Next B.R.A.M. Meeting Wednesday January 6th, 2016

The next B.R.A.M. meeting will be Jones Creek Cafe & Oyster Bar (225-755-3550) located at 15005 Market Street in Baton Rouge. This is near the intersection of Coursey and Jones Creek. If you are coming from Jones Creek the restaurant is behind the Outback Steakhouse and if you are coming from Coursey the restaurant is behind Raisin’ Cane. We will be in the dining room on the right after you come through the front door. Members will begin to arrive around 6PM and the meeting starts at 7PM. Those that wish to order meals typically arrive earlier. The parking lot for the One Hour air conditioning repair facility next door can be used by club members because that business closes at 5PM and the restaurant has a good working relationship with them.

B.R.A.M. Car Show November 21st, 2015 at Hollingsworth Richards Ford

BRAM Christmas Party is Saturday 12/5/2015!

Fellow Mustangers,

Remember, we do not have our regular Wednesday monthly meeting in December because our Christmas Party is this Saturday, December 6, 2014, at Jim & Debbie Freyder’s home (telephone numbers were sent via email & are in the calendar event) . Here is the information which was covered about our Christmas Party at our November meeting.

Date is Saturday, 12/5/15 at 4PM and the gumbo will be served around 5PM. Please send a reply email to telling us how many people will be in your group. The weather forecast is currently predicting great weather for Friday & Saturday so parking on the grass by the workshop should be fine. Roughly around a dozen cars can park in the driveway by the house, if necessary, and parking along the street on Meadowview Drive is also available.

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (and rice) is provided by the club. Appetizers, salads, desserts, etc. are handled as “pot luck” items. In your email to it would be helpful to let us know what type of dishes you plan to bring. Please bring a warming plate (and maybe an extension cord) if your dish needs to be kept warm. Right now, from the list passed around at our November meeting, one family is bringing potato salad, another family is bringing a veggie tray, and people signed up for dessert items. It would be nice to have more appetizers or vegetable dishes.

A map showing the party location later can be seen by clicking on the calendar event in this webpage. Home address is 17132 Meadowview Drive, Prairieville, LA 70769. The workshop is located on the lot behind the house and can be accessed from Parker Heights Road. My ‘68 Mustang will be parked next to the driveway to the workshop out by Parker Heights Road.

Bring chairs and whatever you wish to drink. Coffee, hot chocolate, and ice will be available at the party. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 70′s; going down into the 50′s that night so bring a fleece blanket or something similar to keep yourself warm if you think you will need it. I have a kerosene heater and a couple of electric space heaters but the workshop is a big area to try to heat comfortably.

There will be a Gift Exchange during the party for those who wish to participate. You do not have to participate in the Gift Exchange but it is a lot of fun! For each person participating in the gift exchange, bring a gift ($15-$20) in gift wrap and placed in a black plastic garbage bag. Rules on how the gift exchange works will be discussed at the party. Gifts do not have to be car or Mustang related and gag gifts can be very entertaining BUT please do not bring a gift that is alive! Generally, any item you would be happy to go home with yourself is a good gift idea.

This is a family event so feel free to bring your kids. If you are bringing young children, you may want to consider bringing a small gift for them to unwrap.

We will have a collection box for Toys For Tots. Anyone coming to the party who wants to contribute to Toys For Tots should bring a new, unwrapped toy to place in the collection box. After the party, I will contact the Toys For Tots people to bring the toys to them and hopefully get some recognition (a thank you note and maybe a picture) for our club’s participation.

Debbie & I are looking forward to the party and hope to see you there. If you have any questons at all, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at one of the numbers mentioned above.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Everyone!

Jim & Debbie

Charlotte photos

Anyone wishing to view my photos from Charlotte can do so at Flickr…

Bob’s Fastback project update

Hello all,
It’s been a while since I’ve written an update on the 65 Fastback Mustang project. Well check:

The whole project in:

The suspension , front and back is the news. The welding in of the Subframe Connector Extension finished all the welding in the project. This connects the front frame with the rear frame. The idea is to make the frame of the car more stable. These Extensions were then painted. The bottom of the chassis was painted with another coat of Epoxy. Two coats should protect from rocks and what ever.

The Front end was next. Nothing remarkable about reassembling the front suspension with the following exceptions 1) I’ve dropped the upper “A” arm one inch. This is called the “Shelby Drop”. Doing this has dropped the car’s center of gravity a bit allowing the car to handle better. We’ll see if I like this. 2) The rebuilding of the front brake caliper (the red thing in the brake folder) was new to me. I had problems putting the thing back together and ended up getting professional help to do so. Teaching old dogs new tricks.

The rear suspension was next. Let us talk about the importance of a happy rear end. Yes we often take our rear ends for granted. A properly working rear end will keep you rolling! Lets not talk about a malfunctioning rear end, it would be bad car-ma.

With rear end in place , the springs were installed and I then hung my rear end on the springs. Next was installing the torsion bar. The torsion bar connects to the rear end. It is my guess most of us don’t consider torsion in our rear ends to be a good thing. But it is. There all kinds of other things that get re connected, I won’t bore the reader with the details.

With front and rear suspension reassembled, the brake became the focus of my attention. The Fastback had disk brakes before the restoration but I taken the liberty to improve the brakes. The whole entire brake system has been replaced with the exception of the calipers which where rebuilt. All new lines. A power brake booster (power brakes)was added to help Diane stop the beast. There other exciting things going on with with the brakes, but again, I won’t bore the reader with the details.

The plan I have concocted for this project has considerable amount of feature add, re-engineering. The engine is to be replaced. The automatic transmission is to be replaced with a 5 speed standard transmission. A standard transmission will require a clutch. The clutching system I am using is a hydraulic fluid type clutch. And just as the brake system has a master cylinder hanging on the firewall, the clutch system requires a clutch master. The trick here is the very limited space to mount the stuff and where the re-engineering comes in.

The reassembly process actually started with the vent assemblies front and back. Lots of little parts.

The next step is electrical. The whole car will need to be rewired. I bought a wiring harness kit to wire the car and what a box of wires.

Still trying to finish this in time for the 50th next year.