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  • A picture is worth 1000 words, just not always the truth.


    • funny thing about digital cameras - they are amazing at detecting if things aren't lining up, but have a terrible time giving enough detail to show condition. Thus, you can tell if it's been hit hard, but not if it's just been hit.

      anyway, on with what I know is your favorite and most certainly not my favorite thing... fitting fiberglass panels

      best part about all of this is you need it to be too short - then you can build up from the back to make a seamless and strong panel

      ug... need to be to this line

      there we go, the gap is about perfect but I have some verification to do before I call it good

      what it looks like just before I cut it

      Doing it all wrong since 1966


      • time to get this where it needs to be - first get a bit of aluminum to make a ledge

        these blades work awesome at cutting fiberglass

        nice, straight cut

        back to the ledges

        cut 1" (and the lip) off the rear panel so they butt together

        and time to take it off its suspension so that I can verify dimensions

        tomorrow, the front panel comes off and I start making those fit.

        Doing it all wrong since 1966


        • As always, nice work!



          • It's getting there
            much better alignment

            oops, the plastic is just falling off now

            I think I'm getting the hang of this - this fender took 1 hour to remove, then get back to this point

            Of course, I'm now down with this part....

            this is the right way to save that vent

            and a back shot

            oh look, I even saved the build sheet

            Doing it all wrong since 1966


            • looking "PHABULOUSSSSSSSSSSS".........


              • time to start coloring inbetween the lines... you know, all the boring stuff that must be done that didn't get covered on first swipe
                like bolting the fuel pump in and finishing the lines

                a couple zerts

                and it's in place

                then this, and I don't know what the solution is going to be... the fuel lines and the bracket occupy the same space

                tried another fuel line, no joy

                stopped with that annoyance and did a bit of rewiring

                which lead into a lot of wiring

                long ago, I learned the lesson about having operating gauges for first fire

                and now to decide if I just finish with all similar gauges or save a couple bucks and put the fuel gauge and the clock back

                lots of other stuff got done - mostly my wife's Jeep - but that one is going to wait until completion to be blogged....
                Doing it all wrong since 1966


                • I'd say swap bowls front to back but your guage would read wrong?
                  Loren likes this.


                  • maybe use the passenger side feeds?
                    Patrick & Tammy
                    - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??


                    • so swapping bowls and accelerator pumps

                      and removal of a vacuum port

                      and figuring out how to get the line bent with no kinks

                      like this

                      then throttle cable

                      and repurpose the old air cleaner I made for P1 ... not final product, but good enough to keep the dust out

                      then do a vacuum test on the cooling system

                      no, it didn't hold pressure long, however, it did well enough that I'll fill the system just before I start it with far less fear that there are any major leaks
                      Doing it all wrong since 1966


                      • breathless anticipation....
                        Patrick & Tammy
                        - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??


                        • try one of these in the top radiator hose, helps you
                          to get all the air out of the system ( the radiator fill cap
                          is lower than the top hose, so you always end up
                          with air in the top hose.)

                          this is one of the little tricks that keeps mine from
                          getting over 205 degrees even in 3hrs of bumper
                          to bumper gridlock on a 90 degree day.

                          i believe V8 dodge dakotas/durangos had one factory,
                          and orielly has a replacement (plastic tho) for like $12.....



                          • yipee.... electrical

                            looks like it had a jacobs ignition box....

                            I just needed to remove the speedo cable

                            and then I found these Bubba devices

                            you will be glad to hear that the speakers have been removed.... now to reassemble with better wiring
                            for those curious, I'm tackling the wiring because I need gauges to work when I fire the motor. Not just that but I also need to wire the fuel pump, electric fans, and master switch.
                            Doing it all wrong since 1966


                            • this is going to happen soon

                              anyway, break is over... much little work done

                              and determining air filter height

                              3" filter, check

                              Doing it all wrong since 1966


                              • you had mentioned something on another thread,,,, I may have found a candidate for your consideration: Click image for larger version

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                                Patrick & Tammy
                                - Long Haulin' 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014...Addicting isn't it...??