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  • #76
    Mapped out the fuel line routing, and got it plumbed as far as first filter. At lot of cutting and grinding to make sure lines have a straight shot and are away from sharp edges.



    Then took it back off so all of paint can be touched up on Monday. I'm still waiting for the fuel pump so I can finish. I expect to be finished Monday.



    Want to see if I can flip Vacuum Pump around, so that regulator is on top and puke tank line on bottom.

    New red and black 10 gauge, along with a red and green 12 gauge wires were wrapped in convoluted tubing and strung front to back for tail lights and fuel pump relay. I'll secure to frame Monday.



    The cutting, grinding and mocking up took a lot than expected, so it was late before I could cover the car and head home.




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    • #77
      Started the morning by cleaning and touching up the paint on underside of the Thug from all the cutting and grinding that was going on from routing fuel lines; and securing the fuel cell, battery hold downs and weight boxes in trunk.



      While the paint was drying, I mowed the five acres around the shop, as it was getting pretty shaggy.



      Before



      After. I left a little meadow for the Wildflowers to bloom next month

      Back to the Thug, Friday four wires (10ga main power and ground, and 12ga fuel pump relay and tail light) were wrapped in convoluted tubing and ran from back of car to the front.



      So after mowing the yard, I ran that string or wires along the same route as the 1/0 battery cable and secured it to the frame.



      Then the Fuelab fuel pump I ordered came in, and it was the wrong one. My fault for not verifying PSI, Summit's fault for not mentioning it was EFI instead of carburetor. The one I need is 7 weeks back ordered.



      I'll have to come up with Plan B.

      Finally, the Vitamin C has everything ready to fire up and tune.








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      • #78
        I really enjoy following along with this. Thank you for taking the time to document and post all of this.

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        • #79
          Originally posted by shelbycharger View Post
          I really enjoy following along with this. Thank you for taking the time to document and post all of this.
          Thank you for saying so. It is my hope it helps someone else, either with ideas or first times wanting to see how someone else did it.
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          • #80
            On Thursday, electrical from switches to fuel pump's relay and then to pump, and to the tail lights was finished. I ran it nice and neat in convoluted tubing. The rats nest of wires under the dash was totally ripped out, and all new wires to headlights (not terminated to headlights yet) and gauges - both with a 12v step down; and wires run from switches towards the front to the water pump, fan and trans cooler relays - although also not terminated yet. I need to get the radiator and headlights in so all of that can be finished.



            I mounted the fuel fuel pump and filter, ran and secured all of the fuel lines to regulator, and made a grommet for the line passing through the trunk. I ordered a 1/2 dozen more Earls fittings and hose ends, and that will be finished when they come in. Ran fuel pump power and ground in small convoluted tubing and properly secured.




            Yesterday (Friday) I had intended to spend time to start the Vitamin C, and to sand/chrome paint the fiberglass bumpers - but I had a 8:50 am appointment with an eye surgeon that took over two hours. I received extra strong dilatation drops and some violet tint in my eyes, and don't know how I even drove to the shop. All I saw was light purple and couldn't do shit, so the Vitamin C has to wait until next week.

            The Thug is almost done. Radiator, headlights, grill, seats, and bumpers need to mounted. Front end electrical terminated. Engine, Transmission and Rear end fluids added. Shifter bracket/cable attached, and adjusted. Front end aligned, car scaled, all nuts and bolts under car checked, and the pre-load set. Engine then needs to be pre-oiled, started and tuned. Car as to be ran through the gears while on the stands, taken off stands, driven around. Finally all the valves run and all of the nuts and bolts checked again before it can be taken to the track for Test and Tune.

            While I'm rounding third for home, there's still too much to do - all of which is safety critical and expensive if not right, before the Bradenton race. So I'm not going to not push myself under duress to get it ready for that race. Instead, I'll turn my focus back to Vitamin C next week, and hope all goes well with starting and testing that car before loading it up.


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            • #81
              So we started up the Vitamin C, test the transmission, ran the valves, and adjusted the carbs. I drove it eight miles not exceeding 3000 RPM to test it and break it in. Then brought it back to shop to see if I had any leaks, check that the plugs weren't getting smashed by the domed pistons, and tighten header bolts. Will do the same again tomorrow, this time taking up to 5000 rpm - then clean and load up.



              Then moved onto the Thug.


