One rebuilt transmission and it’s back alive!

Late 2016/early 2017 we took the transmission out to rebuild it as it wasn’t happy at all after last year’s engine swap. Originally our plan was to rebuild it ourselves but UPS put a stop to that as they failed to keep their promise and make their scheduled delivery with the master kit to our hotel while in San Francisco (but Summit Racing made it) 😉

Once back home in Sweden, a friend told me about this guy that had a shop in the middle of nowhere, where he’d been rebuilding engines, transmissions and stuff since the 80’s. We decided to pay him a visit to check if he could rebuild my gearbox and install the TransGo TF2 shift kit. Once we got there and asked him about it, he said he’d have it done within a week so we just needed to come drop it off.

As promised, he called me back a week later to let me know it was done so we could pick it up.

After some work, it’s back in the car and it shifts oh-so-fine and I couldn’t be happier! Now the summer can come (but judging by the temperature outside, it’s far away).

Next up is the car inspection coming up this week. Hopefully they’ll find everything ok!

Get that transmission out!

After we finally got the 360 in the car and got that running properly by late summer, it was obvious that the 904 transmission wasn’t a happy camper anymore. This was clear when it couldn’t decide which gear to run , jumping back & forth in between gears.

I might have fried it when running it without a correctly adjusted kickdown-linkage but no one knows for sure. It doesn’t matter anyway, as it needs a rebuild now.

The past days we’ve separated the gearbox from the engine to get it ready for a rebuild. We’ve decided to try it ourselves as “everyone” says the 904 is an easy gearbox to rebuild.

I’m still not sure which rebuild kit to get but as I’ll be going to California in a couple of weeks, the plan is to pick up everything we need (and some more fun stuff).

Project “Black out tail panels” finished!

Ever since i got the car, the argent silver painted tail panels and I have never really become friends. This spring I decided to repaint it with a satin black finish. Up until a couple of weeks ago there hasn’t been any time to do it. Last weekend we pulled the trigger and started with it!

On Saturday we started to remove the panels and sanded everything down.

When everything was sanded, we applied a coat of color but quickly decided we had to apply filler and sand even more as the finish wasn’t good enough.

After applying spray filler and doing many hours of sanding with super-fine paper, it was time to paint. After 3 coats of paint it looked great

Last night we put on the last coats of paint and today we assembled everything.

The end result is way better than I was hoping for!

Which color do you prefer? Silver argent or black? Needless to say, I prefer the new look 😉

Fall is around the corner up here, but the coming three weekends there’ll be some car meets, so after those are done it’s time for hibernation!

New ignition stuff!

After we installed the “new” engine, Tobias pointed out that some new ignition stuff would wake it up seriously.

So, as my parents went to Hawaii to visit my brother, I thought it would be a good idea to have them to bring some stuff back from Summit in order to save in on some shipping. And yes, price-wise it differs sh*t-loads from buying stuff here.

After some intense Googling’, my order from Summit consisted of an MSD Streetfire ignition control, an MSD Blaster 2 coil and a Summit Racing Mopar electronic distributor.

A couple of days ago when I got back home from Germany, daddy-o had pretty much installed everything and it was ready to start up.

It’s such a difference! Much better idle, it’s so much more responsive and for some reason it sounds much more mean! 😃

I also ordered a calibration kit for the Edelbrock 750, so next up is to (with Tobias´) help, calibrate the carb and make it run even better!


Enough hood clearance?

The engine’s in place and all that’s left now is to sort out the kickdown linkage before we can seriously drive it. It sure sounds HEALTHY, so I’m pretty sure it’ll be hard to wipe off the smile from my face once we can take it for a spin!

As the Mopar Performance air cleaner was a bit too tall, I needed it to be about 2″ lower in order to be able to use the hood. First, I ordered an 2″ filter from Norrlands Custom (great shop, almost local to me and my #1 go-to shop) but I still needed to lower it another inch. Then I ordered the “Low-Pro” air-cleaner  from Mancini Racing and explained to them that I needed this ASAP so they handled and shipped my package super-quick. 3 days later in Malmö Sweden, Postnord took over my package and it was lost….😡 To make a long story short, they eventually found it, and it was delivered to me 8 (!!!!) days after it arrived to Malmö.

Anyway, after I received it i still wasn’t sure whether it would be low enough for the hood to fit.

So yesterday we got the hood in place and it was low enough! Yeah, no need to order an R/T hood (at least not now)!

So, now it’s just the kickdown linkage left to sort out, hopefully we can do that next week!

The 360’s alive!

The past weeks we’ve been putting bits and pieces back in order to be able to start the 360. Today was the day and after some time it started! Today’s heroes are daddy-o and long time friend (and V8 know-it-all-whiz) Tobias. Here’s a 33 minute video showing why:

Next up is to adjust everything so we can get it to run (sort of) good. I´ll order a MSD ignition kit sometime soon and I’m pretty sure that will make it run perfect!

The engine’s in place!

On Friday night we made everything ready for… THE GREAT ENGINE DROP-IN that was to take place on Saturday.

So, on Saturday morning we got there early to get an early start in case we’d run in to trouble.

Everything even went so smooth, we suspected that we’d run in to trouble but the whole thing went according to plan, in other words: painless!

So, now it’s just the rest of the stuff left. Like anticipated, the dual-plan intake made the whole package about an inch and a half too tall for the hood. Until I get a “Low-Pro” air cleaner base from Mancini Racing (along with a thinner filter) to use with my Mopar Performance air cleaner, I’ll use a Edelbrock “Pro-Flo” air cleaner. Yep, it’s kinda strange-looking but it’ll work meanwhile.

Initially, I thought I’d paint the engine in the “whatever blue” that all smallblocks had in 1972 in order to keep the originality. I’m happy I decided to keep it orange though because it looks great in the blue engine bay ☺️

Hopefully we can fire it up at some point the coming week!

Pushrods in place!

Today the long awaited pushrods from Smith Bros in Oregon arrived! 

Had to go straight to the garage to make sure they fitted fine and that the geometry was correct. Everything was fine!

I’ll get the glass bead blasted intake from Dipkingen any day now so once I’ve clear coated- and installed it, the engine is pretty much ready to be dropped in.

Hopefully it’ll run without any issues as there’ll be no time to dyno it 😁

I’m a little scared that I’ll get clearance issues under the hood with the dual plan intake, the Edelbrock carb and the Mopar Performance air cleaner. I might have to look into options like an Edelbrock Pro-Flo 1000 or similar. But…that’ll be a later problem.