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one done?
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74 CORVETTE COUPE CUSTOM
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77 CELICA CUSTOM
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Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

one done?

One ready for welding in that pic. Since I have problems posting long posts I will break up the weekend update between posts...seems I hit one wrong key and most of the post goes "poof"

While I was making sure this:



Didn't drop these :



10 stories at 2:00 am Saturday morning (no that's not me in the pic..but he does have a candy apple red 68 'Stang fastback!)

Meanwhile back at the ranch my insomniac college friend and his brother was dropping this!



I tell you this kid helps me out so much!

So Saturday at 8 am I am greeted by this wonderful site!





Cutting in frame horn:



R.I.P. my trusty SawsAll friend after 15 years he finally died...I just pulled out my spare...we all have spare sawsalls right?



And aside from stripping and painting the crossmember and starting on the core support I did finish triming the passenger frame horn:



 Just have to do the cleaning welding and painting...hope to start the motor Saturday! Wow! I actually made this whole weekend post without making it go "poof" a third time.

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What headers are you running on your 400?  How did they fit?
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wow, i didn't realize they sit back THAT far compared to the 73 and newer frames Shocked looks good!!
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Those frame horns seem to fit on there perfectly. Did it take a lot of measurements before you got it right?
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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

What headers are you running on your 400?  How did they fit?


They are Hooker Super Comps, the only reason I bought the GTS with the engine from the quote unquote "aircraft mechanic" (I sincerly hope he is just in charge of the black water tank on the jets...otherwise I would suggest NOT flying in or out of Ontario airport! He wouldn't sell the headers separate from the engine he rebuilt without honing the cylinders! He managed to "modify the collector to put a late model Mustang H pipe (which I didn't see) and masage the headers with a roofing hammer in a couple of places (my experience with Hooker has been that they are so well made that the massaging was the DPO being lazy. I will give you a final critique on the headers once I get the tranny crossmember  in.

Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

wow, i didn't realize they sit back THAT far compared to the 73 and newer frames Shocked looks good!!


I guess Ford thought that 5 mph bumpers required about 5 inches LOL!

Originally posted by changinlatitudes changinlatitudes wrote:

Those frame horns seem to fit on there perfectly. Did it take a lot of measurements before you got it right?


To really really paraphrase  Michealangelo "I simply removed what was not needed to reveal the frame within" On the first frame horn I found the centerline of both the 73 and 72 core support hole, measured the center of the core support hole to the bumper plate, cut 73 frame horn at that point. Once that was done I started to make a puzzle pice to give me the strongest front bumper mount I could make. once the 73 was trimmed to match the leflt over welds I couldn't quite remove on the inside frame to plate mount on the 72 (the grinder was starting to take chunks out of the bumper plate. I made a template of the inside of the 73  frame rail and trimmed the top rail of the 72 end to slip fit. Once I was happy with the fit I simply cut the passenger side to match and the Dishes Were Done (wiping hands with a smile)!

Well this box came yesterday and the Missus who is used to boxes coming to the door had to immediately call me rather excitedly:



I couldn't remember ordering Raw Balls which seemed to get her going more ...LOL! So she opened it and we found this:



Paid more than I wanted to, but happy with it. As I wanted it sooner rather than later so I can put the proper base on it and paint it when I paint the door.
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if you haven't welded them in yet you may need to mark and enlarge the hex hole to match the round 73 hole, if you are going to use the energy suspension core support bushings, someone on here had an issue with them fitting but many of us used them with out issues, in looking at your pics i see what they were talking about the hex being smaller. just something to keep in mind
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Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

if you haven't welded them in yet you may need to mark and enlarge the hex hole to match the round 73 hole, if you are going to use the energy suspension core support bushings, someone on here had an issue with them fitting but many of us used them with out issues, in looking at your pics i see what they were talking about the hex being smaller. just something to keep in mind


I got some CHEESEEEEE repop core support mounts in the trunk, I will try them first, otherwise I will just use the 73 hole to guide my slowly turning hole saw and enlarge them.

The Missus has 2 requirements taller seat and AC...well one is taken care of...



Going to go post on the 77 to 79 sub forum, but will ask here, does anybody have pics of the 351/400M AC mount bracket with the saginaw/hydro-boost pump? Seems I should have specified the PS pump I am using.Embarrassed

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have you tried contacting the company you got the kit from, to see if they will swap you the correct bracket, or at least sell you just the correct bracket???
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Originally posted by californiajohnny californiajohnny wrote:

have you tried contacting the company you got the kit from, to see if they will swap you the correct bracket, or at least sell you just the correct bracket???


HiYa John,
Yeah I thought of that, the owner was just as nice as described in the AC thread here. I think he would work something out for me, I will explore options this weekend and probably contact him on Monday


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How do those Hooker headers fit around left side of the engine bay?  Is it tight by the steering box? What steering box does your car have, Saginaw or Ford?
Here's is a pic of a 400 Ford with the A/C brackets and a Saginaw pump. 
 
 
 
This guy ended up changing the distributor as the GM style HEI had clearance issues.   Great build project, a full roller 400 Ford for a 1978 Ford LTD.  I plan to do my engine pretty similar to this one when I do my build.  Here is his build thread is anyone is interested:
 
 
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Originally posted by 72FordGTS 72FordGTS wrote:

How do those Hooker headers fit around left side of the engine bay?  Is it tight by the steering box? What steering box does your car have, Saginaw or Ford?


Hi Vince, got the transmission crossmember in and looks atleast 1/2" to at the most 3/4" clearance between the closest header tube and the Ford steering box.

Not much to report working on making accesory brackets for the motor, and locating a double groove water pump pulley, pics to come once this is done......
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