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Nice!
What bender do you have, it makes nice bends?
Or are you buying pre-bent components?
 

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All done. I don't know whether to just paint them or have them coated at this point. There are so many conflicting stories about ceramic coating and the heat put off by them. Some swear that they stay very cool and some say little to no difference. anyone have experience here? Before and after pic
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I’ve had good luck wrapping with titanium fiber wrap, and I’ve had friends who’ve used Swaintech coatings to great effect (better than my wraps but more $ and time)

ETA: the swaintech coating only comes in white, so that might be something to keep in mind.
 

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Those look nice. Nothing better than a custom set that fits exactly how they need to
 

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I bought a Autometer AFR gauge to play with. I have the carb dialed in everywhere but WOT which is at about 13.5:1. I just jetted up the rear 3 numbers and am ready to take it out again.
I put a set of 18x7 and 20x8 torq thrusts on it with 225-45/18 and 275-40/20 Nitto 555R drag radials on it. With the QA1 front coilovers and upper and lower A-arms, UMI rear arms and braces, urethane body mounts and bushings everywhere, Belltech rear springs, Hellwig rear sway bar, 1-3/8" Trans Am front sway bar, and Trans Am steering box it kills it through the curves.
Man the car is fast, and quick. It accelerates like crazy through second and third gear through 5700rpm. From a punch, 30-115mph in second gear alone flies by. When it hits third it just does it some more. The 3.00 rear gears are just about perfect, although I have an aluminum center section with 3.50s and a GForce Detroit locker sitting in the bedroom ready to install. I just can't pull the trigger because the 3.00s and TruTrac cruise so well. As soon as things let up with covid I'll head to the local track. 1/8th mile and 3.00s won't mesh too well but it will do.
Did I mention how fast this thing is?:)
 

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Well I unbolted everything today to pull the engine back out. Something in the rear is leaking oil like a sieve. It might be the rear main seal, maybe the cam plug, probably the rear pan seal, but it is ridiculous. That isn't the only leak either. I've never seen an oil pan that was so difficult to seal. Is there a secret that I am missing?

The local 1/8 mile track is having Midnight Madness next Saturday and I'd like to be there running the Street Tire NA classes.
 

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I had a brass cam plug installed and it looks like that was leaking. I replaced it with a steel plug and resealed both oil galley plugs. I’ll go ahead and replace the pan gasket tonight. I bought a Flowkooler water pump for the reinstall.
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Never trusted those carb plate lifts.
 

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Never trusted those carb plate lifts.

Man I can't imagine using anything else.

I got the pan off and cleaned up. Loosened all of the mains and got the rear seal changed. I'll put the pan back on tomorrow night and shoot a little paint on the water pump. I also notched the corner of my aluminum valve cover to clear the AC box. Once the engine is back in and I confirm that it is notched enough i'll TIG a plate back in and polish it up.
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They just scare me. It really sucks to pay that much for valve covers and cut them up. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do to make it yours and the way you want it.
 

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They just scare me. It really sucks to pay that much for valve covers and cut them up. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do to make it yours and the way you want it.
Nice clean cut though!

But I’m with you on hating to do stuff like that.

Best on a clean TIG job. Be sure to take a picture or three, please.

bro. d
 

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Those valve covers came on the engine when I bought the long block. I got the engine back in and the valve cover fits nicely. I'll give it about another 1/8" and weld it up. Should be running tomorrow.
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WOW! And I thought my engine space was a tight fit,

More power to you, cause I wouldn't have even considered doing that.

Best,

bro. d
 

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WOW! And I thought my engine space was a tight fit,

More power to you, cause I wouldn't have even considered doing that.

Best,

bro. d

All in the name of keeping factory AC working
 
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