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Work through July

July 12, 2014

Well although I haven't posted much progress I have been working on the car I have been working on it.

I got the engine back from the machinist a little while ago and have started the assembly, I have never done this and have recruited the help of a good friend to teach me (more like do it, I owe him big time). Even never having done this I can see that he is quite particular about a lot of things. Even before we started he had me paint the engine to help protect it from all the oil used during the cleaning and assembly (basically to make it easier to clean and put the final (and proper color) coat of paint on.

First up was a thorough cleaning of all the oil passages, bristle brushes every which way and a wipe down with WD-40 to clean all the machining dust off. That was done on the block and the crank (there are a lot of holes oil passages on the crank). Once it was clean he took many measurement to confirm the machining tolerances and clearances. Once we were happy that everything was to spec as requested we started. The crank has been installed and all the rings fitted, along with the rod bearings, we plan on fitting the pistons next weekend.

This work is being done in my dining room as it is the only space clean and available to work.

While all that has been going of I have been cleaning parts and refinishing them.

All the suspension has been power coated as well as the wheels, soon as I get the bushings pressed in I can starte putting it back together. I still need to purchase an idler and pitman arm as well as refinish the sway bar and torsion bars.

Getting the front end on will only help a little bit in clearing space, I still have parts to 2-3 cars piled up around the car. Next up will be to start selecting the parts to be used and send the spares to storage.

Then once I can get to the car without much effort I plan to start assembling the doors. From there I will be pretty much dead in the water till I get some parts from a vendor that has agreed to make them.

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