Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Getting closer

Next round of progress:
My original heat exchanger on the passenger side finally died. So I had to get a new one.

I'm still missing the carb, but that is on the way.

Pics from all four sides here:

While I'm at it, the gas tank is done, and the firewall has been repainted:

Now a quick lesson on CV Joints plates.
The CV joint plates are necessary to strengthen the connection between the CV bolt and the boot. The metal on the boot is relatively thin for the kind of forces that the CV joint is capable of making, so the plate is necessary.

There are three types of plates. Pictured here are the two wrong types for the boot that I am using:

They are wrong because they don't fit over the slightly raised part of the boot that makes the boot structurally stronger. The flat plate completely missed the alignment:

The raised plate is closer, but still not exact:

The best solution is the "real" plate that looks like this:

The image is blatantly stolen from German Supply in Canada, I'll post the real pictures once I get my shipment in (Thanks Scott).

I'll continue next week. Thanks for tuning in.


  1. Fuel filter inside the engine compartment? Tsk tsk tsk....


    p.s. Looks great though!

  2. Been running the Fuel Filter in the Engine compartment since 1989. Never had a problem, never had a rock fly up and crack it open while sitting on the outside of the engine compartment.

    I also change my fuel lines every three years, so I suspect I'm a little more careful than most.

  3. I'm still down for a Wednesday night drag race in Sonoma. Bring it, punk!

  4. You are going down Big Blue. Down!

    We racing for pinks?

  5. In re: fuel filters, and with a wink:
    "The man who has fed the chicken every day throughout its life at last wrings its neck instead, showing that more refined views as to the uniformity of nature would have been useful to the chicken."
    --Betrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy


    p.s. I'll give 2:3 on Red. Sorry Big Blue, but that engine is just so clean.

  6. Wow, a Bertrand Russell quote? Damn we got heavy all of the sudden.

    Regarding my engine, I'll write up specs once I'm done but were is what I have so far:
    1641 with a modified cam, Dog house oil cooler.
    Piston rods balanced to .1 grams vertically and horizontally. Pertronix in the distributor cap. Dual port. More posted later.


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