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Right to begin with a little history of the car.

 

 I have hade this car for about 16 years and until about 9 years ago it was used regularly, up until on the way home from a owners club show it decided to eat its gearbox, as the car was a bit of an oil burner anyway I decided to take the engine and gearbox out to do a bit of restoration work to them, but with the engine and gearbox out I decided to start prodding around the bodywork ( fatal mistake ) next thing I know was that the rear light cluster fell out. with this in mind I decided to pull the car apart and do a total rebuild.

 

A photo of the car as I bought it.

 

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The first thing tackled was the gearbox rebuild, this also involved in fitting a shift kit.

 

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The next job tackled was the replacement of the back end..

 

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Also done at this time but not photo's were taken, was both rear torque boxes repaired and the front passenger torque box also repaired, and also the aftermarket sunroof was removed and the roof repaired and re strengthened, I also fitted chassis connection bars.

 Next up was the scuttle and heater intake repair.

 

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Next up it was the turn of the chassis rails, shock towers and inner fenders.

 

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After this was done the main shell was painted with primer then after this was flatted off then painted with topcoat.

 

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The doors, front fenders, hood and trunk lid were all stripped and filled where needed then primed and painted..

 

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The fuel tank was reconditioned and modified for fuel injection and fitted to the car as well as new fuel lines being run.

 

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The next job to be tackled was the suspension, first was the rear this just required fitting new springs shocks and poly bushes, and at this time custom made traction bars were fitted, a rear sway may be fitted at a later date as I fitted the correct fixings in the chassis for a factory sway bar, then it was the fronts turn this involved re-enforcing the front upper and lower arms and making custom stay bars as well as fitting new springs, shocks and poly bushes and fitting an uprated sway bar.

 

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The front upper and lower arms were boxed in and seam welded.

 

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I also started sound proofing the inside.

 

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The rear lights where also reconditioned.

 

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Also done was the repair and repainting of the steering assembly.

 

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Next was the repair of a very broken front grill.

 

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I also started to fit the roof sound proofing and head lining.

 

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At this time I decided to get the exhaust system out of the way and made some adjustable brackets for it as the engine is not in yet I could not finalise the position.

 

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The trunk has also been soundproofed.

 

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Then the swirl pot and fuel pumps have been fitted.

 

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And the custom made brake pipes.

 

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The next job done was to media blast the wheels and repaint them..

 

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The next job I decided to do was to repair and modify the front side/indicator light assembly so it will be legal for use in the uk.

 

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Now it was the turn of the interior trim starting with the cracked and damaged dash top.

 

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Then the door cards.

 

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Also at the same time a lot of other interior trim parts where also repaired and repainted.

 

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After doing all of this work to the main part of the car I thought it was time to start doing some work on the engine. With this in mind I started collecting parts for its rebuild first up was a cheap pair of alloy heads for me to experiment on ( the original 2v heads require to much work ).

 

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Next up was the rebore, this was a complete nightmare as one of the cylinders had over 25 thou of wear on the thrust face so the block required a rebore of 60 thou, the engine was sonic measured and was found to have plenty of meat on the walls.

 

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New pistons and rods where then ordered..

 

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The block was then smoothed inside and out and then painted.

 

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Next I started collecting parts again and I also modified an old accel distributor to act as a cam position sensor for the EFI I will be fitting at a later date.

 

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This where I have got to as of may this year, almost no work has been done since then as my mum passed away in may and I have been helping my dad out, in fact I have only started doing a few bits to the car in the past week or so, and that was only sorting a couple of paint reactions and a couple of small cracks which had developed on the roof.

 I will update this thread when I get around to doing some more work to the car, plus I have got to get some advice on the final spec of the engine.

 

Karl.

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First off...very sorry for your loss! 

 

Wow you've done a lot of work and it looks great!  :goodpost: I like the fact that you were able to restore all of the interior pieces rather than buying new parts.  I have a very long road ahead of me with my 72 Mach 1 and all I've been doing is looking at new parts.  I'd love to know what you used to fill the cracks in your dash pad, steering wheel and other interior parts and what other products you used to finish them.  They all look great!  Maybe you'd like to come to Florida to help with my project.

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Very impressive and well done!

Especially when I see the living room, garden becoming the garage extensions, the work done outside...

I know the lack of space adds so much extra work. This makes what you did even more impressive!

