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Old 01-05-2016, 12:07 PM   #351
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I got an automatic notice that you guys actually might miss me. Or that the site misses me. Either way it'* nice to be missed , LOL. As long as I'm here I'll update some things.
The near finished dash and tachometer layout.

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September into October I was busy with my Sister-in-Law'* desire to retire and move down here to Phoenix from Wisconsin. So we spent all of September with her coming down and shopping for a house. We found one, bought the house, she retired, and she moved down here as of October 1st. I've been spending all of my time remodeling her new (old) house to correct some things that she needed correcting, ,like remodeling the kitchen, removing a wall, rebuilding a different wall, new lighting etc. etc. etc.. So yesterday was the first actual day back working on the car. The stuff I'm adding now is stuff I did just before she took up all of my time. Well, not all of my time, I had plenty of "LAZY" in there too, LOL.
I finally got up the courage to do the radiator shroud out of the Jersey sweatshirt material and fiberglass resin. It actually turned out pretty good and the process actually went well.

I completely covered the entire affected area with tin foil.

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I had already shaped the entire form to lay over the radiator and the metal top shroud.
I had to trim and mold the material to the shape and enlisted my wife to sew up the corners. I draped the material over the radiator and let it all flow out over the trunk floor so it would take the shape of the floor. That would make sealing the shroud much easier once it was all formed and hardened.
So this is the mid process product.

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The material is light but not real strong. Plus it won't have much insulating by itself so I plan to do another layer after I apply some kind of insulating material over the first form. But it turned out well so far, it forms perfectly to the contours of the floor, perfectly to the contours of the radiator too.

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Oh we've definitely missed your creativeness, ability to mod, and fabricate things to get what you need for the car.
Dash looks good, and the radiator cover you made is interesting, I have never seen one covered like that, creative for sure.

Glad to see you back around, and I am happy you'll be able to get more time to work on the car after getting your sister situated.
Keep up the awesome work Mark!
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Thank you William. I love looking at something and figuring out how to adapt, modify/create a part or system to make it work. The only problem is it takes a lot of time to complete such a big project when you're always changing things mid stream. But the changes enhance the final product so I do it. I'm really getting the itch to get it running so I'm going to hit it hard now. I have to completely wire the car and it is causing me a lot concern, there'* so much in a car to make everything work. And having the wiring system all in the right place to handle all the systems in the car, and anything future. But I have a tendency to ignore these types of things until I have to confront it, then usually I dig in and make it happen. I'm doing the fuel system now and my mind is deep into that. But wiring is next, OH LORDY!!! Ha!

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Very nice ongoing custom work Mark!
Dash looks race ready!
The rad shroud must have been some real work!
Ya wiring...it is my least favorite thing to do. Very time consuming and it has to be done right.
Hope you have lots of heat shrink tubing ready..good luck on wiring ahead!
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Thanks for your support. I keeps me going in spite of myself. Why, you ask, do I make that comment???? Because old poop for brains (me) has done another running change, again!!! Who, ME??? LOL!
I recommitted to EFI again. What finally did it were these two little gems--


I found these two dominator style (big, big flowing) throttle bodies. They are very expensive to buy new, but I got them both for $250. I could not in good conscience, pass them up. So I put my blow thru carbs up for sale and sold one right away, and the other is sold now. That put me in the EFI controller (ecm) price range of a new Megasquirt. But this is where fate threw me a party, LOL.
My son found a person with a full Megasquirt 3 system that he received with a pair of engines he picked up. Everything I need to run my EFI for $100. WHAT!!!!??? Yup. I made out like a bandit. New system, never used, all there plus harnesses and stim-ulator. Impossible deal but for real. But thanks to the generosity of the seller, this allowed me to do a deal on a set of 2000CC injectors. It'* all falling together so well I have to pinch myself.
The only thing now is, I have to revamp my blower scoop to fit the dominator carb hat ring size from the 4150 size. Then I can bolt it all together again.
Now, since I'm running only air through my intake manifold, I have ported the intake runners out to maximum size within the framework of the port wall castings. With a large taper at the top of the runners tapering down to the head port opening size. This will help the runners create a little bit of velocity in the ports at low rpm, high vacuum, and let the turbo'* jam more down the tapered intake runners to help straighten, slightly compress, and help the ports flow more than a straight port into the head port. OR, it could just mess it all up and just make it a pig??? LOL. We'll see. This is the manifold with 3 sets of port runner pairs done and one at stock size for a comparison.
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The injectors came today. Whoo Hoo!!
While I was waiting for the injectors I finally put on my big boy pants, got out the full Speedway wiring kit, and laid it all out on the floor to start rapping all of what that entails around my head. So, wish me luck with the wiring, I'm going to need it. I went to windows 10 and am having problems with finding my pictures in the computer so I can get them on photobucket. When I overcome that I will post some more pics.

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Look at that Jewelry photo!!
I seriously can't believe you scored all that for $350! Retail that'* thousands of high $ parts.
Dominator & Efi should bring you to the next level of performance !!
The Catalina should now be scary fast!!
I am real excited for you Mark! Good luck on all the wiring & dialing in ahead....
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Did you setup OneDrive on the PC, if so your pics may be going there.
When I upload pics from my phone they go to "This PC/Pictures" camera pics should go there as well.

C:\Users\YOUR PC USER NAME\Pictures would be the actual location.

If you see the Search Windows bar on the bottom left, just click inside it, type "pic" and you should see the folder, then click on it to open it.
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My son felt so guilty when he went to pick it up that he paid him $100. This guy is a genius machinist. He'* the person that cut my custom distributor shaft into the hex shaped shaft I needed to fit into the drive. His work is outstanding. The throttle bodies were from a group of roundy round guys that were closing out their race team and selling everything off. They had a crazy sbc 364 with Jackson fuel injection, special heads and built block for $6000. These things usually make over 800 hp n/a but I just could not swing the deal. The fuel rails I had laying around. They were bought years ago for a different project and came in very handy now. I used the money I saved on the EFI for the injectors. They're worth over $1800-$2000 new and these are virtually new. I paid $1350. I was looking at new 1500CC/"latest thing" injectors for $1500. So I saved big time and got injectors I'll probably never exceed. So far the stars have aligned perfectly for me. On my way out to the garage to start installing the wiring kit. I don't mind saying that I'm in full intimidation mode right now. But I'll take baby steps and soon I'll be done. If I don't get choked to death with all the wires. LOL.

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Just a quick update. Something I wanted to do all along since I decided to use a connecting rod for my column drop. I wanted to use the open pin end for a shift light.





I've been busy installing the full wiring kit. So far it'* going well. Just takes a lot of time.
Sorry for the large pic sizes. I changed over to windows ten and I can't seem to get them down. I'll figure it out.

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