PROJECT " LAID BACK 2 " - 1978 SALON 2 DOOR AEROBACK

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I can deal with the heat, as long as it's not raining.
For those not in the know, we got like 11.5" of rain in May, which is about 6" more than normal.
 
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A little progress for Zach :ROFLMAO: . I got the TH 350 transmission out yesterday, and got it prepped & painted. I mounted it on one of my extra engine stands, so I could rotate it. It was already pretty clean from the rebuild process, but it needed that last step before I could paint it. I scrubbed it down with a Scrotchbrite pad, and then brake parts cleaner. I then repeated the process a second time. Taped off the case fittings, speedo cable threads, removed the vacuum modulator, and plugged the dipstick hole.

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I used some Eastwood AlumaBlast paint that I already had. (3) coats and done. I did not worry about the pan, because I am replacing it anyway.
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I painted the modulator clip & bolt, speedo cable clip & bolt, trans mount bolts, and bell housing bolts all black. Just used Duplicolor engine enamel for that stuff.

I torqued all the bolts to factory spec - pump to housing bolts, valve body bolts, tail housing extension bolts, pan bolts, and transmission mount.

I used the Moroso #93102 extra thick rubber over steel pan gasket. I had to go buy longer bolts because of the extra thickness of the gasket. No problem, my local hardware store had them in stainless allen head (y). Look how thick the gasket is. It's 3/16"
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Then installed the black cast aluminum pan. ( and somehow forgot to take the pic ).:wtf: It turned out pretty nice. I'm happy with it. I ordered new OE replacement cooler lines from Inline Tube. They have already shipped, so I will have them this week. I also have a couple more goodies I should get this coming week.

I have set up a plan with a couple of my buddies for next Saturday to get the engine & trans off the stands, and set on a moving blanket, so I can install the flywheel, and converter. Then I will bolt them together, and we are going to install the combo into the frame. Looking forward to clearing up some space in the shop!

Here is a pic of how the motor sits currently. I installed the Rocket logos on the valve covers. Just a little detail item that says "This ain't no small block chevy " :ROFLMAO:.
I like them.
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The polished aluminum breathers are from Eddie Motorsports. The Dr side is threaded, and unscrews to reveal the filter. The Pass side contains a PCV valve, but is designed to look like a matching breather. They fit very tight into the grommets, and are very solid. Hope they work as good as they look.
 
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A little progress for Zach :ROFLMAO: . I got the TH 350 transmission out yesterday, and got it prepped & painted. I mounted it on one of my extra engine stands, so I could rotate it. It was already pretty clean from the rebuild process, but it needed that last step before I could paint it. I scrubbed it down with a Scrotchbrite pad, and then brake parts cleaner. I then repeated the process a second time. Taped off the case fittings, speedo cable threads, removed the vacuum modulator, and plugged the dipstick hole.

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I used some Eastwood AlumaBlast paint that I already had. (3) coats and done. I did not worry about the pan, because I am replacing it anyway.
View attachment 178625 View attachment 178626 I painted the modulator clip & bolt, speedo cable clip & bolt, trans mount bolts, and bell housing bolts all black. Just used Duplicolor engine enamel for that stuff.

I torqued all the bolts to factory spec - pump to housing bolts, valve body bolts, tail housing extension bolts, pan bolts, and transmission mount.

I used the Moroso #93102 extra thick rubber over steel pan gasket. I had to go buy longer bolts because of the extra thickness of the gasket. No problem, my local hardware store had them in stainless allen head (y). Look how thick the gasket is. It's 3/16"
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Then installed the black cast aluminum pan. ( and somehow forgot to take the pic ).:wtf: It turned out pretty nice. I'm happy with it. I ordered new OE replacement cooler lines from Inline Tube. They have already shipped, so I will have them this week. I also have a couple more goodies I should get this coming week.

I have set up a plan with a couple of my buddies for next Saturday to get the engine & trans off the stands, and set on a moving blanket, so I can install the flywheel, and converter. Then I will bolt them together, and we are going to install the combo into the frame. Looking forward to clearing up some space in the shop!

Here is a pic of how the motor sits currently. I installed the Rocket logos on the valve covers. Just a little detail item that says "This ain't no small block chevy " :ROFLMAO:.
I like them.
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The polished aluminum breathers are from Eddie Motorsports. The Dr side is threaded, and unscrews to reveal the filter. The Pass side contains a PCV valve, but is designed to look like a matching breather. They fit very tight into the grommets, and are very solid. Hope they work as good as they look.
Awesome work bud!
 
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Do you have a part number for the A/C delete pulley? Looks really nice.
 

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Nice, but I gotta ask....why are the rockets flying backwards?
HaHa. I removed the valve covers to install the Rockets, but had to meet somebody that afternoon. In my haste to get everything cleaned back up, I installed the covers on the wrong side. When I posted the pics, I realized it, and told myself someone is going to ask... you did not disappoint :ROFLMAO:
 
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