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Limit straps installed

Limit straps installed

I’m inching toward the start up.

Buttoned up the back end today by installing the limit straps and finishing up the left and right rear brake lines. Here a few shots of the previous and current work. Next up, finishing the clutch slave plumbing and starting the exhaust system. Needed the limit straps to make sure the drive shaft didn’t hit the shaft loop when the differential was at full droop. They run very close to the shocks but I don’t think there will be any interference. You can also see the fuel pump and filter assembly. Fuel pump is mounted at or below the low level of the fuel tank, per Holley’s recommendation. Filter is nothing special but has a removable can and element.

E-brake union

E-brake union

The line visible in the limit strap shot is the e-brake cable. Stock Mustang cable that’s been shortened, going into a Lokar adjustable mid-block (both lines), then into my homemade union block, and  finally to the e-brake compensator. It’s surprising how much engineering went into something as simple as a mechanical brake. Union was made from apiece of 1″ x 3/4″ T6061 aluminum. Not much to it really – just five holes (two tapped for grub screws). A center hole for the adjustment rod, two holes parallel to the adjustment rod for the brake cables to pass through, and two perpendicular to the cable holes for the cinch screws.

The clutch slave is going to take some work  to get set up as it is not working as it should out-of-the-box – too much throw before the clutch can engage so I’m going to have to either increase the distance black/mounting plate or shorten the push rod, or both. Really wish I had taken care of this while the engine was out of the car as room between the slave and the frame rail is limited. Ah well, the life of a hot rodder I guess.

Return oil line cooler

Return oil line cooler

Line cooler for the oil return line sits up tight to the body/frame. The shot makes it look like it’s hang in down but t’aint so. It’s no lower than the jack point. I could have gone the traditional oil cooler route but  between the 8 quart capacity of the dry sump system and knowing the car isn’t likely to see significant track time, the line cooler is an easy to plumb, simple solution.

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