This marks the first time the Mustag Bay Area team has been able to see the pony live and in the flesh. I must say, the 80's mustangs are probably one of the ugliest to ever roll out of Detroit (Except the 70's Mustang II's). We would like to thank Cal State University - Chico for being considerate enough to schedule their graduation in line with our project start date and a 3 day weekend. They sure are swell.
After gathering 5/6ths of the team (where's Andrew?), we quickly solved the first major obstacle of this build. "What kind of beer do we want?" After celebrating our first problem's resolution, we set about to clean the car up and get it ready for the first crank. A quick trip to Autozone and we had a couple gallons of Shell Rotella to change the engine oil. Unfortunately, years of sitting left the original oil filter completely stuck, so some ingenuity with a phillips-head screwdriver was needed to get it loose. After we drained the oil, it was time to crank it and see what kind of condition our Mustag was truly in.
click. Dead Battery. Oh well, we planned to replace that all along, so out come the jumper cables to find out if the starter solenoid really was dead. It turns out that it cranked over fine, but there was a fuel delivery problem. Actually, there was a fuel leak, and we were inadvertently dumping gasoline all over the driveway. Hi-larious. Note the cigarette in Ben's hand as we do this. You can tell intelligence is our greatest asset.
That should be it for this weekend. We'll tackle the fuel leak and drain the gas tank next time.