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.
Today we mounted the oil pan, put the timing chain cover and harmonic balancer in place. It actually feels like we can see the light by the end of the tunnel now.
What’s left now is the fuel intake and the pushrods from Smith Bros (which I suspect currently are being held hostage by the Swedish customs).
Hopefully we’ll get both of the above next week!
I decided that I want to keep the intake in a natural aluminum finish. As my previous attempt with stripping the intake paint with CRC Gasket Remover didn’t fully strip it, today I dropped it off at Dipkingen to have it glass media blasted.
This is the “before” picture..
I’ll post the “after” pic in a couple of days when I get it back
Yesterday I drove about an hour south to pick up my Wheel Vintiques that finally arrived from the US. Thanks SMI Trading for bringing them across the pond for me!
The plan was to get some Cooper Cobras for these, but apparently it’s currently impossible to get 275’s in Europe right now as all dealers seem to be out of stock.
It looks like I’ll have to put some BF Goodrich’s on them instead. They look great as well, but cost sh*tloads! 🙁
As today’s a bank holiday, I got some other stuff done as well. Apart from throwing the second coat of paint on the engine, I painted some other parts as well.
Hopefully I’ll get the custom made pushrods from Smith Bros sometime next week so we can finalize the engine build and drop it in sometime soon.