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10-02-2014 01:24 AM long day
woke up at 5.30 and headed out. Not for work-for coffee.
Started about 8.30 finished 5.30pm. I got a bad foot/back neck/ bad attitude.
But the ratchet shifter is in, the throttle cable has been up graded. Trany cover is patched,
and installed. But I forgot to install stock fly weights in the governor/ tomorrow!
Got the stainless headers, UPS guy must have have a bad day.
They're supposed to be done by 7 PM, 8.30 PM.
Tried my latest new toy, rectal camera. Can't see poop.
Good pic of carbon on the top of the piston, not enough light to see cylinder walls.
Oh well I can read the news paper on the floor, from the recliner, now.
Rocklers wood working tools has them on sale $99.
Not sure if I'll tackle the headers right now, give em a try n see.
Passenger side should fit- drivers side maybe not- got the steering
arm to deal with.
I can't believe how cheap stainless headers are these days.
And the welding/finish/fit are OK. Not show- just OK.
They smell of Soy sauce though.
Going to give the radiator system a test tomorrow/cold.


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  [Entry #178]

09-29-2014 06:12 PM I'm a fan
A fan of making tools
not a fan of installing the fan and pulley with 2 inches clearance.
If my hands were on backwards, it'd be easier.
took a 12 point socket and a long stick of rod to the welder.
slick as snot, and it dawned on me 90% of my home mades
are 1/2 inch.
All buckeled up on the bottom, now that every thing is in place,
I'm doubting the new headers will fit even with hammer mods.
Put a seat in tomorrow to find placement of the shifter.


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  [Entry #177]

09-26-2014 11:38 PM HP calculator
Got looking at my time slips, 3 of 5 runs were 92 mph.
The car + me, 3300 lbs =202 HP to the street.
Thats amazing for a first hot rod engine build.
And at 93 mph another 10 hp.
At 95 226 HP. small block ford/autolite carb./ 252/257 cam.
crossing the line at 4,000rpm.
Wonder what the 303 cam and high rise manifold + lower gear, will do.
Have to wait till next year.


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09-26-2014 06:52 PM first step
trany's down, some chore
If I ever pull the engine I'm building a new trany tunnel.
Ordered new headers that dump down at #3 & #7.
Had to pull the headers to get the engine and trany tilted down.
Will run exhaust below the frame cross member.


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09-24-2014 03:56 PM standing room only
Got the bench out, tested bucket, it's got an air pump for the lumbar air bag.
Should help the ol back out.
Drive line, trany brace & lines out, fun starts tomorrow.
Looks like the worst part is unbolting the bell housing.
Don't think I'd want to work in a trany shop, even with a lift.
Email from champion radiators W/ tracking number.
Pre season hockey time


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