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First off, you put your Aerocatches on the right way. Unlike me...I put mine on sideways. I know you've spent money on that scoop, but maybe you should try sourcing another before you go to all that work. I think it looks better with a scoop.

I think the decals would look better if you painted the edge of the hood and trunk orange and used black decals. It will take finding a good print shop to get someone who can get a decently close match to that orange and make the decals.
 
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Sides of the scoop and part of the top in black, surrounding some orange?

Here’s a real quick post-it version of my thought before I leave work.
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CarMichael Angelo

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Or, it does look like a shield...maybe I could make one like that the next time I'm threatened with a broad sword.
 

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Or, it does look like a shield...maybe I could make one like that the next time I'm threatened with a broad sword.
All good, but I like the Batmobile idea best!

:doh:Never looked back up .... not sure why I thought i remembered a curve in front..... I’m sure you get the idea.
 
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Ok piddlin'.....

The dilemma was how to deal with the the Aerocatch fasteners,..how to make the space to install them properly, and how to finish them after they are installed.

The path to righteousness starts here..
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It has to be accessible, I have to make it look finished,..I have to return the integrity back...
This is where it begins..
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Clearly a long way from being finished...but,..it solves the problem.
 

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Is that a piece of flat stock filling the 'gap' between panels? It will end up looking really nice. With a lot of work of course.
 

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Is that a piece of flat stock filling the 'gap' between panels? It will end up looking really nice. With a lot of work of course.
It is a cut off section of 3" exhaust tubing that I used when I built the glass topped box for the throttle bodies.
I beat the slight curve out of that piece, and bent it around the outside of the aero catch back brackets
 

CarMichael Angelo

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Funny how life changes you.

I'm home by myself tonight. Kate is at one of her industries " awards banquets", modeled after the Oscars, or the Grammys..
Intended to call out and recognize exceptional achievement in commercial architecture, and interior design............

Yawn....

I've been to two of these things in the last 20 years. Just one more reason to have to rent a tux just for the sake of being able to walk around the place and eat the food, and drink the drinks.
She asked if I wanted to go again this year, to which I replied "Nope"....

She didn't expect me to go anyway, so it's all good.

There was a time However many years ago that I would've literally been pulling off my work clothes while walking into the house when I got home just so I could change into work duds and eek out every last second down in the garage, working furiously to get something done while she was away.

But that was then.... ( whenever then stopped being "then")

Now...I'm just sitting here with nothing to do except kick the cat, drink whiskey, watch tv, or type out blather here on this forum.
I know the car will be there Sunday just the same..or Tuesday. It doesn't matter one way, or the other..

I think they call this apathy.

The problem I think is the task in front of me is a dirty one. You can't do what needs to be done w/o getting dirty. Covered in grinding dust, smelling like welding fumes, and coming out in the end with a least some small bloody cut, or piece of sht stuck in my eye...

This type of work requires more than a couple of hours to get properly psyched up for, and in my best case scenario, there's only about 2-3 hours of Non-Kate time remaining.....

Meh...
 

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Freakin Google. You never know what kind of off the wall :poo: it will find. I do have plans to get my junk running and want to take it to the track. I've heard of the ClutchTamer and figure for $170 why not. Anyhoo, they have a below the dash version for 79-93 and in dash for 87 up. So I was wondering how far does the below dash version hang and was googling, Mustang Clutch Tamer. About 20 results down is this gem:

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Link goes to:
https://www.stangnet.com/mustang-fo...poiler-the-tale-of-two-panels.871263/page-317

What that has to do with Mustang, or Clutch Tamer, I don't know. I do know that it means the Google search algorithm has Gila Monsters on its mind.
 

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What a great day. 79 degrees, no clouds, slight breeze...you couldn't ask for a more hospitable to humans climate.

Just perfect for welding, and grinding,....and welding, and grinding, and welding and grinding.


The hood needed the surrounds for the Aerocatch hood fasteners finished. The metal under skin on this hood has got to be 24 gauge...maybe it's even 26...cause it's some thin sht. While I managed to get the piece butt welded back in and the welds ground down decently on the first one, the second one decided to test me.

Trying to get those welds smooth resulted in a couple of places that got ground through.....and now that remaining metal was like paper. Try as I may...a hole that was a quarter inch in diameter quickly grew to the size of a quarter. I simply couldn't get the heat setting low enough..as soon as I trigger the gun, it blew through the metal. And the freakin hole kept getting bigger and bigger.

Finally, I got to thicker metal,...but what's left to do to fix it?

Grinding of course...

I posted a pic a while back showing the broken hood where the early prop rod used to go. I thought I had that fixed.
But the sunlight streaming through the cracks told me different.

So I cut that piece out, and made a new replacement piece out of .......ohh....I don't know,...something thicker...... ( maybe 18 ga.) and butt welded that in.

Then ground down the welds,..and promptly ground through a couple of places again, .....and made another mess.

Fairmont hoods have hood ornaments.....there's a hole where that stupid thing pokes though up front....but not no more.
Now there's a plate welded in place of the hole.....but it's not butt welded...it's lap welded. In other words, the piece I made to plug that hole wedged into existing sheetmetal that wasn't cut.....so it kinda got welded on top of the other metal...cept it's still recessed.....which means no grind through this time.

( that didn't stop me from burning the fck out of myself when I decided to see if it was smooth after grinding the welds down.)

I think I left melted flesh on the hood..

The trunk I bought to replace my existing one had been hit at some time in its life, and had a bad repair on the driver side rear edge. The damage caused the under skin to pull out from under the folded over upper skin.
Today, I decided to fix that.
I had to pry the upper skin pinch seam apart so I could clean that rusted mess up.
( let me just say that if there were a whole buttload of 78-83 futuras out there to chose from,..id probably have passed on fixing this thing,,..but there ain't. I have to fix it.)
Once I got that folded over pinch seam pried apart,..I cleaned the trapped rust with a wire wheel...then started fixin the trashed under skin.
It pulled out from under the upper skin because it was hurt from whatever wreck the car had been in, the under skin was dented enough to cause it to shrink out from underneath the upper.

Since I don't have one of those stud welders and only have a slide hammer...my fix involved drilling a buttload of holes in that damaged area, and slamming a slide hammer upward about a bazillion times till I got the deformed metal to rise enough to return the rear edge where it would fit under the folded over pinch seam again.

Eventually........it saw things my way..and returned to a point where it fit under the seam again.

But it was all kinds of rusty.....so,.....I applied the Mike method for ridding rust that can't be readily accessed..

I poured a liberal dosage of muriatic acid behind the areas that the two metals meet...which forced both surfaces to take a muriatic bath.....( it's so good for the complexion)

Once enough time had passed, and the cement under to trunk was bubbling green from the run off,...I decided to wash the liquid sandpaper off with brake clean...followed up with acetone,...followed up with forced air...followed up with that spray paint the is supposed to neutralize rust.

That's just the way I roll......Call me a hack.....if Foxmustanglvr is reading this ( which will be a cold cold day in hell), call me the king of rude..hacks if he is,...

Once that paint dried, I beat the seam closed..trapping the underskin under the upper skin .( doesn't this seem like a conversation where a penis should be part of ?)

Then,.....I flipped the trunk over, and cut a piece of steel to fill the keyhole,..and lap welded that piece in as well...effectively closing off the keyhole forever....effective dooming this trunk to be a Monster trunk....where keyholes don't exist...as long as you know where the secret latch is.
 

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