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Old 11-02-2018, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MOXIE62 View Post
I'm wrong. The plastic plug is round on the outside but the part that snaps into the body is square. Sorry
No problem Moxie! Just keeping us all on our toes. LOL!

Finished the 4th prime and 4th blocking. Used tape line to ensure edges are straight and sharp.

Now onto the firewall paint.

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Old 11-02-2018, 09:14 PM
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Lookin Good Pat! I remember when that car was on Craigslist about a year to year and a half ago up here in Nor Cal or was it central Cali? I showed it to my wife and told her we need another. Glad you got a hold of it and are making it right.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:34 AM
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Lookin Good Pat! I remember when that car was on Craigslist about a year to year and a half ago up here in Nor Cal or was it central Cali? I showed it to my wife and told her we need another. Glad you got a hold of it and are making it right.
Thanks for the comment.

This one was on this Corvette Forum, in the for sale section. It was located in Clovis. I think it was March, or April of 2017 when I picked it up.

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Just wanted to thank you for a delightful, two-coffee-mug morning read of this journey. Great story of skill and persistence. Nice way to watch the sun come up. All the best Pat. Impressive!
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Engine compartment and wheel well day.

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Looks great, Pat!

Love me some fresh engine bay pics!
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As close to bubbafied as I'm going to get.

I had to open up the exhaust manifold to a 7/16" to get good threads.

so with a drill and a grinding wheel, I narrowed down a bolt, then threaded it to 3/8" x 16 thread count.

what the heck.....it works!

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Much closer to Einstein than Bubba!


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As close to bubbafied as I'm going to get.

I had to open up the exhaust manifold to a 7/16" to get good threads.

so with a drill and a grinding wheel, I narrowed down a bolt, then threaded it to 3/8" x 16 thread count.

what the heck.....it works!

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Exhaust and battery tray installed.

Looks like the body mounting soon!

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Very nice Pat. Won’t be long.
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Looks great, Pat.

I spy a MagnaFlow Corvette Central exhaust system...Have the same unit on my 66 and it sounds awesome at 5800 RPM!

Are your arms and shoulders smoke checked from sanding?
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I had a problem getting my CC exhaust pipes to fit on the manifold without squeezing one side of the gasket. I ended up modify that end for a square fit on the donut gasket.. Have you installed the starter yet. 2 1/2" pipe gets close to starter but will work.
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Looks great, Pat.

I spy a MagnaFlow Corvette Central exhaust system...Have the same unit on my 66 and it sounds awesome at 5800 RPM!

Are your arms and shoulders smoke checked from sanding?
Hey Matt,

That sanding and blocking is a lot of fun....NOT! I have the body done, but still have the doors, hood and deck lid to do. I'll get the body back onto the frame, and it will free up some of my shop. Then I'll work on mounting, gaps, and all those good things.

I did go with Corvette Central, but ended up going with the off road exhaust system. Hope it sounds good!

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Originally Posted by MOXIE62 View Post
I had a problem getting my CC exhaust pipes to fit on the manifold without squeezing one side of the gasket. I ended up modify that end for a square fit on the donut gasket.. Have you installed the starter yet. 2 1/2" pipe gets close to starter but will work.
Hello Moxie,

Yea, I too had a problem getting the pipe to fit correctly up under the manifolds. Both sides were bent a bit too much. If you look closely at the pipe, you can see where I heated it up and pulled the bend back out of it a bit. I had to do both sides, but it worked out good.

Supposed to get a starter tomorrow, or over the week-end. Was hoping to find an original '63 starter, but it looks like I'm going to have to go with something else that will work.

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Old 11-09-2018, 06:42 AM
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Pat,

You can use a thread sert and repair the exhaust manifold threads so you can use the correct studs, give that some thought before you put the body back on.

From the factory, the exhaust pipes are supposed to have an extension which sits inside the pipe and captures the donut and centers itself inside the exhaust manifold (both sides). When assembled correctly the heat riser will open unobstructed, do some internet on it, most aftermarket don't include it.

Looks great!!
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Pat,

You can use a thread sert and repair the exhaust manifold threads so you can use the correct studs, give that some thought before you put the body back on.

From the factory, the exhaust pipes are supposed to have an extension which sits inside the pipe and captures the donut and centers itself inside the exhaust manifold (both sides). When assembled correctly the heat riser will open unobstructed, do some internet on it, most aftermarket don't include it.

Looks great!!
Thanks for the information Tim! I do appreciate it.

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Everything is looking great Pat. I hope you are well removed or at least safe from the fires.
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I don't think Chevrolet did this on the assembly line!

Pat

That's a great for keeping the lines strait. I'm doing a 65 coupe and noticed after I sprayed the feather fill it's tougher seeing the lines. Great progress sir. Always love seeing your updates.
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Pat, looking good! You are flying through this project. Is the body paint going to be the long pole in the tent?
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Is that a later T-10 with the 400 size output shaft/yoke? Putting one in my '63 as we speak.

Car's looking great Pat!
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