 

I wish I had a neighbour like you! :)

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On the repair on the dash crash pad and the doors, First I opened up the cracked or damaged area's with a die grinder, then I then melted some polyurethane tubing ( this was the closest I could get in likeness to the original sponge ) into the ground out sponge area's with a gas powered plastic soldering gun. This was then sanded down to just below the surface level then filled with flexible filler ( the type used on bumper repair's ) this was then sanded flat then skimmed with a thin layer of Stopper ( a self quick setting soft filler ) then sanded again. In doing all this sanding I lost the grain on the panels so to get some type of grain back I sprayed the panels with plastic primer then primer then a final coat of texture paint ( satin black ).

 

I also repaired the rear plastic trims using a similar technique as they had damage and had lost all of there colour and texture due to sun bleaching.

 

For the steering wheel to repair this I opened the cracks up with a small grinder then filled the cracks with a dry 2 part epoxy resin, this was then left to dry then sanded, this was then filled with stopper, sanded again then primed with plastic primer then a grey primer which was sanded smooth then sprayed with a gloss black paint, also repaired at this time was the horn push which did not work due to damage and corrosion.

 

The other thing I did to my door cards was to bond on some thin aluminium sheet with holes cut in them ( for the fixings ) as the cards had some damage and were also warped due to dampness, this will give them a bit more strength and rigidity.

 

P.S. most of the shots in the living room were done when my parents were away visiting my sister.

 

And thanks for the condolences.

 

Karl.

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WOW, I cannot believe all the effort you have put into that car. I have scraped many with less rust and issues than yours. Looks like you are doing a great job. I guess we are spoiled here in U.S. when we can get parts much easier than you can.

Keep the pics coming as you progress. On your engine build. Be sure you retain the baffle under the thermostat and that you get the proper thermostat to prevent any over heating issues. Be sure you get the head gaskets turned the right way will have Front marked on the gasket.

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The baffle is still there ( thanks for the pointer anyway ) and will be getting the correct thermostat for the engine, I will be getting a pair of cometic head gaskets to get the correct compression ratio, and will have to triple check to make sure that they are fitted correctly.

 

That spitfire of mine ( which I have owned for 25 years ) currently has a multi-point sequential injected 3.5 litre v8 in it with a 5 speed box behind it and Granada diff and custom rear suspension fitted, so it is no slouch :D .

 

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Excellent restoration work. I am amazed of all the work done restoring the interior. Looks awesome! Keep at it. You are almost there. Like i say to myself, closer than when I started.....

 

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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Well time for a small update, I have been slowly been getting the parts together so I can assemble the engine and I now have all the parts need to start assembly. First up a photo of the parts got so far to build the engine.

 

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Now with the new cam bearings installed.

 

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Now with the cam installed with timing gear and timed.

 

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Next up the  pistons and rods installed.

 

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Next up is the heads being installed.

 

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And last of all a couple with the headers and inlet temp installed.

 

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There are a few more jobs to be done to the engine, such as install the new correct length pushrods, install the new oil pump, install the rockers when the pushrods are fitted ( this lot can only be done when the part arrive ) and then I have got to get the injectors and drill the fuel rail and inlet and fit them ( and fit all the electronic sensors for the EFI conversion ). So near yet so far, but at least the end is in sight as far as the engine is concerned.

 

The final build on the engine stands as:

 

351c bored +.060

Crank reground and worked on

Speed pro hyper pistons

Eagle con rods

Lunati 411A1 Cam (30320511)

Crower EDM metered flat tappet mech lifters

Cloyes 9 way adjustable roller timing set

Trick flow pushrods

Comp cams guide plates

Pioneer harmonic damper ( SFI rated )

Flowkooler waterpump

Flowkooler high flow thermostat ( correct  type )

Four seasons water neck

Speedmaster alloy cylinder heads ( been heavily worked on )

Lunati valve springs ( to be  fitted when the cam is bed in )

matching caps for above springs

Speedmaster inlet to match heads ( to be modified for injectors )

Speedmaster four barrel throttle body ( not that bad just needs a little finishing )

Comp cams lash caps ( the speedmaster stainless steel valves do not have a hardened tip )

Scorpion 1.73 roller rockers

Ford motorsport alloy rocker boxes

ARP bolts used in all the important places

ARP hardened oil pump drive shaft

Sealed power standard oil  pump

Oil restrictors fitted to cam bearing feeds

All bearings are Clevite ( the crank uses HD bearings )

Modified Blackjack headers

 

The engines compression ratio worked out at about 9.8 to  1 

 

I do not have a clue as to what power the engine is going to produce but I will be happy if it makes about 400hp at the crank.

After I have got this finished it will be installed in the car and then I can get to finishing the interior and doing the one or two small external jobs which need to be done ( such as changing the torque converter to match the cam and changing the rear axle ratio to something a little better ).

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Great. Nice progress.

73 Grande H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

 

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Great. Nice progress.

