This DIY repair, service and maintenance manual by Haynes, covers all 1964andfrac12;-1973 Ford Mustang models, equipped with V8 engines.
Note: The manual does not include 6-cylinder inline engine information.
Book Excerpt: 1964andfrac12;-1973 Ford Mustang V8 Repair Manual
CHAPTER 8 | REAR AXLE
The cooling system on all models comprises a radiator connected to the engine by top and bottom water hoses, a belt-driven fan and water pump, and a thermostat.
Small bore hoses transfer water to the heater and automatic choke control unit.
The intake manifold is water-heated and on some models the fan incorporates a temperature-controlled fluid coupling which reduces power absorption and fan noise.
The cooling system is pressurized to enable a higher operating temperature to be maintained without boiling.
If the water pressure within the system rises above the preset limit of the radiator cap, (see Specifications) the spring-loaded valve within the cap opens and allows the excess water to pass along an overflow pipe, thus relieving the pressure.
It is therefore important to ensure that the cap has the correct pressure setting stamped on the top and that the spring and sealing washer are in good condition.
In operation, cold water in the bottom of the radiator circulates up the lower radiator hose to the water pump where it is pushed round the water passages in the cylinder block, helping to keep the cylinder bores and pistons cool.
The water then travels up to the intake manifold and cylinder heads, and circulates round the combustion spaces and valve seats absorbing more heat.
The rear axle fitted to the Mustang models is a semi-floating hypoid gear type and is attached to the chassis by longitudinal leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers.
The differential assembly has a removable carrier and the complete assembly can be withdrawn from the axle casing without having to remove the axle from the car.
The Traction-Lok limited slip differential is offered as equipment optional on some Mustang cars and provides improved traction in ice or snow conditions and also during hard acceleration.
The procedure for removing and installing the limited slip differential is exactly the same as that used for the conventional type.
Unless the necessary tools and gauges are available, it is not recommended that the rear axle is overhauled, although the procedure is described later in this Chapter for those who have the necessary equipment.
With the removable carrier type axle, it is recommended that the differential unit is either renewed on a exchange basis, or the original unit taken to your dealer for reconditioning.
Subject: 1964andfrac12;, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 Ford Mustang V8 service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0856963577 | ISBN-13: 9780856963575 | Haynes 36048