Before I could do that though, I needed to disconnect the drive-shaft from the engine. After a bit of head scratching and some searching around online, I discovered that the drive-shaft needs to be disconnected from the differential at the back first. It then slips off a spline on the transmission and can be removed completely. Easy when you know how.

Mustang update #6

Taking out the exhaust. I don’t want to keep it and it’s really awkward to remove, so I just cut it up with the dremel. Disconnecting the shifter handle.

Mustang update #5

Battery tray, starter solenoid, radiator, and overflow tank all pulled out. Some of wiring loom has been partially extracted. Blower box also pulled. It’s heavier than I expected. Lots of metal in it. And, with the blower out, that means, I can get a first good look at the right hand cowl. Hmm, not looking great. Lots of nasty looking rust. Also, you can see something has poked a hole in the forward facing part of the foot-well.

Mustang update #4

Removing the dash-pad. I don’t know what these little end pieces of the piping for the interior air are made of but they basically disintegrated and turned to dust as soon as I touched them. Also the dash-pad was glued down in a few spots which made it tricky to remove. Luckily the old one was already split so I wasn’t planning to try and keep it. All of the carpet is out now.

Mustang update #3

Left hand fender off. Looks like a nasty rust hole just under the wind-screen. Also some bubbling of the paint in this area. I was getting some damp in the foot-well on the driver side - this would explain that. Doors coming off. Console coming out. Seats coming out. Taking up the carpet in the back. --

Mustang update #2

Removing the valance, bumper and so on. Right hand fender removed. Love this hood latch. A look at the left and right hand side of the engine bay. The exhaust header is in pretty terrible shape. The brake booster is not much better.

Mustang update #1

A look at the engine bay at the very beginning. Lots of rust. I was having problems with the distributor/coil. So, I ended up dropping in a HEI. I had it on hand, but didn’t expect to use it until later. Hood and front grill come off. Boot lid off. Here’s a close up look at the left and right sides of the inside of the boot.