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Washed the Elkie; hey look, the camper top is actually white under all that grunge!

And the paint doesn't look that bad once you wash it (but I'll still be selling the front clip and doors eventually)


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I've been having this issue with the 454 in my 69 elco. When I floor it it shuts down, goes, stops, goes.. I thought it was fuel so I sleeved 3/8" tubing at every bend so the hose can't collapse during high speed runs when the fuel pump is pulling like crazy.. Nothing seemed to work. I had the hood open and noticed the wire going into the HEI tach plug, it sends a signal to the shift light. This is a cheap Chinese $10 shift light. I unplugged it and the car seemed to go up the driveway better while pulling out. I took it to my safe spot and dropped the hammer and walla!! The front end jumped up and away we went, no bogging , no stumble...

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I've been having this issue with the 454 in my 69 elco. When I floor it it shuts down, goes, stops, goes.. I thought it was fuel so I sleeved 3/8" tubing at every bend so the hose can't collapse during high speed runs when the fuel pump is pulling like crazy.. Nothing seemed to work. I had the hood open and noticed the wire going into the HEI tach plug, it sends a signal to the shift light. This is a cheap Chinese $10 shift light. I unplugged it and the car seemed to go up the driveway better while pulling out. I took it to my safe spot and dropped the hammer and walla!! The front end jumped up and away we went, no bogging , no stumble...

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Gotta love those random electrical (electronic?) issues. Glad you found the fix.
 

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I've been having this issue with the 454 in my 69 elco. When I floor it ....
Started reading this and thought you were going to pull a Keyser.

"Dear Keyser, when I drop the hammer and floor it..." ___ "...I can't shred tires. What do I do?"
"Dear Pitts64, first you need more power. The first step here is to paint it Chevy Orange. That's a guaranteed tire shredder right there. If it's still not enough for you, then you need to step up to the biggest tallest hood scoop you can find so you can get unimpeded air flow; 3-4 feet tall should do it. As RedGreen says, if it's not past your roofline, you just don't want it that bad!"
 

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Doing some yard renovation at the wife's request. So the driveway is full of rock and railroad ties. After a spin around the block in the '87, found myself at the back of the driveway. Ehh no biggie. Then it rained. And rained. And rained some more. Found out (to my chagrin) because of the bedliner, the bed is water tight. All the way up to the rails. The grandkids figured that out too. So I spent the day watching them climb in/out of what they nicknamed the 'redneck swimming pool'. Surprisingly enough, also found out the cheapo airshocks that are still on it will absolutely hold the weight of a full bed of water and 3 energetic youngsters.
 

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Started reading this and thought you were going to pull a Keyser.

"Dear Keyser, when I drop the hammer and floor it..." ___ "...I can't shred tires. What do I do?"
"Dear Pitts64, first you need more power. The first step here is to paint it Chevy Orange. That's a guaranteed tire shredder right there. If it's still not enough for you, then you need to step up to the biggest tallest hood scoop you can find so you can get unimpeded air flow; 3-4 feet tall should do it. As RedGreen says, if it's not past your roofline, you just don't want it that bad!"
So its the Orange paint that gives you 100 horses!! Silly me thought it was those STP stickers..LOL
 

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So its the Orange paint that gives you 100 horses!! Silly me thought it was those STP stickers..LOL
if Keyser was here, he'd set you straight! takes more than just an STP sticker. you need ALL THE STICKERS, the Crane Cams, STP, Holley, Thrush, Doug's Headers, etc. STP alone won't cut it! (of course, he also thinks chevy orange paint will make you handsome and win you new friends, but I digress)

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now, if you're driving an asian racer, aka a 'ricer', then these stickers won't do anything for you. those stickers have to be BIG, YELLOW, in Kanji, and cover over half your fenders or hood to get that extra power.
 

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I saw one of Kanji Ricers today. Had dual pipes that looked like they belonged on a Turbo Diesel. Sad part was it was all show and no 'go' because the Titan powered work van I drive laughed at him from the line, at the 30,60,90mph marks too.

Guess his yellow Kanji wasn't big enough, or all the Hello Kitty decals across the rear window were dragging him down.
 

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Guess his yellow Kanji wasn't big enough, or all the Hello Kitty decals across the rear window were dragging him down.
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Hello Kitty didn't work? don't tell Done Deal Donnie!
 

