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that is a amazing paint job. I will be happy if mine looks half as good when we paint this month. can't wait to see your whole thing put back together...guess I should head to the garage to finnish with the sound deadening on the interior.

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KAL7467...thanks! We have been making good progress, but are now in a holding pattern waiting for the machine shop to finish the engine. It will be standard stock with new pistons and bearings. I am curious what you are using for the sound deadening material?

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I am using fatmat basically a slightly cheaper version of dynomat on pretty much the entire interior and doors. And some closed cell sticky sided foam on the inside of all the plastic parts to keep them from creeking and ratteling.

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I'm beyond impress with this build progress and that paint job is fantastic; to perfect! Hope to see more updates with pictures, keep 'em coming.

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Thanks for the encouragement guys. We are still waiting on the L24 to drop in. We are oversizing piston bore .020 and doing an undersize on the crank, short block only. So nothing special on the engine, but hopefully will tighten things up. The head was recently rebuilt. I have also finished restoring the fuel tank, and will be installing shortly along with all new vent hoses...what a design fiasco! I have been generously using POR15 and chassis black paint to clean up many of the rusty pieces, differential, mustache bar, transmission crossmember, sway bars, heater box, half-shafts and drive shaft. Half-way through replacing U-joints in all. Gathering up some SS fastner replacements for the originals on some of the bolts and screws that look too rough (which is about all of them at this point!) Replaced floor-pan plugs and am ready to install Eastwood "fatmat" knock-off in the flooring and ceiling. A million little things to do and unfortunately having to hold down a day job! I will try to get some more pics.

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This is going to be a fantastic, sexy,unique Z, keep posting.............................:cool:

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Great update Brent, keep up the great work!! Will be looking forward to more photos...

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Well...didn't think it was going to take this long. Here is a photo update since my last one. Engine came back from shop, it is reassembled with new oversize pistons, new bearings, all put back together. Dropped the engine&transmission in the car, installed drive-shaft and half-shafts with new u-joints. Salvaged what was left of the braking system and installed new MC and calipers on the front. Rebuilt clutch MC and replaced slave cylinder. New clutch plate, disc, and throwout bearing as well. Replaced shifter bushings, along with all tranny seals, still staying with original 4-speed. Now down to front and rear sway bars, exhaust, and tranny oil fill to be done with under the car.

Next steps are firewall sound insulation, mount the dash, and start her up!

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Brent looks great...I'm a bit further ahead, and am really just down to exhaust which is being assembled one cut and bend at a time out of a 304 stainless steel builder's kit. I am not even going to try and weld it myself so I measure, grind, cut then have a guy weld it up for me...the last nasty section from the diff carrier to the Ansa should be finished today, then I can fit the hangers. I too thought I would have been finished a while ago and have only 15 minutes running time on the motor, I did get to do some 10 mph lengths of the lot out back so I can say I have driven it! Good luck...things which slowed me down were vanishing grounds, and a clutch issue which meant I had to pull the transmision down...which may have to come down again as I think the output shaft seal isn't in right, arg.

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Ollie, thanks for the encouragement. I think that is a great concept with a nice SS exhaust system. Curious what you mean by vanishing grounds? Do you mean electrical grounds?

I have a few anxieties that won't be settled until the engine runs and the car shifts..I shudder the thought of the redo!

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Hi Brent, yes mine were electrical grounds. As for having to pull down the transmission, I am almost positive mine will have to come down again, but perhaps I will get lucky. On my exhaust, becasue I can't weld stainless (or much else for that matter) I have spent a fortune on this exhaust. I went with a 304 Mandrel bent builders kit, and focused on a Ansa tail pipe which has been a real PITA to fit...I think I finally have it "close enough" and will be picking up the pipes tonight...I can take a pic once it is up. Mine goes from a Stahl header into 2.5" with a mid resonator and then into the Ansa. So close to having the car finished, this Monday night will be the very end!

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