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Mike mcdade

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  1. I’ll keep these comments in mind when I reinstall the sending unit.
  2. 4.5 psi for a carbureted engine. I was told fuel dampers aren’t needed for after market pumps.
  3. New fuel pump installed. Had to modify the pump mount. At any rate we bypassed the fuel dampener.
  4. New R200 with 3.94 gears being prepped for install. Another day for sure.
  5. After market sway bar from what dad told me. Mounting brackets probably couldn’t support the weight.
  6. Control arms are out. Removing the rear diff crossmember the suspension sway bar gave way. Gave me bit of a fright. More repair work.
  7. Debating. I want to have this car running again by spring, but fighting the differential is taking time. Me thinks I may keep the differential in, and proceed to brakes, wheels, and engine/trans install and make the differential job for next summer.
  8. Trying to remove the half shafts from the rear differential, did not expect this to be much of a chore. Decided to liberally spray all the bolts with WD40 and try again tomorow. Sending unit has been sitting in CLR for a few days, about to scrub it down again.
  9. I plan on installing 16x8 MST wheels with 0 offset and 4.5 backspacing.
  10. Yea punch bowl is my mother’s. She has since passed away and I actually grabbed it from the rubbish outside. That is after a 3 gallon bucket filled up.
  11. Started today dropping the gas tank. I decided the garage needed to be accessible first so I did some spring cleaning. I jacked the car up and worked on removing the bolt straps keeping the gas tank in place. I’ve read people being able to do this task in 15 minutes, overall it took me 4 hours due to stubborn bolts, hoses, and clamps. I had to take a few breaks due to the varnish gas giving me headaches. Some of you guys may give advice on the gas tank. Obviously I’m getting a new sending unit due to the corrosion. This tank looks worse than others I’ve seen online in forums. the punch bowl was adhoc, my gas can was too tall to fit under the car.
  12. Today I prepped the engine bay for painting. Sprayed simple green across the walls of the bay to scrub off dirt and grime. There were tons of grease towards the bottom. After a couple hours I actually saw portions of the original late 70s orange paint. I remember back in the 80s when the car was orange with the large crash bumpers before all the mods. I used rustolem black gloss. Most of it was completed today, but I have to finish the firewall another day. I did remove the transmission from under the car as well.... and spelled 20+ year old tranny fluid all over myself and the floor.
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