              Drilled and grommetted a hole for vent. Waiting for 3/8 aluminum fuel line to make vent, and fuel system is done. Connected Fuelab pump and filter and ran a return line to fuel cell.



              Made the lines from regulator to carbs



              Installed Radiator ad trans cooler, wired fan and water pump to relays, got head light wiring started.

              Should be able to start car when I return from the Bradenton race.


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              • #82
                The 3/8" aluminum tubing came in so I finished the vent on Fuel system, so that's completely finished now.



                Had to dramatically trim the PPP shifter bracket to not interfere with the TTI headers. These are the "before" pics, I'll take "after" pics later. Shifter mounted and Neutral Safety Switch now all wired.



                I installed a new window net and Cam Lock Safety Harness.



                Spent about an hour at O'Reillys looking at truck radiator hoses that had the right angles after trimming to fit a custom aluminum radiator and CRI waterpump. Found, trimmed, and installed - but no pics - yet.

                Since the Texas Thug wasn't going to be ready for race in Bradenton, FL (leaving early Tuesday morning) - there's been a trash to build a new motor and trans for Vitamin C and to install it.



                Motor and trans were finally installed last week. Tuesday I took it for an 8-mile drive to key in on what adjustments were going tl be needed.



                Brought back to the shop to run valves and check for leaks by letting it set.

                I was not at the shop Wednesday, and when I returned Thursday morning there was a small puddle of gas under car. It was discovered to have been an old fuel hose between the regulator and rear carb, so a new one was made and installed.



                I took it for a harder ride, shifting at 5500 and cruising at about 5500 - which i'm guessing is about 90. No vÓdeo as I felt it prudent to use both hands, instead of holding up phone. 90mph was about the best I could muster on the 35mph narrow and bumpy back road my shop is on. I'm pretty sure a passenger would have puked! There was a little bog of a rolling start, so the carb springs were changed from orange to yellow. There was a little leak at back of one valve cover, so it was changed to a cork gasket. The transmission rolled forward a little in neutral, and wouldn't start two out of five times in Neutral, so a shifter adjustment was made. Also the oil and filter was changed and inspected for trash. Looked very good.

                Finally, I took it for a very short and not very hard run to make sure all felt well and and then let it sit for a couple hours to look for leaks. All appears well.



                Today my handyman is cleaning it up while I'm at lake for weekend. I'll load up Monday, spend Monday night at shop, and leave at 5am Tuesday to bang out 900 of the 1100 miles to my first race of 2018. I've had some very bad luck with motors and transmissions, and made dramatic changes. Hopefully my luck changes and I can have a good year
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                  Safe travels and good luck in Bradenton

              • #83
                The following is a recap of the Vitamin C at NMCA's first race of the year.

                I originally had hoped to have the Texas Thug ready for this race. However, about a month ago I realized there just wasn't enough time to finish and test a new car, zo the thrash was on to build an engine to replace the one I'd blown in the Vitamin C late last year. All of that has been pretty much documented in the last couple posts. The difference between the cars being that everything but the engine had already been tested in the Vitamin C, vs. everything being new and untested in the Thug. The Vitamin C was finished just in time, with the only testing being on the 35 mph country road the shop is on.

                So the plan was to load up Monday and leave Tuesday morning. However, I was told Sunday that I could get in on renting the track for testing on Wednesday, but I'd have to get on the track 6 pm Tuesday night or I'd have to pass on testing and not be able get on the track until Thursday. I returned from the lake Sunday night and got to the shop with a week's worth of clothes, groceries, and Buster early Monday.



                I pulled out of the shop at 1 pm for the start of my 1100+ mile trek.

                When I got to Lake Charles, LA I sat on I10 for over an hour while they cleared an accident.



                I made it as far as Mississippi Monday night, staying at the NASA Rest area. Up early Tuesday to drive the final 700 miles in a hard rain, high winds and heavy/slow traffic. I had to stop in Ocala to drop of some leather power seats from my Magnum to someone who'd bought it on eBay.



                I didn't get to the track until 7 pm, but I know someone who knows someone...

                Wednesday, I got up early to set up my pit, and pay the track. Also testing was Leah Pritchett, and Buster and I were able to get a "Selfie" with her.



                The first pass off the trailer was a 10.93, but was sluggish off the line while charging hard on the top end.



