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Old 06-23-2019, 09:38 PM   #151
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Re: 57 Chevy Wagon - Californa Dreamin'

i used the one from tanks inc......http://www.tanksinc.com/index.cfm/pa...rod/prd346.htm
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Old 06-23-2019, 10:58 PM   #152
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Looks very similar to the Classic Instruments sender. Did yours sound like it had a moving part inside the tube?
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Old 06-23-2019, 11:19 PM   #153
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I don't think ive heard anything moving in mine...ill check it tomorrow and see for sure..
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:31 PM   #154
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I've got a bunch of parts ready to go out for powder coating, so I took a couple of hours yesterday and did some spray out cards with colors I'm considering for my project. I'm partial to silvers and greys, so I dug thru my paint box and pulled everything I had. Also went to my local paint supplier and had him mix some 1/4 pint samples of a few other colors I've seen and liked.

I sprayed a total of 11 samples and have pretty well decided on Mercedes Benz Iridium Silver (yellow arrows) for the exterior and either GM Storm Grey on the left or (cough:cough) Ford Tungsten Grey on the right for the chassis. I'll take the samples with me and see what they offer that matches my choices the best. I've used these guys for several previous builds and they have a ton of colors, plus they'll order anything I like they may not have on hand. They've powder coated a large selection of colors on aluminum cans and have them hung on a large white board for comparison. That way you can see what you're actually going to get as opposed to chip charts that don't always give an accurate view.

Now if I can just get the last of my parts from the media blaster, I'll be ready for a day trip.

The engine builder sent me the PRO number for my shipment. It should be here at the local terminal ready for pickup on Friday. No word yet on the delivery date for the trans and converter, but hopefully won't be long.
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:37 PM   #155
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As always, if you need a haul, just holler!
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Old 06-25-2019, 03:29 PM   #156
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As always, if you need a haul, just holler!
Thanks, Chip!
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Old 06-25-2019, 07:01 PM   #157
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I like the Mercedes silver... it’s the color of my wife’s Benz.
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:37 PM   #158
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That classic instruments fuel sender is pretty neat. It works well and doesn't have a lot of movement in the needle since fuel doesn't slosh around inside the tube. I'm not using mine anymore because my aluminum fuel tank has a raised platform for the sender, so the tank never registered more then 7/8 full. It would come out of the fuel pump vent before it ever read full. You're lucky that you have an indented location in your tank to mount the sender. Had mine been done that way, I'd probably still have it installed.
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Old 07-02-2019, 06:10 PM   #159
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That classic instruments fuel sender is pretty neat. It works well and doesn't have a lot of movement in the needle since fuel doesn't slosh around inside the tube. I'm not using mine anymore because my aluminum fuel tank has a raised platform for the sender, so the tank never registered more then 7/8 full. It would come out of the fuel pump vent before it ever read full. You're lucky that you have an indented location in your tank to mount the sender. Had mine been done that way, I'd probably still have it installed.
Thanks for mentioning that, Duane. My only info about this style sender is what I've read on the Google. Good to know details from someone who's actually had one installed.

The engine arrived at the freight terminal last Thursday and I picked it up the next day. Trans stuff will be delayed a few weeks due to some sort of problem with the hardened input shaft. Performance Automatics rejected a batch of them so they're running behind on the 4L70E's.

Now that the LS is here, I've got a bunch of detailing to do. The FITech LS intake reminds me of the sign on my wall, "Looks great from 8ft ...after 8pm." The runners and welds are great but the curved top of the unit looks like it was formed by hand. Plus there's a big spot in the middle that appears to have been heated or distressed somehow before anodizing. I'm mulling what I can do to camouflage the whoop-de-do's but haven't landed on a solution yet. The injector wiring is a little easier to address. I welded some ends on a piece of 1x2 aluminum rectangle tubing then cleaned them up. Corner rounded the top edges and milled a decorative slot into the top before opening up the bottom. It fits down over the injector plugs nicely. I still need to trim about 5/8" off the bottom and have them powder coated, but they look better than nothing ...IMHO.
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Old 07-07-2019, 12:01 PM   #160
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The Holley shorty headers arrived this week and are a mixed bag. On the one hand, the overall appearance and welds are very nice. On the other hand, the fit leaves a lot to be desired, plus the included hardware was SAE rather than metric. A straightedge across the flanges revealed fairly large gaps. They may pull down but the torque on the bolts is only 24 ft/lbs. If that doesn't work, you'd have to mill or grind the flanges flat.

