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post #21 of 146 (permalink) Old 04-11-2016, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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The seller of the Modine finally let me know it is the HD radiator, so I bought it. In case any of you with an 80-84 Big Six are interested in an old school all metal radiator, he has more. He has a 'Make Offer' button. I offered $150 and he took it right away.

I was going to pick up my motor today, but it was raining, so I sat around in the motor bay for a while. I reinstalled the bearing retainer w/the new seal and the clutch fork w/the new throwout bearing and dust shield after making sure the clutch plate fit on the input shaft. So, I'm a little closer to putting the motor back in.
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post #22 of 146 (permalink) Old 04-12-2016, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have a source or advice for an alternative hose to use for the fuel fill vent tube (the about 3/4"plastic tube that slips into the fill tube and sticks about 8" into the fill hose)? I thought mine was okay, but noticed today it was broken in the corrugated section about 4" from the gas tank end. I've searched all the places I can think of.

I did pick up my rebuilt engine today!
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I see you bought a radiator I have been running the plastic tank style for many years with no trouble at all. I think I would like a all metal radiator if given the choice and it was affordable. If your going electric fan you will probably want to consider a 3g alternator upgrade they are huge improvement over the original equipment in any case. My daughters 85' got all he latest goodies when we rebuilt it and since I had a 95' 351w with serpentine setup it made the 3g even easier.


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If your going electric fan you will probably want to consider a 3g alternator upgrade they are huge improvement over the original equipment in any case.
A 3G is definately an upgrade I plan on doing. Right now I just want to get 'er back together and on the road!
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Getting' things together, hopefully will get time to do make some progress this week. The radiator looks really nice. Had very fast shipping from the seller.



Got the motor back from the builder.



Making sure the manifolds clear each other. Had to do a little grinding on the exhaust manifolds. Waiting on a Mr. Gasket 260, planning on putting them on before setting the motor back in.



Read on the forum where a later model fill pipe setup was a good upgrade and since my plastic vent tube was broken and this one was on eBay, I decided to go with it. Got the new sending unit in. Need to finish cleaning up the outside of the tank and shoot it with galvanizing spray.



Did some clean-up on the skid plate. There's some rust on it (pretty good shape otherwise), so I have to wire brush it, shoot it with some rust reformer, primer and paint.

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Lookin good, coming along nicely.
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Is your photo bucket down? I can't see the pics
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Is your photo bucket down? I can't see the pics
Looks like it. Just went there and none of my pics are coming up. Hopefully it's a short-term problem...
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Made a little progress today. Got my manifolds mounted and torqued.



Decided I wanted to get them on before dropping the motor back in and wanted to make sure the header pipe (seems the manufacturers now call it the convertor pipe) would line up. Also, having the pipe connected made it easier to handle. My 2X4 A-frame rear engine stand served to hold the pipe in place also after notching it (notched the wrong side first, so had to scab a 2X2 on the outside to reinforce it).



All rigged up and ready for flywheel and clutch installation.



The hole cut where the rear inlet of the pipe is welded is not cut full size, so I have some grinding to do there to get full flow.

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No pic, but I got the motor in today. Got it bolted to the bellhousing, then has a hard time getting the new motor mounts to line up. Ended up having to loosen the tranny mount bolts and prying it forward to get the motor mount studs to drop into the holes on the perches. I guess it's always something. Anyway, made some progress this week. Told Mrs. Willis I got the motor in, and she asks, "So it's about ready then?" I had to tell her not quite and named several other things that had to be done (without naming everything). I think she has other plans for my time...
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I bet you can't wait to drive it!
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Yep, really looking forward to it. My church's Men's Retreat (camping and fellowship on a member's 90 acres) scheduled for this afternoon through tomorrow afternoon was cancelled due to the rain and cooler weather here, so I'm going to have more wrenching time to hopefully make more progress. Maybe I'll have it ready to drive to that rescheduled event.
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Been getting some things bolted back on. Have been cranking the motor w/o plugs in and w/o carb on to make sure it's building oil pressure and get some oil flowing. Pressure gage in the dash wasn't reading anything, so I took the sending unit out and hooked up another gage and was relieved to see pressure build to 50 psi. Guess I'll try a new sending unit. Working on a heating plate for the intake and a carb spacer/insulator.
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Got the carb spacer done, the new electric choke installed on the carb and soldered the broken wire back on the A/C solenoid and mounted the carb. Opened up the hole pictured in post 29 and installed the converter pipe, then had to adjust the starter wire and the ground wire to get them away from it. A buddy of mine had a spare fan shroud off a 351 Windsor (mine is shot), so I thought I'd see if it would work; it wouldn't w/o major modification, so I located one in a yard in KY and ordered it today (hope it's right and in GC). Installed the new radiator. Gettin' closer a little at a time.
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Man that thing is a beauty... Keep up the good work!
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Red face Fired Ol' Faithful up!

Got it running tonight! Had a hard time getting gas to it, then remembered I had primed the pump when I installed it the first time (before the rebuild), so I did it again and it did the trick. I left the cap off the radiator, as I have done on other vehicles in the past, and after a couple minutes it started puking out coolant all over. After about 10 seconds locating the cap (I know, I should have had it close by) I put a stop to Ol' Faithful. Hey, I think I just found a name for her! Found out the oil pressure gauge (w/the new sending unit), temp gauge and ammeter all work.

Anyway, I still have a fair amount of work to do; finish painting the gas tank and skid plate and install (was running off a gas can), install the rest of the exhaust, hook up 3 or 4 vacuum lines (have all ports plugged right now), put a timing light on it, torque the manifolds again and a few other odds and ends...including cleaning up the coolant mess and a day cleaning up the garage so I can walk around without tripping over stuff everywhere.
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Well, a little setback. Put the wire wheel on the rust spots on the gas tank and discovered pinholes. They were on the bottom where the skidplate held moisture in. So, new tank is ordered. I did get the skidplate ready to paint, should be nice enough tonight to do that.
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Made a little progress last night. Painted the tank skid plate, re-torqued the manifolds, installed a coolant overflow tank, hooked up and adjusted the clutch linkage, replaced the 4 1/2" rubber fuel line between the steel fuel lines and blew out the steel lines.
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Drove 'er for the 1st time!

Finally got the new gas tank installed and all tied in. I had primed the gas lines, so it fired right up and I was able to drive it for the first time! Only enough to get it out of the garage so I could change the oil in my DD, but I was relieved not to hear any bad sounds from the drivetrain.
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