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Hot-rod Newport progress report.

Over the past few days, I've made a lot of progress on the 4-door Mopar of DOOOOM: torqued down the headers and installed the valley pan, intake manifold, valve covers and gaskets, Boss EFI throttle unit (carburetor-thingy), lower pulley, and associated bits. Also cleaned up a bunch of minor rust and painted things up all pretty-like. Check it out:

You may recall my mentioning that every part has required customization, right? Well, last night I spent a while grinding out one of the lower-pulley bolt-holes so it would mate with the aftermarket liquid-core balancer. Today I had to ream out one of the carburetor-mounting holes on the intake, as the threads were damaged. Oh, and when I went to install the valve covers, I discovered that the passenger-side piece barely fits when the intake manifold is installed - to install or remove it requires a sort of Jenga approach. Plus the heater core cannot be plumbed. That'll be interesting when it comes time to final-adjust the rocker arms.

So I'm very close to turning the key! All that's left is wiring and plumbing it, hooking up the exhaust and radiator, and working out the inevitable leaks and bugs. Sadly, it will not be done in time to road-test prior to the drive to Colorado this week. But soon, very soon now!



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Jun. 8th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
Well, last night I spent a while grinding out one of the lower-pulley bolt-holes so it would mate with the aftermarket liquid-core balancer.

Euphemism overload!
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Ha! Just wait until I start talking about the high-pressure fluid lines and exhaust mating surfaces....
Jun. 8th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
Ooh baby! I love it when you talk dirty.
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
Trust me, if you live anywhere near him you REALLY want him to get those exhaust joins properly mated.....
Jun. 8th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Cut a hole in the hood for the shiny chrome air cleaner and required ramscooop yet? :-)
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
You think that's funny, but the thought was very much on my mind ever since I discovered a Tri-Power intake doesn't fit beneath a stock Lincoln Continental hood....

PS: It's shiny aluminum, not chrome! Geez ;-)

Edited at 2011-06-08 04:06 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I think it's funny because from that pic I can eyeball that yon beastie is NOT going to squeeze in under the stock hood. I can see where it's sitting in relation to the firewall and wheel well.
Jun. 8th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
As soon as I placed the air-cleaner atop the throttle-body, I began to worry. So I gently closed the hood... and viola! It's fine!

Keep in mind this thing is a LAND YAGHT. The underhood region is much bigger than it looks in that photo. Here's a shot of the hood (note the center bulge):

And here's how it looked with the original air-cleaner:

Jun. 8th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Wow. That was a squeeze even with the original.
Jun. 8th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
Yep, it IS a big-block engine....
Jun. 8th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
Listening to you narrate this is like listening to a brain surgeon describe an operation. It's amazing.
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Well, you've heard a lot more of the surgical details than most.....
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Go on, admit it, you got naked in the garage with it.
Jun. 8th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
Maybe a little....

(You think I joke: It's DAMN HOT in Kansas right now. Just sayin'.)

Edited at 2011-06-08 04:41 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
True dat.
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