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ClemSparks
ClemSparks UltimaDork
7/12/18 1:52 p.m.

That is something I've definitely considered.  I've got lots of projects and this one would be a great candidate.  As I said, I'm going to put a carburetor on it for now.  There's a good chance that'll never change.  But I'm not opposed to fuel injection somewhere down the line.  

I actually have a friend that has done a couple of the FItech swaps.  I gather from him it's a pretty good setup.

malibuguy
malibuguy Reader
7/12/18 10:35 p.m.

I recently had a hand on a FiTech install on a 76 corvette.  After some fiddling I was able to get it running pretty friggen good.  Excellent power, torque and response.  But the real question is long term

ClemSparks
ClemSparks UltimaDork
7/13/18 7:32 a.m.

I tell you what though.  I'm more interested in working cruise control than fuel injection.  

Does anybody know what it s like to use factory cruise control stuff form '80s GM?  This car is factory equipped with cruise control.  I'm sure it'll take some fiddling to get it hooked up to a carburetor.  Not sure if anyone here has any experience hacking old cruise control...but it's something I'd like to get to on this car (eventually).

 

malibuguy
malibuguy Reader
7/13/18 5:27 p.m.

In reply to ClemSparks :

Ive never fux with them.  Im sure there is probably a few guides out there about them

ClemSparks
ClemSparks UltimaDork
9/7/18 4:54 p.m.

Finally...this came home this week:

malibuguy
malibuguy Reader
9/8/18 6:49 p.m.

sweet

ClemSparks
ClemSparks UltimaDork
9/9/18 8:32 a.m.

My transmission builder did this one up right.  Shift kit with a fancy servo, a whole new solar system...the works.  The torque converter is a "sport stall" or "street stall" torque converter in his words.  Evidently just a little more loose than a factory stock one.  He felt it would work good with my combination (considering the cam and the car it's going in).  I've never had a car with higher stall torque converter (I generally avoid torque converters altogether) but after talking to a few folks, this may actually be pretty fun.

Yesterday I got some flexplate bolts and bolted the transmission to the engine and then set the engine in the car.  

 

759NRNG
759NRNG SuperDork
9/9/18 10:27 a.m.

Is that real gravel or a floor paint to look like REAL GRAVEL!!!!!.......You get the 'HEMan' award for pushing that mess around...WOOF!

ClemSparks
ClemSparks UltimaDork
9/9/18 6:51 p.m.
759NRNG said:

a floor paint to look like REAL GRAVEL

Ha!

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/9/18 7:18 p.m.
759NRNG said:

Is that real gravel or a floor paint to look like REAL GRAVEL!!!!!.......You get the 'HEMan' award for pushing that mess around...WOOF!

That's what I was about to post. How in the world do you get these engines moved around. I get that you just move the car out from under the engine when it's on the hoise, but how do you move the hoist/engine/engine stands around after that? Or do you just have really good spatial planning and/or some kind of machinery that has hydraulic lifting ability?

ClemSparks
ClemSparks UltimaDork
9/9/18 7:36 p.m.

It's all about planning, I guess.  the engine hoist can be dragged around in the gravel ok when it's empty (gravel isn't optimum for ANYTHING but I just can't begin to think about justifying the cost of concrete in the barn anytime soon).

In this case, the engine block was bare when I started...and I can carry that short distances, no problem.  I simply built the engine in a spot it didn't need to move far before rolling the car under it.  When jockeying around complete engines...you need to plan ahead for access with the pickup truck.  

I did move an engine with a gin pole on my old 8N the other day...but that was just to stash it away for storage and that's the first time I've done that.

With patience and planning (I over-plan and move super slow) you can do pretty much anything.  The downside is that my projects take forever and there are usually multiple bouts of analysis paralysis in any given project.

But...I WORK on my projects (however slowly).  I don't kid myself about deadlines.  I have to be careful and keep projects that I'll want to work on (it's really hard not to drag home every intriguing deal I run across).  If it's daylight and/or not completely miserable (temperature/humidity/chiggers)...I'll get something done every day.  Today it was shelves in the barn to help store stuff I've been tripping over.  Yesterday it was putting an engine in the RegalWagon.  Tomorrow it's probably going to be a rack bellows boot on the winter beater Subaru.

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