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post #2191 of 2218 (permalink) Old 06-23-2019, 11:31 PM
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Thought I'd resurrect this great thread

Spent the weekend in the garage, finished up my clutch quadrant replacement, no fun at all.

https://www.ffcars.com/forums/17-fac...ant-issue.html

While I had my head in the foot box, I added a dead pedal.

I also had a sagging UTC exhaust tail pipe (guess I didn't engineer it quite right), so I pulled both of them and re did them. Now they exit just behind the rear wheel instead all the way out back. ( Don't know why the photo is sideways)



I also read a thread about engine heat and a conversation that the over the radiator panel may limit too much air flow in the engine bay. As I have street car, no scoop, etc, this made sense, so I modified my panel. I'm hoping that this will allow some pre-radiator air to enter the engine bay and promote some air movement. Time will tell.






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post #2192 of 2218 (permalink) Old 06-24-2019, 01:04 AM
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post #2194 of 2218 (permalink) Old 06-25-2019, 05:49 PM
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Finally got the car cleared out from the LCS!

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Last time I took it out for a ride I heard something underneath (like a stone) bouncing its way from front to rear of the car.My first thought was a rock,second thought a bolt/nut came lose.Pulled it up on the lift at home and found 2 (stick on wheel weights missing) on the Pass. side front ......Took it to the shop (1st time in 3.5 years, its been in a shop, except for inspections) ...
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I have been slowly working on the trunk aluminum. Hopefully finish today then the rear brakes tomorrow!

I have all day Friday, oh wait the wife wants the Half bath redone including flooring. Darn it!

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Opened the garage door and looked at it, promising myself tomorrow I will pull all the remaining parts off so I can pull out the motor Saturday

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Guy in a Ford Diesel wanted to run me at a red light. Absolutely thought he was kidding. He wasn't, so I made him pay. Myrtle beach trip planned for July, Tail of the dragon August 22-25 with the Georgia Cobra club.
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Tail of the dragon August 22-25 with the Georgia Cobra club.
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Rehabbed the trunk latch (u-bolt), fixed the wonky brake switch and started redoing the accelerator cable. Maybe, just maybe out into the neighborhood tomorrow.


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Installed a thrust bearing on the steering shaft to keep the steering wheel from sliding in to the point it rubs the turn signal switch.
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Finally got rid of the throttle cable and fitted a Fortes mechanical linkage. Way better. Stock factory firewall is not stiff enough and I had to add a couple of pieces of Al to stiffen it up. I strongly recommend doing this during the build, not 7 years later!!
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engine tear down

I tore apart a 1966 289 SBF yesterday. This has been sitting for at least 5 yrs by my estimate and has changed hands at least 3 times in the past 5 yrs. I was rebuilt a few yrs ago and wanted to make sure that everything looked good inside since it's been sitting for so long. All the internals look good so far. Taking heads to machine shop for a hot dip and have them check the springs as some of them were compressed for this entire time.
Will work on scraping off all the silicon the builder used and prepping the block for a paint job

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Converted the fluorescent lights to LED lights in the shop ... wow ... what a difference.
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Completed California sb100 vehicle registration! Yay!

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installed Dark Water exhaust hangers
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Stared at it again, and checked off - OK, that, - and that , - and that-. ...Why do the little things take so long ? (eatin" that elephant one bite at a time..) :grin2
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Headers. "Thats a beut Clark!"

The new engines have nothing on these old school engines. I have to say this thing is a work of art!

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Verified ... in go cart stage ... that my latest attempt at bleeding the air out of the radiator / cooling system was successful. Temps held at 180F.

Planning to have The Travelling Builder here in October to help me with final assembly ... to be followed with tag / title / registration.

No body work & paint until I've got at least 2000 miles on it.
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After many years of life getting in the way, I am starting on the car again, determined to get it done to drive it to the London Ohio Cobra show next year. My wife heard about the London show and she insisted we go this year hoping I'd get re-inspired. It worked!! The garage has been cleaned out and the build will start again this weekend.

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I changed out the passenger side valve cover gasket. I had been chasing an oil leak and could not figure out where it was coming from. It seemed like it was coming from the front main seal. After cleaning up the passenger side of the engine from the oil leak and adding the fluorescent dye to the oil I finally detected the leak coming from the passenger side valve cover. The silicon/steel embedded gasket had split on the front of the valve cover by the alternator. The oil was running down the head and onto the block. Since the cylinder head was hot the oil almost invisible to the eye. Darkness, a black light, and short drives finally revealed where the leak was at. Crawling under a hot car to find the leak is not something I want to do again.

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Steven, I am very glad to hear that you are, once again, inspired!!!


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As part of my effort to get cool air into the engine bay, I finished up fresh air vents from the front and vents in the splash panels





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Thanks, Rob. There is nothing like seeing ~140 Cobras lined up then and leaving a big parking lot and parading into town. If that doesn't relight the flame I don't think anything will. Check out this video.

https://youtu.be/yic4bqwOwUE
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First trip out with my new FiTech system. Everything seems good, car is very responsive.

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I got a delivery from Blue Print engines today, which is very exciting!

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Prepping the car for a run up to Savannah for autocross on Sunday.

Hydraulic clutch setup is working great. What a fun job that was on a completed car.

I am glad to read that some stalled projects are getting motivated again.

John, Glad to see you got your quadrant done. Also some nice looking vents.
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My car is brand new build. It's mostly completed but I still have some aluminum panels to install and some jewelry. I have a build log in the other forum:

https://thefactoryfiveforum.com/show...0-Build-Thread

Today I completed another step in my California DMV registration process. I went to get brake and lamp inspection. The shop was 16 miles away from my house. So this is the farthest I've ever driven away from home. I took the back roads there. Then I took the freeway back home. What a blast. I can't wait till this thing is fully registered. I put over 700 miles in go-kart and another 100 with the body on.
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