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Old 03-15-2010, 09:46 AM
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Nice.

You don't have to worry about that cracking up.
Thanks. Sure don't. Thanks again!

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Old 03-15-2010, 10:07 AM
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2 steps forward, one step back. Got some progress made this weekend. Not as much as I wanted to get accomplished due to a last minute gig that came up Friday, but progress nonetheless.

Got the steering hooked up. It turns with ease. Drill and tapped a 3x5x.1875 piece of steel to mount the column on. I had to make a bigger hole in the firewall for the rag joint to slide through. Now I need to make a cover that will bolt on so I can easily take it off when I need to remove the column.






I also ran the fuel line. I was ready for my first test drive, engine warmed up and ready to go. Car was running great and everything. Then I went to put it into gear and the car died. Fired it back up, put it into gear, died again. I upped the idle a little (1,000 rpm), put it into gear and it really bogged down. Turns out I was having carb problems. The carb was overflowing with fuel and fuel was just pouring into the carb. See video link.

http://www.youtube.com/user/cmattdab.../0/vKclUKm4MCU


I'm not sure what went on? Maybe the floats need adjusting. I'm going to call Summit today and see what they say. It was running fine and then this just all of sudden happened.
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You might have got some crap between the needle and seat with the new line? Check fuel pressure, 5-6 PSI good for Holley.. I'm putting a Mallory pressure regulator with a return to tank on everything I build from now on because of pressure creep with non-return regulators. Carter electric pump per chance?
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Old 03-15-2010, 10:44 AM
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You might have got some crap between the needle and seat with the new line? Check fuel pressure, 5-6 PSI good for Holley.. I'm putting a Mallory pressure regulator with a return to tank on everything I build from now on because of pressure creep with non-return regulators. Carter electric pump per chance?

Thanks for the reply airboat. I just got off the phone with Summit and they seem to think the same thing. They said either there's some dirt in the needle and seat or the float level needs to be adjusted. I'm going to give adjusting the float level a try first. It seemed fine to me right out the box, but Summit said I probably never had a problem until I put the carb under load. If it's not the float I'll look into the need and seat. Also, I'll get me a fuel regulator to bring the pressure down from 10 psi to about 6.

Wish me luck!
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:20 PM
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Took the bug for it's first spin tonight! There are four very short videos my friend took on his camera phone which cam out decent. Got some bugs worked out of the carb and all the leaks taken care of.

http://www.youtube.com/user/cmattdab.../0/i4Ct4LndyBk

http://www.youtube.com/user/cmattdab.../1/QKK5sYU2pHg

http://www.youtube.com/user/cmattdab.../2/ho0XJjECUns

http://www.youtube.com/user/cmattdab.../3/wKUldF9XIyk
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heck yea dude......
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:04 AM
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Getting there! Very exciting.
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Old 03-29-2010, 11:07 AM
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Got a few more things done off the list.

Made and tacked in some plates to cover the hole where the driveshaft runs through the firewall. I had to do it this way cause the driveshaft and column are all one welded up piece. A little seam sealer and paint and it should look decent. You can also see I filled in the holes where the gas pedal was. I'm moving it over away from the brake pedal to give me more room. It'll be closer to the trans hump, but at least it wont be an inch away from the brake pedal.




Finished off the flooring on the passenger side. This is where the trans hump comes up into the floor giving the exhaust room to tuck within the chassis.




Last, but not least, I finished the tin work for the radiator / shroud. Just needs seem sealer. I'll still make a shroud for the fan itself, but that'll come in the finishing stages.




All's left to do is make the back floor that goes above the tank, weld in some front clip supports out of some metal rod, trim some more out of the engine bay to clean the look up, and make a battery box. Then it'll be ready for the body work stages.

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:58 AM
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A few things I've managed to get done.

Here's how the distributor mod looks.




You can see the mechanical advance limiting screw with the side ground for "fine" tuning and the vacuum limiter which is made out of just a piece of 22 gauge steel I had laying around. Next to free modifying this thing.

Had to clearance the rotor cap a little.




Here you can see it was a great concern to me whether or not I could even remove the distributor cap. Thank god it would come off. I still had to rotate the crank to get to the rotor screws.




I moved the gas pedal away from the brake pedal some more. This is as far over as I can get it.




And, last but not least, last night I made templates (night before), cut them out and welded the rear wheel wells in.






Having a couple gallons (everything is sealed...but) of gas in the tank and the fact the paint kept catching fire on the bug body when I was welding the wheel well pieces up kept me from wanting to fully weld these things up. Some MasterSeries and sealer will finish the job here.