 

I'm pretty sure i previoulsly read about your build on MOCGB and reading it again its no less impressive, excellent craftsmanship. I like the re-use of parts, if I had your skills I would reuse more parts rather than buying new, will see where I land. Also gives me more motivation now to crack on with my car restoration. Cowl repair was awesome.

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Nothing beats a clean and newly rebuilt engine.

 

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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That's a lot of work. Thank you for the update! What EFI CPU are you using?

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump

Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes

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Thanks for all the Great pictures, Awesome build. I take it you did all the welding yourself?

 

I'm in North Surrey and have a 71 Fastback. I would love some info and tips on where to start.

 

Need help with wiring too

 

cheers Mark

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Yep did all the welding myself ( I have got better over the years ).

Where to start mmm, that's a difficult one, if I was looking to do a total restoration I would do what I did with this one, and tear it down to a bare shell ( filler hides horrors ) and that would give you good idea what you are looking at.

If you are looking at doing a light resto the area's I would look at first would be the structure ( sills, torque boxes, subframes, floors and suspension mounts ), next I would look at the main shell ( a post, b post, etc ) paying close attention to the scuttle area ( heater vents ) as this is well known for rotting out and to repair it properly you need to take the windshield out, this leads to the next area I would look at, the windshield surround as this rots out quite regularly ( front and back ).

Another area which can rot out is the bottom of the shock towers, any other panels ( front inner fenders, rear wings ) can be bought no problem just make sure that the stamping is correct before you cut out the old panel ( guess how I know this ).

 

When fitting the chrome trim back in the door gap make sure you seal it well, or you will get leaks, and when fitting the rear lights back in use sealant on them as this is another area that can leak, put waxoil in all the box sections and any other area's which could get damp.

I would also recommend fitting dynomat or a dynomat copy on the floors and in the doors as this will make the car a bit more comfortable. As for the wiring, what I did on my wiring was to put it back to stock, fit LED's on the internal lights, side lights and brake lights as this puts less stress on the wiring loom, put any extras on there own fuse box and loom. Another thing that I did was to replace the sealed beam headlamps with a set of range rover headlamps ( pattern on the reflector not the front ) and wired the lights so the switches only work relays and the main and dipped beams get power direct from the battery.

If you look though my previous posts you should see what I mean on some of these area's.

I hope this is of some help/information.

 

Karl.

 

P.S. If you do decide to go down the full resto route, be warned it can take a while, I have been working on mine for about 11 years.

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Right to begin with a little history of the car.

 

 I have hade this car for about 16 years and until about 9 years ago it was used regularly, up until on the way home from a owners club show it decided to eat its gearbox, as the car was a bit of an oil burner anyway I decided to take the engine and gearbox out to do a bit of restoration work to them, but with the engine and gearbox out I decided to start prodding around the bodywork ( fatal mistake ) next thing I know was that the rear light cluster fell out. with this in mind I decided to pull the car apart and do a total rebuild.

 

A photo of the car as I bought it.

 

36299051433_a08da76e39_b.jpg002a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The first thing tackled was the gearbox rebuild, this also involved in fitting a shift kit.

 

36970332451_9fd85b6692_b.jpgDSC00100a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The next job tackled was the replacement of the back end..

 

36923282106_d890e8cfe0_b.jpgDSC00107a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36276441734_ccc45f78cd_b.jpgDSC00118a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36923284316_65459f2f54_b.jpgDSC00119a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36299079323_061ef02236_b.jpgDSC00352a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36970341161_1bd6abd6d2_b.jpgDSC00353a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36923289596_6d421026fe_b.jpgDSC00354a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36276452244_5f3da8f321_b.jpgDSC00357a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Also done at this time but not photo's were taken, was both rear torque boxes repaired and the front passenger torque box also repaired, and also the aftermarket sunroof was removed and the roof repaired and re strengthened, I also fitted chassis connection bars.

 Next up was the scuttle and heater intake repair.

 

 36276456994_8a42154f97_b.jpgDSC00364a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36299087383_8c813e6b47_b.jpgDSC00368a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36276457024_37fb38953a_b.jpgDSC00373a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Next up it was the turn of the chassis rails, shock towers and inner fenders.

 

37111738665_db9ba7a962_b.jpgDSC00375a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36923297706_7385d2ddc4_b.jpgDSC00377a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715275040_bcafe0f353_b.jpgDSC00382a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36923300476_80418c4221_b.jpgDSC00383a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36923302056_fdf0e12dec_b.jpgDSC00384a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

After this was done the main shell was painted with primer then after this was flatted off then painted with topcoat.

