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Small progress with exhaust

Posted 02-14-2010 at 08:47 PM by letterman7
With the advent of the crappy weather here in PA the last month or so, I had decided to take the challenge on of building a set of headers for the engine. At one time a couple manufacturers made v6 headers for this engine, but after carefully scrutinizing how they were made, I concluded that they wouldn't fit between the engine and the rear cross member in this car. Besides, I wanted something a little different - a set of pipes coming out the back of the car a little higher than "stock", sort of a Lamborghini system, though they wouldn't be center merged.
I needed a sacrificial set of pipes to play with. After scouring CraigsList, I found a set of steel v6 pipes to fit a late model GM. I thought initially that I might be able to heat and bend the pipes to match the ports of the engine, but it wasn't to be. I wanted the pipes to go up and back, sort of a GT40 setup, less the cross-over pipes between banks of cylinders (I ain't that good!). So, armed with a metal cutting...
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Fire in the hole!

Posted 01-16-2010 at 06:08 PM by letterman7
A major leap forwards today with a minor sidestep. After hours of playing with wiring, new plugs, oil changing and listen the engine go 'rrrr'...'rrrrr'... I had to step away from the car. It wouldn't fire off, no matter what I tried. In desperation, I took off the new induction system and put the old Holley back on and... 'rrrrr'.... 'rrrrrrrr'.... though a few more puffs of smoke did come out the exhaust ports. As the light faded with the setting sun, I loosened the distributor and gave it a quarter turn in the only direction it could (since a vacuum canister is hanging off the side, and gets caught if I twist it the other direction). One more try with the toggle switch and BAM! Fire on all cylinders... and loud, too! Since there's no cooling system in place, I only let it run for about 30 seconds, but that was enough. Success! After 35 years of sitting... the beast lives!
Now... I'm going to try putting the new induction system back on and see if it will fire from that. If not,...
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One becomes two...

Posted 10-25-2009 at 09:59 PM by letterman7
Pretty much a repeat of what's over at the Nova forums; I finally officially seperated the body from the chassis today and rolled the chassis into the sunlight for the first time in over 35 years. Cobwebs and all....it's going to be a challenge for sure!
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Liftoff!

Posted 09-23-2009 at 10:24 PM by letterman7
Updated 09-23-2009 at 10:30 PM by letterman7
Well, sold one of the toys to make room in the garage and today it was just bugging me enough to put the crane to the test. I had, over the past weeks, cut/unbolted/unscrewed just about evey fastener I could find holding the body down, so with some finageling with some over-long tow straps and a length of chain, I was able to hook up the overhead winch and pull the body loose - though there was that one "oops..forgot that one" moment when the back quarter wouldn't budge:
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Otherwise it was relatively uneventful...just a few nudges here and there clearing some of the dangly bits. Next step next month is to build a rolling dolly to put the body on so I can get it out of the way. No small task, though. Being a hybrid of two bodies, there is no one place to put any kind of supports, even through the wheel wells. There's going to be a creative mess in here somewhere!

Yaughn asked about supporting the body off the pan... and all I can say...
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small progress

Posted 07-02-2009 at 09:20 PM by letterman7
This past week has been really slow with work, so I've been able to get my hands a little dirty with the car. No photos yet - I'll post when I get to that point. Over the winter I had an Amish acquaintance build me an adjustable height gantry crane from aluminum square tube and I-beam, and a couple weeks ago I purchased a cheap powered overhead winch to mount on it. I still have to make a trolley to fit the gantry, but when that's all said and done I should be able to pull the body off the car by myself. The gantry can stand at an overall height of 12', which is nice...I just hope it's stable enough with the weight of the car! The car itself is ready to be pulled apart. All the bolts and fasteners have been removed, though there might be a couple wires I haven't seen yet...we'll see. I hope to have the body in the air within the next two weeks...stay tuned!
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The slow build...!

Posted 06-18-2009 at 12:22 PM by letterman7
Updated 06-18-2009 at 12:27 PM by letterman7
At the moment, there hasn't been too much progress on the car. Late last year I decided that it would be a good idea to pull the gas tank, as I was smelling fuel in the garage all the time. While empty, I couldn't quite figure it out. The tank has been glassed in place...a pain, but nothing a small hammer couldn't loosed. Well, here I found out that under the glass, surrounding the tank, was sprayed in place foam insulation. Ugh. I scraped out as much as I could reach, and tried to lift the tank loose with my handy little Genie lift
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It wasn't an easy pull...the arms started to bend, to I had to resort to the crowbar and sledgehammer method to help it along. Eventually, the foam underneath gave way
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revealing a patchwork of little holes in the tank - obviously the source of the gas smell. The foam was saturated, so much so that I placed the pieces outside to vent the fumes. They weren't wet, but I didn't trust them around any...
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