A blog about finding and keeping my 1973 Mustang Grande (V8 - 351C 2V). Produced on July 6, 1973. Sold in Florida, USA.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Installing the new turn signal switch

Yes! Finally time to install the new turn signal hardware! So far I had taken off the wheel. Now I had to take out the old hardware. Let's start with a pretty picture from Haynes:

The first thing to do is disconnect the turn signal-wire. It's described as the "Quick coupler".

The guys at Ford or Haynes or wherever they came up with this name must've been from another planet where time goes reeeaaalllly slow because there is absolutely NOTHING quick about it!

It took me nearly TWO hours to get it disconnected. Maybe because I didn't remove my seat or something else but still! Bloody hell it was a royal PITA!

Initially I wanted to try and remove the old hardware intact but after looking at this.... You can see how the wires run through the bracket where it was nice and stuck.

Since I don't know what happens when I un-bolt everything I wasn't up for that much excitement and I decided to cut off the "quick coupler"and yank everything out.

So I unscrewed the three screws that hold down the turn signal hardware...

Don't forget this thing, whatever it is for.

And there it goes!

After I cleaned the inside I installed the new turn signal. Funny how there's an opening made to fit the quick coupler. So I figure in the factory they installed like this as well.

Screwing the new switch in place was easy. Now I had to run the cable through the column, not so easy...

Here's another photo from Haynes showing the steering column for a '73.

This is where the cable needs to go through. You can't do it without loosening up the steering column.

To get some wiggle room unscrew all these bolts and nuts. Nuts 'A' only need to come down a bit. Same with 'C' and 'B' can come out or leave in as long as the column can be moved.

Now there's enough room to squeeze the connector through. It's gonna take a lot of squeezing to get it in the same position as the original was. But you need it to be there again to get enough length to reach the connector.

Once hooked up I was able to test and they worked beautifully!

All that's left now is to screw everything back together again :-)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The new turn signal

My old turn signal doesn't always blink when I turn right and it's getting annoying not to mention that it's dangerous when people can't see me indicating my directions. So it needs to be fixed.

I could take it out and fix it but I have ordered a new one to simply replace it. Maybe I'll still fix it, someday but for now I want a working turn signal.

So I bought this Scott Drake replica that I received today.

It looks very nice and shiny and complete. This is the front.

This is the back. Stay tuned for the actual replacement.

My Mustang in a calendar!

My Mustang is featured in the 2017 Car of the Month calendar of the 7173Mustangs.com forum! I think this is pretty cool and I'm also very proud of it :-)

If you want a calendar for yourself, you can buy them here, at LuLu's.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fixing the distributor

So... Apparently I was missing this little wire in my distributor. Someone pointed that out to me after seeing the picture of my wire-less dizzy. How was I supposed to know? Some former owner must have removed it. The wire is critical because it grounds the ignition module. Without proper grounding the ignition goes to shits. So I made my own cable.

I installed the wire in the distributor, checked everything a few times over and put everything back together.

Then I started my car and guess what? It fired the first time! See the clip below:


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Installing Pertronix Ignitor II and Flamethrower II.

So today I went to my car to replace the old points in my distributor with a brand new Pertronix Ignitor II module. Also the coil was going to be replaced with a Pertronix Flamethrower II.

Big surprise when I popped the distributor cap off. There was a Pertronix Ignitor I (older version which is still sold) in it! Well, that saved me a bit of work ripping out the old stuff at least.

I also replaced the rotor. The old one is burned too bad for my liking.

So that's the base plate that I need to install the new module on. I noticed that I can move it with my finger a bit. Not sure if it's supposed to.

Here's everything installed. It wasn't too hard. Unfortunately it didn't fix my starting issues so the next post will most likely about finding TDC and setting the initial timing...

Monday, October 10, 2016


I'm going to try and become Car of the Month on the 7173Mustangs.com forum. It's a great forum with a lot of very helpful people owning a 7123 Mustang. Fingers crossed! :-)

EDIT: I did become Car of the Month and will hopefully be featured on our forum's calendar for 2017 :-)

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Installing a high torque mini starter

Yessah! Today I'm replacing my starter with one that will actually start when my car is hot. Hold on, my car always looks hot, I mean: when the engine is hot! ;-)

Here's some science for you to understand why the old starter sometimes doesn't crank well when the engine is hot: The original starter has a LOT of copper wire inside that make up the coils required to create a magnetic field. A lot of copper makes it a strong magnet when current flows through the copper but as the temperature of copper rises, its electric resistance increases. The increase can actually be so much that less current can flow through the copper and... less current = less power. And when there's not enough power to crank, the starter will tell you with a lovely whining noise.

So this new high torque mini starter (see previous blog post) uses a permanent magnet(instead of copper coils), that's the "PM" in "PMGR starter". "GR" stands for "gear reduction".

So here it goes!

A month ago I got myself these bad boys to lift my car up, freakin' awesome when you don't have a carlift or are limited in other ways. I had to first drive it up there because I don't have enough space to push all 1600 kilos up... Then I used the footpump to lift the car. Don't forget to put your car in neutral because while lifting it, it will also be pushed back a fair bit and if it can't move freely you get tension in your tranny and you don't want that.
When the car was up, I disconnected the battery.

So there it is, the old starter. It's a brick! I always thought it would be attached to the engine but it's actually attached to the tranny, a C6 in my case.

Back to the electronics. This is the fender solenoid. It's purpose is to switch the high current needed for a starter motor. The thick cable on the left is attached to the positive lead from the battery. The one on the right leads to the starter. Because the new starter has its own solenoid the thick cable from the right will be moved to the left and the other end will be input for the starter-solenoid.

This is the ignition cable that came with the starter.

The new thinner cable will be used to re-direct the ignition switch to the starter solenoid. The thick cable that was on the right is now on the left.

Lead the red cable down aside the thick cable that's already there.

I guess this starter isn't as original as I thought because I don't think they had ISO 9001 in 1973...  And this one was issued in 2002 by the looks of it. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Anyways, look, it's gone! One of my biggest concerns was how I'd actually get the starter out of there. Well, it fits through the gap in this red circle.

Voila, one brick starter.

Peekaboo! You can now see the teeth on the flywheel.

Here is a picture to see the differences in size.

From a slightly different angle as well ;-)

Bolting in the new starter is easy-peasy. The one I got from DB Electrical fits perfectly!

The hardest part was attaching the thick cable because I want to keep it away from the exhaust as much as possible but as you tighten the bolt it keeps totating towards the exhaust.

And that's it!

When I tested it I had to get used to the new starting noise, it's quite different from what I'm used to. But it started well and powerful.


Mission accomplished!