Wow. 200 posts. 2 years and 8 months. Will I ever get it done?
The radiator was reinstalled on the core support and put back in the car.
I did take a minute to admire the way the tank fits the modified support. I think I will do the final mounting with hex socket button head stainless cap screws. Easier to tighten and easier on the eye.
A quick test fit of the thicker Flex-a-lite Syclone fan shows that I have room to spare. I think I have hit on a combination that is going to work. The AC condenser and line kit is supposed to be here tomorrow. Hopefully, I can move on to the seats, steering column and brakes after this weekend.
We have gone from cold and wet to hot and humid. It was brutal out there tonight. Must get car done before August.
The transmission was sitting too close to the floor. The mount rests on the top of the existing cross member. This cross member is actually a k-member. I intend to build a new one from 2 x 3 rectangular tubing. But for now, this rusted out original does a fine job of holding the tail shaft up.
Two slots were cut. Then heat and beat. This will lower the tail of the tranny about an inch.
Once the modification cooled, it was time to drop the engine and tranny back in. The drop amount was perfect. The engine sits i there nice. I need to massage the passenger side of the firewall to make some clearance to the head and valve cover. There is clearance now, it just need a little bit of safety factor. The distributer will either need the firewall massaged, or I will have to go with an non-HEI unit. I think I am going to go with a pre-75 GM with a conversion kit.
Small fillers were cut to "cap" the top where the flange was pulled away from the core support at the top.
After a lot of welding and grinding, the core support will need just a thin skim coat to look like it was stamped this way.
A final check with the radiator to assure it still fits. I also test fit the 16" thin fan I got at the swap meet. My initial thought was to mount it low and put twin 7 inch units at the top. Problem is, even with the thin fan, I will have to move the engine back. That means firewall modifications. I am not leaning toward mounting the 16" puller high (it will fit that way without moving the engine back) and putting a 16" pusher low in front of the condenser. I guess if it were easy, everyone would do it.
So, until I get the condenser, the core support has reached a stopping point. I hope to have the condenser by next weekend.
It was cold and wet today. I think it was 56 when I went out and 58 when I came back in.
While the left side had basically the same size triangles, the left side was larger for the horn baffle but smaller for the inner fender. Strange. Thing is, they all look basically the same. Must have been the way they were cut and bent.
The triangles were tacked in place on the car and then taken to the bench to finish welding and grinding.
Now that both inner fenders and both horn baffles are welded, I turned my attention to the radiator support for finishing. The first thing I did was weld up the not-through cut I made on both side which facilitated bending.
I thought I could get both sides done tonight. Got the driver's side done. Didn't even start the passenger side.
Filler triangles were cut from some scrap. I tacked them in place on the car and then finished them up on the workbench. After some grinding, they are ready to de-rust, prime, skim, and finish. That will come much later. On to the passenger side. Weather permitting, Saturday.