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post #541 of 641 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 18, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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It took some time (three different sessions) but I read every single post, looked at each photo and watched every video on this thread today. What a great story! Devin, you should be proud of Mason, as he has become a grown man through all this. And take a bow yourself, for you did a heck of a job preparing him to meet the world. All the best to you and your family!
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post #542 of 641 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 18, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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He had the day off yesterday, and spent it finishing up prep to fire the engine. He had it ready just a few minutes before I got home and waited for me.

We filled the fuel bowl on the carb, cranked it over a couple of times and discovered that the timing was not even close, corrected that and it fired off!

Ran it for a couple of minutes and discovered that there is a massive oil leak at the back of the engine. It seems to be coming from an oil galley plug above the oil filter. The plan is to fix that today.

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post #543 of 641 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 18, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Tonight I'm irritated. I go to make this post and no matter what I do, my computer thinks I need to use modern "full" mode, rather than the "classic" I much prefer.

In any case, he got the header pulled out of the way and we were able to see the oil leak coming from a plug above the oil filter area that no other block I've seen has. We got it fixed with help from a friend in taking another plug and stretching it to fit. Added some sealer, gave it some time to set while we had lunch and tested it after with a drill and tool to spin the oil pump. All good, no leaks.

Reassembled, started and completed the break-in. All went well. Distributor needs to be reset to get enough timing, oil needs to be changed, then transmission and the rest installed. More soon.

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This oil plug was where our leak was. I took this pic probably 5 years ago before I traded it off to a friend. You'll note also that there's no rear clutch ball mount.

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post #546 of 641 (permalink) Old Jul 9th, 18, 1:52 AM
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Awesome! No smoke, no weird knocking! Gonna have a great time with that motor!!
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post #547 of 641 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 18, 12:18 PM
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Great work. I especially like that he got it all together but waited until you got home before he started it up. Heís a good man!

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post #548 of 641 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 18, 9:25 PM Thread Starter
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Made some further progress today. As you may recall, this engine doesn't have the boss for a clutch ball. Lacking that we had to come up with an alternative that didn't mean an automatic. There are brackets that are available to come off of the bellhousing ring, but with his Lakewood they weren't going to fit. So we started with buying a new clutch ball, then had a coworker of mine turn it down in his lathe.



Then using a piece of 1/4" plate, we made a bracket.



This was the final test fit.



Not very easy to see, but it seems to work. He'll take it to work with him in Monday and shape it better and weld the stud in it.

I didn't take pics, but he also got his shifter fixed today, the back piece had come out of it, and we installed a Crane vacuum advance limiter in his distributor. The limiter absolutely didn't fit the MSD unit, but after an hour or so of grinding, fitting and finally drilling a new hole he put the dizzy back in and checked timing, now vacuum advance is cut back to where it should be for a performance motor.

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post #550 of 641 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 18, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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A couple days' catch up. Monday he took the bracket to work with him, to do some better grinding on it and weld the stud in place. I also took his front wheels to work with me, to mount some better tires we had on them.

When I got home after work, he was waiting for me with the bracket installed, and front end up in the air ready for tires. He quickly got those installed and was ready for a test drive.



It was also my oldest daughter's (his younger sister's) birthday and I was very busy getting everything ready. I did not have time to deal with it if he had a problem and told him as much. Ten minutes later, I get a call. He's broke down, a mile or so from home. I told him to get it to a safe place, I would come pick him up and we would deal with it later. So at 10 pm, we went back and got it.

From what he described to me I suspected a sticking or dirty needle and seat in the carb. There was no time last night, but tonight he pulled it out, cleaned it, I adjusted it for him, and he took it out for a quick spin. Says it acted good. Clutch is still low, he will adjust that tomorrow.

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post #551 of 641 (permalink) Old Aug 2nd, 18, 1:27 AM
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so awesome. this is my favorite post on this site yet. I was smiling the whole way through reading it. so glad to see people even younger than me interested in keeping classics on the road. well done dad, you're raising a good man. 👍👍
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I love watching you guys work on this thing together. You have a great kid - hope you and he both know how special it is to have this hobby in common.

I'm seeing it in my 4.5-year-old and hoping he never loses his interest in cars.

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post #553 of 641 (permalink) Old Sep 3rd, 18, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, we're very lucky. A neighbor lady (friend) was over watching us work together the other day and just laughing at us, how similar we are. We work very well together. There's never any anger or grumbling, just hanging out doing what car guys do. I help with his, he helps with mine, it's a team effort.

He's 19 now, and working on saving up to buy a place of his own. I'll miss having him around every day when he moves out.

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It's been a while since I updated anything, but he's been working on stuff here and there. He's traded out his 283 emblems for more appropriate 327 ones, changed out the flex fan for a clutch fan, and we are waiting on the shroud to arrive. We have an adjustable vacuum advance unit waiting for a dry day to go in, modified per Dave Ray's specifications. Also have been working on rebuilding a bigger carb, this one's an 800 I think the engine will like it better at the track.



Also have new slicks waiting to be mounted to his wheels.

We're planning on hitting Sacramento Dragstrip in late March/Early April, while it is still open, so preparations are beginning now.

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I like it 😄

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