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2018 Project Log

Projects & Restorations

  1. Duke5A

    Duke5A Well-Known Member

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    To do this year:
    • Fix the rear brakes
    • Holley Sniper EFI swap
    • New 3/8th fuel lines
    • Finished the LED lighting conversion
    • New front tires and alignment
    • Chassis dyno session
    I'll be updating this thread as I make progress.


    Well this year isn't getting off to a good start... :(

    The rear wheel cylinder has been leaking since I put the car into storage last year. I finally pulled the drum off and the first thing I discovered was this:

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    Thank you State of Michigan. I need to make a couple calls tomorrow morning about getting it fixed. The rim is $270... To add further insult to injury I still have replace the wheel cylinder and the steel cable that holds the self adjuster in place snapped. All the DOT3 fluid turned the lining on the shoes to tar too. Great start to 2018, heh.
     
  2. Duke5A

    Duke5A Well-Known Member

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    Made a little progress last night. Tore the right rear drum apart, soaked all the savable parts in gas for 24 hours and reassembled with new shoes, new wheel cylinder and a new adjuster cable. The only saving thing about drums is they're self adjusting and don't need to be replaced in pairs like disc. The shoes on the other side are still new. Eventually next year this is all getting tossed for rear disc conversion.

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    Still need to bleed the brakes though...

    I got a quote back to fix the rim and now I need to decide if I'm going to buy another, or have this one repaired. I'm leaning to buy new right now. This sucks, I wasn't budgeted for this.

    Holley Sniper kit should arrive today, so at least there is that. Still need to stop by Inline Tube and get everything I need to run new fuel lines. Modifying the pickup for 3/8th is going to be interesting. More to come...
     
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  3. Duke5A

    Duke5A Well-Known Member

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    Finally on to the Sniper EFI install. Plumbing proved to be a pain in the neck with modifying the tank sender. The kit requires a 3/8" return link back to the tank, so I elected to replace all the lines with nickle copper tubing, a feed and return in 3/8th".

    I'll start up front:

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    Made a bracket out of aluminum and used bulkhead fittings to terminate the solid lines to. Mounted using the factory coil fastener holes with 1/4"-20 stainless bolts and lock nuts. From there up to the throttle body with the rubber EFI hose included in the kit.

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    Installed a fluid filled gauge to aid in troubleshooting.

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    New lines ran pretty much following the factory routing. Used stainless clamps with stainless self tapping screws to secure.

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    Up the outside of the passenger frame rail, just like factory. Couldn't get the bends flush with the bottom of the frame rail because of the bender I was using - should be fine.

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    Sending unit with -6AN bulkhead in place. Made up a new pickup since old one was 5/16th". Had to leave the old tube in place since the float mount is tacked to it.

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    Top shot of the sender installed. What you don't see here is we had to use some thick rubber matting to get the tank to sit lower. There just isn't enough clearance for the fittings before they hit the trunk floor otherwise and no combination of AN fittings would do it. I didn't like doing this and will most likely be changing it next year. Old lines got zipped off using a cut-off wheel, and then pinched and folded over in a bench vice.

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    Here is the pump bracket with the pump and filters mounted. Made it out of aluminum flat stock and a brake. Mounted it to the tank strap bolts. I need to grab a photo of it installed still....

    Plumbing is done, and now onto wiring. Will be working on it on and off this week. More to come....
     
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  4. Duke5A

    Duke5A Well-Known Member

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    From the back side the pump mounting. It sits just under the fuel level and the mount itself serves as a shield of sorts. Doesn't look level, but it is. Not the best photographer when under a car trying to dodge road grime and grease, heh.
     
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  5. Oldiron440

    Oldiron440 Well-Known Member

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    Possibly you have put this information on the site but could you give us a little more information on your motor swap and build. Headers used, motor mounts oil pan, trans and rear end etc..
    Thanks
     
  6. Duke5A

    Duke5A Well-Known Member

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    I've got bits and pieces posted around. I'll put together another thread and chronicle the car from front to back.
     
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    Oldiron440 Well-Known Member

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    GREAT!
     
  8. M_Body_Coupe

    M_Body_Coupe Well-Known Member

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    Mark, that's coming along real nice.

    Yeah, I feel your pain re: the replacement fuel and return lines. I did mine in 3/8" as well, and it took me a pretty good amount of time to tuck them in real nice & tight...I think I ended up using a couple of different bending tools.
     
  9. Duke5A

    Duke5A Well-Known Member

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    Well, I finished a bunch of wiring not a few minutes ago. Went through the wizard on the handheld and primed the fuel system - no leaks! I'm going to try and start it tomorrow afternoon. If all goes well then I'll lockout the distributor and let the ECU do timing control. Will probably even let it control the fans. More to come...
     
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