Weenies! It has been those temperatures here in Iowa for two weeks and I bet we have more humidity. I work out in the sun all day, so you have no excuses get busy you two. I want progress pictures of the cars too. Just giving crap. Work at your own pace.
Awesome work bud!A little progress for Zach . 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 . 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 ). 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 " .
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.
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 disappointNice, but I gotta ask....why are the rockets flying backwards?
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