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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    One step back, two steps forward. At least now you'll have the peace of mind in knowing that your radiator is brand new.


    Yeah, one less worry. I was concerned that the leak might have been from corrosion by whatever was in the radiator 3 years ago.
    The new one will be here tomorrow!
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    New radiator is in, no leaks.

    Squared away a couple of electrical issues and still need to fix one ground. (tach moves when horn sounds)

    Another problem popped up today. The clutch does not fully disengage. It may need to be bled again or there is not enough pedal travel. Might be time to get the BFH out!

    I did add a skid plate to protect the oil pan. It sits 1 1/2 inches below the crossmember.
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    Had to make an extension for the clutch master cylinder rod. There was no adjustment for it. The clutch worked okay when i tested it but it ran dry when I was installing the extension and will need to be bench bled (again).

    Getting closer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Had to make an extension for the clutch master cylinder rod. There was no adjustment for it. The clutch worked okay when i tested it but it ran dry when I was installing the extension and will need to be bench bled (again).

    Getting closer!
    I've had problems with air getting into the circuit.
    One way to get around this is to pull a vacuum on the clutch reservoir.
    Had to do this several times with hydro master/slave cylinders in the past.

    Si vis pacem, para bellum "If you want peace, prepare for war"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrench459 View Post
    I've had problems with air getting into the circuit.
    One way to get around this is to pull a vacuum on the clutch reservoir.
    Had to do this several times with hydro master/slave cylinders in the past.
    Good tip, Dan. I'll give that a shot tomorrow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Had to make an extension for the clutch master cylinder rod. There was no adjustment for it. The clutch worked okay when i tested it but it ran dry when I was installing the extension and will need to be bench bled (again).

    Getting closer!
    If you ask me I think the best way to purge the clutch is to pump the fluid into the slave cylinder bleeder screw until the master is full install cap and your done....there also the reverse bleed an old British trick
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    Quote Originally Posted by opellane View Post
    If you ask me I think the best way to purge the clutch is to pump the fluid into the slave cylinder bleeder screw until the master is full install cap and your done....there also the reverse bleed an old British trick
    The vacuum/reverse bleed worked on both the clutch and brakes.

    Couple of small things to go. Off of the lift tomorrow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post

    Couple of small things to go. Off of the lift tomorrow!

    I demand a video of you smoking the tires!


    No, not that kind of smoking......




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    The wagon almost made it off the lift today under its own power. It got hung up on the back of the lift. The drop off from the garage is a little too steep for the lowered car. We'll see how the weather is tomorrow.

    I fixed a wiring issue that kept the alternator from working. The clutch is grabbing close to the floor. I may need to redo the rod extension.
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    Victory!

    Raised the front up 1 inch and it clears the lift. Backed it out and gave it its first bath in years.

    Let it idle for a bit. The water temp came up okay. Oil pressure was 60psi. Brakes and clutch are both a little low. There is an exhaust leak at the manifold and one of the vaccum sensors is stuck.

    Drove it around the block a couple of times. Had to keep it slow 'cuz a local cop lives nearby, but it does feel "peppy".

    I'll see what I can fix tomorrow. Hopefully inspection time Monday!
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    Hooray!



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    The air idle valve was frozen from not being used for 10+ years. Freed it and it is working.

    Drove it around the block several times and then let it idle. It started getting hot. I may need to burp the system or replace the thermostat.

    Once I get the inspection sticker I'll take it for a longer ride. (btw, It is FAST...)

    Here's a video:
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    Holy Cow, Gary, it's a bazillion degrees outside and you're working on your car?


    Are you one o'them weirdos that really likes it when it's HOT outside?








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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    Holy Cow, Gary, it's a bazillion degrees outside and you're working on your car?


    Are you one o'them weirdos that really likes it when it's HOT outside?







    Hey, It is finally out of the garage on its own power!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Scifi Guy View Post
    I demand a video of you smoking the tires!


    No, not that kind of smoking......




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    Crap, my grandkids are going to be on the net and see this one day....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    The air idle valve was frozen from not being used for 10+ years. Freed it and it is working.

    Drove it around the block several times and then let it idle. It started getting hot. I may need to burp the system or replace the thermostat.

    Once I get the inspection sticker I'll take it for a longer ride. (btw, It is FAST...)

    Here's a video:
    https://youtu.be/Kqj7qwFikYg
    Wow, that thing looks sweet. Can't wait for a hammer down video.
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    Took it ot the inspection station. Pulled the headlight switch and promptly blew a fuse. No taillights, gauges, etc. Drove off with the sticker and it started overheating as soon as I pulled into my driveway.

    I put a new t-stat in earlier so I definately need to bend up a shroud. I may change out the clutch fan while I'm at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Just got home.....I couldn't see your video while at work.......

    Lookin' GOOOOOOOOOD, Gary! Nice engine compartment! Really nice lookin' gauges! The dash/center console looks pretty good.......so far(More finishing work to do?). Overall it's really shaping up to be a nice lookin' ride!

    Yo, wassup with those skinny exhaust tips??????

    Is that exhaust system really the proper size for that power beast under the hood?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    Took it ot the inspection station. Pulled the headlight switch and promptly blew a fuse. No taillights, gauges, etc. Drove off with the sticker and it started overheating as soon as I pulled into my driveway.

    I put a new t-stat in earlier so I definately need to bend up a shroud. I may change out the clutch fan while I'm at it.
    https://www.summitracing.com/search/...1%2B4294951518
    Summit Racing has some universal fan shrouds (deep) that might fit.

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    Lessons learned today:
    1. A 5 amp fuse is not good enough for the main switched circuit. (I must have missed the 1 when I put it in...
    2. Using a 14 inch fan with a bad cluch in back of a 12 inch radiator WILL lead to overheating! A 12 inch fan and shroud will be put in tomorrow!
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