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Old 02-19-2024, 06:29 PM
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"The Bird" returned from the upholstery shop and the hood went on, but won't close all the way. The twin snorkels are going to have to come off the air cleaner housing. One hits the A/C compressor and the other hits one of the hood braces. It's no big deal because the scoop is always open, but it's still sad to have to modify a $465 part. The Pypes exhaust system tucked up nice and tight to the floorpan though.


Shop foreman says one more month to go.
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"The Bird" returned from the upholstery shop and the hood went on,
Holeeee f'in Hawt!
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Oops, I meant it's not good at all and you should let me have it....
There's a lot to be accomplished over some Q39 burnt ends.
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There's a lot to be accomplished over some Q39 burnt ends.
So, what you're saying is I can have it?

She's a beauty no matter what she needs!

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Finally getting close to road testing! Only need to get the hood on, shaker scoop assembled and a couple of electrical issues corrected.
A column-shift automatic?

I saw a gorgeous but base-ass Camaro at a show with a 3-on-the-tree manual behind a 250 six. I'd almost rather have that vs the usual built SBC/TH400.

Seems to me that making both column and floor shifts is kind of dumb, but I'm not a Mad Men-era accountant...
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A column-shift automatic?
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Definitely old school, but it lets me build a custom console with adequate space for a planned A/F ratio meter, temp gauges for engine and transmission oil, and those all important cup holders.


The only issue on the build with the column shift was the necessity for a cable conversion on the shift linkage to get around the headers.
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Definitely old school, but it lets me build a custom console with adequate space for a planned A/F ratio meter, temp gauges for engine and transmission oil, and those all important cup holders.
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Well they got the air cleaner modified so the hood will close and front end alignment was completed, so it was time for some road testing. Do you know that you can drive 7 miles without any oil in a posi-traction rear end before it seizes up?


As it turned out, the axle wasn't the heavy-duty, 3.23 ratio described by the seller. It was only a standard 2.41 ratio. So it was new axle shafts, new carrier, new gears, new bearings and a seal kit, but now it's correct. Tech says it drives insane now, but with easier launches having the right gear set.


Last issue is getting the tachometer to work correctly with the MSD distributer. The original circuitry doesn't play well with the extended dwell signals electronic ignition systems produce. Maybe a week or two until it's home in the garage.
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Well they got the air cleaner modified so the hood will close and front end alignment was completed, so it was time for some road testing. Do you know that you can drive 7 miles without any oil in a posi-traction rear end before it seizes up?


As it turned out, the axle wasn't the heavy-duty, 3.23 ratio described by the seller. It was only a standard 2.41 ratio. So it was new axle shafts, new carrier, new gears, new bearings and a seal kit, but now it's correct. Tech says it drives insane now, but with easier launches having the right gear set.


Last issue is getting the tachometer to work correctly with the MSD distributer. The original circuitry doesn't play well with the extended dwell signals electronic ignition systems produce. Maybe a week or two until it's home in the garage.
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