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Thanks again @LocuMob
Wagons turn for some wrenching!
With Volo approaching I ordered stuff for the wagon from rockauto...
I had a new fuel pump left over from my days of delinquent racing with 318 in a cordoba as well as enough gaskets to re seal the engine twice. The plan is to just get it reliable and road worthy with the 318 and build the 383/727 on the side.
I also bought one brand new tire to match the other 3 new ones that came on the FK5 car. I am certain he took the one off the car on purpose, just to break up a matching set of new tires. I had them mounted on the road wheels and installed them with correct centers and NOS lug nuts while the paint was drying on the timing cover/water pump. They look really good!
Heres my master list of what I know I need to do. I'm sure the list will get longer as I start crossing stuff off. That's how it always goes.
Going to dig into the timing cover and chain next! Stay tuned...
I sure could have used a white board in the shop. I thought I was being progressive by keeping the notes on my phone. I probably have 10 different sets of notes now.
This post just made my day!!!
Well it is The Servprolara after all!!!
Cool! Love the idea that the original engine is getting some love.
Roads wheels always look nice. This said... I may be in the minority here, but I actually prefer the plebeian look with the black walls and original wheel covers.
This reminds me of how we took cars that were not perfect by any means and added a whole bunch of cool by putting a nice set of tires & rims.
I like making the cars mine by adding little touches, like the road wheels. I am drifting away from being hardcore with having to be OEM or original.
Got the front of the engine apart. Forgot my 1/2" drive socket for the crank bolt so I did it the old school way. Big ratchet on the bolt, but under the sub. Hook up the battery and jump the starter relay. One bump and it was loose. I got the timing cover off to see a ton of slack in the chain. Not a shock...should run excellent with the double roller I have for it!
In all honesty I should be pulling the motor and opening it up and re sealing everything and checking for any abnormal wear...but I am not going to pull the 318 to put it back in to eventually replace it with a big block. Its healthy enough. Let's get it to hold water and see what happens from there.
That's what I said when Wyatt told me the road wheels were going on.
Something like this, Tommy?
It's looking good, good thing your putting in the timing chain. That original chain and gears looks to be on borrowed time. I am really surprised to see nylon still on the gear.
Nice to see you getting to spend some time on your wagon, the roadwheels look right at home. Were you still interested in this seat bottom? Would like to move it, need the room...I may even be able to deliver
I could probably use that. I havent even pulled up the seat covers or hunted for a build sheet yet!
Back together mostly! I swapped in the 26" big block radiator. Unfortunately I had to drill 2 holes to make it fit the 22" core support but it will eventually be changed to the correct 26" in time.
I could have went crazy cleaning and painting brackets and everything, but where would I stop? So I decided to clean up/ paint everything that was off the motor and call it good. Just gotta get the pulleys/hoses on after dinner and fill it up with coolant and see if it's even worth moving forward. I really hope so.
Sometimes you have to draw the line at detailing....as much as you probably wanted to it was most likely going to be time wasted. Looking good regardless and I hope the fire up goes well.
Back together and running again! Runs much better with the new chain. It will be like new with the rest of the tune up and carb rebuild. Seems to be holding coolant for the most part, and I have no water in the oil, so I'd say the block is not cracked. Lucky! I got one freeze plug that is weeping a little. It's on the front of the head behind the power steering pump. Should be an easy fix, but concerns me because that means the others arent far behind it.
The temp gauge is not functioning. I am not too familiar with the 69/70 Dash. Do they have alot of issues? Of course it could be as simple as the sending unit. But I am trying to be prepared for that not to be the problem... any ideas?
Well your not going to be running that motor for a long time, so I would toss in some bars leak aluminum powder and let it seal things up for you. I had a 78 Malibu that I refused to spend any money on, but it just kept going. I sprung a leak or two in the rad and nursed that rad for at least two years with that aluminum powder. Would last about 6 months then start leaking again...toss in a new packet and keep going.
Fixed up and drivable! Need to fix the cluster and get all the gauges functioning properly. "Faster to any Disaster"