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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post

    Ain't you slick as all get out!
    Slick as a minnows' peter ...

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    Well, I knew they was to long when I ordered em ...

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    Had thoughts about cutting them down to fit the truck ..
    That's going to be a chore to do ... Wanting to keep the stainless steel shine, but if I do the slice and weld together that might not be possible .. Just may end up painting them .. ??

    The fit at the rear is near perfect ... Even the front fits well ...
    Going to sleep on what needs to be done ..

    Sure do wish some was available for this make & model ...
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    You just need to drink on it...


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    Do like your suggestion a lot better than my thoughts, but, ya know I wouldn't get a dang thing done !!
    (She must have been wearing her large bladder, I'd made three trips to wiz during that song ...)

    Anywho ... The mutilation has begun .. !!

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    Nice fit back there ...

    The front will be a bit of work to make it look like it belongs ...
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    Dig it!

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    I buy electrical spares for perfectly good parts but it beats fuckery down the road so I'd at least get a spare fob and stash that with the title so it doesn't vanish into the ether. One trip through a washing machine it all it takes to kill them.

    Creative kill switches and a silent alarm could be useful additions (more than one) because that truck is tasty even to the most clueless tweaker.

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    Keyless door lock kit came with two fobs ...
    I'll be good to go there for a while ...

    A bit more icing for the cake ... Coming up !!

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    (That is if I don't screw up welding it .. ??)

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    I'd at least get a spare fob and stash that with the title so it doesn't vanish into the ether.

    Creative kill switches and a silent alarm could be useful additions (more than one) because that truck is tasty even to the most clueless tweaker.
    I agree, and have suggested at least an anti-theft of some sort. The truth is, 'you', and a ".357 mag" are not available 24/7... Anything to help is a good thing!

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    Sheet metal repairs? Fuck yeah! (More info for me as sheet metal ain't my strong suit.)

    Since the engine has to come out to smooth the firewall that would be a fine time for an alloy BBC with (Holley still make new ones) a fuel saving Hilborn injection which no one would ever buy for those beautiful alloy venturis. An overdrive cain't hurt to save gas and engine wear:

    https://www.gearvendors.com/index.html

    Gear swaps for fine tuning would be fast and easy with a Winters (used race car parts can be much cheaper than new while not being hurt):

    https://www.google.com/search?channe...nqtsPvKqJiAg21

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    Instead of trying to polish the weld after grinding it down maybe engine turning it (whole or just a stripe down the center) might work to hide the weld and might be easier and maybe not. Just a thought.

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    Interesting thought since engine turning is specifically a decorative process to distract the eye into seeing the "area" rather than points inside it.

    Hot roddin' is folk art after all.

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    You Fellows got some grand ideas ..

    Do like the Big Block thought alot ..



    (Might just go that route when the SBC 400 gives up the ghost and I hit the big one with Lotto)

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    As far as the overdrive goes ...
    Got that going on with the 4L85E trans that I recently built ..

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    A car alarm will be added when I get around to doing the wiring ..
    (Redoing the whole trucks' wiring harness)

    About the rain guard welding ... Going to try making up some heat sinks to pull as much heat off the weld as I can ..
    Getting the needed materials together to go forward with this at the moment ...
    Really like the engine turning idea .. If it doesn't go well they will be painted the same color as the truck ...

    Speaking of welding thin SS sheet metal:
    I was at a "Carl Casper's" car show in Nashville Tn. many years ago ... A world of Custom Hot-Rods was in attendance ..
    One that still sticks in my mind to this day was a 56 Chevy Bel-Air Sports Coupe ...
    Top was chopped bout 5 inches, all the factory SS trim was cut down to fit and looked like it came from GM that way..
    A super nice shine was on every stick of trim ...

    Bet I walked around that car for more than a hour eyeballing that chop job .. I'm here to tell you that had to be a hundred hours of work the owner did to get it that slick !!
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    What's with the pipe holding the temp sender so far from the intake manifold casting? Thread adapter?

