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post #211 of 508 (permalink) Old May 9th, 17, 8:17 PM
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Re: 65 SS Chitvelle - My PT attempt

For pilot bearings I would pack them full of grease then use a socket that fit tightly plus an extension. Tapping the end of the extension pressurizes the grease causing the pilot bearing to back right out.

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post #212 of 508 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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For pilot bearings I would pack them full of grease then use a socket that fit tightly plus an extension. Tapping the end of the extension pressurizes the grease causing the pilot bearing to back right out.
Yup, same idea, just no grease to clean up at the end.

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Seems like slow moving on the car so far this year. Got my pushrods finally so the engine is buttoned back up. Was able to throw the new clutch on and stick the trans and engine into the car. The speed engineering headers fit great so far. Cut up the trans tunnel to get the t56 to start to fit. Trying to understand pinion angles now before I complete the tunnel. Been working on the trunk body mounts as well. With the mini tubs in there the originals don't fit so they need to be changed a bit. Lots of under and back to the vise to get things correct. Mechanic's yoga...

Was a nice motivation when I got the motor and trans in there.

I was going to sand blast the entire interior, but I opted instead to try out a product called Corroseal. Paint it on thick, goes on white and turns black when it converts the rust to oxide. Now I can just paint over it. I was dreading getting up under the dash to sand blast, so hopefully this isn't too bad and has stopped things from rusting for another bunch of years. Once I mock up the vintage air and the wiring I will go back and paint it with upol or lizard skin or something like that I think.

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Got my remaining parts to finish up the rear end build. Time to get that put together and under the car. Still have to weld in the coil over mounts on the frame. Also need to weld on a couple of brake line tabs onto the rear end. Center the rear end under the car and measure for some wheels. Will get the front suspension on soon enough.

I did get the passenger side trunk body brace and frame mount welded in this weekend. Good to have that one done, now to tackle the other side.

I seem to be staying away from the wiring and vintage air mock up under the dash. Must be I don't want to deal with that quite yet.

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Re: 65 SS Chitvelle - My PT attempt

You going to mock up the VA with the plastic plug, or you buying a full kit to do it?

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You going to mock up the VA with the plastic plug, or you buying a full kit to do it?
I already bought the full version. I was contemplating just the box, but went all in. I still don't like the vent options for the 65s. Hopefully can be creative and figure something else out. But space gets tight behind the dash pretty quickly.

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I just got my VA kit last week. I got the formed firewall cover rather than use the plastic one that comes with the kit because it looks cheesey. Its actually a Detroit Speed piece, looks just like the stock heater core/fan box but is only about 1/4" - 3/8" deep. Going to have it painted to match the firewall, should look good.

I got the Sanden SD7 compressor rather than the usual Sanden that comes with the kit. The hose ports are on the side of the case rather then sticking straight up out of the rear. Should look a little cleaner.

I am also unsure what to do for the A/C vents. May buy stock replacement that fit into the lower corner of the dash. Kind of expensive but will look good. Still not sure what to do about the dash center vents.
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Sorry, I thought you meant had I just bought the mock up box or the whole kit. I bought the whole kit. I went with the regular compressor, I also have the compressor off the crate motor. I don't know what I am going to do with the heater core hole. Might look at that Detroit Speed one. I was also just contemplating making my own.

What are you going to do about the heater controls?

Those lower corner vents fit 65s? I know they do the 66+ but don't know if the angles are the same on those ends. I haven't look into it that much. Center vent you could get an AC dash bezel and use, but I don't know how easy the piping is going to route up to that spot.

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I also ordered up some NiCopp 3/8" line to try to make some fuel lines out of. I have some of this already for the brake lines, but was thinking about using PTFE lines for the fuel. I will give this a try and see if I like how it turns out.

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I did a little research and I think 64-65 lower dash vents are similar to each other. don't think the 66-67 will work due to the compound angles of the dash.

Here's a couple of pics of the 64-65, I think you could use a holesaw and get close, die grinder to fit.
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Ah nice find. I still do not like that plastic piece around it, makes it look like such an afterthought.

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Guess we don't have alot of choices, some of the VA and Classic Auto Air stuff looks pretty cheap too.

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Dan, Where in MA are you? I cut the dash vent holes in my 65 El Camino using original AC dash pieces as templates. I used them to mark up my dash and then cut the openings using a body saw. Took about five minutes each plus another five minutes for finish filing/smoothing. If you'd like to borrow them, let me know. Reproduction vent housings are available on ebay and are a good fit. The originals I have are very brittle and not worth restoring/using.
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Dan, Where in MA are you? I cut the dash vent holes in my 65 El Camino using original AC dash pieces as templates. I used them to mark up my dash and then cut the openings using a body saw. Took about five minutes each plus another five minutes for finish filing/smoothing. If you'd like to borrow them, let me know. Reproduction vent housings are available on ebay and are a good fit. The originals I have are very brittle and not worth restoring/using.
Hello David. I would love to borrow those templates. I live in Grafton MA. South East of Worcester. Do you have any pictures of your finished dash?

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Dave, wow that's what's needed to do this job! The cutout is shaped much different than I envisioned.

Any chance I could talk you into making templates out of something flexible and mailing them to me? Something like card stock or an old file folder? I'll private message you my address if agreeable.

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