 

36941557132_60a37b74cf_b.jpgP1000875a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36923307696_eb59c7a794_b.jpgP1000876a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36941564962_1cb9f79f0b_b.jpgP1000880a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36941562322_a773a0beb0_b.jpgP1000881a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The doors, front fenders, hood and trunk lid were all stripped and filled where needed then primed and painted..

 

36715277380_89e50b0244_b.jpgDSC00398a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37111746015_08bfe4c2c2_b.jpgDSC00406a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36941563682_31d4275c4c_b.jpgP1000900a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36941566912_61b8bd5cfc_b.jpgP1000924a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36970380231_8b05457ded_b.jpgP1000964a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The fuel tank was reconditioned and modified for fuel injection and fitted to the car as well as new fuel lines being run.

 

36941564092_92c4873420_b.jpgP1000902a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The next job to be tackled was the suspension, first was the rear this just required fitting new springs shocks and poly bushes, and at this time custom made traction bars were fitted, a rear sway may be fitted at a later date as I fitted the correct fixings in the chassis for a factory sway bar, then it was the fronts turn this involved re-enforcing the front upper and lower arms and making custom stay bars as well as fitting new springs, shocks and poly bushes and fitting an uprated sway bar.

 

36715295150_8b7994e1ef_b.jpgP1000946a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The front upper and lower arms were boxed in and seam welded.

 

36970375211_76db730714_b.jpgP1000959a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36970371071_55bc9e4a34_b.jpgP1000960a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715293330_feeb2cf75c_b.jpgP1000962a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715309070_518bb4a1e4_b.jpgP1000970a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36970389151_7b263c2e60_b.jpgP1000972a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715335010_cfbf3d4205_b.jpgP1000995a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715335620_b1469bc243_b.jpgP1000996a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715340270_cec70fc7ca_b.jpgP1000999a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715342850_6644b02b46_b.jpgP1010001a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36299187043_00f63a8efa_b.jpgP1010009a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37111792485_2fcb509cdf_b.jpgP1010010a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

I also started sound proofing the inside.

 

36970394601_2fa93ac8f7_b.jpgP1000982a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37111771845_4fedaf5d0a_b.jpgP1000983a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36923343706_84797664bb_b.jpgP1000988a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36970406291_7474c6f12e_b.jpgP1000991a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The rear lights where also reconditioned.

 

36715341430_739da35449_b.jpgP1010003a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36299183103_48a5bd0a3b_b.jpgP1010004a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36970420761_92d3210733_b.jpgP1010005a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Also done was the repair and repainting of the steering assembly.

 

 36715364670_5c923644cc_b.jpgP1010019a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36276542994_23e4a4493e_b.jpgP1010020a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37111805725_70434216ca_b.jpgP1010024a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36715375770_62646eaf76_b.jpgP1010026a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36299047153_e5bcc2a3b2_b.jpgP1010031a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37111717965_6702bd1aa3_b.jpgP1010032a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Next was the repair of a very broken front grill.

 

37004506786_ce3d6964da_b.jpgP1010035a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37194417265_528e7189a0_b.jpgP1010038a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36357749274_e3b218ab2c_b.jpgP1010039a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37052528111_4c997e52e8_b.jpgP1010090a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

I also started to fit the roof sound proofing and head lining.

 

37111796785_b2e2e7cd3a_b.jpgP1010013a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37111797455_7c6ee0535f_b.jpgP1010014a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37194422845_e89f47e88d_b.jpgP1010047a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37194418095_b8823aaa7d_b.jpgP1010048a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

At this time I decided to get the exhaust system out of the way and made some adjustable brackets for it as the engine is not in yet I could not finalise the position.

 

36797067750_aa24031b4f_b.jpgP1010059a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36357748384_36d5c77bb6_b.jpgP1010060a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37052517541_ac668e7e44_b.jpgP1010061a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The trunk has also been soundproofed.

 

37004515566_f99323614d_b.jpgP1010076a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36380553823_8d714a9932_b.jpgP1010078a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Then the swirl pot and fuel pumps have been fitted.

 

37004524816_7421c0f1d2_b.jpgP1010093a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37004502696_b79c652c66_b.jpgP1010095a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

And the custom made brake pipes.

 

36357732454_575f8be22e_b.jpgP1010096a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37004503696_c7884b7ffe_b.jpgP1010097a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The next job done was to media blast the wheels and repaint them..

