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Old 12-11-2015, 09:03 AM   #1527
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That makes perfect sense. The later Banks kit was built for TBI engines, and they have an O2 sensor. Putting my bung there would have been better in many ways, but still would have involved unbolting the collector and the broken bolts would have still been an issue.
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:37 PM   #1528
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Spent 2 hours blasting, wire brushing, derusting and rinsing the header in prep for the VHT paint.

I did take a pic of it before I put the primer on, but accidentally deleted it from my phone instead of uploading...

Anyway, warmed the header slightly with a blowtorch and applied 2 light coats, and one medium.



An hour later, I did the same with the aluminum topcoat.


It was touch dry so i put it out in the sun to cure....
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:54 PM   #1529
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That garbage pail just doesn't do those nice headers justice ! Regards, Bob
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:21 PM   #1530
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That garbage pail just doesn't do those nice headers justice ! Regards, Bob
LOL, I agree Bob, but the outgassing/smell gives the GF cause for complaint, so I put them outside to keep perfect harmony!
I hope I don't knock too much of the coating off trying to get the darn thing back on!

Passenger side front close out panel is looking better too, after I beat the ugly out of it!
Primered then satin black.


Would have done more today, but my 73 Blazer decided to spit up its mech fuel pump... That 3 in as many weeks... Airstream, Dodge Van, and now Blazer...
This Ethanol in fuel is a older pump killer!

Spent the afternoon fuel pump and bolt hunting...
Bolts for the viscous fan, exhaust, and Smog pump bracket are in my possession... I hope!

When I got home, this little gem was in my mailbox... Quadrajet mixture tool!
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Old 12-13-2015, 06:41 PM   #1531
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Saturday, I wrapped up the exhaust stuff by blasting and painting the spark plug heat shields, cleaning and anti-seizing the bolts, and getting new gaskets.
Then the "Mr Gasket" starter heatshield arrived...
It is 2 layers of aluminum with a layer of some kind or heat insulation between the two.



Wasted no time in getting that mounted to the starter.



Went to storage and got right on with mounting the headers, and getting it all reinstalled, with just a few minor chips.... who knows if the paint will last anyway!.



Was planning to mount the starter, and cut off the bad section of the starter wire... there is enough slack for me to do that.
But this is a better view or how bad it really was...
Could have sorted out at any time!



I had some 2 gauge copper terminals, and solder, but in the failing light, I was unhappy with my efforts so will revisits it.

Today, was a non starting Mercedes diesel, which had me busy all day... turned out to be a broken(stress cracked) Glowplug fuse!
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:40 PM   #1532
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Wow... what a day.
The highlights were made possible by some of the work I have been doing for about 4 years... It doesnt sound like much in a post, but it feels significant to me.

I had found and refurbished what I thought was the period correct smog pump, and its brackets. But you just never know...
My initial attempt to install the main bracket today was thwarted by some previous moron running a hefty set of wires from the chassis rail up the MAIN FUEL LINE!
Is it me, or is this so stupid it defies logic?


This is where the wires come up... behind the waterpump, and hoses and to the solenoid on the bracket.
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Looks like the path of least resistance to me and he did take the time to wrap them up nicely.
The proximity to the harmonic balancer would bother me or is just the view angle?
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:56 PM   #1534
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So, with the wires moved, I bolted the pump support bracket in place...
So far so good!


Next, I wiggled the pump itself into place, and now I could see that the lower alternator bracket also supports the upper part of the smog pump... but there was no hole for it on the one mounted...


Upon comparing the two, I see the bracket I got with the smog pump has the hole!
2nd on LH side!


Drum roll....


I have a smog pump!
It all lines up, but I have not mounted the pulley as I need a longer belt.

So, then as I was there I mounted the 7 blade fan and coupling...


Doesnt look like much, but it was a huge leap.
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:02 PM   #1535
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Looks like the path of least resistance to me and he did take the time to wrap them up nicely.
The proximity to the harmonic balancer would bother me or is just the view angle?
It is close Peter, so I can't leave it... my hair will be on end every time I drive it knowing its like that!
Wouldn't take much for it to move, contact the pulley and we have a raging inferno!
Good job there is a nice ABS engine cover between us and that....
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Old 12-14-2015, 09:06 PM   #1536
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Doesnt look like much, but it was a huge leap.
did you disconnect the radiator and heater hose to get the fan in from the top ?
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It is close Peter, so I can't leave it... my hair will be on end every time I drive it knowing its like that!
Wouldn't take much for it to move, contact the pulley and we have a raging inferno!
Good job there is a nice ABS engine cover between us and that....
Good idea, if i remember correctly, I saw your hard fuel line changing to rubber on top of your intake, which makes it rattle whilst your drive .
If you change to TBI, you probably reroute your fuel line from the back anyways, since the mechanical fuel pump will be a goner.
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No, didn't disconnect or remove the radiator or hoses. Flex fan came out, and new one went in from below. Worked from doghouse above to position and get a couple of bolts in, then finished tightening from below.
Yes, if I go TBI the feed is from the rear with ss flex lines as standard.
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Nice work. Isn't it great when the pieces fall into place? I think it happened to me once.

Normally I would curse the missing hole in the bracket, and proceed to screw it up by drilling a new hole just slightly out of place. Then I would go home totally pissed off only to recall that I had previously thrown away the correct bracket because I had no use for two of them at the time.
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I know! I guess I made my excitement clear! For the record, I had to jiggle the bolts and brackets to get that one upper bolt in, then tighten them all.
Why is it that I am struggling for space on such a huge vehicle!
So glad I have the engine side shields off.
It seems that every time I fix something, I spot something else that needs fixing! Yesterday was no exception. In putting the new fan on, I see the hose from the water pump to block is weeping. Time to get some high quality heater hose!
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