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Old 04-12-2013, 03:20 PM   #61
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Hey Bill- Looking GOOD!!!

I just bought two of the bigger sheets off eBay.

And will copy your "installation" tools!!!

THANKS for the info-

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Hey Bill- Looking GOOD!!!

I just bought two of the bigger sheets off eBay.

And will copy your "installation" tools!!!

THANKS for the info-

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Hey man, good luck. It can be a pain, but just don't get in a hurry. I started at the back because it's fairly flat and square. Cut patterns first using poster paper, and used a small pair of super scissors to cut the ZC with, worked better than metal shears.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:35 PM   #63
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Hey Richard, did you get started on the zero clearance insulation yet?
We'd love an update, and some pics!
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:07 PM   #64
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Little more progress... heater fan spacer

Cool circle cutter that I've used for years...



Using template to drill holes



Countersunk screws and nyloc nuts to attach spacer.



Motor fits well, actually only about 1/4 inch of fan blades align with spacer, so not enough to worry about stalling etc...

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:33 PM   #65
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did I miss something? what's the reason for the spacer?
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Optimists think the glass is half full.
Pessimists think the glass is half empty.
Engineers realize it's twice as big as it needs to be.
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did I miss something? what's the reason for the spacer?
yep, exact same question? What is the advantage?
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Im thinkin C4 blower for more air.
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Im thinkin C4 blower for more air.
Yep,
The squirrel cage fan has more blades and is longer. It was discussed here many times and the general consensus was that it increased air flow considerably. Since I had the housing off the firewall I figured I'd do it as an upgrade. Of course the wiring will be upgraded and all hvac and cowl vent seals and flaps are being replaced so I won't really know how much difference this change really makes. But it should blow like new at least!
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more progress pics

Of course it's supposed to be an LS/t56 swap, but it's all the other stuff along the way that has to be done that takes so long. And one thing about it, when you go this far into a vette you'll know all the right question to ask if you ever buy another one!

The dash panel for the gauge cluster had a broken screw tab. These panels are made of 40 year old hard plastic and are prone to break and crack. Here is my method of repair, I think MCU bonds better to this plastic than fiberglass resin and has a little more flex when fully cured.



Nothing there for the screw to attach to.



Bead blasted the plastic area and bonded cloth well into the panel for the repair to get strength.







Cured overnight





Buzzed to fit with air sander








There will be more of this, as whatever dash and console pieces aren't being replaced will certainly have cracks.
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Pics so you won't think I've been slacking off.









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"82 Steering column in and working with the '71 wheel and borgeon box!



Yet another purchase to steal bits of time off the vette!



Cleaning up wiring and retaping in prep for the headlight motor conversion





Mercedes 350sl fuel sender





Getting these apart to be powdercoated



And of course more glass repair






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Old 08-03-2013, 11:08 AM   #72
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I think I've cornered the market on crappy cell phone pics. Too much light too little time.
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More progress pics headlights

Got the headlight bits back from the powdercoater.



getting it back together


Made it all silver grey so I could see the parts! It's dark in the nose of the vette with everything black.



Stainless rebuild kit from zip, those springs go on the other slots...


Kit had later stamped steel bearing holders, originals were cast alloy. I decided to use the new ones.
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Front spindles

Damn powdercoater sandblasted the spindles! He's a great guy and does a good job, but he should never sandblast a polished steel bearing surface...



Polished out ok if it didn't cost too much metal, quick check with a caliper shows they're both out of round anyway.



And on top of that, PC in the threads! This hole ain't a standard size! Shoulda had a zanex, it wasn't that bad and I used some strong arm spray and the original bolt to work in and out a couple times 'till it turned in easily.

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Found a new use for the Vette!

Needed to suspend this fuel tank for a bit to let it drain...

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