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    2001 GT 4.6 auto
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  1. Nater_Potater

    Post your fall/winter project

    Working (thankfully) and watching my grandson grow. Damn; I'm a grandfather!
  2. Nater_Potater

    Steering Wheel Radio Controls

    I have two other vehicles with steering wheel controls, and have grown to love them for the fact that I don't have to drop my hands and/or eyes to fiddle with the buttons. I do a fair amount of freeway traveling. Having to reach for the dash is quite a bit more distracting than using a thumb or index finger. Trust me; couple the 80 miles per hour freeways speeds with the idiot drivers around here, and you want both hands on the wheel!
  3. Nater_Potater

    Steering Wheel Radio Controls

    ttocs, thanks for the response. I've found/been offered generic control pads that strap to the wheel's rim, but, for obvious reasons, I don't want some wonky knob hanging off the rim. From what I've been able to find out in the meantime, the later wheels use a "clockspring" (slip ring) that has an additional contact for the radio. If I'm insistent on this, it looks like it'll take a whole new steering column to make it work. I think efforts might be better directed at cool stuff like more horsepower... Nathan
  4. Nater_Potater

    Steering Wheel Radio Controls

    As if my a/c flapper problem wasn't enough trouble for me, I'm now I'm jones-ing for an upgraded radio. Has anyone added/converted their steering wheel to interface with an aftermarket radio to incorporate the controls into the wheel? If so, what switches did you use, and what does it take to get the radio to "talk" to the switches? I've been looking at other Ford steering wheels (Exploder and the like) to see what could be found that already has switches mounted. This would be for an '01. Thanks, Nathan
  5. Nater_Potater

    A/C Vacuum Controls

    Happy Friday! This summer (my first with this car) has shown an odd idiosyncrasy with the a/c controls. Specifically, when pulling a moderate load at low rpms (auto tranny), the a/c flapper valve flips over from the dash to the defrost vents. I know this is caused by low manifold vacuum, but, shouldn't there be a check valve in the system that attempts to hold vacuum in the system during those brief excursions? Just as soon as either the throttle is lifted slightly, or the stubborn tranny decides to down-shift, everything's back to normal. A few assumptions on my part (yes, yes; I know...) 1) There is a faulty check valve somewhere between the engine and the heater controls, B) There is a leak between the hypothetical check valve and heater controls, 4) There is a leak in the flapper motor/diaphragm This could all be resolved if I knew two things; is there a check valve, and, if so, where is it? Anyone? Beuller? I can't seem to find a proper all-car vacuum system diagram for this critter. Thanks for your help, Nathan
  6. Nater_Potater

    The Music Thread: What are you listening to?

    Oh, yeah!!! Don't forget "White and Nerdy"
  7. Nater_Potater

    What Did You Purchase Today?

    Okay, but where does it connect to your car?
  8. Nater_Potater

    Speed Week at Bonneville

    It's a whole different feel from any other type of racing. It's more about being around the crazy hardware and being able to rub elbows with the crewmembers.
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    Speed Week at Bonneville

    What a blast! If you've never been to the Salt, it's pretty surreal. Picture standing on a vast frozen lake that stretches far enough that you can't see the shorelines, but it's in the middle of the summer. You can drop food on the ground and still eat it, as long as some jackass hasn't puked antifreeze there earlier. It's the green "snow" you have to watch for... All kinds of cars; all kinds of motorcycles; a little of unconventional. Take the diesel pickup, for example: Turbo'd and supercharged Detroit diesel! Note in the background; that was the only Mustang I saw out there. Maybe next year I'll take mine... The bike I was pitting for: 2016 Triumph Thruxton R, putting out around 85HP to the rear wheel. That's a sunrise, not a sunset. Yes, we were on the Salt before the sun came up every morning. That picture gives a bit of the feel of how vast the Salt is. Those mountains are about forty miles away. Classed as a tricycle! Well, I suppose "Trike" would seem less sissy... Possibly my favorite; a first-gen Honda CB750 twin-engine on a stretched frame. It sounded sweet! Dig that crazy paint job, man! Finally, here I am at the starting line, proudly displaying my Salt Flats Record. Yes, according to the track officials, I am an Official Record Holder. Well, that's about all I got out of the week. Maybe if I was to field a ride... 'Anybody want to meet there next year with a contender? Nathan
  10. Nater_Potater

    Bonneville 2017

    Speed Week on the Salt
  11. Nater_Potater

    Welcome To SN95Source.com: Manicmustangs

    Welcome! I'm new here myself, so don't believe anything I say, except that this is what looks to be the best forum I was able to find that addresses the specific needs of the SN95 community. Nathan
  12. Nater_Potater

    Welcome To SN95Source.com: bcozzi71

    Nice looking car! What wheels/sizes did you go with? I'm currently running the stock 17 X 8's and would like to upgrade to get a bit more rubber on the road.
  13. Nater_Potater

    Welcome To SN95Source.com: Nater_Potater

    My first car was in '76; I bought my folks '66 notchback 200 cid 3-speed manual Mustang. It was a good steed, but lacking in both power and braking, owing to the small displacement and 4 lug drum brakes. Granted, the 6-banger running through Clifford headers and out dual exhaust sounded very European sports car-ish... After rebuilding the tranny twice, I snagged and rebuilt a C4 and associated center console goodies, and never looked back. Still wanting for more power and brakes, a full 289 drive train with front discs and 9" rear was scrounged from the local Mustang salvage yard that would align quite nicely with the fresh C4. However, a '69 Dodge Superbee with a 383 and Hemi-spec'd 727 tranny soon entered my life, thus putting the horse on the sidelines. Yes, it finally went to a well-deserving family who still owns it to this day. Fast-forward to early 2017; I had been driving my wife's grandmother's 1994 Pontiac Grand Am for the last 10 years (four-banger, auto tranny), and not enjoying anything about it, save for the 30 mpg. My wife's grandfather had bought an '01 GT a couple of years ago, but was making noise about buying a truck to go fishing with (he's 96, by the way). One day, he slides on into our driveway in a mid-sized truck that he just picked up, and asks if we'd help him sell his Mustang. "Sure. I'll get my camera; we'll take some clear shots, and then post it." My wife turns to me and says, "Why don't you buy it?" That's a very good question! So I did! Well, then; here we are with a 53 thousand mile, sixteen-year-old, two-owner car, that had its first set of new tires installed almost six years ago (the same as OEM - Goodyear Eagle GT). 'Typical GT fodder with the 4.6 2V, auto tranny, limited-slip rear w/3.27 gears, laser red paint, black interior, and Mach 460 stereo system. And, it gets right around 21 miles per gallon! I figure it's worth the $4500 I gave him. Future mods will be light, as it's my daily Summer driver. It'll be fun to run in the local SCCA events, so mods will be geared towards that end. Nathan
  14. Nater_Potater

    Nater_Potater's Junk Pile

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