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Lee Walden, Project Frankenstein
Lee Walden, Project Frankenstein

Here's the photo of my 1966 Mark X, just back from the body shop.

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The "Project Frankenstein" comes from the discovery during the paint strip that the back of the car is from another mark X. At least that's what I think as it was white and the rest of the car was Golden Sand, and there was a weld clear across the car just in front of the rear seat box structure.

When my dad bought the car it was with the intention to use it for parts for my brother's 66. The car didn't run and hadn't been run in a long time. The parts didn't fit that he needed, so we decided to restore her.

My brother re-built the SU carbs, and I put a new battery in it. We flushed out the radiator and changed the oil and filters, and after much tweaking, got the old girl to rise from the dead. It's ALIVE!!!.

So far I've replaced the front brake pads, replaced the water pump, obtained the correct grill, (it had a slightly dinged 420 G grill on it), and I am in the process of replacing all of the rubber weather-stripping. I also had the bumpers and overriders re-chromed.

Drove it down from my body shop in Geyserville to Martinez. A distance of over 90 miles.

Ran great, even with out any insulation or sound deadening pads inside the cabin.

Now comes the fun part. Re-building the insides of the doors, and then deciding on what color to make the interior. This model has electric windows.

It can be done! I pulled the engine and  transmission from my Mark X on Sat.  With helping hands and an engine crane in only four  hours. Mind you I had two weeks of prep time removing everything.  Here's some photos for you: One "beefy" crane attachment.   One engine with about 70,000 miles of road grime,  and yours truley with  almost as much....   Who says you can't mount the engine  sideways? I am writing an "Illustrated book" on removing the  engine which "fills" in a few "critical" steps missing from the Shop  Manual. Like supporting the transmission with a jack, BEFORE removing the tailshaft  bolts. This prevents the rear engine stablizer from carrying all of the  weight. I also am including what size wrenches are used for each item to be  removed. Now if I could only find the "rattle" that my  brother thought was a broken flex plate. The flex plate looks to be in  great shape.: 


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