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Old 05-10-2016, 10:45 PM
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Well.....I thought I had the photo issue fixed......let's try again.

Another update, a small bit of progress again today. I talked the Wife into going with me and getting her hands dirty....got it ready to pull the engine and transmission tomorrow!
A shot with my helper.




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No problem with photos now!
Keep them coming....
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A little more progress today!
Picture of me getting the transmission linkage and drive shaft out.

IT"S now drivetrain-less......


It was a good day....the new engine begins to go together next week, but the Rod Shop is doing all that so I will have to wait for them to post pictures before I can update the thread.

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I spent some time outside today, getting the inner fenders cleaned up for installation.



Deleted the charcoal canister and radiator overflow (using an aluminum unit when the new Rad goes in), buying a new lid and filter/pick up tube for the washer.
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Well....my lovely assistant (wife) and I got the firewall and frame ready for the blaster today. Removed the A/C box, removed the shocks (to protect the pistons from the blaster), removed the lighting and instrument harness, removed the sway bar (for a new unit), removed the windshield wiper motor and assembly, removed the cowl / lower windshield trim, removed the motor mounts (getting new units).





Let me say the A/C box was a buggar......and I broke 2 small (and I'm sure hard to find) pieces. I took LOTS of pictures but I'll be very impressed if someone gets it back together.....lol. I know the firewall would be cleaner without the whole mess, but living in Yuma AZ....that's just not an option.
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I still have to get my AC box off the body. I was wondering how difficult it might be.
Are you lifting the body of the chassis or are you going onlyf for the engine compartment?
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Those inner fenders look nice
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I still have to get my AC box off the body. I was wondering how difficult it might be.
Are you lifting the body of the chassis or are you going onlyf for the engine compartment?
Thanks, I'm just doing the engine compartment (jambs, core support, header panel, fenders and hood) and front frame at this time. The shop owner was saying that the A/C box comes out in one piece on some cars.....this was not the case with the '87. The real issue was 2 screws that you really cannot see. One on the bottom left corner near the trans hump (from the passengers seat) and one on the top Right (just inside the firewall looking from the engine compartment), also the linkage for the blend door (behind the heater core) was a bear.....I broke a small plastic keeper and a small spring clip associated with this. My wife got to some of the harder bolts....I should have gotten pictures....it looked like she was playing twister. Good luck when you go to do it.

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Well, I got the HVAC box all cleaned up! I painted various brackets (that will remain) and the windshield wiper assembly black (Sorry, no pictures). I decided not to use the F-41 sway bars I have and ordered UMI solid front and rear units, with Spohn spherical end link kit. I also won't be using the Eiback springs I bought, instead I'll probably go with some Coilovers....Viking double adjustable with a cruising spring rate most likely. That's a way off yet though...plenty of time to change the plans in that area. Anyone have experience with the Viking coilovers? Any pro's / con's of coilovers from personal experience? Thanks

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UMI sway bars and Spohn spherical end links arrived, the F41 bars I got from evil-bay looked like they came from the rust belt.



While I was delivering the parts to the Rod Shop I stepped into the engine room and found the builder checking clearances with the new heads.....but NOT with the new ZZ409 cam.....needless to say I was less than thrilled. Does anyone have personal experience with the plastic timing covers that come with the L31-R GMPP long blocks? Is it a quality piece or should I have the Shop install something else?

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I will keep an eye on your sway bar install. Still undecided as to which brand to get. I was looking at some that connect to the cahssis and not to the control arms but are way too expensive.
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Stopped by the Rod Shop today........



Firewall and frame have been blasted and should be in primer tomorrow!
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mine has the 3.08. code says performance 3.08 , and the posi gear. I am pleased with the gas mileage. A little harder to spin the tires with the 3.08 and Posi, but it will.
I had axle problems and tried the rebuilt route which was some kind of sleeve if I remember correctly. That lasted about a year and I replaced the axles with some that were supposed to be harder and stronger than stock.
So far, so good.
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Front frame is cleaned and primed / painted GM Chassis Black, firewall and door jambs (area between fenders and doors) are primed. Body shop was also busy getting the remainder of the door jambs cleaned and prepped for primer. Picking out body color.....not exactly sure what to get yet, looking at some spray outs of Tundra 1794 Sunset Bronze Mica and a Honda Root beer pearl tomorrow I hope. May also look at '69 Cadillac color or 2, Nutmeg Brown firemist Metallic and Chateau Mauve firemist Metallic......I'm partial to the Honda color from the small swatches but that may change with larger test spray outs.







On to the engine room.......





The ZZ409 cam is installed, the new ProMaxx heads are bolted up, Push rods and Rockers are ordered. All factory torques are checked......Troy (the engine tech) says everything looks top notch from the General and he will be installing timing cover and oil pan, push rods, rockers, intake and Dizzy soon! I CAN'T WAIT to hear this thing on the test stand!

I've also been contemplating getting the ol' girl a big brother to protect her in the garage.......I even have my Wife talked into it!



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Picked the color (don't look at the car).....I just can't see a 3 stage paint job on a car that's going to get driven OFTEN.



Debating a lighter tone below the "2 tone" molding....but I'll se how I like it all one color fist.
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