It's a really easy upgrade just remove panels prep and scuff then spray with Bulldog adhesion promoter and then paint with landau black interior paint and then use the chrome pen to "re-chrome" the trim. The chrome takes the most effort and concentration but well worth it. It will make the world of difference right from the drivers seat where you can best appreciate it.Cleaning up my dash and getting my lights brighter are on my list as well, man that looks good!! I'm jealous!! My interior looks like this…
What a bummer. I would be billing Howards for my time. They should at least sent you a distributor gear free of charge.
Great recover on the distributor gear. Were there any score marks in the oil pump? You've taken a disciplined approach by checking things out.
Little update from a couple weeks of work and thrashing. Drove the car to work on 6/29, and it died leaving at 5pm. Just a sudden, hard stop that I knew instantly was either a sheared distributor gear pin, or the gear itself. Not the first time it's happened to me, so I pulled the distributor and found that most of the teeth on the gear were MIA,
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Dragged the car home on my trailer, and got it into the garage for the evening.
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Emailed Howards in the morning as I had bought everything from them, and they told me which gear to run. Obviously, something wasn't quite right. Turns out that they had subbed a billet steel core for the usual SADI core, but failed to put a tag on the cam stating as such. They recommended an iron gear, which the part # calls for, but it needed a melonized steel gear. Crap.
Pulled the pan off the motor on Saturday, found all sorts of fun stuff in the sump.
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Pulled the #1 main cap and breathed a sigh of relief, as the bearing looked great. Pulled the valve covers and there was nothing in the heads, so it looked like the filter had done it's job.
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Filter caught all sorts of crap. Thank you Wix for making an excellent product!
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Plan was to flush the motor with some cheap 5W30 by running the pump with a drill. Bolted a cleaned up used pump, new pickup and a stock pan back on, Threw five quarts down the distributor hole to flush anything off the cam gear and distributor boss, then spent the next hour and a half running the pump, moving the crank 45°, run the pump, rinse and repeat. Drained the pan, then quit for the evening so the engine could drip into the pan and not in my hair, face, clothes etc. The next day I got all the correct parts back in place, lowered the engine back down into the mounts and got everyhting bolted back up. Went to put the bronze gear I had on the shelf onto my backup distributor, and turns out MSD had packaged a 302 gear in a 351C labelled box. Crap.
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Took a quick drive to a local speed shop to see if they had an melonized steel gear in stock, got very lucky. Went home, installed it on the distributor and fired the motor off. Sounded good, so I put about ten miles on it and dropped the oil. Everything looked clean so I refilled it and will do another change after 50 miles or so.
Holy crap Hemikiller, you really got lucky there it seems. I would have been just like you, having to take it apart and see WTF happened. No comparrison really, but when I used to live in Ellington, I was riding my sled across the Schnipset Rez one night wide open and all of a sudden lost 2 cylinders out of 3. Limped it home the 5 miles on the one good hole and even though it was already 11PM, I pulled the motor and stripped it down, Pistons, cylinders and crank all wiped. guess I was running her a bit to lean LOLThe rotor and scroll in the pump had some marks on the tips which I assumed were from the debris passing through. Not wanting to take any chances, I bought a new M84A pump from O'Relly's, which (A) had it in stock (shocked) and (B) was only $60 (double shocked). Their prices are normally bonkers, so I usually don't shop there.