 

36648840553_c63dd3a12b_b.jpgP1010102a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37062384680_671f8f7ba0_b.jpgP1010105a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36648842373_2bf6cd7123_b.jpgP1010107a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37062388200_fe560cae6d_b.jpgP1010108a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37062389090_82187d7e8f_b.jpgP1010110a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37288909862_6716579c2c_b.jpgP1010114a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36609010834_833bc6f897_b.jpgP1010116a by karl stroud, on Flickr

36609013064_0f2509c931_b.jpgP1010120a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The next job I decided to do was to repair and modify the front side/indicator light assembly so it will be legal for use in the uk.

 

26132912809_22b4aac7d4_b.jpgP1010133a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37908942221_f75ffe20a7_b.jpgP1010136a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37860580116_0b7ce4615c_b.jpgP1000463a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37199464844_91335db690_b.jpgP1000464a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37199465824_6d0ba3f6e9_b.jpgP1000466a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37199470534_6ec97441f7_b.jpgP1000468a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37199468294_531b785b72_b.jpgP1000469a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37908943111_a99a8d251c_b.jpgP1000470a by karl stroud, on Flickr

26132930119_58b6e016f1_b.jpgP1000473a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37908948221_96498d7441_b.jpgP1000476a by karl stroud, on Flickr

37860588196_a11164db2d_b.jpgP1000478a by karl stroud, on Flickr

24057247498_7afa33e892_b.jpgP1000482a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Now it was the turn of the interior trim starting with the cracked and damaged dash top.

 

24215967417_49daae88ab_b.jpgP1010150a by karl stroud, on Flickr

27299432199_9f30f4dac8_b.jpgP1010152a by karl stroud, on Flickr

39077047591_72b6986d13_b.jpgP1010153a by karl stroud, on Flickr

24215970867_517676cf8a_b.jpgP1010154a by karl stroud, on Flickr

39077049761_19ea122e66_b.jpgP1010155a by karl stroud, on Flickr

39046482672_35806491b5_b.jpgP1010158a by karl stroud, on Flickr

40805882462_88a2945d3e_b.jpgP1000540a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Then the door cards.

 

38195662075_aff1073016_b.jpgP1010161a by karl stroud, on Flickr

25743610168_2d0a111d3c_b.jpgP1010167a by karl stroud, on Flickr

38906597694_30fc56bf41_b.jpgP1010168a by karl stroud, on Flickr

39953250645_aaacf08088_b.jpgP1000530a by karl stroud, on Flickr

40138916584_c10087ee05_b.jpgP1000532a by karl stroud, on Flickr

39953250385_a160f06bb0_b.jpgP1000533a by karl stroud, on Flickr

40805879122_fd0853da06_b.jpgP1000539a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Also at the same time a lot of other interior trim parts where also repaired and repainted.

 

25975857247_6e47909787_b.jpgP1000535a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

After doing all of this work to the main part of the car I thought it was time to start doing some work on the engine. With this in mind I started collecting parts for its rebuild first up was a cheap pair of alloy heads for me to experiment on ( the original 2v heads require to much work ).

 

39077043951_22f171f746_b.jpgP1010165a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Next up was the rebore, this was a complete nightmare as one of the cylinders had over 25 thou of wear on the thrust face so the block required a rebore of 60 thou, the engine was sonic measured and was found to have plenty of meat on the walls.

 

40342875672_a4fa23605e_b.jpgP1000506a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

New pistons and rods where then ordered..

 

41852545242_af2a03041e_b.jpgP1000562a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

The block was then smoothed inside and out and then painted.

 

 26977590588_eb7b70d786_b.jpgP1000542a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

Next I started collecting parts again and I also modified an old accel distributor to act as a cam position sensor for the EFI I will be fitting at a later date.

 

 41703813462_73a705149d_b.jpgP1000546a by karl stroud, on Flickr

40845459205_759bc409f6_b.jpgP1000547a by karl stroud, on Flickr

26876500987_3f079ca497_b.jpgP1000548a by karl stroud, on Flickr

40845459895_7026a033b3_b.jpgP1000550a by karl stroud, on Flickr

40845462035_a7aced21b2_b.jpgP1000551a by karl stroud, on Flickr

39953248095_2162409a09_b.jpgP1000543a by karl stroud, on Flickr

 

This where I have got to as of may this year, almost no work has been done since then as my mum passed away in may and I have been helping my dad out, in fact I have only started doing a few bits to the car in the past week or so, and that was only sorting a couple of paint reactions and a couple of small cracks which had developed on the roof.

 I will update this thread when I get around to doing some more work to the car, plus I have got to get some advice on the final spec of the engine.

 

Karl.

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What tranny is that? FMX first guess.

Your doing a GREAT job. Wanna come to America and lend a hand. I get dibs on you first.

 

Keep them photos coming...... also a big LIKE from me.

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