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  1. I have both styles Between my ‘68 and ‘73. The diff carriers are the same. The subframe to body mounts are the same. The A arm bushings are different. There is an outfit in Austria that makes/sells the proper oem style rubber bushings for those. The BMW parts don’t fit anymore... don’t ask me why they’re still selling them if they don’t fit. Who knows. As for Poly for that location I haven’t the faintest. The link to the outfit with the proper fitting OE style bushings is in this thread. I bought/installed a set on my ‘68 so I’m sure they work.
  2. Chamonix ‘73 Finally presses out the rocker shafts. I hope to pull the valves and wash/inspect everything next week before sending the head in a skim and whatever else may be needed. It’ll get a 292 when it comes back to the shop. I’m looking forward to getting this bolted back on the engine soon.
  3. While you’re hunting for upgrades for your VW rear calipers look at the MK4 calipers. If I recall correctly they’re alloy castings not steel (Lighter), perhaps less prone to seizing, and I believe they will mount up to the earlier carriers. I think the only real difference was the use of a bango connection for the brake line instead of an inverted flare fitting. I could be misremembering all of this, but it might be worth looking at
  4. It’s hard to remember all of things that have taken place since last I updated this blog but here it goes: With the shortblock/trans/subframe in the car I turned my attention to the shift tower. I’m using the early style linkage as that’s what I had available to me. I shortened the the tower to fit centered in the opening in the tunnel, then cut down the shift rod to match. All new bushings/isolators/and a shortened support rod were installed. I ended up ordering a new clutch master cylinder and calipers as the master I had intended to use had deep pits in the bore after cleaning and I realized that for about $35 ea for reman’d calipers it just wasn’t worth my time to tear into old ones. I’ll save those and the kits for an emergency situation/rainy day. I recreated all of the brake hard lines in Cu Ni alloy. The trailing arms were cleaned, new bushings installed, painted, and all of the braking components were refurbished/replaced. The parking brake handle got some attention: cleaning, straightening, lubing, shiming. After that the new cables were installed along with the resealed/painted LSD and subframe (complete with new mounts/rebushed diff hanger). I now have a set of Poly subframe mount inserts that I will get around to installing at some point. IE stage 2 springs, 1 dot pads, and Bilstein Sport shocks finished out the rear suspension Both front wheels now point the same direction again thanks to a new center link, new inner and outer tie rod ends and freshly blasted/painted turnbuckle tubes. Reconnecting the steering column to the steering box will happen soon. There were quite a few rust blisters on the underside of the car that were scuffed and treated. Most of the seams have an application of 3M seam Sealer now. There are a few yet to. In the interior I’ve managed to POR-15 the floor pans and apply Kilmat to most of the surfaces. The heater box was disassembled/cleaned/reassembled with new foam. Wiring harnesses have been cleaned/rewrapped/placed. A new tank to engine fuel line (the special cohline heat sealing variety) has been routed through the cabin. I’d better get my driveshaft measured/cut and get the cylinder head stripped/milled soon. Those are quickly becoming the “hold-ups” to taking a short test drive before the bodywork begins.
  5. Chamonix ‘73 No pics so perhaps it didn’t happen... bled the brakes and clutch, installed the P clamps on the parking brake cables. I installed the new center link, new inner and outer tierod ends and blasted/painted/installed the old tie rod center sections. I put the front wheels on the car just because. I finally drilled the rivets on the heater box. What a mess of nut shells and maple seeds. After removing the seized fan motor I was able to free it up and get it running nicely again. Next time out I’ll focus more on the heater box so I can get it back in and then install the steering column.
  6. ‘73 Chamonix I finally got around to installing the new shift tower isolation bushings and a shortened tower brace. I made a custom mounting tab for the brace from a chunk of angle iron. It seems to have worked out dandy. I rewrapped the harness that runs from the firewall to the trunk and put it back in place. The fuel tube that runs through the cabin is now in place as well. I cleaned up/lubed the parking brake handle and reinstalled it. Once I finally got around to honing the clutch master cylinder in preparation to rebuild it I was disappointed to find that there are some very deep pits in the bore... of course they’re in the path of travel of one of the plunger seals... oh well. I’ll save it along with the rebuild kit. Perhaps I’ll have the body sleeved some day.
  7. Chamonix ‘73 The pics are pretty bad, but I’ve managed to pick at the car here and there over the past few weeks. The pans are POR’d, scuffed, and kilmat added. The short brake lines from the “T” have been replaced and new soft lines are in place. The old seized parking brake cables were removed. The diff hanger has new bushings and got a lick of paint. The rear subframe has new mounts and then I installed it along w/ the 3.91 LSD. Next project will likely be new brake lines and brake parts on the trailing arms So I can finish reassembling the rear suspension. I need to get my driveshaft measured and sent off for shortening as well.
  8. I’m running a pair of 6v yellow tops in series (so I have 6v for my gauges and 12v for everything else in my daily driver) that are almost 15yrs old. Good batteries by my account.
  9. Sorry for the detour... FWIW the Caddy has a TBI fuel system as well. 🤷‍♂️
  10. Here’s another Curious GM design. An aluminum block, O-ring’d steel liners and Cast iron heads. The service fix for those leaky bastards was literally “stop-leak”... every x,000 mi. I rebuilt one for the ‘86 Coupe Deville I owned for a while.
  11. Actually the spray bottle on the bumper is POR marine clean. See that blue spot behind the rear fender. That’s what a scrub brush and some marine clean will do for the paint on this truck. I can’t decide if I want to do the whole thing or not.
  12. Yep, Tunerpro 5. I have a separate wideband in the truck that is supposed to compatible, but I haven’t attempted the connection yet as my truck isn’t exactly built for speed. I just use it for “my own info” and make adjustments as needed.
  13. I modified the original IH distributor to use a reluctor and a pick-up coil. The advance is completely locked out and set to TDC. My timing and fuel tables get me in the ballpark per rpm/load. There are a ton of other additional algorithms that fine tune it. The sampling rates are painfully slow compared to modern efi. It’s not perfect, but it does pretty well. You can change the target afrs among other things.
  14. ... Im using the 2bbl TBI system from an ‘89 Astro can on my ‘55 IH truck. As soon as I get my “sons” ‘73 Hotrod running I’ll grab the 1bbl parts from an 4cyl S10 and give it a try. I’m sure it’s flexible enough. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if I could get the 2bbl TB to work as well. You just gotta be smarter than the code (I’m not saying that I am, But I will stay at a Holiday Inn before turning so it should work out fine).
  15. That won’t be any fun to repair. As long as the A sheet, wing sheets, and inner fender are still securely bound together I’d cut out a large enough section of firewall to make the repair from a donor and weld it in. After that’s at least stitched in I’d pull the fender off and remove the wing sheet to have a good long look/poke around. Patch anything else you find that’s thin (likely a lot) weld on a new wing sheet and probably an A panel as well, treat with your favorite flavor of rust converter/arrester/sealer, and repaint as needed. best to pull the engine/trans/front Suspension/firewall pad/wiring harness (at a minimum) before getting started on this. I thought about this same repair on tub 1664819 (‘69 ‘02). Instead it got chopped up into hundreds of pieces to help save my other two. -that’s my take. Take it for what you will
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