I am the proud owner of a '74 Pantera! I took delivery of the car this weekend and had a blast driving it!
I'm attaching a photo of my car (not sure if successfully.
I have a couple of questions and am hoping to receive advice/recommendations:
1) I was expecting my car to be loud, but my car sounds like a pack of harley davidsons rumbling down the block. I understand it has "privacy glass" modification, but the amount of engine noise and vibration I get in the cockpit is insane. To give you an idea, if I'm slightly on the gas, the rear view mirror is useless.
I'm considering insulating the cockpit, but am nonetheless concerned that my car just vibrates too much and makes too much noise to be considered normal, and may be indicative of something wrong.
2) I get the faint smell of gas in the cockpit, and the garage wreaks of fuel for a looong time after shutting down.
I understand from the that the prior owner hada concern about rust in the carb (indicative of a rusty tank) but that his mechanic had flushed the tank and resolved the problem.
3) Can anyone recommend a mechanic with Pantera experience (or 351C experience) in the New York City area, or preferably, on the East End (Hamptons) of Long Island?
Any help with these issues would be appreciated. I'm afraid of burning down the house after a nice ride in my car.