The "Other" Project

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mikester

Royal Smart Person
Mar 10, 2010
1,385
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Small town NY
Had a less than productive day working on this yesterday. UGH.
The guy that built the motor came over to prime the pump, drop in the new MSD distributor and finally get it running again. Tweak what needs to be adjusted. Figured it would be finally running and mobile. Nothing ever goes as planned right ?
Before he even got here I found a leak at the thermostat housing. Not bad, tightened the bolt and I think it stopped. I'll go out there in a bit to check but I picked up another gasket just in case.
As we were cranking it to get TDC the flex plate was rubbing on the cover. The ironic thing was I spent hours at the yard looking for 2 mint OEM steel covers. Guess I have to find 2 plastic ones. But the best part was trying to remove it. The headers and transmission lines made if impossible to get out without bending the crap out of the one side. Sad, it was a perfect cover all painted up in gloss black. So much for little details. SMH.
Now the best part. The distributor is slightly larger in diameter than the Mallory. It hits the oil pressure sending unit. Not by much but no way it would drop in. So a quick trip to the local auto parts and the only two hardware stores in the area and neither place had a 45 degree 1/8" NPT elbow. After he left I took a 35 minute ride to the old school auto parts that has every fitting known to man. Got two brass 45s and an extra adapter just in case I need it. The guy that built the motors coming back over Tuesday. I need this car finished !!!!
 
JAMCAR223

JAMCAR223

G-Body Guru
Jun 6, 2014
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Houston, TX.
I love this car!
 
M

mikester

Royal Smart Person
Mar 10, 2010
1,385
113
Small town NY
Today was start up round 2. Got the sending unit back in, 6AL temporarily wired up and the new MSD distributor in. I have the 6AL sitting on a towel on the drivers side cowl since the left inner fender isnt in yet. Yeah, I know. Some of you folks might be wondering why but that was just in case I needed to do anything with the wiring at the bulkhead connection.
Battery charged, cranks over nice and fast. Now no gas at the carb. Took the feed line off, no gas. Took the lines off the pump, no pressure, no suction. Stupid pump. LOL
This was a nickle plated Carter pump that I bought MANY years ago. I guess from sitting so long the diaphragm got screwed up. So instead of trying to rebuild the pump (discontinued long ago) I drove out to S&K speed and bought a new Edelbrock for $154 out the door.
So, Thursday AM will be round 3 and I hope nothing else holds this up. SMH, LOL
 
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mikester

Royal Smart Person
Mar 10, 2010
1,385
113
Small town NY
So in todays mail there was something really neat. Turbogeezer (Bill) happened to be a close friend of the late Tom Gerrard who was the gentleman down in WV that sold me my 81. Toms daughter gave him these two photos from back in 1991 when Tom showed the car at a Super Chevy show at Maple Grove in PA.
Bill messaged me last week and told me he was going to mail them to me. I was like a little kid at Christmas trying to open the envelope !

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Bill and Tom together.

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I cant thank Bill enough for sending these to me !!!
 
TURNA

TURNA

Geezer
Jul 24, 2009
9,736
113
Socialist NY
It;s got a miss!
 

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