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Posted 2/12/2010 8:53:24 PM


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Well it has been and still is very cold here, so working in my unheated Batcave has not been pleasant. However, I have been working on my 89. Here are a few pictures of the rebuild of the side mechanics originally built by Mark Towle. All I can say about MT's side mechanics is they were so poorly built they fell apart as soon as I started to removed them from the car. The "fuel blocks"? if that is what they are called were a real mess. Although I am not done, I am making progress. The color is just a base coat color and will be detailed once completed. Photos are in opposite order with the originals at the end and the latest work first. I know they are not perfect, but they look a lot in person, considering I am a beginner builder, ha, ha!!!!

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Overall shot of progress so far.

Fuel block after first sanding

 

Some of the original metal work. It took hours cleaning up what pieces I could save, some parts were so bad they had to be remade.

Original fuel block

Original MT build

 

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Posted 2/12/2010 10:25:21 PM


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I'm not sure what these are called, but they look a lot better than the MT versions.

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Posted 2/12/2010 11:32:26 PM
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Nice job Dane.  I see you even have the (what look like) dataplates at the bottom of the "fuel block" (or manifold?).

I think Kevin mentioned previously that the parts on the original car were from an aircraft air start system, and I tend to agree.  Judging by the v-band clamps and bolted flanges.  I work for an aircraft company and that's what we use for our air start systems.

If someone were to to get photos of the dataplates of the lower part of the manifold, we'd finally find out what it is.

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Posted 2/13/2010 12:13:35 AM


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Dave, thanks. I haven't decided what to put on my data plate. Here is the original data plate but I can barely read it.

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Posted 2/13/2010 1:09:39 AM


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I'm not sure what these are called, but they look a lot better than the MT versions.



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Posted 2/13/2010 1:18:42 AM


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Then we shall name them the "grappling hook thruster plates" ha, ha!
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Posted 2/13/2010 5:53:49 AM


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Nice job Dane. I know Marks work was maybe not up to par but I think he gave you a good starting point and  you really have done a phenomenal job on them.
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Thanks Nitro and I agree MT did give me something to work with. I was able to use a lot of MT's pieces. A lot of sanding, grinding and filling. Today I am getting the bolts for the fuel blocks/manifolds. I still have to fab up the front snout with heat shield parts for both sides.

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Posted 2/14/2010 5:37:17 AM


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The guy up North is making some that are as close as I have seen yet.

 I am not sure he might have pics on the 66 board.I think they will be available for sale but not sure.

The exhaust pieces coming off the big block I was told by an aircraft exhaust maker are ball and joint valves. I have only found them in 3 inch not 5 like they should be.

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Posted 2/14/2010 10:15:39 AM


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It has been a challange rebuilding the side mechanics as I am a novice builder but I am having a blast. I wish it would warm up so I can get my fiberglass work done. I don't have much left and then it is off to paint.
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