Cons: the fuel and temp gauges are not working and the chrome vent wings I had chromed in Fort Worth 3 years ago are already bubbling. I am going to send them to Pauls chrome in PA. Will cost me but the rest of the car looks too good to keep pitted vent wings on her. I was really hit in the gut by that. Richard (my friend with the shop) can take them off and send them in for me, but I really hate having to do something over and am extremely disappointed.
The other gut punch is the fuel and temp gauges. I ordered a Dennis Carpenter fuel sender today and will see how it works. I have no idea on the temp gauge, may have to pull the dash out again!
Lastly I noted a small drip after running it and I think it is coming from the back of the intake manifold, which I already replaced twice!
I am a little discouraged right now.
Here are the still photos, it was cloudy so it looks better in person.
Looks good mate. Don't be too discouraged - there are always teething problems!
No matter what, you have done a fantastic job.
If both of those gauges are not working, the problem may be the voltage regulator on the back of the dash.
If it does turn out to be that, we have an article in the Tech Zone that explains how to swap over to an electronic 5v regulator that will be much more reliable. www.mustangtech.com.au...id=28.html
You should be able to take the signal wire off the back of the fuel gauge and measure it's resistance to ground. If the sender is faulty (or some wiring in between) you will probably have infinite resistance.
If you get a reading in the range of 10-80 ohms, then the sender is OK.
You can check the voltage on the other side of the gauge. It should read 5V if the little regulator is OK.
Ryan. I feel for you. But it's had it Mate. Better get rid of it now before it costs you anymore. Out of the goodness of my heart, I am willing to take it off your hands even though I'm not a fan of red cars.
My Motto - Don't get Caught! If you do, Blame Someone Else!
Dont be discouraged mate. As hybrid mentioned theres always teething issues and these things are sometimes good to help understand and troubleshoot. Youd be mistaken to think that even if everything is brand new that thats it the car will be fine for the next 10years like a new car. Maybe it will but unlikely without some part stop working (thanks scott drake!!)
Anyway love the gloss black engine bay. Car looks super tidy! Keep at it!!
'You can never test fire too many times.' - Hybrid
'You can never have too many gauges' -
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I just read your comments, I was messing with youtube trying to get the videos to post right.
thanks for the comments, going to check the sender first - Richard told me he could do that. I was only gone for a day but wife called from work so I had to come back and put out a couple fires so to speak.
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Just to add to what Hybrid has said about your gauges, before you pull anything out. Remove the wire from the sender of either system and short it to ground. If the gauge then goes full scale ( may take a few seconds ) then the sender is at fault. It you have used thread tape on the sender this will cause a problem.
For the oil leak just have a little look at the back of the rocker covers..
Looking very nice though, and chin up. You will sort it out in no time. You have come this far so there is very little that will be able to stop you.
Mate congratulations, looks awesome.
I know about teething problems too. Remember, you've built an entire car back up essentially, and the problem is some of the aftermarket parts are hit and miss. So there will be teething issues in every build...inevitable.
Just tick away at them and you'll be laughing
I just really hate doing things over, especially when the car is a 2.5 hour drive away and I had to drive back home to work without being able to trouble shoot/fix annoying issues.
I cleaned the back side of the engine off after a cool down, but it was still hot when I left so I told Richard to check to see where the leak was coming from - I suspect the valve covers or the back of the intake - both have been issues. The drip is at the bottom center of the engine/bell housing as before - hopefully not a rear main leak.
As you all know, I have always bought the best parts available and under the radar from the wife, have not spared the wallet when it comes to parts.
Other good news was that the electric power steering assist (epas) worked fantastic, no noise, smooth operation, no play in the steering. The car starts easily and the TKO 600 with hydraulic clutch shifts nice and crisp. I like the cast aluminum styled steel wheels - first time to see them from a distance on the car. The tribute automotive tachometer works good too. I replaced all lights interior and exterior with LED and they work good too.
I really appreciate all the support here and also like following everyone's projects, I should post more encouragement on your threads too, I am usually a quiet person and sometimes don't get back on the site for a while due to a hectic work schedule, so I hope you all don't think I am some self centered idiot.
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