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Old 02-17-2016, 04:46 PM   #533
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The new upper and lower ball joints arrived today and I'm happy to say they are the correct ones. If you'll remember I bought one each of the upper and lower "economy" models just to make sure they fit. Now that I know for certain I went ahead and bought new Moog brand upper and lower ball joints for both sides. I figure I can carry the economy ball joints as spares.

Fortunately I found NOS ball joints on ebay for about 2/3s of what I could get them for elsewhere so at least I was able to save a little bit of money. Every little bit helps

I took the upper and lower control arms to the local radiator shop to have them acid dipped. It's not really an acid dip anymore, more of a paint remover dip but for the few bucks they charge I figure anything that helps me get them cleaned up and ready to paint is worth it.

Slowly moving forward...
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:51 PM   #534
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I forgot to mention. The rear spring shackles have turned out to a possible sticking point. Based on the parts book numbers for the shackle I found a couple on ebay for cheap. I bought the cheapest and once it arrives I'll verify that it's the right one and then buy the other one.

The issue has to do with the size of the bolt holes. Mine are 9/16" bolts but the ones that I can find through the regular parts houses use 5/8" bolts. So hopefully the one's on ebay will be correct and that crises will be averted
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Old 02-19-2016, 05:41 PM   #535
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I'm happy to say the shackle that I ordered turned out to be the correct one so I've ordered the second one. I now have everything I need to totally replace the rear suspension.

The front saddle was still a lot greasier than I had hoped for after hosing it down at the car wash so today I set up my hot pressure washer and spent an hour hosing it down. Nothing like high pressure and 200 degree water to cut the grease! The saddle is now grease free. I need to let it dry for a few days and then I'll start painting it.
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:45 PM   #536
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Great news Brad, getting closer to having the parts of the jigsaw!
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Old 02-20-2016, 05:42 AM   #537
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Great news Brad, getting closer to having the parts of the jigsaw!
Jigsaw is a very apt description! Between the front frame cross member all the way back to the diff there is nothing mounted to the frame anymore. I've stripped everything out in preparation for painting. I had never intended to strip things down to that extent but one thing led to another and well, that's where I'm at now!

With any luck at all by next weekend I'll be able to start painting the frame rails and engine compartment.

Once the all of that is painted and the front suspension is re-installed then I can start work on replacing the rear suspension and painting the last 6' or so of frame rail.
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Old 02-20-2016, 12:41 PM   #538
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The new upper and lower ball joints arrived today and I'm happy to say they are the correct ones. If you'll remember I bought one each of the upper and lower "economy" models just to make sure they fit. Now that I know for certain I went ahead and bought new Moog brand upper and lower ball joints for both sides. I figure I can carry the economy ball joints as spares.

Fortunately I found NOS ball joints on ebay for about 2/3s of what I could get them for elsewhere so at least I was able to save a little bit of money. Every little bit helps

I took the upper and lower control arms to the local radiator shop to have them acid dipped. It's not really an acid dip anymore, more of a paint remover dip but for the few bucks they charge I figure anything that helps me get them cleaned up and ready to paint is worth it.

Slowly moving forward...
Are you planning on reinstalling the upper lower control arms to install the Moogs or do you have a bench press?
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Old 02-20-2016, 01:33 PM   #539
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Are you planning on reinstalling the upper lower control arms to install the Moogs or do you have a bench press?
I've got a 20-ton hydraulic floor press that I made 30 years ago that should press them in without to much trouble.

All of the ball joints arrived today and I'm heading down to the shop right now to start painting all of the suspension pieces and parts. With luck they will all be painted by next weekend and then the chassis prep and painting begins...
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:50 AM   #540
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The 2" throttle body that I bought arrived yesterday The rebuild job looks to be done very well. It came with new sensors and rebuilt injectors, necessary mounting hardware and the stud for holding the air cleaner in place.

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I'm getting close to running the engine on the test stand again however it will still have the carburetor installed. I want to get 30 minutes of 2,000 rpm run time to break in the cam before I start swapping over to the TBI system.

Things are going to be interesting this spring and summer
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If I'm not mistakin the manifold or adaptor will need bored out for the 2" TBI.
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Old 02-28-2016, 04:42 AM   #542
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If I'm not mistakin the manifold or adaptor will need bored out for the 2" TBI.
I have the correct GM TBI intake manifold sitting on the shelf. I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to use it or the Edelbrock Performer intake that is currently on the engine. If I decide to keep the Edelbrock then I will have to make an adapter and yes it will need 2" bores.

I originally bought the TBI intake manifold thinking it would not be as tall as the Edelbrock intake. Turns out to be just the opposite, the Edelbrock appears to be about 3/4" lower than the OEM intake which is about how thick the adapter plate will be. My thought now is why bother changing intakes if there is no real advantage in doing so.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:57 AM   #543
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Spent the last week or so sand blasting and painting various parts for the front suspension. By this coming weekend the suspension components should be complete and ready to re-install on the chassis. I hope to actually start prepping the chassis for paint this coming weekend. I'm not looking forward to wire brushing and cleaning the frame rails but it's got to be done

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Other than welding in two O2 sensor bungs in the header collectors I'm just about ready to assemble the exhaust system to the engine sitting on the test stand.

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I think I finally figure out a way to eliminate all the harmful exhaust emissions from 454. If you've ever heard of a closed loop system here's my take on how it's done

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Those headers sure look nice!
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They are Thorley THY-303Y-C ceramic coated headers. I'm impressed with their build quality.
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