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It’s the Little Things…

Getting down to the little—but very important—stuff on the build now. Next big thing to tackle will be the headers (coming in this week) and the exhaust system. After that, it’ll be fill it with fluids, prime the oil system, pray to the engine gods, and fire it up. In the meantime, there were things to be done

Low pressure lines

Low pressure lines

Heidt’s Valve
For no reason that’s rationally explainable, I decided I wanted power steering. Makes absolutely no sense on an 1800 pound car, but I decided early on to include it and really wished I hadn’t. It’s really complicated the accessory location and plumbing but it’s on so there you have it. But, as long as I have it, at least the boost will be adjustable. Plumbing the Hedit’s valve was one of those things that became more complicated than it need to be because of the remote P/S reservoir. It took a call to my friends at Jones Racing to get it figured out but one can;t have any pride in these things. Stuff needs to work. Picture shows the low pressure lines, High pressure lines will go in this weekend.

Starter relay on fender well

Starter relay on fender well

Starter Relay
Seems to be a bit  of a difference of opinion on the efficacy of these—some folks think you need them, others think they’re a waste of time—but, given the way the car is wired, having the extra direct battery hook up was very handy. Like the Heidt’s valve, this was something that should have been simple but was complicated by the through-the-well headers that will be installed. Fender and firewall space is at a premium. I also need to make sure it didn’t interfere with the oil lines, wiring, and other plumbing bits.

NOT malfunction junction

NOT malfunction junction

Brake Junction
“Location, location, location” seems to be mantra lately. There’s a lot of stuff to fit in and room is at a premium, especially because I want/need things to be relatively easy to service, should the occasion arise. To make this work, I need to clear the steering shaft, the brake booster, and keep it out of the way of the header space. It’s a tight fit but it works, although i did need to loop the right front line fairly tightly. Passenger side line goes up, along, and down the heater box per the original. Driver’s side line runs straight down the fender well.

Low pressure line

Low pressure line

PS Pump Plumbing
To get this to work required some creative routing to get the lines to work with the oil pump location. Ultimately the only way to plumb the low pressure line was to exit between the oil pump mounting and adjustment bolts. While a bit out of the ordinary, it works and still lets me adjust the drive belt tension. The high pressure lines aren’t a problem as there are no interference points to contend with. As mentioned earlier, I wished I hadn’t bothered with power steering. Given the amount of money and time it consumed, I can’t imagine it will be worth it.

Starter Bump Out
Like everything else mentioned in this post, this was one of those simple, but complicate things that needed to get done. Seems to have been the theme this weekend. The bump out was necessitated by having moved the engine back so the oil pump drive could clear both the radiator and the sway bar. The bonus was it put the gear lever almost exactly in the factory position. The down side was i meant having to cut yet another hole in the tub. The hole itself was a piece of cake—just fire up the cut-off wheel and get after it. Fabricating the cover panel with it’s compound bends…not so much. Even after making a template out of scrap 22 gauge I had around, it still took me two tries to get the panel made correctly. Here are the before, panel, and after shots.

Bump out complete

The hole

Cover panel

Cover panel

Starter-bump-out

Bump out complete

I also managed to get the new steering crossmember shimmed, the heat insulation installed under the driver’s and passenger floorboards, and a number of other niggling things that had gone unattended. It’s getting down to the end on this project. Once the headers and exhaust are in, it will be time to fill it with fluids, prime the oil pump and try to fire it up.

 

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