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It had always been the plan Wink I want a sports car eating monster.....easiest way? Turbos! 
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Wish I had a slack belt sander....would make life so much easier than trying to form a bracket with a grinder alone. 

But this is the way to make a Chevy nascar pas pump fit a Ford big block! 99p well spent anyway......love an ebay bargain


 
 
 
 
 
 

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So Exciting and clean looking Mods! I can't wait for more!
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Originally posted by gentrysgarage gentrysgarage wrote:

So Exciting and clean looking Mods! I can't wait for more!


Thanks! This is being done to give me a load more clearance for the turbos......alternator is low mount on the other side so putting this as a low mount on drivers to replace the massive original one! 

Should hopefully get my heads back tomorrow so if I do I'll be attempting to slam the engine back together over the weekend and fire it up!


However after that you may be waiting a while for more updates, I've accepted a job 5 hours from where the car is! 
Means money for more parts but progress will be a bit slower, this adulting thing is hard Tongue
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So I spotted this on ebay and being a 20 minute drive from me pounced........£120 so not too bad, its a 15.5" and its just the right fit. Snug but not uncomfortable once padded out, I could get away with a hoody or possibly a jacket too but the main thing is the hips are spot on! 




 
 
 


Anyway.....because race car.





 
 
 



Will definitely have to raise up the seat a bit though! I cant see anything over the wheel....this is with the camera held at eye level to kind of show what I can see when sat in there





 




And finally just a mini thing but with the heads due back from the machine shop tomorrow (was meant to be today, but a guide snapped during machining so a new one is being put in) I gapped the plugs, 57thou worth.....could push it to 65 but gonna see how it performs first! 



 


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forced induction doesn't like extended plug gaps, less is more 
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Yes.....but to run the engine NA immeed the gap. Turbos will not be fitted for a while and I want to test run the engine later
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Big update! Picked up the heads this afternoon



 


Spent at least an hour cleaning up all the packing grease on the block and bores, cleaning out stud holes and then installing the heads.......f**k I forgot how heavy they were when you're leaning over a fender! 





 
 
 


Installed the rockers (wrong) I realised when I was trying to start it, so tomorrows job is to reset the lash......but its together, fuel plumbed, wires hooked up (ish) and ready to start! It did cough and splutter earlier but yeah.....f**ked up the lash by rushing it



 
 
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Unfortunately the starter motor is very much dead :( 
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Well I've taken a week off work for my birthday so today I started making the turbo headers, well actually yesterday.....marking up and clocking the pipework to where I wanted, box of 90's and 45's. Just need to get the first few bits of pipework sorted so it clears everything then I can make it up and get it to the collector 


 

Nice simple bit of drilled and tapped box section to use to stiffen up the flange and keep everything in place when welding




 
 

Also had to make a little die in order to form the pipe to shape. This took me f**king ages, hogging it out with a 4.5" grinder was a nightmare......but it worked




From round to oval-ish



 
 



Mocked up the pieces to check for bolt clearance, looks like I'll have to squeeze them a little more as a few are pretty tight, but it should all come together easily enough now. Crushing 2" Sch10 pipe is a nightmare




 
 
 
 
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I have to say....I admire your determination!
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Nice to see you posting on here again.  Looking forward to following the progress.
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Thanks guys, unfortunately this will probably be the last you see of it for a while! I'm back to work next week so wont have time to do much to the car.

Still got a huge list of things to do before I can even contemplate driving it though, off the top of my head;

Fit brake lines
Fit pedal box
Fit speedo
Fit new starter 
Modify floor pan for Kirkey seats
Repair rear screen frame 
Lift engine and trans 1" for extra header clearance
Complete headers 
Fit turbo oil lines 
Mount engine oil cooler 
Make intercooler pipework and intercooler brackets 
Make PAS pump bracket 
Fit new UCAs 
Build new front brake system
Pull trans and fit new TC plus SFI flex plate 
Finish front bumper 
Modify hood for turbo clearance
Build exhaust system/hater pipe
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Add fit block plate and notch chassis rails to the list

Here you can see that I cant get the headers in on the drivers side due to the chassis rail, fit fine and clear stuff when you put each pipe in one by one. But tacked up to the flange its a no. 
The passenger side is a little better with pot 2 being the only interference issue, but I may as well notch it symmetrically 

So the plan will be, heavily notch the chassis, fit block plate, drop engine .5" for more clearance and pray it fits. Probably would have been ok if I went for the 1.5" bore instead of 2" but I want all the power


 
 


Here you can see the interference point on the passenger 





And these are the proposed cut areas


 
 
 
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For those who know the code 

HEH-BT Toploader


Or in non anorak close ratio Toploader from 1965, 28 spline.

This will be built up at some point to include the big input and output but for now it'll be fine! 



 
 
 
 
 
 
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