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Okay, I put off mentioning these issues until I had them fixed (hopefully). On the way back from Carlisle while getting gas I looked under the hood and there was a fine mist of grease sprayed on the front of the engine and the alternator had rubber dust on the front of the case. What I think happened was the overrunning clutch on the alternator spit out some grease and it got on the water pump pulley and caused the belt to slip some.

The next thing was the front QA1 that had a small leak (was going to get warrantied after the show) decided it was time to start leaking for real. That didn't cause any real issues other than a big mess of oil under and on the back of the car. I had a vibration upper 70's mph and higher which I ran into a few times. I think because of that the pinion started leaking again worse then before. So because of the grease, belt rubber and vibration I kept to a max of 70 the last 6 hrs of the trip and made it home okay.

The engine started leaking oil, it looked like some of it was the drain plug and it looked like it was also leaking at the right rear corner of the oil pan and was getting worse. The Monday after the show I put the original pulley back on the alt and replaced the belt. That seems to be fixed. I got the shock swapped out and warrantied and the new one looks good so far. I put the car up on the lift last weekend and pulled the driveshaft and diff. I got a new 3.5" aluminum shaft made and went thru the diff and replaced all the bearings and seals. Since I had the car on the lift I decided to pull the trans and check the rear main seal plate to see if it was the cause of the leak. It looked like it may have been leaking at the lower right corner so I removed it cleaned everything up and resealed. The drain plug did end up being part of the leaks so I replaced that also. I got the car back together this weekend and took it out and ran it up over 90 and didn't have any vibrating and it does seem smoother just driving around (may just be wishful thinking) I probably would have gotten a 4" shaft but it wouldn't have fit without some modifying of the tunnel. I put about 25 miles on it driving home and so far there doesn't seem to be any fluids puking out anywhere 🤞 So that's the whole tale of my Ford nationals trip. Had a blast and may go again (without the car problems hopefully)
 

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Yeah it could have been worse. Was just a little stressful 6hrs from home. I've heard that about the QA1's also but as you say beggars can't be choosers and I wanted better shocks than what is available as replacements, we'll see how they go.
 

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I wonder if Bill were to sell his upper and lower mount set-up without shocks, if one could buy Ride Tech or other. Not sure if he'd do that tho. I do think there is a company that's known to make those for him tho
 

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Got the upright attached to the base.





I think I will end up remaking the base plate. I need to add more material to the front edge. I'm going to cut the hole in the plate to fit the rubber Mustang snorkel.
 

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I got the air cleaner assembled and installed today. Here's the trimmed hole in the car to fit the snorkel.



I cam up with a threaded knob and a clip nut to mount the housing (all metric of course:))





I ended up trimming the snorkel to clear the wheel well. I also put a retaining clip on the knob to hold all the parts together so i don't have to worry about losing anything.




Here's the bracket mounted in the car.




I put 3/8" spacers under it to give a little clearance for the intake tube on the valve cover etc.

And here it is all installed.






It fits really well. no more hitting the ccrm or the ac lines going to the condenser.

As an aside I REALLY hate working on this engine in the car. I had a timing cover leak by the ac compressor I (hopefully) fixed yesterday. It's an act of congress and time wasted taking other things apart to do just about anything on it. Rant over, I'll know in the next few days if it's fixed or not. So far no oil running down the ac compressor so keeping my fingers crossed.
 

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Just an fyi, I took some cats and a set of wheels into the recyclers yesterday. I got $480 for the factory cats off my 97 🤯 another $140 for the one of my son's 14 Fusion 4cyl and $84 for a set of first gen SC wheels.
 

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Yeah I tried selling them and had no interest. Since they won't fit my car anymore I definitely didn't want to store them.
 

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I thought instead of filling up the other thread with my nonsense I would put these here. Some of the parts for the 69.





If you prefer I keep this all Mn12 let me know and I'll stop.
 
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