With the 502, the doghouse bumps the air cleaner. ARGH!
It's been a long and winding road, but true to it's soul, this project is still throwing me challenges to overcome. Worst part is trying to fix the issues, long distance. The Vegas diesel shop that is doing most of the work is as frustrated with me as I am with them. A big truck shop, lowering itself to work on my gasser. I'm sure they're a good group of mechs, but they like the bigger stuff.
So, now that the engine is in, the new fuel tank and pumps are in, and it's got about 1/2 mile drive time on it, they tried to close the doghouse. Clunk. The air cleaner held the dog house up by 1/2 inch.
Any pics out there, of the doghouse uncovered? Anyone recover, rebuild or otherwise tear apart their doghouse, and have the pics to share? I'm looking to modify, by about an inch, the top of the cover. Since it's hinged, raising the whole thing won't work, right? If I can prep even a temporary fix, just to get it home, would work. Once it's here, I plan to weld up a new doghouse cage and cover plates. Maybe I'll cut a hole on top for the carb, and install an intake trumpet, set right between the two front seats! LOL!!!! I could put cup holders on each side of it
I've looked at going with a shorter intake manifold. The only one that shaves off an inch of deck height is a single plenum set up, not meant for lower RPM work. The single deck works best for the high RPM/high flow big blocks??? Not suitable for the low RPM/high torque of the HT-502.
The Holley carb is probably not any taller than other carb models. The air cleaner is a pancake style, not much to shave off, there.
So close to driving it away.... straight to the Airstream shop, for new front spring replacements. Wanna get rid of the front airbags. The rears will be shot, too. They know I'm coming, get their parts sourcing guy warmed up! Ball joints, rod ends, brakes, too. Kills me to pay someone else to do those things, but I'm not going over the Sierra Nevadas until I know I stop, coming down the other side.
Then it's north, to the new place in South Dakota. Where I can start tackling the rest.
So... any pics of a doghouse, or other words of wisdom to lower the air cleaner by an inch, would be greatly appreciated!!