This kinda bounces around and I've reordered the photos so things that look out of sequence.. might be.
|Strip-caulk ("Strip-calk") will seal the clutch bracket to the flange.|
|Accessory brackets: installed!|
|Tie rod end: Hits the pan!|
Internet seems to think that raising the engine up a little, or lowering the tailshaft, or replacing the grease fitting with an allen plug, or heim joints, or a longer/taller idler arm and pitman arm are the fix.
I'm not going to stress on this currently.
This is how far I can turn the wheel (it's about 1 1/2 turns right and 1 3/4
left). Is this enough? I don't know.|
It looks like the driver's tie rod is longer than the pass side a bit, so some adjustment might help too.
Also bolted up the clutch bracket and the master cylinder.
|Dug the wiring out and started to install it.|
|Starting to look more like a car.|
|I wasn't happy with the "feel" of a couple of the small head bolts when
I was checking the cylinders.|
After I'd bolted everything up, I decided to tear it all back down and helicoil the two questionable boltholes (see blue marks on the valley cover)
The Jegs branded graphite header gaskets probably would have sealed pretty well, based on how well they stuck to the heads.
New shiny paint on the valve covers too, and the brake vacuum hose installed (it's 3/8", had to heat it a bit with the heatgun to get it over the port on the intake)
|PS pulley installed. Waiting on the last smooth pulley to put on the tensioner.|
|Poof, then the deliveryguy shows up and I can install the belt.|
|AC box is not installed.. but it fits and clears everything.|
The funnel and the white cardboard under the front of the car are because I had a concern about the seals and how well I installed them, and how well they held up to 14 years of sitting. The answe is "just fine" - no drips (knock on wood).
|A round of sanding and more resin for the AC box. It's close and I probably could have just used filler, but nope.|
|Let's go all the way: spark plugs, coils, plug wires, dipstick installed.|
|So my AC controls are broken? I *think* it can be welded back in place. Not a thing I wanted to have to worry about though. Wondering if I have a spare to just swap out. Wondering if I do, will the face be in better shape?|
|Also this will be an issue - the brake pedal switches and the column connectors want to be in the same place.|
|And that would be why. The brake pedal is attached to the booster (with the threaded rod at full extension); the clutch is where I put the switches. Obviously I need to pull this out and move the switches. I'd used the old switch as a baseline for where to put these but it was apparently very optimistic and/or the clutch bracket really shortens the throw.|
|This is part of the AC; I don't know how the plug is supposed to stay in the firewall but it certainly doesn't want to do it for me. Also it's dirty and needs cleaned.|
Speaking of dirty, I pulled the old steering wheel out and bolted it up.
I intend to use this wheel - but it's going to need epoxy to make it more
solid and a lot of cleaning. |
Pulled out the shift knob and handle, too. Don't know where the correct bolts for it went, added to the shopping list.
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