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  • Today I removed the axles & the center chunk from the rear end housing.



    Mike & Robin Grentus
    69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
    08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
    00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
    99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
    14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
    M&M Member #- 890
    MCA #- 4549
    My 69 Coupe build album
    http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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    • Originally posted by Mike65 View Post
      Hi Ryan,
      All they provided were installation instructions & the alignment specs they recommend.
      Mike,
      Did that level of guidance seem to be adequate.....or lacking?

      Ryan
      Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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      • Originally posted by Mike65 View Post
        Today I removed the axles & the center chunk from the rear end housing.
        Mike,
        Any changes planned for these or just a simple clean up in mind?
        ....like maybe a limited slip differential, new bearings/seals and a ring/pinion gear set change...to say, a 3.89 maybe...?

        Ryan
        Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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        • Originally posted by Ryan Wilke View Post

          Mike,
          Did that level of guidance seem to be adequate.....or lacking?

          Ryan
          Ryan,
          The install instructions were fine, I am planning on having a f/e shop do the alignment, so I will give them the specs that OTR recommends.
          Saturday I had the differential rebuilt w/trac-loc, 3.50 gears, new bearings, & new axle bearings. Today I started cutting the r/s rear leaf spring front bolt.

          Mike & Robin Grentus
          69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
          08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
          00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
          99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
          14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
          M&M Member #- 890
          MCA #- 4549
          My 69 Coupe build album
          http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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          • Today after work using my angle grinder with a 4 1/2" cut off wheel I cut off most of the rear leaf springs & was able to cut off the bolt end that the nut screws on to, but could not get the other side because the frame is in the way. I purchased a 7" cut off wheel & made a new guard to protect my hands while cutting. I was then able to cut off the other end of the bolt & remove what was left of the leaf spring.



            Old leaf springs.

            Mike & Robin Grentus
            69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
            08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
            00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
            99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
            14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
            M&M Member #- 890
            MCA #- 4549
            My 69 Coupe build album
            http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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            • WOW - cutting leaf springs - makes for a nice spark show! Your new 4.5 leaf mid-eye springs should lift it up a bit....

              Ryan
              Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford

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              • Originally posted by Ryan Wilke View Post
                WOW - cutting leaf springs - makes for a nice spark show! Your new 4.5 leaf mid-eye springs should lift it up a bit....

                Ryan
                Yes it did. I had to cut the spring off so I had room to get my angle grinder in by the frame so I could cut off the front eyelet bolts that were rusted to the sleeve inside the bushings. Well today I cut the front eyelet bolt & finished removing the l/s leaf spring. Both springs are out now & the combined time to cut both bolts with the angle grinder with the 7" cutting wheel was about 1/4-1/2 hr at most.

                Mike & Robin Grentus
                69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
                08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
                00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
                99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
                14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
                M&M Member #- 890
                MCA #- 4549
                My 69 Coupe build album
                http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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                • Today I removed the rear leaf spring shackle bushings in the frame rails, installed the new leaf springs, & the new spring shackles.

                  Mike & Robin Grentus
                  69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
                  08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
                  00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
                  99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
                  14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
                  M&M Member #- 890
                  MCA #- 4549
                  My 69 Coupe build album
                  http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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                  • Your rust issues are making for some interesting reading Nice job improvising on the cutoff wheel. Is that a steel wheel or just a thin cutoff? I've been using steel wheels (first a Masterforce from Menards then a Lenox from the welding supply store) and have been quite happy with them. They last a long time relative to a conventional cutoff wheel and the diameter never changes. I don't think they throw quite as many sparks, either. Anyway, it's nice that you're a little bit ahead of me on your restoration so I can use your experience as a guide for tips and tricks.
                    68 Cougar - 289, 4-speed
                    '08 Mustang Bullitt #4492
                    Previous Mustangs - '98 Cobra convertible, 87 GT

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                    • Originally posted by Steve68Cougar View Post
                      Your rust issues are making for some interesting reading Nice job improvising on the cutoff wheel. Is that a steel wheel or just a thin cutoff? I've been using steel wheels (first a Masterforce from Menards then a Lenox from the welding supply store) and have been quite happy with them. They last a long time relative to a conventional cutoff wheel and the diameter never changes. I don't think they throw quite as many sparks, either. Anyway, it's nice that you're a little bit ahead of me on your restoration so I can use your experience as a guide for tips and tricks.
                      Steve it is a just a regular thin cut off wheel. So good I can be of help.
                      Mike & Robin Grentus
                      69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
                      08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
                      00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
                      99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
                      14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
                      M&M Member #- 890
                      MCA #- 4549
                      My 69 Coupe build album
                      http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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                      • Smart thinking on your part to make a hand guard for your grinder, Mike.
                        '70 Mach 1 - '72 Sprint - '94 F-150 XL -'97 E-150 - '05 Sable LS
                        My Mach's restoration progress
                        My Sprint's restoration progress
                        I wish Americans wouldn't take advice on complex social issues from people that make their living from the talents they learned in kindergarten; singing, dancing, coloring, playing pretend, tossing balls, telling jokes...
                        Pay attention to the people who think and highlight honesty.

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                        • Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere View Post
                          Smart thinking on your part to make a hand guard for your grinder, Mike.
                          Thanks Steve, I did not want my fingers cut up/off if the grinder slipped.
                          Today I sanded off the old paint & repainted the rear housing.

                          Mike & Robin Grentus
                          69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
                          08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
                          00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
                          99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
                          14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
                          M&M Member #- 890
                          MCA #- 4549
                          My 69 Coupe build album
                          http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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                          • Reinstalled the rear end housing today.
                            Mike & Robin Grentus
                            69 Mustang Coupe (project & future toy)
                            08 Escape 4X4 (spare)
                            00 Ranger Extd Cab 4X4 (my DD)
                            99 Explorer Sport (wife's DD)
                            14 Kawasaki Vulcan (wife's toy)
                            M&M Member #- 890
                            MCA #- 4549
                            My 69 Coupe build album
                            http://www.newyorkmustangs.com/forum...cs-t15096.html

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                            • That is the way my springs came off on my 68. Lot of sparks.......

                              Your progress is awesome!

                              1968 Fastback
                              90 5.0 HO
                              T-5
                              Modern leather buckets
                              Front Disc
                              2001 Bullit Green

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                              • Great Job Mike! I like following along your build even though I only seem to catch up every other month. My hats off to you on such a rebuild! Alot of work n dedication for sure.......just keep the end driving as the goal!! Cool!!!
                                79 Stang, full cage,mini-tubbed,396"W,G-Force G-101 4 spd,4.56's, tagged street/strip 10.28@129.3
                                69 Stang Vert
                                69 Stang Coupe
                                92 Stang 5.0 LX
                                other DD's

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