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thestuntboy

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Starting the engine install the hard way. The wife helps but just an extra set of eyes mostly. Its in now but have to separate the engine and transmission so I can install the headers. First try I could not get engine high enough with transmission attached to mount them. I could follow the instructions but where is the fun in that.

P.S. I always do it the hard way and yes I heard you roll your eyes.:lol:

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But if you damage the paint, there will be no going back! You would have to do a lot more work, no?
 

thestuntboy

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Told you I could hear your eyes roll:rofl:. I use blankets on other peoples vehicles or a quick removal . In the over a hundred installs for me I have never had a problem without them, if you want to and have them that's ok but I usually don't. I know russian roulette.
I now have to fit the headers after securing the transmission then the real fun begins. Decide pulley system (probably stock $$) then install complete Ron Francis wiring harness. I put new leaf springs in the rear and I don't like how low the car is sitting in the rear so I will probably revisit that.
 

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I am still working the engine right now but I looked at it closer this morning and it looks like I was so used to the super stock springs someone had put on in a previous life I wasn't used to seeing it level. I will worry about it later once I get her on flat ground.
 

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Headers in. Right side was easy and corkscrewed right in with engine lifted after pinning the rear of the transmission. The first and last mount hole were shaky so retapped next size up, I will be replacing the heads in the future but they locked right up. The driver side had to come up from underneath and have to be loose to install the starter. Stock stater fit after a wrestling match and is cocooned by the header so in the future if/when needed a mini torque would be better choice from a heat soak perspective. Now the tedious bracket matching , cleaning, painting, mounting so the alternator/power steering and pulleys can go on. Once alternator is in I will begin the wiring process which will take a while.

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thestuntboy

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Decided to quit screwing around with the brackets and installed a set of March brackets. Cleaner looking and closer tolerances and adjustability. Still wiring as my limited intellect allows and other projects allow.
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