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  1. The first (and maybe only) time I drove my 83 in the dark I came across a dopey  little dog on my county road. First time I ever slammed on the brakes like that and realized how much less effective 60 year old brakes (and headlights) are compared to the new stuff we are used to. Hope to get my Turner brakes installed this spring. Also put on the driving lights so I could see better. Oh yeah, missed the dog. Mike

  2. Back in around 1974 we put a Hurst in my 64 Daytona R1.  Can’t remember what happened to the factory one, most likely thrown in the dumpster. Things we did without thinking ahead!  The Hurst made an incredible improvement. Mike

  3. Thanks Dwight. Not surprising I wouldn’t remember that tube since I sold that dark blue 64 R1 4spd Daytona 49 years ago!  I drove it 25 miles and back to college every day. Wonder how many R4’s were daily drivers?

  4. I used push in barrel nuts to mount the pirate buckles. Haven’t had any problems with them holding. Not sure if there is a “official” location or how the factory placed them. Not quite as easy as the hood emblem, but you could probably get pretty close if you scope out a 63 or 64. Mike

  5. The car no longer has a supercharger, so I have no idea how effective it was on a 305. According to Bob Johnstone’s registry, it had a double gunsight hood that I assume was to accommodate the supercharger. There is a photo of the engine there, along with a few others, but right now it keeps crashing my iPad when I try to load it. The car has a history, just can’t find much about it. 

    Not sure if the factory had a template for the pirate buckles, it would be interesting to compare to see if they are placed consistently.  Mike

  6. Thanks Zedman. I put the pirate buckles on the sides also, but just left them black. This car has has a lot of changes over its life. Gone is the moonroof, the rear luggage rack, and Johnstone’s Avanti registry has a photo of the engine with a blower installed. One of the former owners, Mike Valent, used to post on this forum but it seems he has passed and I haven’t been able to track down any solid history and there doesn’t seem to be any original paperwork to be found. Seems like so many of our cars have a story after so many years. Mike

  7. If you have the ornament, cut a cardboard side out of your Cheerio box. Carefully push the four pins through the cardboard. Now that your ornament is flush with the cardboard, trace around it and cut it so the cardboard matches the ornament. Now you can lay the cardboard on the hood, measure back the right distance, and mark the four poked holes with a felt pen through the cardboard.  

    Pushnuts work. Mike

  8. I bought the NOS metal pieces from Nostalgic and had them chromed in Spokane. I think you can buy repops from some sites. I also did the pirate buckles but left them black. I’ve seen the “S” and plain black emblems for sale, I just had this idea to do something a little different and I got lucky with the result. Mike

  9. I thought I would like to have the emblem on my 83 but didn’t think the “S” would be the right fit. I bought the NOS raw metal piece from Nostalgic and had it chromed. I made a silicone mold from an original “S” emblem. An engraving shop cut out and engraved the black base, and I put it in the mold and poured the hobby shop clear goop over it. It took several tries to get one free of bubbles but I finally got one that turned out pretty good.  Thought it would be a way to pay tribute to Mr.  Loewry.   Mike

  10. It would be nice if you could connect another temp gauge to make sure yours is accurate. Suppose it wasn’t and your engine temp was right but your heater core is restricted. Have you ever flushed your cooling system and back flushed the heater core?  Just a thought.   Mike

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