Next thing I'm going to tackle is the "engine bay". I want to trim out all the excess sheet and reinforce the front clip with some 7/16" rod. What do you guys think? Will I have problems with the whole front end shaking or will it be strong enough with some reinforcement and the fenders bolted up?







Here you can see a guideline I drew where I want to cut it.




I'm trying to make the engine bay as simple as possible. No wheel wells and the wiper compartment will go so I'll have easier access to the dizzy. Also, it'll allow me to use the cowl vent to allow how air to escape. I just plan to make a mount for the wiper motor.

Things to do before body work / paint stages.

1. Rear, above gas tank, sheet metal.

2. Finish engine bay.

3. Finish filler neck sheet metal.

4. Seam sealer.


Getting there.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:29 AM
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Got some work done.

I decided to just clean up the engine compartment by adding panels to hide the strut tower mounts and gas tank rail. It didn't quite turn out how I wanted, but I'm pleased with the results.

I was aiming for a look like this.




I made patterns, again, cut out the sheet metal and went to install them. Oh, I also made a wiper compartment cover.




Everything fit well, but I could not for the life of me get the 18 gauge steel I had to bend smoothly. So I just boxed the top off instead. I think it came out pretty decent. The pics aren't great, but I think it'll look decent once It's got some hugger orange or black down.








I've also been taking care of buttoning up little things like bolting in the gas tank and hooking up the kickdown cable.



I bought a kickdown cable months ago and it didn't line up with the vortec intake bolt pattern (has 8 instead of 12). So I had to cut and bend this one to make it work right. Works like a champ now.

I also think I have my alternator situation figured out. I'm going to have to make an insert in the sheetmetal panel I just made, but I think it'll work. I'm basically just going to turn it upside down on the alternator mount I have now.

More soon.
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i think that looks better, more finished. getting all together.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:50 AM
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i think that looks better, more finished. getting all together.
Thanks! It's kinda hard to tell exactly how it looks with those crap cell phone pics. Can't find the wife's camera at the moment, but It'll look clean once the welds are ground, seems smoothed over and painted.
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I did a little mocking up last night which has me still trying to figure out my alternator situation and I change my mind on my wheel direction.

The great news is the engine pulleys and radiator hose clear the hood by a few inches actually. I was worried they wouldn't. There's more room under the hood than it really looks. I did take the carb off and the breather (wait for it), but the hood closes great. I haven't seen my car with the hood on in quite some time. Here's how the hood closes minus carb, breather, and alternator. Wait for it...




The other problem, as some of you may know, is I have never put the 17" vette wheels on upfront. I've always have had the 16" upfront so I figured they'd fit, no problem, right? WRONG. The tie rod rides on the wheel. I would need 2.5 spacers to clear. I have 2" spacers on there now.




This is a repost for some, but I'm going with Weld wheels and this is how the car will look.




It'll be safer cause I'll be getting ride of the spacers AND I'm lovin' the old school drag car look.

I played with the alternator a little. I installed it as it would normally be. I was surprised it closed as much as it did. The hood is about 2" away from being completely shut.





I then disconnected the alternator and turned it as far outboard as I could. That gave me another 1/2" - 3/4" closer on the hood. It's so close to being closed. Ughh...





If only I could get the alternator to sit another 1 1/2" lower I would have it made. I'm looking into other alternator brackets.

Last but not least, my carb scoop came in, tubes of seam sealer and all my paints for the car (MasterSeries, epoxy primer, high build primer, hugger orange, black, clear coat, HVLP gun, etc). Here's a mock up pic of the car scoop. Should look ******in'!




This weekend I'm going to try and get the rear sheet metal finished and get the hood cut for the carb scoop. That should just about get me ready for the body work stages.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:43 AM
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Got some work done. Not as much as I would've like, but something.

Mounted my carb spacer and carb scoop mounted and I cut out the hood too. Mmmm, polished aluminum. I think it added another 50 hp, lol, jk. Maybe 5-10 hp on the top end.

Got some work done. Not as much as I would've like, but something.












I think I may have my alternator situation figured out. It'll mount like this, but it'll take a little fabrication to make this work.




Did a little grinding to clean up the sheet metal in the engine bay.




I starting doing some seam work. I put down a coat of Master Series on the seams to keep then from ever rusting. Next it'll get another coat and them some 3M seam sealer.






I ordered my wheels so they should be here Wednesday. I should have some pics by the weekend with them mounted. Maybe even a little cruising video with some of the new toys on.
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looks like that alt can swing next to crank pulley. DAMN alternator
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