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PostPosted: Tue, May 12 2015, 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rest of the truck is so nice, of such good quality I think it will stick out if you don't spend a little time and effort prettying it up under the hood. I don't think it needs the full polish, chrome, and braided line treatment, just some color matching paint and route everything neatly.
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PostPosted: Tue, May 12 2015, 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i agree with jaybee, no need to go overboard but neat and clean is all you need.

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PostPosted: Wed, May 13 2015, 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Agree.... Neat & clean is all that is needed.... Too much "bling" takes away from the work that has been done.. That is a VERY nice truck as is. Cool


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PostPosted: Wed, May 13 2015, 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you talking :" neat n clean" via a little elbow grease, paint ? Proper detail work with paint helps a bunch.

Different air intake tube & filter?

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PostPosted: Wed, May 13 2015, 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My plan was to paint the inner fenders when I finish the front end. The intake tube is as ugly as it gets. I scrubbed on it some to get to this point. The valve covers are plastic and I know that some people paint them. I don't know if it lasts well or not. I have thought about fabbing some metal covers to hide all the loomed wiring. Would hiding be the best option money wise? If a guy attached metal rods to the looms so they were straight, would that be a good option? I'm open to all suggestions on this. I'm aware that the 4.6 is not a pretty engine. Most of the modern engines are ugly by our standards of old. Cobras with weber carbs, corvettes with 3 fours, hemis with cross rams, etc.
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PostPosted: Wed, May 13 2015, 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something you might consider is an engine cover, that incorporates the air duct. It would cover a lot of the ugly. You could do it with WZjunk's lost foam mold, and fiberglass.
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PostPosted: Wed, May 13 2015, 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Something you might consider is an engine cover, that incorporates the air duct. It would cover a lot of the ugly. You could do it with WZjunk's lost foam mold, and fiberglass.



yuuuup. I'd investigate that. If a workable situation for you.

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PostPosted: Wed, May 13 2015, 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

True that modern engines are ugly compared to the old ones, but they work so well. It's convinced me engine covers are a good option, something I didn't once believe.
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PostPosted: Thu, May 14 2015, 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could always do the same as I do with the Ugly Olds.... Idea

I leave the hood closed & warn people that it's dirty in there when they want to see the engine... Shocked Laughing Laughing

It seems to work... Cool


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PostPosted: Thu, May 14 2015, 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A high pressure washing of the intake boot, some wiping down of surfaces that show, and organized routing of wiring and hoses would probably satisfy your eyes, and anyone who chooses to pick it apart can go eat worms or whatever.

Shame on the people that overlook the fabulous job you've done on parts that are meant to look nice and pick apart parts whose function is the dirty job of converting gasoline into horsepower. I seriously doubt that there will be many however.

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PostPosted: Thu, May 14 2015, 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments, guys. Trust me when I say I really value the comments from this forum. Old guys that have built many things and haven't let life defeat them but has made them better are most appreciated. Smile I had a thought about building a cover and having it shaped so it could have some airbrushing to look like a flathead or something cool but I don't like phony very much. I'm the guy that has the real blower, not the one with the carb inside. Clean and neat will be my goal. That may change as it will be a while before all this gets finished. It seems to take a long time to make a decision anymore. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu, May 14 2015, 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about you, but in my experience I make better decisions if I don't jump in until I feel confident it's right. Sometimes that's right away, sometimes it takes a while.
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PostPosted: Fri, May 15 2015, 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the engine cover idea. I'm also with Ugly Olds on the closed hood. Laughing
Unless somebody twists my arm really hard the lid stays closed on the COE. Just last night at a cruise in one of those guys that bleed MOPAR just had to see under the lid. SUPRISE a CHEVY! Shocked I told him I knew he was a Mopar guy just by his smell. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri, May 15 2015, 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just tell everyone that is the original engine from the factory and you didn't want to disturb the patina!

You don't have to tell them that it was original to a late Mustang!

Those in the know, will chuckle. ....Those who aren't will be impressed!

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PostPosted: Fri, May 15 2015, 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been following along on this adventure and am impressed with the work you have done to this point. I also like the reliability and performance of the modern drive lines but also don't like the fact that they look like a train wreck under the hood......I am looking forward to the solution you come up with and am sure it will look great.......Keep up the good work!
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I worked on the efi system today. I had a cel so I started doing diagnostics. After eliminating the most obvious that checked to be within the operating voltage ranges, I ended up swapping out the injectors. I have 3 sets of 19 lb. units. I have a set from an explorer that had about 70,000 miles on them. I removed the egr valve that had been disabled. I put a plate on to make sure there wasn't a vacuum leak. I've driven through several heat cycles. No light, yet. I'm not positive that it's all correct but I'm gaining.
I trimmed up the air filter housing and scrubbed on the inlet tube for a while. It's cleaner than it was. Smile If the injectors prove to be the problem, we can chalk one more up for the mustang donor.

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PostPosted: Fri, May 22 2015, 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bob, I've thought about this some. The pic I posted shows a little of how wide the front end is. A standard 1/2 ton fender would have clearance issues. My thought has been to close up the front and rear and maintain the clearance from the top. To do that and not turn it into a clown car will be the deal. As an example, most have seen a 50 Dodge pickup and looked at the rear fenders and said, how lackluster. I've seen several with 56 Ford rear fenders and it transformed the truck entirely. So if I can come up with a design that makes you think it belongs there, then it will happen.


Hey KB ...
I been chewin' on this fender thing some ...

How about closing the opening up similar to this Chevy ??

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a395/PCarps/August%202014/NSRAdsc_673 6_zps9c3b482e.jpg

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PostPosted: Sat, May 23 2015, 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a cutout of the rear fender. The weather isn't cooperating for outside pics so this is just stuck on to give everyone an idea of where this can go. At the bottom of the cardboard front and rear, there would be around 3" to add. Bob, the chevy is headed in the right direction. Close to the tire but not covering so there is no interference.


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I think I'm about 30 hours from being finished on the abs for the headliner. Smile


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This is the stopping point until I get more velcro. When it arrives, there will be more trimming. I'm searching for the dome light to go on the original mount and look like it belongs there.


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