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  • CAR #Ford-Mustang / #Ford / #Ford-Mustang / #Mustang / #Mustang-Mk1 /

    RUN BY Lizzie Pope
    OWNED SINCE October 2017
    PREVIOUS REPORT Dec ’18

    The exciting pre-Christmas arrival of a fresh set of Pirelli Cinturato CN36s from Longstone Tyres was all the inspiration I needed to get stuck into the Mustang’s to-do list and get back on the road.

    First was an oil and filter change, then it was time to find out where the oil leaks were. One was from the diff, so with the front wheels chocked and the rear on axle stands, the cover and gasket were removed, and the oil drained. This was also a chance to work out what the diff was. An earlier inspection proved that it wasn’t a Mustang part – and not even a Ford item – and with it apart, the only clue was that the gasket sat inside the bolt-holes.

    Some Googling suggests it could be from a Jeep – we’ll see if the eBay-sourced replacement fits, once it arrives. Another leak was traced to where the propshaft and ’box meet, so the former came out for me to clean the yoke and grease the universal joints. The gearbox’s rear seal and pipes were leaking, too, so the pipes are now off and the seal has been replaced. And while we’re at the rear, a stay for the spare wheel and matching bag for the jack have tidied the boot.

    Up front, a frayed battery pipe was replaced, then it was time to look at the loose bonnet seal. Removing and cleaning the rubber was much easier than persuading the old RTV silicone off. With fresh adhesive applied, the seal didn’t seem too keen to stay put, but after a few days with the ends clamped in place it was another job that could be ticked off the list. One final task was adjusting the bands in the gearbox to see if this helps it shift as it should. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I’m back behind the wheel to find out.

    THANKS TO Longstone Tyres: 01302 711123; www.longstonetyres.co.uk

    New Pirelli Cinturatos should improve grip while retaining the Pope Mustang’s classic look.

    A jack bag has tidied things up in the boot. Oil was dripping from the rear of the ’box. What is this diff? Jeep is the latest guess.
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