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!

Painting done!

This morning we painted the hood underside and the “whatever-it’s-called” holding the front lights!

  
First we started with priming the hood and the plastic thing. For the “whatever-it’s called”, we used a primer intended for plastic.

  
Then, we started shooting the paint and after a number of coatings we decided that it looked good enough to call it a day.

  

  

It’s not show quality, but that’s not what I’m aiming for either. Considering our experience with shooting paint, I’d say it looks pretty darn good. 

Spring’s on its way so now it’s time to assemble everything and get the new engine done!

Engine bay progress!

While me and my wife’s been on vacation in NY (of course bringing back lots of fun stuff from Summit Racing), daddy’s been busy in the garage getting stuff back in the engine bay. He spent a lot of time painting and polishing stuff and it all looks really good!

  
Now that the engine bay looks great ,it would be sort of stupid not to take care of the underside of the hood. 

  
So next up is to sand it down to get rid of surface rust and old paint! Once that’s done, we’ll paint it!