Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
January 1, 2001

When the interior goes into your car, you know the end is near. You start pushing your work nights and weekend workdays. Grass goes uncut, household honey-dos stack up and are threatening to get you fired as significant other. But at last, you can see the end of the tunnel, and for once, the glow you see isn't the light of an oncoming train. Lazarus has finally reached that point. After months-and years-of work, we have finally reached the stage where the interior gets installed. Seats that sat complete in the attic for the last six years can now be assembled and placed in position. Carpet that was bought five years ago from John's Mustang as a Christmas gift can now be laid down. Seatbelts from Ssnake-Oyl can now be applied next to the CJ Pony Parts headliner and the carpet. And now that the dashpanel and engine have been installed, we can take a trip over to Tampa and have Classic Auto Air complete our A/C system.

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With the interior complete, we trailered the Mach 1 over to Classic Auto Air in Tampa for the final air conditioning line assembly. We also had The Muffler and Exhaust Center in Lakeland, Florida, build us a temporary system so that we could test the A/C and engine and not go deaf.

While our system was sitting around in the months prior to assembly, some bonehead decided that the lines needed a kink in them. This is usually disastrous for these lines. Fortunately, ours are still holding their charge of 134A. Lloyd Malott gave us some tips on what to look for where these old hoses are concerned:

  • Check for discoloration at the kink. If the line is a brownish color, you could develop a leak.
  • Check original hoses for fraying. This could be a weak spot-especially with the higher line pressures of 134A.
  • Check for looseness/oil at the fittings. This could be a sign that the lines have been pulled and twisted.