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    The console is wired in and finished.

    I also added a battery kill switch to the rear of the arm rest box.
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    I picked up a Manta roll cage (Thanks, itb gt) and will be adapting it to the wagon, using the roll bar and adding supports back to the shock tower area to stiffen up the unibody a bit.

    The old seat bottom will be removed and bracing to the rear added.
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    Glad to see the new rotate-your-monitor to see the photos correctly feature has been added!
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    Ended up making a bolt in roll bar/harness bar out of tubing. Much lighter than the cage in my previous post.

    I also added gussets to the lower shock towers. When I looked closely at the tower's base there was a small crack above one of the welds.

    RallyBob mentioned that this was common in wagons.

    Next up is to put the interior back together, make some seat belt brackets then put the battery in and look for smoke!

    Note: Rotate your monitor to see the attachment in the way it was uploaded.
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    Gary, I am puzzled why you are intending to install the roll bar in this wagon. I doubt that you will race it, so why? Note, most insurance companies refuse to insure car with the roll bar.
    Old racers never die. They just go bench racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.J. Romano View Post
    Gary, I am puzzled why you are intending to install the roll bar in this wagon. I doubt that you will race it, so why? Note, most insurance companies refuse to insure car with the roll bar.
    Here are a couple of reasons.
    The main one is to stiffen up the body. The wagons do not have cross bracing like the sedans have behind the seat. There is an issue with the shock towers developing cracks even with stock motors.

    A harness bar for the shoulder harness.

    The "cool" factor

    It is removable.

    My insurance company does not have a problem with roll bars as long as you do not enter competitions.
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    Almost forgot the big one... The challenge to build one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Almost forgot the big one... The challenge to build one!
    It's simple, get the materials to build one, and get Bob down for the weekend!
    "Yes, I do have a rifle rack in my Sportwagon"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Here are a couple of reasons.
    The main one is to stiffen up the body. The wagons do not have cross bracing like the sedans have behind the seat. There is an issue with the shock towers developing cracks even with stock motors.

    A harness bar for the shoulder harness.

    The "cool" factor

    It is removable.

    My insurance company does not have a problem with roll bars as long as you do not enter competitions.
    It would have been cool to have been able to run wagons in Scca Showroom Stock. Lots more room to haul spares and tools to the track. We didn't need no stinking trailers then.
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    Getting closer. Chasing electrical gremlins now. I do know that the fuel pump works... I didn't tighten a clamp and there was a minor flood.

    Once again, you need to rotate your monitor to see the pic in the way it was uploaded.
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    Gauges, lights, directionals all work. The starter was frozen. Took it out and cleaned it. Bench tested okay. Had another gas leak due to a cracked flare.

    Today's tasks: Install the starter, add fluids, prime the oil pump and crank the motor to get oil pressure and then....
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    The starter was not frozen. Just needed a good ground strap from the motor to the body.

    A few more things to check then I'll let it go for a longer run time.
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    Day 2. Running better. Ran a new ground wire to the chassis. That cleared a lot of bugs. Oil pressure is great. Still running on a blend of 3 year old and fresh gas.

    The new Speedway radiator has a leak. At least I was able to pull it without too much of a hassle. I'll phase and align the rear end while it is in the repair shop.

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    Happy to see it all come together Gary!
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    Good to see you working Gary!

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    What the hell is taking so long?

    Drop the Cheetos and start working!

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    That motor sounds sweet!
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    3 1/2 years ago I bought a "discontinued" AFCO radiator from the Speedway Motors "Garage Sale" section. When I got it, it looked like it had been slightly used but I installed it anyway as it was the starting point for locating the 24v, 3.0 six cylinder motor in my wagon.

    When I finally got the motor running last week, the radiator started leaking immediately from one of the coils.

    I dropped it off at a local shop and was told today that it is "porous" and it would cost ~$150 to fix it. I didn't want to take a chance on repairing it only to find another "porous" coil later from whatever corroded the first coil.

    A new radiator is on the way.
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    One step back, two steps forward. At least now you'll have the peace of mind in knowing that your radiator is brand new.



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