|May 31, 2008 Well, I wheeled her out, cranked up on the
tortion bars... and with a little help from some friends, rolled her
into the tralor for now. I'll take a little break... Maybe train for a
contest that is on July 5th in Kokomo In.
May 30th, 2008 Well, I had a mishap last night. I was
finishing up the rear... axels and brakes. I screwed up one of the
seals... so bad, I had to use the old one... so I will have to go back
to that one again, because it will leak. Next, while jacking the rear up
to put the wheels on, and... a creak a moan and a crash and the lights
went out! The car fell off the front jack stands... or twisted off, and
the car crashed down, cutting the drop light cord, shorting it and
plunging me into darkness. With all the expletives I was yelling... my
wife came running out (I guess to see if she needed to look for that
Life Insurance Policy ;-), but she didn't hear me yell, it was the crash
of the car. I was lucky, the only body damage I found so far was where
the car, or rocker panel came to rest on a jack stand, but right on the
bottom seam of the inner and outer panel... so hardly noticeable.
May, 18, 2008 Last night and this morning... thrashing on the
rear. Disassembled everything, cleaned and painted... ordered new
bearing seals (just realized I forgot to get or order a brake kit and new
yoke straps). Put the new spring perchases in, new springs, nice clean
rear, and installed the 3rd member. Next will be seals and install
axels, brakes and wheels. I have decided to forgo new axels for now.
May 14th, 2008 Took Some photos... I think I finished the
radiator hoses... flushed the fuel line, so that part is ready...and
started to do the rear. Got the rear out and started contemplating
ordering a whole new one! (Man, I'm getting Lazy!) Gotta pull off the
old brakes (something else to buy) then unbolt the ends and hope the
axels come out without too much trouble... then I need to decide if I
will be narrowing the rear? I was contemplating cutting an inch out of
each side... just so the wheels will fit better... is that silly? or
just order new wheels? I will have to order new axels anyways...
Hunt Mag Distributor should be coming back today... and the throttle
cable should be here soon (I thought I had ordered it a few weeks ago,
but I guess I didn't) so with gas in the tank, I should be ready to try
and fire very soon!
May 10th, 2008 No photos yet... I received the drive shaft,
and tried to hook it up. I got scared when tried to slide it into place
on the rear pinion yoke... the center unit I will be using has a larger
yoke compared to the one that is currently in the car... So, doing the
rear will be a must sooner than later to get it under its own
Next, I ordered 2 new electric fans, 10 inchers, with the thought I
could squeeze them in, off center, between the blower belt and the
radiator... but... NOPE! I will have to figure something else out...
since the future plan is to run A/C, since the car came with it from the
factory. Also figuring out the radiator hoses... and the need for more
temp. senders. I will need more senders for the fan thermostat and for
the fuel injection. I have a Moroso fill adaptor that has more ports,
and I will cap off the top. The one issue that I thought of was I wont
be able to run a thermostat, but if I did, the sender(s) would be dry
till the thermostat opened up... the only other way I can think of is to
remove, drill and tap more sender holes in the water pump... but I'm not
Also, I had sent my Hunt Mag-Distributor back... they said that it
had been dropped and needed a new pickup... but it also apparently got
man handled by UPS, because the distributor cap was shattered upon
May 5th, 2008 Update
I have been knocking away... I have been
delinquent on my updates.
Carb linkage, more lines and hoses
March 15, 2008
Got a couple more hours in. Got the dipstick in. I
don't think I have ever had this much trouble getting one in like this
one. The blower is bolted on. The belt is tight... Pulled the wire
harness out... and started laying it out and plugging stuff in. Then I
grabbed a carb I had laying around.. still in the box. I broke down and
ordered a single carp adaptor plate for the blower. This way I can get
it started... then figure out the fuel injection... but for the fun of
it... I laid my Hilborn Hat, with the electronic injection of my own
March 9th, 2008
March 8, 2008
Got the headers loosely bolted on... and the starter motor... and the
motor mounts are bolted down snug. I had to hit a couple of Hardware
stores to find 1/4 20 x 3" stainless allen head bolts for the intake and
some other stainless bolts for the motor mounts which also worked for
March 7, 2008
The new Flex plate made it in today... bolted it
up... motor mounts (I had to trim more off the drier's side mount to
clear the oil pump and the dip stick). Jacked up and bolted in the trani
to the cross member... then hoisted the massive Hemi into place. With a
little coercing... I bolted the trani to the block. Next will be to
lift the motor up and slide in the headers.