    The corroded water neck and dirt dauber invasion in the bolt hole below it are clear and urgent safety justification for a big block upgrade vs. the years of guilt-ridden anguish from running imperfect components.

    We have your best interests at heart so it's our duty to find these dangerous defects before they cause horrific explody disembowelling life-changing damage then vocally encourage sound repairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmall View Post
    What's with the pipe holding the temp sender so far from the intake manifold casting? Thread adapter?

    I'm running the truck's og 6-V gauges, acquired a Ron Francis voltage reducer to power the gauges..
    The temp sending unit is off the IH og 220ci Sliver Diamond motor ... Used a under dash temp gauge to calibrate the og temp to read close to right ... Going to clean that up when the motor gets pulled ..


    The corroded water neck and dirt dauber invasion in the bolt hole below it are clear and urgent safety justification for a big block upgrade vs. the years of guilt-ridden anguish from running imperfect components.

    Good eye ... Dang good thing it's not pitot tubes or I could have crashed ... !!

    We have your best interests at heart so it's our duty to find these dangerous defects before they cause horrific explody disembowelling life-changing damage then vocally encourage sound repairs.


    .... Looks pissed to me ....
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    The two inch piece I cut from the rain guard will be the Test & Tune piece to dial in the welder settings before the real deal sees a arc ...

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    That's not going to cut it in order to keep the polished look ...

    Sooooooo .....

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    They will be painted ...

    I think I could have done the job if I had tooled up for it .. Heat sinks, build a cage to purge the back side with argon (That would require a dual output argon regulator flow meter, or another tank with a flow meter)
    I'm not going to spend that kind of money just to have the stainless polished, paint will look good cause the windshield Sun visor will also have paint ... Kinda a hand in hand deal ...

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    Default Back on Motor work ..

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    I purposely ordered 0.040" over rings ... The bore is 0.030" over the std bore of 3.437"
    This allows me to dial in the ring gap to my specks ...

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    Do you have to adjust the oil ring expander when you use the bigger ring size. I have to adjust the expander on my scout cylinders since they are made of unobtanium. Even the right size need loosening most of the time. I usually shoot for a 6 lb. drag with a breakaway of no more than 12 lb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyDave View Post

    Do you have to adjust the oil ring expander when you use the bigger ring size. I have to adjust the expander on my scout cylinders since they are made of unobtanium.
    Dusty
    I no longer use rings made from unobtanium, the cost has gotten to be out of this world ...





    ( Must be the shipping from Pandora )

    ... /// https://youtu.be/OQmcAGZk1Is \\\ ...
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    (That would require a dual output argon regulator flow meter, or another tank with a flow meter)
    Easy way I did at the welding school is a tee and a single (cheap is fine for purging) flowmeter on each end. If a dual flowmeter malfunctions or gets broken you lose both during repair. If one of two singles on a tee breaks just swap in whatever.

    You can purge with regulators borrowed from MIG machines leaving your flowmeter for your torch.

    These are the Western part numbers: https://www.arc-zone.com/connectors-...elium-nitrogen

    Your local welding supply should have them in stock. Good time to grab some green hose and fittings if you want to separate your cylinder (chained to wall or sitting on cart) from your welder where many sit and of course for a purge hose.

    We used this clamp style because it doesn't cost a crimp ferrule for each joint or require special tools.

    https://www.airgas.com/product/Gas-E.../p/RAD64003964

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    Very informative as usual ^^

    But I'm good with them being under paint ...
    Shoot with the visor being painted they might look better than having a polish finish on em...
    (Really don't want to backup or tool up for this job, still got the other door to do)

    In any case, I'll be ....



    With the final finish ...
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    Getting back on the heads ..
    Front head pasted the checks for valve to valve clearance ..
    Matching those specks for the rear head ...



    Rear head should fall right on the needed clearance ...
    Soon to find out ...

    The L-5 cam is a bit of a radical grind and must see special care with the installation ...

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    Time to pack the springs ...



    Well Dogies ...

    Got a bit of work to do on the lower collars in order to get to target for installed height ..
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