Friday, May 23, 2014

Another Delivery

Surprise! There was another package at my door today. And what did it contain you ask? Here you go:

1. Plug wires (blue)
2. Distributor cap
3. Freeze plugs
4. Bearings (Rod, crankshaft, intermediate shaft) 
5. Timing chain
6. Thermostat
7. Stickers

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It's like peeling a band-aid off as slow as possible

Ok so maybe it would have been better to just figure everything out in terms of what we needed, ordered it, then started. However, we are not that smart and like to do things in tiny stages for some unknown reason. 

Today I finally ordered all the bearings I will need to complete the block. That includes the connecting rod bearings, intermediate shaft bearings, and the main crankshaft bearings. I also went ahead and ordered a new distributor cap, camshaft chain, freeze plugs for the block, high temperature thermostat, and spark plug wires. I know it's a weird combination but I ordered them all from the same place. The next items on my agenda for purchase include the entire exhaust system, some miscellaneous coolant parts, possibly a new distributor, and possibly a new ignition coil. 

Also, as a final note, the block has been honed by my buddy and mechanic friend. Without his help this build would have either never happened or would have cost me way more than I have already spent. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Block Update

We are now beginning the process of re-cleaning the block parts including the block, crankshaft, pistons, and miscellaneous minor parts. 

The block is currently sitting in the parts cleaner tank to avoid it rusting. The crankshaft was also sent through the part cleaner and then lightly polished. It's currently oiled up and in a bag to avoid rust buildup. We measured to correctly purchase the intermediate shaft, crankshaft, and connecting rod bearings.

The final project completed was a base rust inhibiting base coat of paint on the oil pan and valve cover. Looking to paint each in the week or so the final grey and blue I chose. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Engine Block Cleaned

My stepfather just brought my block back from being cleaned up. Here is the before and after shots.


And after: 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Test Fitting

On Saturday we test fitted the cards to the head. While the carb kit comes with everything you need to make the carbs work in unison and get fuel to them, there is something to be desired. 

1. The manifold bolts are too long. This means I will either need to source shorter bolts or cut the ones included by about half an inch.
2. Is the carb actually touching the manifold? Just from the test fitting, we may need to trim a tiny bit off the manifold.
3. Where are the instructions? The packet that came with the set says it's for installation but what it actually is, is a guide to tuning them. Nice, but how do I put all this together? 
4. Lots of porting. In order to match all the ports in the head and manifold, there will be some grinding. 
5. The manifold is rough. By rough I mean clearly they just have a mold and don't bother to port/polish it all all so that is something else that needs done. On top of that, some of the other cutouts for the bolts are not pretty. 

Overall not horrible, most of the polishing would have been done regardless. Still, we wouldn't really know how much a PITA this is going to be until we actually start installing this in the car. 

Pictures for fun !

Thursday, May 1, 2014


They are finally here! Still have some more block work to do but otherwise we are getting closer.