Classic Mustang Restoration Tools

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Classic Mustang Restoration Tools
Using the proper tools can save time and money. (red hot mustang image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

As the number of classic Mustangs find their way to the junkyard or are left abandoned in a backyard, the values of restored Mustangs continue to rise. Restoring a Mustang is no easy task and can be very expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are steps to take to minimise the cost and time necessary to complete a restoration. General purpose tools are readily available, but using the tools specifically designed for these classics will help ensure that the job is done correctly.

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Brakes

The inside diameter of the brake drum is measured with Rotunda Tool HRE 8650. The same tool may be used to measure and adjust the brake shoe diameter. Ford Tool Number 2035-N or 2086-L is used to remove the brake retracting springs. Ford Tool Number 1112-144 is necessary to install the wheel cylinders. Use Ford Tool Number 4235-C to remove the brake backing plates.

Suspension and Steering

Use Ford Tool Number T56L-33610-D to test the power steering pump's pressure output. Inspection of the front wheel alignment requires height spacers, Ford Tool Number T65P3000. Remove the ball joints with Ford Tool Number T62F-3006-A. Use Ford Tool Number T63P-5310-A to remove the front coil springs. Remove the bushings from the leaf springs with Ford Tool Numbers T64K-5781-B2, T64N-5781-A1, T64K-5781-B2 and T64K-5781-B4. If the Mustang was equipped with a tilt steering column, use Ford Tool Number T67P-3D739-A to remove the tilt mechanism pivot pin. Remove the pitman arm with Ford Tool Number T64P-3590-F.

Manual Transmission

Remove the transmission's extension housing seal with Ford Tool Number T50T-100-A. Install the extension housing with Ford Tool Number T60K-7697-B and Ford's adaptor tool, Tool Number T57L-7657-A. Remove the extension housing bushing and seal with Ford Tool Number T60K-7697-A. Install the extension housing bushing and seal with Ford Tool Number T60K-7657-B.

Automatic Transmission

Adjust the transmission's bands with Ford Tool Number T59P-77370-B. Remove the extension housing bushing and seal with Ford Tool Number T57P-7697-A. Install the extension housing and bushing with Ford Tool Number T57P-7697-B. Remove the extension housing seal with Ford Tool Numbers 1175-A and T50T-100-A. Install the extension housing seal with Ford Tool Number T61L-7657-A.

Engine

Measure the camshaft lobe lift with Ford Tool Numbers 4201-C, 6565 and 6565-AB. Use Ford Tool Number 4201-C to measure crankshaft end play. Check valve clearance with Ford Tool Number 6513-K unless the engine is a 390 or a 428, in which case Ford Tool Number T58P-6565-A must be used. If the engine is equipped with rocker arm studs, remove the studs with Ford Tool Number T62F-6A527-B. Install the studs with Ford Tool Number T62F-6A527-A4. Remove the harmonic balancer with Ford Tool Numbers T58P-6316-A and T62F-6316-B. Install the harmonic balancer with Ford Tool Number T52L-6306-AEE. Replace the crankshaft front oil seal with Ford Tool Number T58P-6700-B. Remove the camshaft bearings with Ford Tool Number T58L-101-A. Install the camshaft bearings with Ford Tool Number T53L-200-A.

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