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Re: Hello all.
« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2020, 09:32:37 PM »
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« Reply #31 on: March 27, 2020, 10:31:50 PM »
Too funny. I remember trying to avoid parking for a Braves game at a public park up Georgia Ave. from Turner Field. An APD cruiser approached and told us that if we parked there we shouldnít expect the car to be there after the game. Or at least not there in the way that weíd left it.
Honestly, my partner and I have owned the building for 8 years now. Iíve had to replace a couple car windows, but the locals havenít ever given me trouble. The worst thing Iíve had happen was the recently paroled con who tried to sell me a Jeep Liberty for $200... Unfortunately doing the movie car stuff led a few neighbors to believe I might be interested in buying an obviously stolen car. I sent him packing... finally. Took more work than Iíd like to admit though.
The building is up for sale currently and when/if it sells Iíll miss the neighborhood and location more than anything else. Iím BLOCKS from both 75/85 and 20 and just laugh as Iím headed against traffic in every direction. The time not spent commuting nearly offsets the cost of city taxes.



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We moved out of the city of Atlanta to Smyrna years ago.

     Same price Got a house 2x bigger , lot and yard was 10x larger, taxes were 1/4 , and schools donít have metal detectors at the entrances .

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Re: Hello all.
« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2020, 10:59:23 PM »
To each their own. I like in town living... Iím always ďhome by nowĒ...


The truck project has been moving along.  I finally defined the scope of the project:

Phase I:
Interior
Paint
Gauges

Phase II
Brakes

Phase III
Motor





Phase I is ALMOST as checked off as it can be.

Iíve got 3/4 of what I need for Phase II

About the same for Phase III



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« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2020, 06:45:18 PM »
Sorry... honestly Iím mostly getting my moneyís worth out of my lifetime membership. Ostensibly putting the best parts of the build in this post as well.

Relocated the battery(s):

Made a remote charge/jump point under the hood:


I put some big Wilwood brakes on it:






Last big part of this puzzle is the engine.
At this point itís looking like a ďbest laid plans...Ē kinda thing. I have 85-90% of it in hand:




Iíve paid for a set of AFR heads... itís been awhile... and theyíre not responding currently. Heads are the WAY biggest missing puzzle piece. Iím sure Iíll need bits and pieces, but really hoping to beat the virus.






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« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2020, 03:45:16 PM »
Loves me some Air Search and Re-flow heads.... ;D
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« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2020, 04:03:05 PM »
I hope to love them just as much... provided I ever see them. COVID-19 has more money than Iíd like, or can afford to have, in the ether. Itís even more irritating as Iím reaching the point of NEEDING these parts.


Healthy and safe, yíall know the drill.


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« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2020, 04:18:46 PM »
For your encouragement, I run AFR 1041 cylinder heads on my 355 MPFI engine.  I couldn't be happier.  They replaced the Edelbrock Performer heads that IMHO were substandard.  Another potential contender is Trick Flow Specialties.
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In other words... if people learn by making mistakes, by now I should know just about everything!!!
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Re: Hello all.
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2020, 05:09:01 PM »
Iím sure theyíll be awesome... I just need to get them.




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« Reply #38 on: May 06, 2020, 01:30:37 PM »
AFR update... called yesterday. Like all of us, theyíre having issues with supply and delivery. Apparently their spring supplier didnít get an order to them. Thatís all understandable... whatís not understandable is me writing emails and then having to follow up with a call to get that info. The fellow I spoke to says they expect springs to arrive this week and to have the heads shipped early next. Good enough to go ahead and do this:

Dad came over to help and pulling the motor went as smooth as possibly. Thankfully.

So now itís back to waiting on parts. So many items are 3/4 done or better, but to a point where other unfinished projects are holding up their completion.

Iíll polish the transmission up... itís pretty gnarly... again, the previous owner of this truck seems to have kept it well-lubricated. Plenty of grease or oil where it was supposed to be... or where it landed once expelled from its original place.

Iím doing a stand-alone TCI transmission controller, the Edelbrock EFI and Dakota Digital gauges. As Iím redoing the front brakes Iím thinking Iíll also run new rear lines and delete the rear wheel ABS. Iím doing that mostly cause A) I donít know if it currently works and really donít know how it will work without the outputs from the factory computers B) itís not a pickup... thereís sheet metal and carpet and other stuff and C) cause I can. Thatís the answer to so much of the Mickey Mouse stuff I do.

The trans is dirty, but it shifted well before and Iím not gonna fix what isnít broken as Iím running out of my budget.
Grubby but serviceable.


Iíll update as Iím able.





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« Reply #39 on: June 22, 2020, 10:47:09 PM »
Sorry guys... itís been a while.

Engine got built:



The world exploded:






Thatís all just Atlanta. I was only present for the GSP MRAPís or APCís or whatever you wanna call them.

