Had to go out and measure for the starter cable. Had a few extra minutes so did a little wiring.
The black ground wire is the ground for the speedo sending unit. Got it cut to length and the terminal installed. This completes this wiring harness to the coil. All that is left is a couple of clamps to hold it to the firewall and some sleeve and pull ties to make it neat.
The oil sending unit wire was also cut to length and a terminal installed. Other than a few clamps and a ground wire for one of the fans, the firewall forward wiring harness is complete.
I also test fit the carb spacer and the distributor hold down. The carb spacer is great. The hold down, not so much. It is too large and hits the heater hose bung on the manifold. I have another one on order which should be smaller.
Made the final connections to the coil. The green wire goes to the Unilite. The small white wire goes to the tach. The one large pick wire obviously goes to the ballast resistor. The other one goes to the solenoid. I need to verify with Mallory that the ballast bypass is required on the Unilite.
Twenty rivets! Slotted the heads I could get to with a cut off wheel. Air hammer chiseled them off. A few popped out with a punch on the air hammer. Most had to be partially drilled out before they would budge. I hurt all over!
Put the CE crossmember in place and marked where to cut it. Didn't get it done before dinner time. Found out our favorite Sat. night spot closed. Bummed. Lost a great place to eat and I could have cut and fit the crossmember.
Due to the exit location of the water pump, the hose hit the mount and the tensioner body.
Went to a parts house that is part of a national chain with one of the short hose sections from the kit. Told the counter guy I needed one just like it only 2 inches longer, and with a 15 deg. - 30 deg. bend in the middle.
Counter guy: Let's look it up. What make and year?
Me: Won't help. (counter guy looks at me funny)
Me: OK, its a 41 Chevy with a 350.
Counter guy: Come on back with me and see what is available.
Found a hose which was close to what I needed.
Cut the section out I wanted. Most of the hose is scrap.
Cold weather is setting in. I have re-thought taking the body off the frame and working on the floor. It is going to be too cold to paint, so I decided to put that off til spring.
I decided that the brake lines and fuel lines would make a good project for over the winter. I started today by removing the stock intake and putting on the Performer I have.
I've seen worse RTV abuse. The engine wasn't too bad; although the bolts had so much they were hard to get out. The manifold was worse. It had gobs of orange RTV everywhere.
The upper radiator hose was cut to length and fitted. The lower hose is going to be a bit more challenging. I need to find a short, 30 deg. angle hose so the lower hose will clear the tensioner and mount.
The temp gauge sending unit and the fan temp sending unit were both installed. I need to pick up a carb spacer and and an NPT bushing for the oil sending unit so the wires for the ignition, oil pressure, water temp, fan control, and electric choke can be terminated.
For you longroof guys, a 60 Studebaker 2 door wagon would make a great rod starting point at $2,950. Unfortunately, after I wrote the description down, I got distracted and failed to snap the photo. Sorry.
My choice for the "I wonder if I could sell the 41 this afternoon and take this one home" award goes to the 51 Henry J. Basically all there in pieces with a new fabbed frame. All for $3,850 OBO. And the seller sounded very motivated to take an attractive OBO.
My choice for second best deal of the meet (behind the tall T) was this 30 A with a 241 Dodge Red Ram. Yeah, it's got a hemi. $21,500.
The 59 Ranchero was in great shape for a car you don't see that often. Nice mild custom would make a great cruiser at $12,500.
Drove across town to the Muscle Car Ranch meet. IMHO, it was a bust. I think they are going more for an "event" rather than a swap meet. They had a semi truck show and live music slated for later in the day. Hardly any hard core car or car parts vendors. Great if that is what you are into, but I want hard core cars and parts.
To sum up - The Chickasha meet was great. Wish I could have picked up some parts for the 41, but que sera sera. It was still worth the trip.
We did see some sales but the mood of the vendors ranged from desperate to sell to depressed. I am afraid the economy is taking its toll. I hope this doesn't keep vendors away next year.