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Old 01/01/2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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Progress Continues, Lime Gold GT/CS

This past week has been a good one..... with all the holidays, visiting children and grand children and, of course, progress on my GT/CS. There are twenty-four inches of snow on the ground in Flagstaff so I can't work outside, so the GT/CS is getting some quality attention!

The interior has finally started to come together. I had time to restore and install the deluxe seat belts, the console, the radio, the rear seat and the carpet. Fortunately, all of the electrical items are working perfectly, including the AM radio, which, suprisingly, has a great sound thanks to the new dash speaker. I also had to install a repro turn signal switch in the tilt column and that works great. The front fenders are finished and ready to install.

While I missed my "deadline" of completing the car by year's end, I think it will be ready soon. Thanks for all the encouragement from the GT/CS site members!! It is greatly appreciated. Finally, I've included two "before" photos of the interior for a comparison. Happy New year to everyone!

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Old 01/01/2010, 11:52 AM   #2
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Sweeeet!
What black paint did you use on the interior? Looks great.

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Old 01/01/2010, 12:06 PM   #3
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Neil, It is Krylon Semi Gloss black. It is very durable, has superb covering qualities, and gives a great matt sheen. I also use this product in the engine compartment with excellent results. Russ

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Old 01/01/2010, 02:42 PM   #4
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boy, you're hard work really shows. I am very impressed. Looks like a great 2010 for you when Spring arrives ! Nice work.

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Old 01/02/2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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The interior looks great. Amazing that back in the 60's and partially in the 70's a black interior was a rarety. Imagine seeing a red interior or lime green interior in a modern day car now.
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Old 01/03/2010, 09:08 AM   #6
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The front seats, glove box, radio knobs and the scuff plates went in today, so all I have to do is install the steering wheel. It's finally beginning to look like a car. The black interior with the lime gold exterior really pops! I'm waiting to receive the cancellation cam for the turn signal. This cam is unique to the tilt column. Next, I'm going to install the front fenders and rear bumper. Russ
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Old 01/05/2010, 10:11 AM   #7
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Front fenders and rear bumper on...it's finally starting to look like a car!

Next is the exhaust system. I've decided to depart from the "totally original" concept, because I can't see having a 302, J Code engine with a single exhaust. I purchased a concours correct dual exhaust that came stock with the "GT" option, and that is what I'm going to install. I'll probably get dinged at the MCA shows, BUT..... oh, well! (Marty, when you judge the car, you already have some point deductions identified!) Russ
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Old 01/05/2010, 02:37 PM   #8
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Russ, I too converted to dual exhaust for my 302. I have found that the aftermarket GT valances do not fit well (end curvertures, overall width). I ended up using my original valance and having the exhaust cutouts from a repro valance spliced on to it. The body shop did an excellent job with the metal work & paint. More costly, but well worth it for appearance sake.

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Old 01/05/2010, 03:28 PM   #9
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Not to drift this thread, just a comment.

I had forgotten that J code 302-4V Mustangs came standard with single exhaust systems. For a 1968 Cougar dual exhaust was standard with the J code engine.

Trivia - An F code 302-2V engine was available in a 1968 Mercury Cougar, over 60,000 Cougars had that engine. Kevin Marti lists 2 Mustangs with that engine in his Mustang by the numbers book. Conversely there were over 92,000 1968 Mustangs with T code, 6 cylinder engines. Zero 1968 Cougars received a 6 cylinder engine.

My 1968 302-4V GT/CS will be getting dual exhaust when assembled. My choice of exhaust manifolds will be 1969 351W exhaust manifolds though. (Poor mans HiPo manifolds)

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Old 01/05/2010, 05:45 PM   #10
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Neil, As you can see by the rear photo of the car, I don't have the "GT" valence with the exhaust cutouts. I decided that I wanted it to look stock from the rear so I'm installing factory-style turndown ends. No chrome tips, no trumpets, no dual GT tips...just a "plain Jane" exhaust. Thanks for the tips on installation. Russ

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Neil, As you can see by the rear photo of the car, I don't have the "GT" valence with the exhaust cutouts. I decided that I wanted it to look stock from the rear so I'm installing factory-style turndown ends. No chrome tips, no trumpets, no dual GT tips...just a "plain Jane" exhaust. Thanks for the tips on installation. Russ
DEDUCTION, DEDUCTION, DEDUCTION...just kidding. I don't understand why that wasn't standard on the non-GT J-codes. I think that will look great.

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Front fenders and rear bumper on...it's finally starting to look like a car!

Next is the exhaust system. I've decided to depart from the "totally original" concept, because I can't see having a 302, J Code engine with a single exhaust. I purchased a concours correct dual exhaust that came stock with the "GT" option, and that is what I'm going to install. I'll probably get dinged at the MCA shows, BUT..... oh, well! (Marty, when you judge the car, you already have some point deductions identified!) Russ
Russ I probbly would not deduct any points provided you install a concours correct exhaust system. For some reason the reproduction systems seem to hang a little low. Thats what is on mine I could not afford the 5K for the NOS set up. Your car is looking great I can't wait to judge it. It should be a easy one not too much to write down. Keep the pictures coming. Marty
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Old 01/05/2010, 11:28 PM   #13
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Russ I probbly would not deduct any points provided you install a concours correct exhaust system........
Would it be correct without the tips and rear valance? If not the judge IMHO would have to choose to deduct for the lack of the tips and all the GT stuff or for the dual exhaust. IF not it would not be fair to everyone else in the show


Of course we don't currently compare Marti reports to the car so we have to judge them like we see them ;)

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Would it be correct without the tips and rear valance? If not the judge IMHO would have to choose to deduct for the lack of the tips and all the GT stuff or for the dual exhaust. IF not it would not be fair to everyone else in the show


Of course we don't currently compare Marti reports to the car so we have to judge them like we see them ;)

Just one opinion and of course you make the choices we only judge them Be happy with your choices
I guess I did not make that clear. With concours correct exhaust system I assumed correct GT vallance and tips. Thanks Jeff
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Jeff, As you know, I'm an MCA Certified judge (1967-68 and 1965-66 Shelby), and I believe any deduction would be determined by what class the car is going to be judged. I'll probably enter the car in the "Trailered Concourse" class, though. IMO, the dual exhaust is a deduct, but it would be minor one, and not enough by itself to remove the possibility of earning a Gold award. I think it would be a larger deduction to include all of the GT equipment, although, as you pointed out, MCA judges do not use the Marti report to determine authenticity. While I know you have stressed consistency in MCA judging, it comes down to who is judging the car, which is a completely different topic from this post! Just my thoughts, Russ

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