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  • Don
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    Originally posted by TRcrazy View Post
    I gotta ask about the different colored ignition leads ? -Vince
    Hey Vince;

    I had to get another set of spark leads to be able to use the longer ones from each pack. The engine came with the orange leads and all I could get were blue..... Had to use 1 3 and 2 from the blue pack to make it over to the new coil pack location.... I plan to have lead covers on them so not as big as issue in the end.... At this point it is more about getting it put together a running to shake it out a bit and then over the winter update a few things.

    I have been whittling away at the engine and getting things back together. Little bits here and there when I get time. I got the suspension and axles installed today in prep for the new struts. Waiting on rubber isolation for the coils to arrive and then can put that all together and get this back on the ground and take for the first test drive around the neighbourhood. Calipers are still the old ones until the brake lines come in as well. Always one more piece needed and it ends up being a back order.....

    Coming together and getting oh so close to driving for the first time in so many years.

    Cheers
    Don



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  • TDW
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  • TRcrazy
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    I gotta ask about the different colored ignition leads ? -Vince

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  • Don
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    Engine is in... Hopefully for the last time. Most connections back on as well and starting putting the suspension back on. I need to repaint the front valve cover as paint came off when I pulled some protecting tape off it so obviously did not do the first paint job with etching primer.... I have the cover primed but I keep missing my paint guy so hopefully early this week. The wiring harness went in very nicely in the end and just need to get some black screws rather than the stainless there now. A couple other small items but once the valve cover is on, I should be able to put it on the ground and start it up and see if it rolls. Been a long time coming.

    A few pics.





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  • TRcrazy
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    Good to see it coming together Don, any updates ?

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  • Don
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    Finished painting all the parts today and started putting the engine bay back together. Got the wiring tray test fitted and hooked up the new plastic engine harness clip holder and it turned out very well.

    Putting all the parts back in for hopefully the last time this week. I have three jobs on the engine. I took some tape off and it pulled the paint off the valve cover so need to repaint that. The rear main seal is leaking a bit so guess it sat for too long. Have a new one just need to pull the trans off. Move the oil stick over to one side. The oil stick is too hard to get at and check the oil so plan to bend the oil tube so it comes out over by the trans side. Will most likely need to add a bit of length to it to get it all sorted.

    Happy Father's Day everyone.
    Don

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  • Don
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    Painted the engine bay this evening in the frame paint. I had sprayed on the Lizard Skin ceramic firewall heat shield earlier in the week and it came out ok but not great so had to sand the ceramic down smooth in a bunch of areas. I think I tried to put on too thick of coats and lots of sagging. All my fault.

    So sanded it down on the very visible areas and then got the small gun out and started spraying. Took 3 hours with the small gun and getting in and around all the other pieces to get a couple coats of the frame paint and looking good. That ceramic coating soaks up a WHOLE whack of paint. Quite the sponge. I think I said that last time I used this stuff so many years ago on the 355. I got a couple of the extra parts painted as well but got too late to have the air compressor kick on so stopped for the night. Will finish the parts tomorrow.

    This weekend plan to change out the rear main seal on the engine (sat for so many years that it started to leak a bit when I finally turned it over and then plan to build longer oil dip stick setup as it is a bitch getting at it in the stock location. Think I will see if I can move i around over to the rear of the engine above the cross over pipe so much easier to get at.

    Almost ready for the engine to go back in forever.

    Cheers
    Don

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  • TDW
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    Looking good!

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  • Don
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    Also a quick image best I can of the two halves of the engine harness clip holder

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  • Don
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    Engine bay is on etching primer. Ready for the frame paint. I went to get my Lizard Skin to spray on a few coats of the ceramic sealer/heat and noise shield before the final frame paint coating. Unfortunately, it was still damp but no where near able to spray so I have some pieces soaking in water right now to soften up so I can mix up a batch and get the firewalls coated and then final paint.

    I also finished my design of the engine harness plug mounts so I can have everything mounted to the firewall and coming out of the wiring tray nice and cleanly. Just printing the two sections out now. 5 hours for the lower piece and another 5 hours for the upper piece that will sandwich the three engine harness plugs when done. Upper piece just started and lower piece did not turn out as well as I had hoped as one corner lifted so the end section is not deep enough to fit the last plug. Will need to redo that that piece I guess but at least let me trial fit everything to see what I might need to adjust before printing a final piece.

    Cheers
    Don




    Last edited by Don; 06-14-2020, 07:56 PM.

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  • dobie44
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    Looks really good Don , I’d like to come by and take a closer look.

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  • Don
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    Evening all;

    I have the engine bay torn back apart and my parts primed ready for the final black frame paint. Was going to tape everything off today and get it ready to paint but saw a couple items I need to clean up first. Took a bunch of the mounting tabs off that are no longer needed so the bay looks cleaner as well. A few pics of progress. Hope to have the engine bay all buttoned up this week or next weekend latest so I can get the engine back in for the last time.





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  • Beny A
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    Hi Don
    long time dude

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  • Don
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    Not sure Vince;

    I sold it to HTXremes and he sold on to someone else who ended up putting an Audi V8 and trans in the frame and painted it or powder coated bu that is the last I saw of the frame. Last I saw it was up for sale for $10k when I saw the drive line and painted but was several years ago now as well.

    Not sure what happened to it but it really was a very cool frame. The original builder was/is very talented as he did it all in his 1 car garage in Oregon. When I picked it up, he was going to packing the rest of his kit and leaving for Mid East US the next morning so no idea where any of that story has gone.

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  • TRcrazy
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    Coming along nicely Don.
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    Whatever became of the tube chassis Fiero at the beginning of this thread ? -Vince

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