I couldnít get my phone out quick enough, but last Friday I saw the wildest convoy Iíve ever seen. Iím guessing it was Georgia National Guard, but it was seriously the pneumatic tired variant of an armored support group. Rubber-tired recovery vehicle, mobile bridge(?!?) and a Fire engine(?!?):



All six vehicles were OD green.

For the first time my proximity to the Georgia capital and all the fun stuff downtown is rather a detriment. The constant helicopters make it feel like the intro to Apocalypse Now.

Without taking a stand, politically speaking I hope, the cops in Minneapolis should have known better. They were on film and should have had the situational awareness; what with pandemic lockdowns and general unrest, to get the guy off the street before standing on his neck.

My hometown cops shouldíve been better than in Minnesota as far as Iím concerned.
Itís a little personal as the now incinerated Wendyís was the closest 24/hour food to my shop as well:


All things equal, Iím not surprised at someone falling asleep on line there... the service was horrid.

By my current count Iíve stuck engine and transmission in three times. Hoping the third time is a charm?!? The headers I bought didnít fit real well. I still have more expendables, material, time and wherewithal than money, so I cut my frame, reinforced it, smashed the headers and tried to cover as much ugliness as possible with header wrap:

Awww... it looks great! Fits perfect! Except the headers arenít on. And there was no contortion that was gonna change that. Bring out the gas-ax. 

Go ahead and wheel the wire-feeder over as well.




And the rosebud.






Brake lines are gonna need some revisiting... theyíre way too close to exhaust heat currently.

And now, ostensibly, all I have left is to plug everything together and hope for the best?!?

Iíve got tubing and bends on the way for the exhaust.

And lots of plumbing and wiring still to go:



This thing is taking way longer than I thought it would. Thankfully Iím mostly still on budget... but crap!!! I shouldíve been DONE by now. Way back when I started this thread I was sure Iíd bee driving this thing by now.





It was supposed to be EASY!




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Re: Hello all.
« Reply #40 on: June 23, 2020, 09:59:57 AM »
As someone who has enjoyed the thrills of burn-through brake line experience at high speed, I can see how you'd want to address that. 
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« Reply #41 on: June 23, 2020, 10:57:04 AM »
The lines are all steel, doubtful the header heat would be enough to melt them, but more than enough to boil the fluid in the lines causing the same lack of braking action. Oh well... I had to do SOMETHING while waiting for the engine parts to come in. It looks like Iíll be REdoing brake lines in the coming week.



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« Reply #42 on: June 23, 2020, 02:56:00 PM »
You may be surprised Jeremy....my tan interior was redesigned with a darker brown racing stripe on the drivers seat. 
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« Reply #43 on: June 23, 2020, 04:29:13 PM »
That wouldnít happen if youíd give up on the mesh-jockey shorts.

Point taken all the same. The brake lines will move soon enough. Theyíll likely sport some sort of sleeve to dissipate heat as well. A new radiator came in my latest Jegs order. Iím not sold on it yet, itís aluminum, which should transfer heat better than the factory brass, but itís also only a two-row core, versus the four rows... i believe, of the factory radiator. In any case, the Jegs kit was cheap enough, especially with an electric fan, relays, catch can and hardware. Iím also debating an electric water pump. It doesnít look like thereíll be enough traffic this summer, even if I get the suburban done before the dog days, but Atlanta traffic ainít no joke and I need to be able to sit with the engine NEARLY as cool as the cab.

This stuff also came in todayís Jegs order:

 



Iím hoping 8í of straight tubing per side will be enough. Plan is to build the crossover pipe as a unit and use the V-bands to allow straight sections w/mufflers to unhook.

Plan is to send the exhaust out in front of rear wheels.

Iím also SERIOUSLY considering plumbing a glow plug, 12v solenoid and propane line to each tailpipe.

You know, cause the only thing better than burnouts are burnouts WITH flames!!! If I have stainless weld-in bungs itíll be a done deal. I know I have the solenoids and fittings and glow-plugs.



Best laid plans, ya know...


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« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2020, 06:19:09 PM »

I did some rearranging to keep my steps down. The welder and welding table are about half the distance to the vertical bandsaw, so I cut the shop by 1/3 from the normal configuration. Thereís gonna be LOTS of trips to the saw...


Like LEGOs... just keep building...





Iím a sadist. I really donít think I truly needed a Y-pipe, X-pipe or crossover... whatever you want to call it. My concern is the Edelbrock system only has provisions for one O2 sensor. Not like one banks exhaust fumes will travel upstream to impart any info on the O2 sensor, but... I have the means.





Itís a little long from the collectors... and Iíve got stainless flexible couplers thatíll weld in, but the rigid pipes are WAY easier at this stage of the game.




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