I have been wanting to go to the U.S. Nationals since the 25th annual running. I finally made it to the 59th annual. What a show! Did it up right and bought the TEC ticket. Was at the track Thursday through Monday. Got some great photos and autographs. This is only all small portion here.
I started off by pulling on the filler bung while applying heat. This annealed the MIG welds somewhat while giving the metal some give for the pull. Don is going to look at it to see if it needs more. Either way, it will require filler. It needs a lot less now than it did before I heated it. We will see if Don says it needs even less.
When I cut down the tank neck I forgot that the cut not only dropped the end down, it moved it inboard. If the intermediate tube was straight, that would not have been an issue. Unfortunately it is ''S'' shaped and interfered with the wheel house. Lengthening the neck almost fixed that problem, the opening in the wheel house will need a little trim to prevent a rattle.
The vent tube was bent into shape. It will need a support clamp either attached to the tank edge at the corner or maybe the tank strap.
Obviously it needs cleaned up, but it fits and it is functional. A couple of braces will be added tying the fender lip at the two bolt holes on either side of the tube to the tube and the vent tube to take strain off the fender face and the tube.
While I was under the car most of the day, I took the opportunity to use some Eastwood chassis internal paint to coat the inside of the two body braces which run from side to side in front of and behind the front seats. There are two braces which run for and aft between the front and back seats, reinforcing the foot wells on either side which also were coated. Finally, the gas tank channels received there coating. Nothing to see, so no photos. With that, however, the floor is ready to finish cleaning for primer.
Well, it doesn't look like much but it took up most of the evening.
The fender came off the car. The backside of the install was cleaned up and some welds were made which tied the bung to the fender a little bit more secure.
Once the fender was back on the car, I looked to see if a bottle jack or some other form of ''push'' could be used to push the ''shrink'' out. Nothing I have would fit and give a straight or even close to straight shot. Out came the big slide hammer.
As luck would have it, the slide hammer dropped right through the opening and one of the ends fit right up against the bung so I didn't have to pull on the adapter which would be more likely to crush. I was able to pull it out some. It is still not perfect. Don is coming to look at it. Maybe Monday night. Maybe with four hands we can get some heat on it and pull it a bit closer?
One last shot of the filler neck with the cap removed.
Cut down and rolled beads on the stock filler tube.
Cut down the Tanks filler neck that goes on the tank.
In all, I am pleased with the progress. On the down side, the fender shrunk more than I would have liked. It started to crack when I tried to raise it, so I am going to have to rely on filler. Deciding now whether it should be plastic or maybe the non-toxic lead. Another down side is that I am having trouble making the tubes fit. It may end up with some miter els.
On the plus side, when this is done it is going to be a cool gas filler.
Special thanks to Don and the crew for making the tube beads possible.