Another passenger side issue was interference between the collector ring and the block which forced me to grind the corner of the block for clearance. The driver side doesn't have any block clearance issues, but two of the spark plug boots are hard up against the header tubes. It's like they welded the tubes in at the wrong angle. I'm probably going to make a run at their customer service and see if they can swap them out for some that fit right rather than trying to modify these. This is why I stuck with the stock exhaust manifolds on my last build.
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Old 07-07-2019, 12:37 PM   #161
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The twins that lived next door to us in Houston (our pretend grandkids) were here all week, so progress was hit and miss. Ryan and I worked on assembling a square body model truck kit. Between paint and glue drying, I patched the passenger side fender. I was impressed with the quality of the reproduction parts. They're a nice heavy gauge material AND they actually fit like they should. Pleasant surprise.

The fender had been lightly hit up front and after media blasting I used the hammer and dolly to clean it up a little better. Also used the shrinking tool to bring the flange where the front molding bolts on back to flat. It was good to be able to restore the original sheetmetal which I already know fits very well as opposed to spending more on a reproduction piece that may or may not fit.
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Sucks about the headers but that fender looks great.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:26 AM   #163
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Great fender work!
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:17 PM   #164
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Thanks guys. I'm getting closer to squirting some epoxy primer on the fender pieces. Tomorrow looks like the weather will cooperate. Had 60mph winds and almost a half inch of rain this morning but it's well out of here now.

Haven't heard back from Holley's tech support about the headers so sending them a web contact is not the hot tip. Will call them instead. Shoulda known.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:39 PM   #165
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Welcome to not so great work of FItech. I hope you don't have any issues. You project is awesome by the way. I look forward to updates
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Welcome to not so great work of FItech. I hope you don't have any issues. You project is awesome by the way. I look forward to updates
Thanks, Jay. I skimmed thru your build thread and man is it ever impressive! You and I share a lot when it comes to how we do stuff. I've had some of the same experiences when outsourcing work. I often think I come across as being too particular, but like yourself, I know what I want.

As for the FITech setup, it came with the crate engine and at least has been tested by the engine builder / dyno shop. We'll see how it performs once I get on the road (next year sometime). The main reason I took a pass on the GM connect and cruise package I used in my last truck build was that GM is of little use if you have a problem. They tell you to take it to any dealer for issues, but when I tried that, they wouldn't even let me roll it off the trailer and told me to take it to an independent shop. This way, if I run into a hitch, I have someone I can call and talk to at least. I'll keep my fingers crossed and thanks for the heads up.

I got some of the parts in epoxy primer the other day. I had a gallon of red oxide left over from a previous build, so pardon the color. The metal repair is coming along slowly. The doors (especially the passenger front door) will need a lot of love. No one sells door patch panels for four door wagons or sedans, so I bought a couple of skins for a two door and will split and modify them to fit mine. Meanwhile there's a lot of work to do on the inner structure before I can address the outsides. I had hoped to have the doors pretty well lined out by the time we go back to pick up the body in mid-August, but it's looking like my goal may have been too ambitious.
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Been doing some metal work little by little. A couple of "after" shots below to go with the "before" shown above.

I've been on Craigslist and FB marketplace the last few days looking for a decent low buck truck. Hard to find. Most of the low priced stuff is eat up with tinworm and anything nice is beyond my budget. I finally ran across a 2003 Ford F150 XLT I picked up for $2500 that should work. It has a little rust but they covered most of it with wheel flares. Biggest issue is that the driver door is sprung from being whipped open in a 60mph wind. It folded all the way into the front fender and is now hard to close. The drivetrain (5.4L V8 / auto trans) is solid and the interior is nice. I can fix the damage for about $300 in parts. Already have a fender and hinges on the way.

Decided it was just too expensive to keep renting trucks to haul parts around the countryside. When the wagon is finished, I'll put the truck up for sale and maybe wind up ahead in the cost department. If I do, it will be a first, but hope springs eternal.
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I'll probably get strung up for saying this. But, the F150 looks very serviceable. You can't beat the price......
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