                I made some minor adjustments and had about the same results on second pass. I use to run 650 CFM carbs on the car, but had put a pair of 750s on this motor. I wasn't sure if the carbs and/or jets were too big for the small 440 ci motor or if I had a vacuum leak. I didn't see an obvious cause of a leak, but when I put a wrench on the 8 nuts holding the carbs down, and 3 were a little loose.



                My third pass gave me a 10.773 time slip, and the car felt good, but the car launched like a Chevy with the left wheel higher than the right. See below photo.



                I spent the next three passes playing with shock settings to even out the left/right on the launch, and with launch RPMs for the best 60'. All of those passes were 9.77-9.78. The track closed down for the day and I didn't have a chance to test with weight to get to my 11.00 index.

                Thursday I teched the car in and established driver credentials. They had open Time Trials, but you only get two hits and wait hours for it, so I passed - and instead cleaned the coach and trailer. Thursday night there was a little soiree for NSS Racers at Doug Duell's house.



                Friday we had one Time Trial and one Qualifying hits. I took a wild swing at weight in the 8:45 am time trial and did 11.01. The first Qualifying was in the afternoon, and even though I added another 75 pounds, I was too fast at 10.989.

                Saturday Qualifying 2 was again at 8:45 am. I threw all the weight I could at the car to make sure I'd no way be too fast. The car ran an 11.08, which boosted me number 10 of 20. In the final qualifying I went for broke, and dialed in to hit an 10.999-11.000 by removing about 100 pounds. For some unexplained reason the car ran a 11.08 again. An inexpiable fluke. That bumped me down to number 12, and instead of racing number 20, I was paired with #2 in Eliminations Sunday.



                It rained all Saturday night, and the planned 8:30 am call for the first round of Eliminations didn't happen until 10:30. I had the car set up for a 10.98 so I could play the stripe. However, I fell asleep at the tree and my opponent didn't. My only hope was to push him to break out. I hit the brakes at the last minute, but so did he.



                While I screwed up on my reaction time, the car did well. "Run Completion" said the car would have ran a 10.98 had I not hit the brakes (maybe too soon).

                I loaded up, showered and was on the road by 2 pm, only getting as far as Quincy, FL (350 miles) as it was raining and I needed to find a place to park for the night.



                Up again a 5 am and home at 8 pm. I've left the car in the stacker as I have anther race in San Antonio this weekend, and too much to do between now and then
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                • #84
                  Hi everyone, It's a really useful information for me.

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                  • #85
                    Today at the shop, I unloaded Vitamin C and golf cart. The Whale was moved from lift bay so Vitamin C can go on lift.

                    Pulled cross Ram intake off Vitamin C to put STR14 on, and learned that the Str 14 ports wonít work on a Max Wedge.



                    Looked at the ModMan intake on my 65 Post car that I want to make into a A990 clone, and will swap that on to the Vitamin C. The Valve covers had a lot of milk on the inside. Got concerned but oil looked good when drained.



                    Pressure checked radiator and it held pressure with a very little milkiness coming out of a head bolt. Hopefully a little Liquid Glass will seal that up. The car has been going through some major temperature and humidity changes in last couple of months so Iím sure thatís where the milky oil cane from. The Vitamin C still needs to have the valves run after a fresh 10 quarts of 20-50 conventional oil put in, and a half pint of liquid glass in radiator to seal any minor leak. Weíll check it again and change to Synthetic after Atlanta in a couple weeks.

                    On Thug, checked and adjusted Caster, filled up rear end with Royal Purple gear lube, checked all nuts under the car, finished everything under hood, cut up a near perfect grill to make a two headlight A990, and wired the head lights.



                    After my daughter was finished cleaning the coach, she washed all of the weights and I hit them with two coats of primer and a coat of hammered tone Grey. I still need to hit with another coat of paint, weigh and mark with the weight. I was tired of dirty hands from the raw cast iron when handling.



                    Sorted through three sets of Big Block Hooker Comp headers and two sets of small block. Iíll keep the better set of coated comps and sell the set needing repair and the smaller tube Street/Strip. The small block are crap so they went into scrap pile.




                    Tomorrow is packing day at the Katy house as the movers will be here 9am Thursday to take a truckload to lake house.
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                    • #86
                      Replaced the Cross Ram on Vitamin C with a Port-Matched Modman, mainly because it was too much of a PITA to get valve covers off with Cross Ram.



                      Pulled drivers glass out to get a new one made. It cracked while in Bradenton.



