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  • Captain
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    Just gotta say......
    So I'm not the only Loose Nut that "Saves Everything" !! (Exhaust system it rafters and other treasures)
    I call it my NOS Parts supply. (Never Out of Style)

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Originally posted by DanStokes View Post
    um - unlike the owner? (Sorry-had to say it.)

    Dan
    It’s like you know me!

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  • DanStokes
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    um - unlike the owner? (Sorry-had to say it.)

    Dan

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  • 74NovaMan
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    I picked up the block and rotating assembly yesterday. Block is honed .005 over, new cam bearings and block plugs installed and the crankshaft is balanced.

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  • DanStokes
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    Works for me! "I already own it" satisfies almost all of my criteria.

    Dan

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Exhaust thread: https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...2-1-4-or-2-1-2


    One option:

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  • Russell
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    I like the bolt on idea. I will be doing this soon. Looks good!

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Got the O2 bungs installed on the headers. Drill hole:

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    Bolt on bung:

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    This helped to flatten out the steel against the bung and certainly held it in place nicely for welding. I took the headers to the local exhaust shop and they welded them up for me. I thought about trying it myself but I'm not very practiced with the wire feed and for $30 it was worth it to have a pro do it.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Truck stance with motor and trans in. The front springs are very stiff.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    The transmission was rebuilt a couple of years ago and pretty much empty. Somehow I still managed to spring a leak. Seems to be coming from the corner of the pan.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    Tran cross member in place. Need to drill holes and bolt it down.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    This picture from the front shows that the bottom of the stock oil pan is nearly flush with the frame. Exactly where we want it.

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  • 74NovaMan
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    As it turns out, the holes were far enough off I just drilled new ones. I used 2 thick washers in front and 1 in the back.

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  • DanStokes
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    Originally posted by 74NovaMan View Post

    That's my plan. I just need to buy or borrow a die grinder. Do you have any recommendations?
    I have a pair of Ingersol-Rands, one angle and one straight. They weren't too pricey and have held up well. You have to oil them from time to time (I use Marvel Mystery Oil) or they won't hold up. When you fire 'em up after oiling they spray everywhere so don't start them near anything you want to paint later (all these are lessons learned in The School of Hard Knocks - I'm still enrolled). Buy decent burrs and they last, too. I had cheap ones and they get nasty and dull quickly. I bought my current ones at an industrial supply place which happens to also be our Parker store - your area may differ.

    Dan

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  • Captain
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    I have one I bought years ago at Menards.
    I did get better bits at a swap meet, but standard bits, (not stones) will work on that frame metal.
    Fastenal has bits also, I don't know where you are at in Wisconsin, Tomah area has both.

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