Busy Start To The Year

Back to work in the new year was a shock to the system after having a couple of weeks of I must say. I had almost forgotten what the alarm sounded like, but I was soon reminded with a sledgehammer to the ear drums when it went off. The day I retire I will take the alarm clock outside and I will give it such a good hiding for all the mornings it has ruined my slumber. Why do you have the deepest sleeps just before you go back to work and the alarm wakes you up?

Anyway, back to the car; The new year has started in a busy fashion and I intend to continue the pace, it’s been busy getting it ready for some body work after a conversation with Adam at Mustang Maniac.  The time  of over he holidays was used to complete a project I started on the twenty-fourth on November and that was the rust treatment of the floor pan, the hyper link is here for the full story. I originally started at the front foot wells and worked my way to the back of the car. It was finished on just before the new year, what remains are the side panels by the rear seats and the side frames.

In order for the body work to be ready, the right rear quarter window was taken out and the driver’s side will come out next weekend. Once they are out I can get to the inside of the panels and treat them with rust prevention, before the outside work begins. The rear quarter window work is under the Photos Menu – Glass Work – Rear Quarter Windows of click here for the hyper link.

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Photo Menu – Inside the Car – Floor Pan Rust Treatment or click here

Photo Menu – Glass Work – Rear Quarter Window or click here

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16 thoughts on “Busy Start To The Year

  1. I see mud4fun kept you quite busy with this post. One of my fav comments from you is the 12-15 MPG with the 4 barrel Holley carb. Everyone knows that we don’t drive our Mustangs for the gas mileage! Keep up the great work!!

  2. If it needed double de-clutching then it would have been a Series One or Two because the Series 3 from 71 onwards had an all synchro gearbox. They were all very basic and the diesels are very noisy indeed (we have two of them).

    1. You could be right, I just passed my test so we are goin back a good 30 years ago and it was on an old farm, it was noisy as hell yeah. No matter where you pointed it, it went. Brilliant car. Axle whine big time too.

      1. I have owned Land Rovers (Series and 90) since I was about 20, so some 25+ years now. I love them as they are relatively easy to fix, cheap to insure and always make you smile while driving even if they are slow, noisy and damp. However I’d also like an American muscle car but with the price of fuel it means I’d end up having to leave it parked up most of the time whereas with the Land Rovers they are used daily as their fuel economy is actually pretty good really at 25-35mpg (town-motorway). Also it is not so bad leaving the LR’s out on the drive all year but I’d want the car parked in a garage when not in use and I don’t have one at the moment. My current ‘workshop’ is simply a section of fenced in drive with a tarpaulin over it.

        I am hoping to build myself a good sized workshop in the next couple of years with a proper concrete floor, insulation and heating and maybe then I can get a classic muscle car and be able to keep it dry. For me though it would probably be a ’67 Camaro or maybe a Dodge Charger.

        1. My Mustang is expected to do about 12-15mpg with the 4 barrel Holley carb it has fitted. But its not miles per gallon but Smiles per gallon. Like you say you need somewhere nice to keep them or they will get ruined. My garage just takes the car with a few inches to spare length wise. I push it out and work on it and push it back in. Dodge chargers are huge, but what a car though. You will notice the difference from the LR v8 to the Dodge v8. Lol. Petrol price is a factor but it wont be everyday and it wont be in the wet either.
          Like you say dont drink or smoke so why not. 🙂

          1. Well I started smoking again and I drink which is why I’m broke and probably confined to Series Land Rovers for a while… 😉

            I need to quit the smokes again as they are now getting seriously expensive.

      1. Ah but just think, when completed your car will get far more admiring glances than my Land Rover and to be honest even I would prefer to be driving the Mustang! 🙂 The more effort required in the restoration, the more satisfying the result when completed.

          1. Well, I’ve been rebuilding my land Rover for 4 years (next week) because I wanted to do everything properly. Instead of bolting on rusty original parts onto the replacement galvanised chassis I decided to strip every single thing down to individual components and replace every nut, bolt, washer, gasket and worn part. The result is instead of it being rebuilt in 4 months it has taken ten times as long and cost ten times as much but I don’t really mind as I know I’ll have a vehicle that will last another 30 years and I know that when I lift the bonnet I’ll see shiny parts where most people see oily/grimy parts. Also the rebuild is itself a hobby and if I wasn’t spending money on the truck and spending time working on it I’d be wasting that money on something else such as going the pub, new mobiles or bigger TV’s so in the end I feel the expense is worth it. In the end I’ll have had a relatively cheap hobby for 4 years (cheaper than buying a decent sized HO model railway!!!) and I’ll have a vehicle to last me the rest of my life. Not many people can say that 🙂

            1. Wise words indeed. I don’t drink or smoke, I still like my gadgets but not as much as I used to used to be. I could patch up the holes and spray the car on to of the old paint. But, it’s being done properly and will be getting a complete strip down, paint and parts. All the work I have done so far and put into it will be taken off and put back on again later. At least I know it all fits now. Anything worn or Or rotten is taken oand replaced. Exactly as you say The car should see me out. Classic land rovers command good money and they are still king of the off road. I drove an ancient model thst had to double de clutch when changing gear. That Was fun, it was all pop rivets and no creature comforts. Diesel model thats all i can remember maybe you could give me an idea of what it was.

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