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I'm not surprised. Nothing else on the car has been "high end", so no reason this would be different. The axles are well over 30 years old, as they were in the car when I got it. I figured the looks may have changed over the years, which was why I made the guess. I'd be interested if someone knows what they are, but I'll have them changed out before I put any real power down so it's not too big of a deal.
It looks a lot like some stock axles I've seen. Sounds like the lettering may just be a coincidence.
Here's a picture of the headlight buckets, with one being the "before" and the other being the "after":
The second one will take a bit longer because I'm having to do a little more to it. Rust is apparently common on those, as the parts from my '67 parts car were also rusted in the same area but not quite as bad. I decided to fix the originals rather than swap to the '67 pieces, as both required work anyway.
Didn't get any work done tonight, but I snapped a couple of pictures of my transmission. Here's the tag:
and here's the casting number:
I've got a bit of conflicting data. The RUG AV1 is supposed to be a '70-'71 Mustang 302-4V or 351-4V. That is basically consistent with what I was told it was out of, except it was a '71 351-4V Cougar. There didn't appear to be a separate Cougar part number listed, though, so my assumption is that they're the same. The D2AR would typically be for '72 model year cars, but apparently that wasn't the case here. Online research said they used a D2AR number in some '71's, but it also showed it should be a C8AR case for the RUG-AV1 tag. I'm wondering if this just managed to get caught in a changeover. As far as I know the transmission has never been apart and was the original one for the car I got it out of. Does anyone know of any pluses or minuses for this particular setup? It's a 28 spline, wide ratio as was expected by the tag.
I made a trip down to Tulsa, OK today for a little inspiration. There was some neat stuff there. Here's probably my favorite car:
It's a '68 Cougar GTE. I'm a little partial to the color, but I also like the drivetrain. It's a 428CJ with a 4 speed. They only made 3 of them with this drivetrain combo and GTE package, and this is one of the 2 remaining. This one is unrestored and still in pretty nice shape. There were 3 other GTE's there, but they were all 427 with C6 automatics. I was surprised to learn that just because it's a GTE doesn't mean it came as an XR-7. Two of the 427 cars were not XR-7's.