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  1. #16
    Got a lead on some parts Don.
    Phil

  2. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by dhbfaster View Post
    Anyone know know why the square holes in my bumper are so much bigger than the square shank of the bumper bolts? I'm wondering if the bolts are not correct.
    Or if I buy new bolts...wondering if they will be bigger? I had a heck of a time getting some of these off.

    Also....looking...

    Rear view mirror

    Flywheel...I went to my tranny place and they said They don't turn them anymore they just buy new ones. I haven't seen any new ones for a 61 online...any ideas please let me know.
    Don, I looked online to order new bolts for my pickup[ and they all wanted upward of $30 for a set. I bought 6, with nuts, from Tacoma Screw for less than $10. I have to polish the stainless caps, but that's easy. I can't tell from the picture what size yours are, but they sell them up to 9/16" thread diameter. I think the Falcons used 7/16" thread, but I got 1/2" for my pickup and they are still a little sloppy.

    I was digging in my parts bins this weekend and found this:

    mirrorbase1.jpg mirrorbase2.jpg

    Yours if you need it. You can buy the mirror re-popped.

    If you are talking "machining the flywheel surface" (assuming this is a clutch car), then 'buying new' is a joke. May be true for a newer car, or a Mustang of any year, but not a Falcon 6 cyl. Find a good local auto machine shop. They'll do it with the correct step height.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    You are the man Roger

    That mirror base is perfect. Same PN. My mirror is actually fine, I just need the base...I'll take it.

    Bolts...just measured and these appear to be 7/16th. Tacoma Screw here I come-I'll try for bigger ones...and a funny thing, I dropped off the bumpers for plating today the guy told me he thought I could get them at McLendon's hardware...said I just needed to polish the caps. I'll be getting into all the polishing in a few weeks...I have more than a few other bolts to try to match up too.

    Flywheel...that's what I figured. I'll call around- there's probably someone I drive by every day on the way to work that can do it.
    Don Bartlett
    Federal Way, WA
    61 Four Door Sedan
    144-6, 3 on the tree



  4. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by dhbfaster View Post
    ...I just need the base...I'll take it.
    I'll grab it and keep it with me so no matter where I am, there it is.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    Anyone know what this stuff is and where to get more of it or a suitable substitute? (My car was in the sun and heat a lot...and this stuff literally turns to powder when you touch it.)
    This is the padding behind (under) the panel directly under the rear window.

    Also, anyone know where to get the fiberglass like stuff that is behind the front kick panels?
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    Don Bartlett
    Federal Way, WA
    61 Four Door Sedan
    144-6, 3 on the tree



  6. #21
    Don, That's called Jute Insulation. I'm sure if you google it you'll find it in rolls.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    As usual....thanks Roger. That got me going in the right direction.
    Macs sells it pre-cut...$25. And in case anyone else wants to know what this area is called...."Package tray"

    [URL="http://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_mercury_late/rear-window-package-tray-jute-insulation-pre-cut-jute-fiber-ford-all-sedans-and-hardtops.html"]

    but it does look like I can buy something suitable cheaper by the roll out there.
    Don Bartlett
    Federal Way, WA
    61 Four Door Sedan
    144-6, 3 on the tree



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    So...my "While I'm at it" list of stuff to buy is getting quite long...I'm trying to save one of those $18 orders that with shipping turns into $35 because there's nothing else to order from that vendor on the list right now...

    So...I ceramic coated the manifold and it's a beautiful tungsten gray now.
    The old manifold bolts- and those spider-like lock washers around them. They are a nice rusty-red, but functionally seem just fine.

    First of all the finish of the new ones is "natural" so what exactly does that mean? Will they look just like the old ones by next year?

    If I clean up the old ones..they look pretty nice (see the pic for old vs new)- maybe even nicer than the new ones- sort of an antique look. Any kind of rust preventative that will work on these at all?

    (fyi, I spent lunch Tuesday at Tacoma Screw and bought quite a few new bolts and screws...but they didn't seem to have these.)
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    Federal Way, WA
    61 Four Door Sedan
    144-6, 3 on the tree



  9. #24

    Package Tray Insulation

    Quote Originally Posted by dhbfaster View Post
    Macs sells it pre-cut...$25. And in case anyone else wants to know what this area is called...."Package tray".
    Hello, Don.

    I bought one of the pre-cut package tray insulation pieces and installed it on my my car:
    package shelf insulation.jpg

    It prevents the package tray from being loose and rattling on top of the metal below it.

    Thanks, Dennis.
    Last edited by ew1usnr; February 22nd, 2015 at 06:03 PM.
    Dennis Pierson
    Tampa, FL
    "The Wonder Falcon"

    '63 Futura Hardtop (260, Ford-O-Matic, bench seat)

  10. #25
    Don, Have used this stuff (brush-on version) with very good results:

    http://www.eastwood.com/factory-gray...p-coating.html

    Kind'a pricey, but held up very well.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    Expecting sun and low-er humidity tomorrow and the engine is about ready to be painted!
    Should I have any concerns using Teflon tape for the water fittings?
    And what about for the water temp and oil temp sensor fittings?
    I read something about sensors needing good (ground) contact with the block (advising against using Teflon tape.)
    Any thoughts?
    Don Bartlett
    Federal Way, WA
    61 Four Door Sedan
    144-6, 3 on the tree



  12. #27
    Don, I use either Loctite or Permatex pipe thread sealant. Not Teflon tape.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    Well, here it is, Engine painted. Not bad for a first timer.
    I decided to paint the other parts for the front of the engine separately, and decided to go ahead and paint over the freeze plugs. I think it looks pretty good...still wet and very shiny in this picture however.
    Roger, I used teflon tape on the water fittings. Should i change it to permatex or Loctite tread sealant? No biggie if I need to, it looks like I'm going to have to touch up around the valve cover anyway. If I do need to however, I'll go loosen it a turn tonight before it gets to final cure.
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    Federal Way, WA
    61 Four Door Sedan
    144-6, 3 on the tree



  14. #29
    Technically Teflon tape is not a sealant. It keeps the threads from galling at best and may slow leakage down. But generally it is to allow mechanical sealing of tapered pipe threads. It will not lock anything in place. Loctite-type sealants lubricate the threads and have a sealing property 2nd to none.
    Roger Moore

    63 "Flarechero"
    powered by: 347ci stroker | Tremec T5 | 8" 3:45 TracLoc rear



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    Gotcha. Just put the order in for some permatex.
    Don Bartlett
    Federal Way, WA
    61 Four Door Sedan
    144-6, 3 on the tree



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