Tuesday, April 28, 2020
A guy on TheSamba.com made me aware of a website called SendCutSend.com - they will laser cut parts if I send a .dwg or .dxf drawing and a few pieces of information. I spent over an hour trying to remember enough of AutoCAD to get the template into the program. I failed. I may just have to find a local shop to make the part. It'll be more expensive but I don't have the time or patience to re-learn AutoCAD to create a drawing to then get the part made.
Monday, April 27, 2020
The seat belts will need brackets welded to the pan, the rear seat kick panel will be replaced, the brake tubes will need to be tweaked to work with the IRS rear end.
Sometime next week when things are a little less nuts I will seek out a fabrication shop to make one that's more suitable in appearance and fit.
Next up is the bracket for the oil cooler - then I can get that chapter closed. I can't fucking wait.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find another place to put this blasted thing. And guess what? I'm right back to where I was two fucking years ago...it's not a direct fit, per se, but it's real close.
It is, however, large enough that the thermostat side gets within 1/2" of the header pipe. I'm hoping that wrapping the header with fiberglass wrap will help control the heat and not cook the thermostat. Short of this - I guess I could get a custom bent pipe for the exhaust that allows for more space.
It's not solved yet - but it's feeling close.
Once I get this part done, I can fire up the engine and make sure it's still in good shape. And then figure out how to get that heat shield installed!
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Two days ago, it was snowing...today it was up near 65°F. I mowed the lawn and pulled weeds. On my way into the house, just before I closed the garage door, I stopped to look at the car sitting in the garage covered in dust.
I decided to take a look at the rear end and see if I've got any new ideas for the few minor modifications that are required to put the back end together. I didn't come up with anything for the rear brake lines - after a short time, I realized that it'd probably be easier to figure out if the shock and axle assembly were in place. I swapped out the trailing arm because the one that was in the car had a malformed bump stop mount - and I've got three fucking sets for one car, so why not?
I pulled out the parts for the rear stub axle, grabbed the parts book for an exploded view of assembly and set about assembly. A short time later, I swapped out the trailing arm and then spent an hour trying to figure out just where the hell I was going to put the oil filter/thermostat mount. Late into that hour I discovered a suitable location just behind the engine tin, slotted in the curve of the CSP Python exhaust. I can get to the valves without it (or the hoses) getting in the way, it won't be as susceptible to road debris and at least one set of braided lines will be short/straight. The mount location will require fabrication of a bracket that'll hang on the exhaust studs over the header but it should be rather sturdy. I'll make a test piece before I go spending the money to get one made. I'm content to have a location worked out at this point. Next up will be figuring out where/how to mount the actual cooler. Once I get past this obstacle of oil cooler/filter mount, I should be able to clear my head enough to get the other shit done. I'm super distracted by this part for some reason.
My list to finish before it's on the road again:
- The seat belts mounts need to be figured out
- The parking brake tubes out the rear of the pan need to be bent upward slightly
- New parking brake cables (custom, of course)
- New rear brake lines (may need to weld new brackets)
- Figure out the solution to coating for the spring plates (they're starting to rust through the zinc coating)
- Install the rear torsion bars/level the car
- Oval out the holes for the pan to fit the body (body mounting)
- Tweak the late oil/dipstick tube to fit the early body (slightly off)
- Figure out how to install the heat shield for the Python exhaust (doesn't fucking fit!)
- Send the transmission out for a new case
- Paint everything that was modified on the pan/subframe
2020 might be the year I get some of this done if I can get out of my own way.