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Old 11-24-2018, 05:09 PM
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Where are you planning on getting it painted? I'm going to look into a full re-paint next month and am just a little north off of Big Bend Rd.
I use a guy in Bradenton for partial paint work. He does not like to do full cars but Iím working on him to get it done for me.
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Need to clean the diff once I can roll it outside but looks better than day one.



Spring bolts will be here shortly.

Frame work is all but complete. Iím waiting on the spring bolts to drop it off of the stands, (ordered). Started on the laundry list of interior needs including repair of rusted kick panel mounts and rear mount bracket replacement. The wiring will take some time since the interior was partially apart when I got it and I still need to replace a few panels.
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Looks awesome, the yellow calipers are clean.

Solid progress!
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Looks awesome, the yellow calipers are clean.

Solid progress!
Thanks, itís nice to see it coming together.
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I use a guy in Bradenton for partial paint work. He does not like to do full cars but Iím working on him to get it done for me.
Cool!

Are you going to do engine work yourself? I was looking at D3 Automotive in Ruskin, they have someone who woks on the older 350s on nights and weekends.
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I've always wanted to do a body off on my 80 but I heard it's like trying to put tooth paste back in the tube!
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Are you going to do engine work yourself? I was looking at D3 Automotive in Ruskin, they have someone who woks on the older 350s on nights and weekends.
Im doing the build myself. I used AMTEX in Ybor City for the machine work and build parts. Iíll look into D3, I live in Ruskin but not sure who/where D3 is. I may have passed by a hundred times and not noticed, lol.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:31 AM
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I've always wanted to do a body off on my 80 but I heard it's like trying to put tooth paste back in the tube!
BlueL82, itís a big job especially when you want it done right so the cost keeps going up. I keep finding things to replace but I have access to and can fabricate a few simple things myself. Frame is all but done and starting on the interior until I pickup the block later this week. Iím enjoying seeing it come together though but do get discouraged at times. It can be overwhelming but progress helps curb that.
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Im doing the build myself. I used AMTEX in Ybor City for the machine work and build parts. I’ll look into D3, I live in Ruskin but not sure who/where D3 is. I may have passed by a hundred times and not noticed, lol.
They are 5 blocks west of Hwy 41 on Shell Point Rd. They came recommended by the exhaust shop further south on the east side of 41. Prices and hours seem very fair, good reviews form the searching I've done, and they actually called me back in a timely manner! Rare for this area.

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They are 5 blocks west of Hwy 41 on Shell Point Rd. They came recommended by the exhaust shop further south on the east side of 41. Prices and hours seem very fair, good reviews form the searching I've done, and they actually called me back in a timely manner! Rare for this area.
I googled them and they are maybe two miles away. Iím on East Shell Point. I plan to build it next month and drop it in so it will be set before the body is ready. It is my first build and thereís lots of info out there. Iím no great mechanic but not shy with the tools either.

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Awesome, I admire what you are doing.

I really want to do heads/cam myself but don't know what I'm doing as far as setting timing or tuning the carb.
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Awesome, I admire what you are doing.

I really want to do heads/cam myself but don't know what I'm doing as far as setting timing or tuning the carb.
I will need to learn that myself Pete. Iíve tuned motorcycle carbs and swapped jets but do not have any experience with automotive carbs. Iíve got a New Holley carb and will cross that bridge when I get to it. Plenty of help when needed with this group.

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Got my block and parts back last week. Took time to clean everything and now Iím putting it back together. Crank, pistons and cam are in and itís time to call it a night.
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It’s been a busy December and I have not done much to the car engine wise. I tossed my oil pan when I tore the engine apart and now having a tough time finding a replacement, (rookie mistake). I need an oil pan that will fit my oil pump pickup so the small sump does not work, (kicking myself). I’ve already returned one to Amazon and one to Ecklers because my 81 seems to be an odd duck. Anyway, I’ve started in on the harness repairs and identification, since it was mostly hacked and bubba’d when I got it. See the before and after pics of the engine compartment. Interior wiring is also coming along nicely and should be complete in the next week or so.
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:37 PM
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Pulled the windshield today and the birdcage is not as bad as I thought. Thatís a relief, still have to do some work but manageable for sure and the interior dash side is clean and solid.

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That part of the birdcage looks very rough to me.
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That part of the birdcage looks very rough to me.
Not as bad as it looks. Solid and I will proreplace to flat corner sections with welded in stock.
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Iíve gotten engine together enough that I can set it in the frame with the trans today. Need to get Bracketry and peripherals installed slowly. It was missing a few brackets not yet identified but my neighbor has an 80 that I can look at for guidance. Slow and steady, but not to slow😁

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Iíve gotten engine together enough that I can set it in the frame with the trans today. Need to get Bracketry and peripherals installed slowly. It was missing a few brackets not yet identified but my neighbor has an 80 that I can look at for guidance. Slow and steady, but not to slow😁
Looking good
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OP Gman81

Some 40+ years ago (and before the advent of fart cans & tunercars) I built a hotrod 3KC Toyota 1200cc pushrod motor … and painted its iron block yellow too! I Iike it on yours as well!

I can see in your pics your H423 pistons, Aluminum Heads & Flat Tappet Lifters.

Did you deck the block? if so How much?

Which Aluminum Heads? they look like they may've been run.

Which Head Gasket?

Which cam?
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