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Jessica
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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Apr 2004

posted 04-23-2004 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jessica   Click Here to Email Jessica     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just bought a 78 Cobra II. The first thing I need to fix is the seal on both doors. It leaks right at the top of the window. What is the easiest way to fix this? Also, does this require special parts or can I go buy them at AutoZone? I live in Houston and it usually down pours at least once every two weeks in the summer. I currently keep it in covered parking at home and work but need it to keep dry when I'm driving it as well. This is my daily driver now
Another question. Every once and awhile as I slow down to park the car it will stall and turn off but has never done it while at a stop light etc. It doesn't make any noises, it just shuts off but will turn on fine. The problem in itself doesn't bother me but I want to make sure it's not something that could turn into a bigger problem later. Any help is much appreciate.

Jessica

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Mooney
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From: Marietta, Ga
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 04-23-2004 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mooney   Click Here to Email Mooney     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.mustangii.net/second_gen_list.asp?company=Second%20Generation%20Mustang§ion=Weatherstripping&row_start=0&row_end=9
http://www.dfortuna.com/Weatherstrip.htm
Either one of those links should be your answer to the leaking windows; nothing new weatherstripping won't fix,(not sure if Autozone would carry it?) Theres probably a place in TX somewhere that would supply them, save yourself some shipping money, but I don't know of any off hand.
Hope this helps! I'm sure someone will be right along to help you out with your stalling problem.
BTW Welcome to M&M!
Luke

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IIGood
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posted 04-23-2004 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood   Click Here to Email IIGood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, the weatherstrip is not something you can buy at AutoZone, but you'll need to make a stop there for some of the weatherstrip adhesive.

You'll need the roof rail weatherstrip, if you go to the link Mooney provided.

I'm not sure what the problem could be when you park...is it an automatic? Maybe when you shift it into park, the idle drops too low...

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Jessica
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posted 04-25-2004 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jessica   Click Here to Email Jessica     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's an automatic and it does it before I ever put it in park. I'm hoping to able to afford putting in a standard trans. and 351w after I get out of college I have million ideas of the things I could do with this car. Unfortunately, I don't have person to teach me how to do this. I'm not really sure where to begin but the few things I know how to do I want to add on to. I didn't have the convience of having a dad etc to teach me how to do all this. How did most of you start learning this stuff? Reading only gets you so far as I've learned with my previous car. The Chilton book for the 78 is even more lacking than the one I had for my '96...

At least with the older cars you can still do work on them yourself whereas the newer models make a it pain to even change the battery.

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Mooney
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From: Marietta, Ga
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 04-25-2004 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mooney   Click Here to Email Mooney     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's definately a bit hard to learn when theres no one to teach you. In my case, my dads a mechanic so he gave me ideas etc. But a lot of it is just coming to a place like here and saying "Okay, I'm going to be putting a 5 speed over my automatic.. give me tips and pointers.. never done anything like it before." And theres not a person on this board who wouldn't want to give advice if they'd done it before and even if they hadn't cause were all here to learn some and help out others. And if you stick around long enough, you'll be surprised what you learn just by reading and asking questions. Read up all you can, get yourself some books, maybe since you're in college see if you can jump in an automative class. You'll be workin' on your car and actually know what you're doin before you know it!
Though some of us still work on our cars and never know exactly what were doin' we just make it through though with the help of people like the ones on this board!
Best of Luck to you!
Luke

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MooseII78
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From: LA
Registered: Nov 2001

posted 04-26-2004 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MooseII78   Click Here to Email MooseII78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there. You said its a 78 and an auto. Is it a 4 , 6 or 8? Swapping to a manual trans is not a big deal with little or no fabrication required. The 351 windsor swap isnt to bad either all though it does require more fabrication. Still anything is do able depending on your available time knowledge and budget.

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Jessica
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posted 04-27-2004 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jessica   Click Here to Email Jessica     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a V8 302. I really want to convert it to standard. After having one it's really hard to go back to an automatic, it's not nearly as fun to drive. I've seen what one can do for a 1.9L engine, I'm ready to see what it can do for a 5.0
I won't be able to afford this for at least another 6 months. First thing I plan on doing improvement wise other than the weather stripping is a new cd player with a couple of new speakers. I'll try to post pictures this weekend of what it looks like as is.
I am pretty much decided on this car after realizing long ago there was no point in buying a good used car that will lose most of it's value and end up selling it buying a mustang eventually. I'd rather spend the money on something I love than waste the money on something I don't plan on keeping anyway.

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mustangs68
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posted 04-29-2004 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jessica,
Welcome to Mustangs And More,
Stop into Sam Place and say hello to the Gang.

Sam

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MooseII78
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posted 05-03-2004 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MooseII78   Click Here to Email MooseII78     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well you made a good choice. As much bad press as the II has gotten over the years im not sure any of the other mustangs are appreciating in value as fast as the IIs are over the last couple of years.

As for a manual swap just find you a donor car which should be cheap. Doesnt matter what it came with as far as i know the conversion parts are universal. You need the cable, the adjuster attachment on the firewall and the pedal assembly. Next and hardest part. Find you a II 4speed v8 bell and flywheel and spacer plate. They are hard to find and expensive when you do. There is a little more to it than this but that depends on if you wanna use the rad or a t5 (prefered). You can put a standard t5 setup in directly but you run into major probs with exhaust headers. Either way you go some minor fab work is required but its not bad at all.

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