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The things we do for our kids! aka Mach 1 woes

Discussion in 'General Mustang Discussion' started by kb3, Mar 20, 2017 at 3:39 PM.

  1. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    I spent 13 hours on the road Saturday driving a total of 700 miles to pick up the kid's Mach 1. It seems to have spit the #3 spark plug out of the head ( a common modular motor problem). As I really didn't want to pay Ford several thousand dollars to put a helicoil in, my only option was to go pick it up and bring it home. He lives in LA and I live in Central California. While thankful for me to do it, he was lamenting that he wouldn't have a car for a few weeks. Mom donated her 2015 GT for his use.

    The story of fixing the plug threads will follow, but trust me, getting the valve covers off of a DOHC 4.6 in a Mustang is not that much fun. Damn kids

    Car picked up: 2003.jpg

    Car delivered: 2015.jpg
     
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  2. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Ha! The son probably unscrewed the spark plug just to make it appear it was spit out; he really wanted the newer Mustang to drive around...wouldn't you?
     
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  3. RapidRabbit

    RapidRabbit Well-Known Member

    My car is broken, can I borrow the 2015 for awhile when he's done?
     
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  4. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    Are you going to support me in my old age?
     
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  5. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    A couple hours of work, and the entire top of the motor removed and those damn valve covers are off. Had to remove the master cylinder, hydroboost, and about everything else. Only casualty was a broken AC line. One more thing to add to the repair list!

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  6. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I recognize a lot of those parts!!!
     
  7. Grabber70Mach

    Grabber70Mach Well-Known Member

    As they say "All in a days work" But that doesn't look like to much fun.
     
  8. RapidRabbit

    RapidRabbit Well-Known Member

    Going to have to go with no on that one.
     
  9. JeffTepper

    JeffTepper Well-Known Member

    Your son is a great kid but you and Gayle are great parents also. You might want to have that talk with him about the supporting you in your old age thing !!
     
  10. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    while you are in there and taking pictures, I was wondering if you have a picture of the rear bracket or mounting for the shaker? I see the front bracket and we have that one. We also have a metal bracket but I'm not sure if it is the rear one or how it mounts on to the engine...
    thanks
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  11. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member


    I will take pictures tonight. The back bracket straddles the upper intake.
     
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  12. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    awesome! thanks
     
  13. KBMWRS

    KBMWRS Think before you HATE.

    Geee...I'm in awe of you guys who know what you're doing.
     
  14. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    Craig - I assume you have the black plate the shaker sits on? It screws down to the aluminum front bracket and the black one pictured below that mounts to the sides of the upper intake. e85dc136529cdae56906ed101dee66fa.jpg 07d3e6cdfc7a4e9ffea9dfa0b679fc88.jpg
     
  15. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    that helps a lot! I have that bracket pictured. I didn't know how it mounted. I guess I do not have the black plate the shaker sits on. What does it look like? Is it something I could fabricate or is it complicated? Thanks so much for the pics!
     
  16. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    It would be tough to fabricate. It has compound bends and 4 balls that shaker snaps onto. Look under your shaker and make sure it's not attached. d7e62f9f12a5d22033bf739f60749a6a.jpg 489f13c98bdc0e7e4050d78589a51013.jpg
     
  17. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    hmmm... I see what you mean. Nope don't have that. I thought maybe i just needed those ball stud/post thingy's and that they attached to the two brackets. Another part to chase down!!! thanks a bunch though, that really helps!
     
  18. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member


    Mike - I do it because I am too cheap to pay someone else to do it!
     
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    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

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