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Well, I put wrenches to the car for the first time this year on Memorial Day. Probably my latest start ever. The shop I got to work on the car has been way backed up with parts shortages and such, so it's just now over there. I got the tailpipes all lined up pretty nicely. Only thing is, they're still a little tilted towards the frame rails over the axle. I tried wrestling with the driver's side one, but I need to get it to turn in the muffler, and that's pretty much impossible unless you take it down off the rubber mounts and remove it from the car. Since I had just put it back up IN the car after shortening that side a little to get the ends to line up, I decided that was going to have to be a job for another day.

My friend who's working on the car messaged me and said the Walker catalytic converters I had weren't going to fit nicely on my off-road H-pipe. I'm a bit disappointed by that because since they don't claim to be "high flow", I thought maybe they would muffle the sound a little better. Oh well, the high flow ones will go in much more easily, so we ordered some of those up. Luckily Summit had them in stock and they arrived in just a couple of days. I'll see how it is for loudness when I get it back, but I'm guessing I'm going to be muffler shopping soon.

I'm a little anxious about what he's going to find when he goes to fix the rolling idle problem. Could get expensive. I hope it's just a vacuum leak or something, but I checked for those pretty thoroughly, or at least I thought I did. That's why it's time for someone else to have a look though.

I was nervous to drive the car over to his shop too, I didn't really get the chance to take it on a proper test drive before I had to take it there. That's pretty typical for me though. :lol: No time for good test drives until the day I need to take it somewhere. The ol' seat of the pants method. I've been pretty lucky with that though, I have to say.
 

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Long time no see!

Thanks for the update

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I figured you were and life happened

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I got it back from my friend the other day. It's now sporting shiny new Flowmaster cats. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the Walker ones now. I don't know if I'd be better off trying to sell them or scrap them.

He re-checked the valvetrain, and we're all good there. Made a few adjustments. He said the air/fuel ratio is pretty close on it during the course if his time with it. He spent quite a while trying to sort out the idle thing, but didn't quite get there. He said I should try putting a new IAC on and see if that gets me anywhere. He had the same experience as I did doing the base idle reset, where it will run great for a little while, but then the rolling comes right back. Argh! I'm not sure the last time I replaced it, but it seems like there are as many bad ones sitting on store shelves as there are good ones! I guess I could also maybe benefit from going to a bigger throttle body. I have the 65mm Explorer unit on there now. New ones can be pretty pricey considering I hadn't planned on spending any money on the car this year, past the shop work that was just finished. I'll try the IAC and see where that gets us.

Other than that, my serp belt IS in fact making noise; that wasn't just my imagination. He diagnosed it as my water pump pulley being a bit off. I'll need to get some spacers for it. Stupid Summit doesn't show any for the small block Ford, but they have some they say are "universal". Really? How can that be? Every water pump uses the same bolt pattern?! I'm skeptical. I haven't looked at Jegs yet, but in my experience their application info is even worse. Oh and my exhaust is leaking at the header gaskets. So, I get to do that sometime. And my shifter boot doesn't want to cooperate with my Hurst style shifter. If you clip the bezel in, it pops back out when you run through the gears. I guess I should have sprung for the real leather one.

When we picked it up, the kids said it was unacceptably dirty. So, I put them to work giving it a wash.

 

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Nice update!
Bare feet on concrete during the day here will end up with a visit to the ER for burned feet.

Gotta be a whole lot different there.

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Haha well it was early enough in the morning that it hadn't had the chance to get super-hot yet. It gets as hot here as it does anywhere, just only for a few months. This year's been different from most. It's nice when we get a warm spring, but this year it was winter cold until May. Then a bit warmer, then HOT. No in-between.
 

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Okay, well it turned out the pulley spacers were far from "universal". I had to grind down the outer edge and oval all the holes to make it fit. I'm not really sure which spacer I'm going to keep in there. The 1/8" one is a little too thick and the 1/16" one is a little too thin. Of course.

Without a spacer.


1/16" spacer


1/8" spacer


The 1/8" is in there now. I guess they're both an improvement since the belt isn't being pushed way up on the front slope anymore... oh and it still makes the noise. Adding a spacer and a new belt did not change the noise at all.

I decided to space out the tensioner a little bit too. I had an extra 1/16" spacer for the water pump pulley, so I cut it to make room for the post on the tensioner. I thought doing it like this would look a little more purposeful than just putting a washer in there.



Then I swapped out the IAC and did a base idle reset. I still have to take it out and let it learn, but honestly, I'm not expecting much.

And hey, I discovered a pretty substantial puddle of anti-freeze that appears to have leaked out from behind the driver's side rear wheel. WTF?! I'd had some bottles of fluids in that side of the trunk, but as far as I can tell none of them is leaking. It's a total mystery. Even if it was coming from the car somehow, how would it have made its way way the hell back there?! I don't see how that could happen, but I don't have a better explanation and I'm paranoid about it.
 

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Ouch -
Check coolant when cold and keep track of coolant level.
It is possible teh coolant leak is far forward of where it drops to the ground. Unless you are hauling a leaking coolant jug.
Then the leaking coolant makes it way back to the rear of the vehicle an drops off.
Not exactly common or expected.