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Doing some yard renovation at the wife's request. So the driveway is full of rock and railroad ties. After a spin around the block in the '87, found myself at the back of the driveway. Ehh no biggie. Then it rained. And rained. And rained some more. Found out (to my chagrin) because of the bedliner, the bed is water tight. All the way up to the rails. The grandkids figured that out too. So I spent the day watching them climb in/out of what they nicknamed the 'redneck swimming pool'. Surprisingly enough, also found out the cheapo airshocks that are still on it will absolutely hold the weight of a full bed of water and 3 energetic youngsters.

NICE!!!!
 

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Still working on the AC install. Don't know how long the car has been down now, 3 weeks I think. Finding that installing an '81 dash into a '78 is more than just nuts and bolts. Most went together easily, but I am also converting from warning lights to aftermarket gauges. A slow process, with a lot of wiring conversion required. Part of the delay is that I am having to use the original instrument cluster. I ordered/received a shadow box for gauges conversion, and a matched set of gauges. The shadow box is a stamped/folded sheet of metal with minimal instructions and no wiring plugs, requires massive cutting and fitment of the original cluster shell (something that you do not want to get wrong) which takes time and careful planning. The gauge set has decent instructions, but I have to do ALL of the wiring. Not a big deal, but very time consuming. Hoping to have everything finished soon. I have pics of the clutter shell and the gauge panel.
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Still working on the AC install. Don't know how long the car has been down now, 3 weeks I think. Finding that installing an '81 dash into a '78 is more than just nuts and bolts. Most went together easily, but I am also converting from warning lights to aftermarket gauges. A slow process, with a lot of wiring conversion required. Part of the delay is that I am having to use the original instrument cluster. I ordered/received a shadow box for gauges conversion, and a matched set of gauges. The shadow box is a stamped/folded sheet of metal with minimal instructions and no wiring plugs, requires massive cutting and fitment of the original cluster shell (something that you do not want to get wrong) which takes time and careful planning. The gauge set has decent instructions, but I have to do ALL of the wiring. Not a big deal, but very time consuming. Hoping to have everything finished soon. I have pics of the clutter shell and the gauge panel.
are you going to paint the shell a lighter color so the cluster is not so dim at night?

 

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are you going to paint the shell a lighter color so the cluster is not so dim at night?

I purchased a 6 gauge shadow box designed for non-gauge cars from one vendor, and a 6 gauge combo package from another. The gauges are LED lit, look pretty good. I had to add holes for the water temp, oil pressure, and high beam indicators, but the turn indicator holes were already there. Will be posting pics when completed. I have a pic of partial assembly.
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I purchased a 6 gauge shadow box designed for non-gauge cars from one vendor, and a 6 gauge combo package from another. The gauges are LED lit, look pretty good. I had to add holes for the water temp, oil pressure, and high beam indicators, but the turn indicator holes were already there. Will be posting pics when completed. I have a pic of partial assembly. View attachment 132201
LEDs? nice! as long as you can dim them because I hear they can get pretty bright
 

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Saturday, I pulled the whole dash out again because I have too much wiring to do to be working from below and behind. I took the opportunity to simplify and cleanup the instrument wiring, create a harness specific to the oil pressure, water temp, and speedo gauges, and made a few other wiring improvements. Hope to be reinstalling everything soon so that I can get back on the road.
 

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Yesterday after I got home from work, I put the 3rd coat of paint on the new dashboard, then stood there watching it dry.
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The old dash in the background has been stripped of all useful parts, and is awaiting a decision on whether to send it to the landfill or keep it for cutting stiff parts and shapes.
 

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Yesterday after I got home from work, I put the 3rd coat of paint on the new dashboard, then stood there watching it dry. View attachment 132347

The old dash in the background has been stripped of all useful parts, and is awaiting a decision on whether to send it to the landfill or keep it for cutting stiff parts and shapes.
was it as exciting as they say? :unsure: (is that a redundancy? "watching paint dry is as exciting as watching paint dry")

I'd keep it, looks to be straight and in good shape otherwise and you can use it for repair practice.
 

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Did the final motor removal and a bit of tear down to see what I had. Interior removed-- check, all ch
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rome removed - check, front end torn apart - check...

Vacation next week.. check
 

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