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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2446500
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Each of the shock plates has 7 welds on it and I was throwing parts away since I couldn't get 7 good beads out of my welder. I've been fighting the welder for a few days then I finally figured out that the contact tip had worked itself loose. Once I tightened that back up the welder starter working perfectly. Had me pulling my hair out and cost me some time and and bunch of scrap. The recycle can will be heavy this week!

Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2446570
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We are moving forward with your motor plate and using the Cal Tracs as well.
Your further along / started sooner.

Suggestions on an electric water pump and Altenator that might not blow my budget up?

As usual- your craftsmanship is truly excellent .

Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2461308
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Got the Duster up on the body wheels and started taking off some of the undercoating. Getting ready to do some welding on the chassis and then it should start going back together. I did not intend to take it apart this far, but once I got into it I found I had to fix some stuff.

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2476870
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Still some assembly required.

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2477504
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Spent some time this morning building a battery box for the small battery. I decided to keep the battery under the hood. Wiring is simple that way and since the battery is only 18 lbs it seems like it isn't much of a penalty. We'll see how it works out.

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2477618
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Decided to try installing the engine and trans from below. Headers are installed, starter is in place, coils on the valve covers, etc. Basically a fully dressed engine.

I have the car on a set of casters so I just lifted the front end up in the air a bit and rolled the engine and trans underneath. Then lifted the engine and trans in from below and bolted it in. Everything cleared except for a couple of plug wires. The coils clear the frame rails by 1/2 inch on each side so you have to keep things lined up when lifting the engine in place. Headers clear by a bunch on each side.

Looks to me like this is the way to do it, especially with these huge headers. Once the engine is in place the headers are a pain to install.

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2481180
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The rear of the car is basically finished but I have a lot of work left to do at the front. Still need to fabricate some brackets, mount a bunch of parts and then start the process of wiring the car. Most of the plumbing is finished although I still need to sort out the radiator mounting and hoses.

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2481200
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Looks awesome thumbs Some serious street rubber back there just waiting to be planted biggrin

Nice work as usual wrench

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2481274
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Looks good! Is that a 315 radial? Seems huge.


Sassy Grass street Duster, best of 10.69 at 124 driven to the track with 3.23 gears, naturally aspirated on 93 octane.
Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2481330
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Man, a-bodies with massive rubber underneath sure look good.

Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2481332
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Rear tires are 345/55-15 drag radials. The tires are a few years old, they came with the car when I bought it. Don't think that size is available anymore.

Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2481828
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Andy- can you tell me what difference that mount made compared to the square /insert type?

Where to get one perhaps?

Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2488104
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I'm starting to work on the wiring. Turns out that is quite a project just by itself. I'm going to rewire the entire car since it was gutted. I can buy new wiring harnesses for the lights but I'll have to build a dash harness.

One thing I came up with was a little copper bracket to tie the two posts on the starter together. I also mounted a stud on the bracket so I can bolt my starter cable on. This will make it easier to R&R the starter in the car. I think I'll make some more of these copper tie bars and list them on my site since anyone running a Ford type solenoid could use one.

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2488161
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pretty neat bracket idea andy ! up bow
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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2488166
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Thats a nice idea as long as it doesn't hit the head tube or interfere with starter removal. Thats one of the nice things about the Maddog headers. I can reach right between tubes 5 and 7 to hook or unhook the starter wires from above. I do need to remove the draglink to get the sterter out thou.

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I also drilled and tapped the fitting in the Moroso pan for a temp sensor. I'm using the newer style temp sensors that come on the EFI systems. It is a CTS (coolant temp sensor) with the two plug harness. These temp sensors seem to be really reliable and they are fairly inexpensive.

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Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2502488
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Got some patch panels welded in and finished running the plumbing for fuel and trans cooler. Now I'm working on the wiring as I get time.

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Trunk is basically finished up with the fuel cell and plumbing. The trans cooler is mounted underneath the floor and it is wired and plumbed too.

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Nice ... sawzall weld coffee

Re: Starting to work on the Duster [Re: AndyF] #2502662
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Very nice work Andy. Question, have you covered in another thread what your thinking is concerning the pvc valve ? I see it's adjustable and I'm wondering if it adds horsepower which you'd see on the time slip. thanks

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Got some patch panels welded in and finished running the plumbing for fuel and trans cooler. Now I'm working on the wiring as I get time.

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