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    mmm... more burnt metal.

    awesome work as usual.

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    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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    The "Bionic Car"!


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    "We can rebuild it!" Or... well, uh.... Andy can anyway. I usually joke that I can fix anything but a broken heart, but I certainly don't have the metal fabricating skills that Andy does.
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    B / C / 2.47
    8 / M / 2.73
    7 / - / 3.07
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    F / R / 3.45
    5 / E / 3.27
    6 / W / 3.73
    2 / K / 3.55
    A / - / 3.63
    J / - / 3.85

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    Hi AndyFanshawe

    When this puppy is finished I can feel a trip north coming on to pleasure myself at its awesomeness.

    Regards

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    Hi AndyFanshawe

    When this puppy is finished I can feel a trip north coming on to pleasure myself at its awesomeness.

    Regards

    Dereck
    Hi Dereck.
    You'll be very welcome
    Kettle will be on.
    Seriously looking forward to talking to a fellow enthusiast of American machinery. Gets a bit lonely up here in my cold dark (well, very light actually) damp garage


    Only had an hour or so on it today, so decided to have a break from the painful fabrication and welding and do something simple!
    Shorten and rebend/reflare the brake pipes at the master cylinder.

    Here's an indication of how far the master cylinder has moved down


    Completed it an hour later and its back to the fabrication tomorrow.

    Andy.

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    Heres the 3 mm thick steel plate cut out



    to fit here



    No plasma cutters or any other fancy profile machine! Just an angle grinder, air saw and die grinder! Took about 2 hours!

    Heres a shot of the floor finally welded back to the floorpan.





    Wishing all of you who are following this a very happy and prosperous new year..........hoping in 12 months time this project will be somewhere near finished!!

    Andy.

    PS I'll be back on it on new years day!!

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    I hope you get it done faster than that. Very much looking forward to seeing this car done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Can't wait to see this long roof laying rockers!!!
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    While I am welding on the passenger side I spotted the fuel filter bracket bolted to the frame. It was the only bit I didn't have blasted and powdercoated. So off it comes and here it is





    Just a little bit rusty then! So it goes into my acid tank for a few days and I will then weld it up

    New rocker extension welded in where the rear door is



    Now I will have to fill in this gap





    Heres the next gap to fill in



    Andy.

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    Decided to fillet weld the floor back to the rockers this time.







    Right at the front is a bit awkward.



    So I made this panel



    to go here.



    then welded up and panel adhesive where I cant get to weld



    Onto rear wheel arches next! Oh and my engine is ready to pick up! Fully rebuilt.

    Andy.

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    very nice.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
    rides: 88 MGM (SOLD), 93 Vic, 2000 Crown Vic, 2003 Expedition
    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    My garage is quite small and I have absolutely no space left to put my new engine on a stand let alone paint it! This is the space at the back



    and the front rails of the car is up against the roller door at the front!

    So where the heck do I put the engine so I can paint it?

    Then I had an idea! Put the engines stand in the engine bay. Will it fit? Have a look





    I know it will be a PITA to get round it but it is possible. After painting it I will hoist it off the stand and bolt it back into place and assemble the engine in situ (the block already has the bottom end in, its just minus the heads and everything else!)

    This may work!

    Andy.

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    Now that's some excellent, if I may borrow the british vernacular, bodging. Very funny.

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    waiting for install: 3.27's, Poly bushings, boxed rear arms, 2500 stall converter, ported e7's, etc

    06 Mazda 3 hatch 2.3L 5AT (winter beater that cost more than my summer car)

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    I'd have put the engine stand the other way around so as to not have to mess with dislodging the stand later, but I had the same idea when looking at the lack of space in the first pic.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
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    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    I'd LOVE to be there to see all this going on! Bobby


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    Quote Originally Posted by slymer View Post
    I'd have put the engine stand the other way around so as to not have to mess with dislodging the stand later, but I had the same idea when looking at the lack of space in the first pic.
    Hi slymer.
    I had thought about putting it the other way round but getting to the front of the engine to paint would then be very difficult. Serves me right for living on a small island and not having much land!!

    Andy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfanshawe View Post
    Hi slymer.
    I had thought about putting it the other way round but getting to the front of the engine to paint would then be very difficult. Serves me right for living on a small island and not having much land!!

    Andy.
    Don't beat yourself up too badly. I'm in a country with less than 1/100 the population density and I still can't get an actual garage for my Vic.

    85 4 door 351 Civi Crown Victoria - Summer daily driver, sleeper in the making, and wildly inappropriate autocross machine
    160KMs 600cfm holley, shorty headers, 2.5" catted exhaust, 255/295 tires, cop shocks, cop swaybars, underdrive pulley, 2.73L gears.
    waiting for install: 3.27's, Poly bushings, boxed rear arms, 2500 stall converter, ported e7's, etc

    06 Mazda 3 hatch 2.3L 5AT (winter beater that cost more than my summer car)

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnunit View Post
    Don't beat yourself up too badly. I'm in a country with less than 1/100 the population density and I still can't get an actual garage for my Vic.
    Ill drink to that. I know all about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyfanshawe View Post
    Hi slymer.
    I had thought about putting it the other way round but getting to the front of the engine to paint would then be very difficult. Serves me right for living on a small island and not having much land!!

    Andy.
    but then you could roll it out with the door open to make room. I get what you're saying though. And yeah... my garage BARELY fits these cars nose to tail and since I have a 2-car garage, the lincoln takes up half with my wife's vic taking up the other. my 88 MGM driver gets the short stick outside. and I have no room left pretty much. and this is only because we passed on a number of houses with shorter garages (couldn't pull the car in without the ass hanging out).

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein
    rides: 88 MGM (SOLD), 93 Vic, 2000 Crown Vic, 2003 Expedition
    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73
    ... and it should all work like magic and unicorns and stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by dmccaig
    Overhead, some poor bastards are flying in airplanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slymer View Post
    but then you could roll it out with the door open to make room. I get what you're saying though. And yeah... my garage BARELY fits these cars nose to tail and since I have a 2-car garage, the lincoln takes up half with my wife's vic taking up the other. my 88 MGM driver gets the short stick outside. and I have no room left pretty much. and this is only because we passed on a number of houses with shorter garages (couldn't pull the car in without the ass hanging out).
    Agree with all this. My garage is actually far bigger than all the more modern ones.

    Engine pickup day! And cylinder head drop off at the same time.

    Here's the plastic wrapped thing in the back of our Chrysler Grand Voyager



    and the crane ready to pick it out



    Here's sneaky peek at the top of one of the pistons





    and onto the engine stand!



    I've had a standard rebuild but with the exception of higher compression pistons to make it slightly more "peppy!" but without causing any pinging with our fuel.

    Painting it next and then assemble time, once the heads have had their 3 angle valve job etc. Nothing fancy but more modern!! My performance engines disappeared with my youth! Now its slow and low.

    Andy.

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