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06-04-2014 10:09 PM thats what you get for thinking
I thought I'd be driving this thing last week, even Sunday or monday.
No more thinking.
While I was rolling around with my new starter under the car, I notice
this three wire alternators power post is about a knife blade thickness
away from the block. First thing I remove said and shave the smooth
thread-less part off, and wire tie the boot on. Of-course the new battery cable
clamp breaks in two, and gets replaced.
I blew some $ on a Lokar throttle cable yesterday, figured I'd install.
Only thing wrong with the old one, bracket doesn't bolt to the ford intake
and the end fitting is wrong. The ball socket fitting off the new, fit the
old cable adjuster. All I had to do was make an angle bracket
and drilled a couple extra holes for for the kick down cable.
Think I've got that figured out too.
So I've got the cable hooked up and through the fire wall, no
pedal yet. Decide to fire the car and get it good and warm.
It fires right up, thumping right along, comes off the stove heater choke.
I'm down on the floor board playing with the throttle cable, and decide to
check the trany fluid. When I stand up, I see the radiator hose has popped
off, and I'm giving my new engine a bath in green slime. WOOFDA
I got the car hosed down, new radiator hose installed
and car fired up before the hockey game started.
Idled the car between periods, never did get the trany temp gauge to move.
The tac doesn't work either so I may have some gremlins there.
So I've got gas pedal, fender to hang, lights to plug in. And spacer for air cleaner to fit.
I feel like that plumber in the movie Money Pit, 2 weeks, 2 weeks.


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06-03-2014 02:10 AM Sure the battery was toast
but so was the starter. It tested good, started three times-cold.
But killed the battery when it was hot.
The new battery is still good, and so is the new starter.
My screw up, never trusted that starter, never tested it either.
But a cold test said it was OK.
Anyhoo-thing fires right up, and no probs so far.
Idle a little rough, could be the cam, might be the plug wires.
I could feel the sparks when moving the dizzy.
Tomorrow we'll try to get it on the road. Throttle cable, hang fender, head lights.
Got 18 inches vacuum, 50 PSI oil pressure, and no weird noise.
Possible coolant leak at thermostat housing.
Ordered doors for front.


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05-31-2014 03:45 PM The beast came to life
Holy carp that thing sounds good.
Can't wait till I get it broke in.
Did take some messing about though.
Tested the starter it checks out good.
Bought another starter relay just in case, 3 pole.
But it was the battery, toasted.
We're not done there, the night crew installed the dizzy,
about 180 out. I'll have to fire em.
Got weird things going on with my gauges,
and the alternator isn't charging.
Have to spend more time on the wiring.


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05-29-2014 08:51 PM 2 good news
New york won, an American final for the Stanley cup.
And the coil came in- car fires tomorrow.
Hopefully it wont blow up and burn down.


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05-28-2014 09:01 PM the other pic
got one more


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