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11-27-2011 01:22 PM 1930u Brake Proportioning Valve
I've been on a Hot Rod sabbatical due to many home projects, summer heat and extended vacations. Not to mention my regular job duties but now that winter is coming on I plan to spend many weekends in the shop. I actually went out there today uncovered the chassis and worked on the brake lines a bit. I really just have a few things to do before I put the body back on for the final body work. Today I installed a adjustable proportioning valve for the rear brakes. Only worked a couple hours but got a lot done. The AN fittings and 37 degree flaring tool worked out great.

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07-18-2011 07:26 PM 1930u- T10 Problem
When I was fitting the Hydraulic Throwout Bearing I discovered my front bearing retainer had been broken and machined off. I ordered a new one from the Gear Box. Should be here any day now.

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07-04-2011 08:25 PM 1930u- T-10 Trans
Over the weekend I went over the tranny. It's a 1969 cast iron over the counter purchase T-10. I'm rebuilding the shifter now and waiting on the shifter lever bushing to arrive.

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07-02-2011 10:09 PM Trans Adapter Problem
As I continue to finish a variety of work so that I can reinstall the body I continue to have issues. Today I was pulling the trans off to do some detail work and to install new shift lever bushing and adjust the shifter. I noticed before unbolting the trans that it wasn't flush against the bell housing and the bolts were snugged up.

I measured the gap and it was just over .125" or 1/8". After pulling everything apart I discovered the trans had a pilot problem. The tapered portion of input splines were right up against the pilot bearing. I'm using a Hot Heads Hemi to Chevy trans adapter and their special flywheel with integral roller pilot bearing. $600.00 worth of parts. Needless to say after checking everything I couldn't find a problem ,other than the machining was off a bit causing the flywheel and pilot bearing to be to close to the trans. The only way to fix it was to change to a traditional pilot bushing and machine it off, or make shims to go between the trans and bell housing.

I made the shims and it worked out fine. So far every adapter part that I have bought from Hot Heads has had some sort of problem. You think for the cost of this stuff it would fit a little better.

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06-29-2011 08:13 PM Steering column mounting
Since the body is still off the frame I made a card board template to layout the mounting location of the steering column. I'm using a plain Jane 1-3/4" stainless column. Before drilling the hole in the firewall I checked the steering wheel rim angle on a 66 Corvette, 2005 Dodge Ram, 97 Ford Ranger and a BMW. Much to my surprise they all had a steering wheel rim angle of 65-70 degrees. This felt comfortable to me.

From there I adjusted the hot rods seat height to a comfortable position and set the dry stroke and height for the clutch and brake pedals. The big hemi heads and width of the engine and #7 header tube caused some problems. After some head scratching I ended up with a steering shaft angle between the column and Vega box of 35 degrees. I was shooting for 25-30 degrees but I think this angle will still work out with one 5/8" spline to ¾ double D U-joint.

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