March 5, 2008
I got lazy and didn't take any photos this past
- I found out how to adjust the door windows. I tried the drivers
door... its a little better, but still wont seal.
- My trunk weather strip came in today... glued that it.
- My oil pan came in from Mancini Racing. It is a center sump. The
hope was that the sump was further back than the stock pan. Well it
was, but only by an inch or so. So, I had to cut the cross member
under the motor mounts. I haven't decided if I am going to put one
back or not.
- Next, I dusted off the motor, hooked the chains up, hoisted it
and bolted it to an engine stand. Now I could rotate it and put the
new pan and pickup on.
- Next, I started looking for the manifold bolts. I found all 16,
but some are too short for the blower intake. Home Depot will
hopefully have something.
- also started playing with the blower snout and the drive
coupling... but that's another long story.
Feb 25, 08
Rear windows... what a pain!
Feb 24, 08: Mock up... drilled the motor mounts... the last time the
plastic one will ever go in... next for the real heavy metal! Oh yeah...
I gotta order a rear sump pan... or a Super Stock pan... or, I could
butcher the cross member.
Feb 23, 08
cleaned and buttoned up a few more things.
Feb 22, 08
Got to work a couple of hours last night... got the
taillights in...reverse lights, painted the rear license plate bracket.
Then I realized, one of the body shops that had my car, put the wrong
lock tumbler in my box... so I will need a new trunk lock... which them
made me think... where are my keys for this car anyways? So... I might
need a whole lock set... great.
I also worked on the drivers door: got the mirror on,
plugged the window motor back in, had to relocate the window switch...
which meant cutting some holes in the door, and also got the mirror
adjuster in the door.
Feb 19, 08
Assembly... cleaning... finding all the clips, screws,
Passenger side cleaning up...
New door panel
Feb 18, 08
Got more paint
today, but I think I wont press my luck so far... Sami at Matto's was
surprised that I hadn't had a adverse reaction with the strips... So, I
am cleaning everything up... and starting to put everything back
Feb 17, 08
Got the white on... not happy. Then sprayed the blue
stripes... ran out of paint! Someone doesn't want me to finish this thing right!
Monday, I'll order more blue... and see about some clear. With the clear I can
get a better flow out... and there will be room to wet sand and buff.
But otherwise, it looks good from 10ft!
Feb 12, 08
Well... started shooting the white... It was probably too
cold... and I was in too much of a hurry... Dam... I hate wet sanding! I haven't
taken any photos tonight... not sure if I want to... I will be sanding out a
S&^T load of runs out tomorrow night.... and I'm not even going near the stripes
Feb 11, 08
Got more primer today... forgot to mention I wanted it in the
tan and not gray. Well, I got gray... and everything is covered!
Next will be to scuff down, and shoot the white!
Feb 9, 2008
Ran out of Primer!... On a Saturday night... figures.
I covered the back half, only a few glitches... which is
pretty good for me. But I will need probably another gallon. I will need to put
another coat on what I have done, plus the front half... Then I have the
interior... trunk, roll cage, floor, inside doors, under front hood... probably
re shoot the engine bay... I have a full gallon of white... but Me Thinks
I should order a little more.
January 2008.... Time to get working again! I will hopefully be loosing my
garage in a month or two... when we start construction on our new house.... So,
immediate goals... get the car in paint... bolt on as much as possible... so
there wont be as much to move!
Taping up... what a pain!