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  • #46
    Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

    For stuff I've been doing in the mean time, check my "3 Steps Forward. 2 Steps Back" Thread:
    http://www.bangshift.com/forum/index.php?topic=17141.0

    More on the other exhaust, wiring, and fuel system work when I get the pictures taken and uploaded.
    Central TEXAS Sleeper
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    • #47
      Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

      Sorry that I haven't checked your thread for awhile. You really have made some great progress. Any guesses as to how many horses it'll have?

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      • #48
        Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

        Thats some project you have there. Id like to see some more pictures if possible.

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        • #49
          Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

          Will try to get some pictures this weekend but with bad weather, closed garage door means poor lighting. I'm going to make a serious stab at finishing up some wiring and exhaust issues so I can start taking it apart for some fixes and rearrangement late this month.
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          • #50
            Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

            Picked a bad weekend to think I was going to get much done. Yesterday was making up for loosing last weekend to snow and today is the Superbowl so no work done either. Pictures later this week. Any requests as to what ya'll want pictures of?
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            • #51
              Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

              The rest of the car .How about one with the hood open from the front .Id like to see what it looks like in there.
              Very interesting. ;D

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              • #52
                Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                I can handle that, its amazingly tight in there. Mostly because of the A/C compressor hitting the suspension if I push the engine back to where I really want it. If I could reengineer the accessory drive, I could scoot the engine back around 3.5in or more and get it fully behind the balljoint axis and get enough room for less snake like intercooler tubing! Part of the whole reason I'm putting the M3 vents in the fenders is to let the heat out from under the hood since the area behind the radiator is so congested.
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                • #53
                  Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                  Finally got a day of good weather, home before dark, and nothing else going on!
                  As requested Engine Bay pictures
                  From the front

                  From the passengers side

                  From the drivers side

                  AC compressor clearance


                  Spent the day finishing up the crossover pipe, messing with oil cooler plumbing, test fitting the turbo (instead of the dummy that's going in there at first), and taking things apart so tomorrow I can pull the engine on a guaranteed good weather day. Need to put it on the stand for oil pan baffle adjustment, redo the drain plug seal, and fab the wastegate plumbing. The engine bay is going to get a scrub, paint, and some adjustments of things I installed with the engine in place where I can now
                  route them more cleanly.
                  The list till it's running is now down to wiring that braid in, redoing the oil plumbing with the cooler installed, mounting the shifter, and building mounts for the internal modules and fuse box.
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                  • #54
                    Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                    Definately now what people are going to expect when you open the hood :D I thought my engine bay had a lot of wiring and hoses ;)
                    Escaped on a technicality.

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                    • #55
                      Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                      Originally posted by TheSilverBuick
                      Definately now what people are going to expect when you open the hood :D I thought my engine bay had a lot of wiring and hoses ;)
                      Well part of it is the fact I rememberd the pictures after I had started to take stuff off for disassembly. Vaccum operated HVAC system with all the hoses out in the open. The harness is a largely uncut L67 harness so lots of unused stuff is still in it but I don't want to cut it down quite yet. Most of it will be tucked up in the inner fenders after I'm done.
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                      • #56
                        Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                        21 Feb 2010 Update:

                        I finished up taking the wire harness off and managed to get it all of without breaking anything more than a souldered splice on the VSS wires where I forgot to unplug them. I'm seriously thinking about pulling the #2 O2 and a few of the emission plugs out as they just dangle in the way. I think had to rig up bolts to hold the backer wrench in place as the pregnant wife isn't up to the strength or flexibility she was when we put the engine in to get the motormount bolts out. After getting the engine out and on the crane then down on the ground I realized that I had totaly forgot to pull the converter sheild or undo the converter from the flexplate, DOH! Up in the air again it does and I crawl under it to undo the sheetmetal screws holding the sheild on and then put a rachet on the crank bolt and the flexplate bolts to get it out.

                        I know DF and ChadFlunky say the biggest messes come from ATF but I swear that coolant is just as bad and hide in far more places in a block than ATF seems to come out of a tranny. I made 3 big messes today pulling the radiator, block out of the car and then block onto the engine stand. Tomorrow if I have time (doubtful) I'll put the sockets and wrenches back in the toolbox and get to work cleaning up the mess I made today.
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                        • #57
                          Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                          Wow! It really is crammed in there. Is the front clip off the car?

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                          • #58
                            Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                            Originally posted by antmnte
                            Wow! It really is crammed in there. Is the front clip off the car?
                            Yeah, its off so I can route the wires under the fenders and the nose had to come off to get the radiator and such out. I had an idea yesterday about getting the engine set back farther but I'm a bit committed to this arrangment now since I'm moving in Aug and I need it running enough to make it corss country on its own.
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                            • #59
                              Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                              6-7 March Update

                              Well this thing is getting powered to go to the local cruise-in and around the area but its not going cross country. Not enough time to debug it.

                              Flipped the engine over and pulled the pan off to find the interference. Looked on the baffle and no marks. Totally stumped so I put the pan back on rotated it over again, still hits so I left it where it was hitting and dang... it's hitting the pan! Looks like the rodbolts on a stock rod 300 are shorter than the capscrews on my H-beams and the #1 was digging up the nose of the pan pretty good! So I beat it with a hammer to get it to clear though it might have to clearance it some more to give me some more room in there. I also tested out my new Lokar "Eliminator" threw the floor gas pedal. It's honstly identical to the stock pedal except for its size. I'm debating whether I want to try to splice the 2 together like I am the megashifter action with stock handle or just leave it alone. Time will tell on that one.

                              I also checked the clearance for switching from an R4 to a Sanden style compressor, it looks like it'll fit if I machine the bracket down and build an adapter to pick up 2 of the 4 R4 bolts for a front adapter place then attach the rear bracket to the headers.

                              Sometime this week I'm going to reorganize the power steering and main charging cable and start scrubbing down the frame rails for a shot of flat rustoleum primer and krylon low gloss black. More pictures I promise!
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                              • #60
                                Re: Project Franken-Riviera -1964 Buick Riviera-

                                Pictures tomorrow, it started raining tonight.
                                13 Mar Update:
                                Today was a very good day with working on the house to get ready to put it on the market. Got my busted piece of the fence down with very little trouble and cleaned up some of the inside stuff getting ready to work the walls tomorrow.
                                Double checked my clearance on the pan with no gasket to make sure it wasn't going to get close and it's fine. I then rotated the engine over to TDC on #1 and marked the balancer then set the cam sensor at ~25deg ATDC. Tightened up the backer nuts on the ball flanges for the headers so I can weld them on tomorrow (stripped 1 out so backing all of them). Rerouted the main power cable clear of the brake distro box. Cut the offending parts off of the Taurus fan shroud. Drilled the hole and welded the bung on for the WBO2 sensor. And finally ran the braided wire.

                                It was a busy but not rushed day. Better than having to replace a water heater like I had to earlier this week. Looking forward to tomorrow so I can weld those nuts and mess with more of the exhaust work. I do promise pictures of what I did today and tomorrow.
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