                      The lights are now working on the Thug.


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                      • #87
                        At shop Tuesday

                        Replaced rusty Dana cover on Vitamin C with cast aluminum unit

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                        Move oil pressure gauge from under dash into my sight and added Voltmeter to underdash.

                        Ran valves and dimpled Headers where they touched front suspension.


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                        Throttle bracket made for Thug

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                        Painted the inside windshield trim I bought from Clay & Sons . They ere rd.

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                        Painted weight box weights, weighed and marked.

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                        test fitted the seat covers going onto golf cart

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                        took some measurements of Whale for the Wrapper

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                        Mowed yard, leaving my annual Spring Meadow, which takes a couple of years to get right

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                        Finally, I bought $250 worth of sandpaper ad high buildup primer to get Whale ready for wapping

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                        • #88
                          At Shop today, Vitamin C and golfcart unloaded, and rig backed in. Hope in process of cleaning grill and inside.

                          Ordered regulator and power window motor (missing and boggered up by my youngest son when he had car) on Hyundai. Right regulator came in and installed, wrong motor. Rock Auto sucks. No customer service number. Had to send back on line for store credit when they receive it - and order and pay for another. Once I use that store credit up, never again Rock Auto.



                          Mowed yard. Had a 1 acre wild flower meadow that I cut down to half acre. Displaced some cottontails and Cottonmouths.






                          Replaced valve covers stolen from 65 Post car with Modman with new. Waiting on grommets fro Oíreilly to be delivered. Front left strut was lose, so it got tightened.



                          Put a Mopar Performance intake on post car, along with itís old fabricated valve covers. Plan to start it up in an hour. That car will be a A990 Clone some day, and motor will be going into my 60 Plymouth post car. Itís a recently built hyd cam pump gas street motor that ran 12s in the 65. Started t car up for the frst time in five years.



                          My shop rat has spent last week block sanding the Whale (except Mark Artisí flag roof that Iím keeping, as taking to get wrapped in new Secret theme.



                          Hyd clutch in my Kawasaki Drifter 1500 fixed.

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                          • #89
                            Goings on at the shop Thursday included installing the locking transmission dipstick into the Texas Thug, and filling it with fluids. The fuel system was checked for leaks, and a couple were detected and fixed. The oil pump was spun up with a drill and the topside oiling checked. One of the restrictors was not oiling due to a defect of the hole not fully drilled, and so that was fixed.



                            Finally the motor was started and run for a few minutes to check how it sounded, its oil pressure, if there were leaks, and anything else out of the ordinary. The below is the video of the first startup.



                            All went well with that first startup. A few moments later the car was started again, the timing set and the carbs adjusted. Afterward, the 4-link was checked for square and adjusted.

                            It was late in the day, and Iím in the process of moving over the weekend, so the car will sit on stands until Tuesday. Hopefully, Iíll find no leaks, and take it off the stands. The plan is to warm up the engine to set valve lash, and then take for a ride. If all still goes well, all that will be left will be to finish bumpers and polish the glass. It should be at the Dave Duell Classic.

                            Earlier in the day, I mowed the land around the shop, leaving a half acre wildflower meadow.



                            The power window motor was installed in a Hyundai Genesis Coupe Iím giving my youngest daughter.



                            I mentioned that Iím moving. Well I own a house next door to my shop. We had my elderly in-laws living there so we could care for them. In January of 2017, my father in law died.of a heart attack I hired a woman to live with my invalid mother in law and to care for her, as Iíd promised my father in law Iíd do everything to not have his wife die in a nursing home. Last month, she too died.

                            We decided to sell our house in Katy, live at the house next to the shop during the week (so I can work on selling my collection of cars), and we bought a house on the lake for long weekends. So weíre moving out of one house, getting it ready to sell, and moving into two others. Itís a big job. The day before we were to move out of Katy and have a truckload going to each of the other houses, my daughter decided she didnít want the built in bookcase/desk in her room. Between her and my wife ó it was too much drama to not just bite the bullet. The bookcase was ripped out leaving a patch of carpet missing and a spot needing painting.



                            The floor was no big deal as we will have all of the carpet ripped out and wood flooring installed in the coming weeks. So I cut a piece of paint out close to the molding and went to Lowes to get a gallon of matching paint, and that whole wall was painted.


                            I feel getting the motor started to be a real big mile stone in a very long project of building the Thug
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                              here's the missing video
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