After reading up on reinstalling these hood springs, and getting mine on.
I have to say I doubt anyone would wrap a chain around their
fist and stretch these springs 4 inches. Even bolted to the floor.
I did notice the wimpy springs on my buddies 49 Ford, but thought
they weren't original.
The stack of washers didn't stretch it out far enough.
Made a tool, pipe and washers, worked fine.
It does cause a racket when the hood is lowered.
Gave the front and rear windows the hose test.
Believe it or don't I finally got things sealed up
The springs had to go from 11 1/2 to 15 1/2 inches.
Yup a date with winter
Spent a couple more hours on sealing front and rear glass.
Need to work on the trunk some more, and new rubber for
all 4 vent windows.
also have to conjure up some kind of a tool for the hood springs.
put on the bits and pieces that make it go.
Cranked once and it coughed, crank again and varoooom.
Let it run at high idle per instructions.
Sure like this cam, cut the noise in half. Responsive down low.
So I got a coke and a bag of fries and went cruising.
City cop in a sneaker black charger, pulled me over and wrote it up.
But he didn't take the time to walk out front, he could have written some more.
Guess he was too full of himself.
If I hadn't spent 3 hours running around looking for
hose adapters, timing tape and the right hose adapters,
I'd be done.
I did find out since the sun is lower in the sky now, the
car is in shade till 4pm. But the tools aren't and they get super heated.
Got about an hour left in the morning.
Although I still need one hose adapter.
Got an early start, the threat of rain forced to go in to the easy chair for a nap this PM. Spent three days this morning scraping gaskets.
I hate that job, the worst of all mechanics jobs.
Cams in tops on fronts on, need to set valve lash, harmonic balancer etc.
Should run tomorrow, if I get an early start.
Looking at a new motor for this hot rod, it would look good in there.