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So, I did a pressure test on the cooling system. Or... tried to, anyway. I have this stupid universal pressure tester, and couple that with my aftermarket radiator, they just don't get along. I finally got a good enough seal and was able to do a test. I found a leak at one of the heater hose clamps. I tightened those, and then wasn't able to get a seal again to do another test. So, I gave up on that. I drove it, checked again, and it still needed tightening. I had to leave it at that point because the heater hose clamp I need to tighten is inaccessible while the car is hot. You have to get in there with your hand and pull out the EGR sensor plug, and then you can get at it. Came out the next day, tightened the clamp some more, and then found this.



Yes, I knew that the hose clamp had still been leaking when I left the car yesterday. And yes, I knew I had put the spare bottle of antifreeze back in the trunk yesterday because it hadn't leaked a drop after sitting on the garage floor for weeks. I took a look under the car. It was coming from a gap below a body plug behind the rear wheel. Where did the plug lead to? The trunk. The bottle of antifreeze is apparently specially designed to only leak when placed in a car's trunk. There's one mystery finally solved.



Alright, moving on. Took the car down to the gas station and got some nice fresh gas. It behaved pretty well on the drive. The exhaust rattle is still there, obviously. And there is sort of a "turning machinery" sound when rolling at speed and the clutch pedal is down. I'm not sure what that is, but it could just be normal. I've spent so little time driving this car in the past few years, that I'm not really that familiar with its noises. It's not shaking or anything; it's surprisingly smooth at highway speed. It wasn't that happy about starting back up at the gas station. I'm sure that has to do with the alternator not getting much chance to charge the battery. Maybe I'll hit some shows with it...
 

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LOL on the special location of the coolant in the rear of the vehicle.

Ya might clip on a trickle charger before the next run.

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Well, on to the next surprise problem. The air/fuel gauge is giving me an error. I think what the problem is, is that it's too close to the cat. It shows a ratio until the car gets hot and then shows the error.



I tried swapping the sensor for a new one, since after buying this gauge, I've heard they kill sensors easily. New sensor didn't fix it. I've since tried updating the firmware on the gauge, but wasn't able to determine anything because the battery was dead. Forgot to take your advice, haha. I bought an O2 sensor plug just in case I do end up needing to move it elsewhere.

While I've been thinking about the car more, I decided to grab a few more new parts for it. One is a new Hurst shifter bezel to address the fact that the old (brand new from LMR) likes to pop up when I shift the car. I've had my eye on this bezel for a while, but anywhere you find it new, it's a kit that comes with a shifter and a bunch of other stuff I don't need. I happened to look on ebay and there was the bezel and boot by itself. Sold!



I'm sure it's partly because the boot isn't intended to work with my long UPR shifter. The other problem is, the clips that came with the LMR kit are REALLY weak and it really doesn't take much to get them to let go. Anyway, here was the result of spending that time....



The Hurst kit has you use your original clips instead of giving you new one. Ugh. So, I guess I'm on the hunt for some better clips now. It's a nice clean look though compared to before. I still just need the damn thing to stay down.



I also got myself a new 75mm throttle body and EGR spacer. My friend had been telling me the engine could be happier with some more air, given the changes vs. stock Cobra. I got them from American Muscle since they have a good deal on a kit that includes both. They are really nice-looking pieces. But, I soon discovered there as a problem.



Yep, the accidentally sent me a 70mm EGR spacer. SIGH.
 

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OMG on the plate!

Can you access the radio/sound system head in 5th?
(really all odd gears but 1 thru 4 is a time you are busy)

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OMG on the plate!

Can you access the radio/sound system head in 5th?
(really all odd gears but 1 thru 4 is a time you are busy)

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Yeah, you can get at it. The shifter is in the same place as it would be on a Mustang. In the two top pictures it's in third. I'm sure it will help when that boot gets broken in, but for now, I needs moar power to hold that bezel down! I bought some clips off ebay today that look like roughly the right thing. They seem a ton better than the LMR ones. We'll see.

 

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The wrong EGR spacer is on its way back to AM, and they are sending me the right one. I finally got the opportunity to check and see if the error is gone on the air/fuel gauge after updating the firmware. I took the car for a ride today and it is still there. I guess we're moving the sensor.

The car was pretty happy to idle when I got back from my ride though. Makes me a bit more optimistic I may not have to have a car with a rolling idle forever. I noticed the damn belt noise when I first started the car though. It's pretty much unchanged from before I did anything with pulley spacers. I really hate that noise. It seems to go away as the car warms up though.

Shifter bezel clips should arrive towards the end of the week.
 

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Belt/pulleys out of alignment?
Or does the belt just have crap in it?

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The new water pump from the new engine install doesn't line up. See post 1109. My choices for a spacer were too thick or not thick enough. The belt's been replaced several times in the past few years.
 

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Hmmm-

Not knocking your choices or you or your car, this thread reminds me not to go into the custom build world

Sorry

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