May 24, Finally decent weather so
some of the paint projects can be finished up.. Sand blasted the new intake mani
bolt heads/washers, dipstick tube and factory trans dipstick tubes as well as
new heater outlet and new thermostat tube. Powder coated the 2 water
outlets with my Indyblue mix. Both turned out perfect.
May 27, Powder coated the
heads/washers for the 12 int/mani bolts mirror black & did the oil dipstick tube
reflective chrome, turned out great.
May 29, Today finally coated the
main bracket that holds the supercharger with mirror black. Been putting it off
due to its size. Barely fits in my
oven so did some test passes putting it in the oven without bumping it. Did one
side at a time and it turned out pretty good. Trans dipstick tube had to be done
in 3 sections due to its length. Both ends look good, so much for the middle lol.
(cant be seen)
May 31, Sandblasted the motor
mounts cause I wasn't happy with them being red (clashed too much). Used
Duplicolor ceramic blue caliper paint on them and they look a lot better
(4-5coats). Cut a Russel 10an coupling, leveled & beveled it to be used as the
return for the cell.
June 4. Took the fuel cell
apart (removed foam, lid & sender) and dropped it off at Universal Spinners to have them
cut the 8an return off and weld in the 10an one I modified (coupler) Ordered
Yokohama 285/35/22s and when they come in (next week maybe) Ill do a test fit
and decide on if I'm going to bag the truck or not. Rims/rubber wont tuck but an
adjustable suspension with tubular A arms and 4link will really help at the
track so may still go for it.
June 8 LMAO, the BS
continues, the 38x18 2core alum rad I ordered is made in Ontario Canada about
180miles from my house. Its shipped to a company in Florida that has the rights
to all their rads. They then ship it the 1200miles back to my place. It wont be
made till first week in July before its 2400mile round trip to FL n back.
Universal spinners will be welding on the brackets to mount it, plus fans and
alum catch can.
June 11 Removed the stock
headlights and installed the chrome one piece lights/signals. Look ok but they
are not adjustable and seem to have a bit of space above them and white mounting
points stick out below so I need to make/paint a filler piece for under lights
on both sides (may go all the way across to fill under grill also). Put the
foam, lid and sender unit back into the fuel cell. Universal did a good job
welding it. Also removed the SMT6 from the glove box.
June 15, Cut the baffle screw
mounts(6per cover) off the bottom of the MP alum valve covers with the dremel so
they wont interfer with the Hughes rocker girdles. The girdles act as a baffle
so its ok to remove them. .
July 28 08 My order from Summit finally
shipped today, (rotors/pads/last fuel fittings) hope to have it by Friday with
any luck. My 38x18 2core rad arrived week ago. Just counted all the pieces that
I have powder coated so far and including nuts, bolts & washers there are
113pieces I have done! Just finished with the driveshaft loop. Most of them are
in the picture below
Been a little distracted lately. few weeks ago got a new desktop and did a
major rearrange of my computer area. New pc has Q9300 processor (quad
2.5s), 4gb ram, 1tb of memory (twin 500gb drives) 512mb Nvidea vid card, TV
tuner card (record satellite) 20x dvd burner, blue ray player Saitek keyboard.
2500 dpi mouse and Acer 26" monitor (1920dpi). Its all inside a massive
Coolmaster (750watt/25cm fan and twin 9cm fans) cabinet. Also got a new Logitech
Force 3d Pro flight controller. Built a stand for the monitor and
speakers, painted it with some flat Duplicolor hi heat manifold paint, then a
couple coats of clear.
July 28-Aug 1 One day I will finish powder
coating parts. So far this week 74 assorted bolts, nuts and washers for, valve
covers, alt, pwr steering, coil, crank pulley, motor mounts, motor to trans &
trans mounts. Still a few more things I want to coat. One of 3 boxes I've been
waiting for from Summit arrived today. more MSD inj clips (need them for the
FAST prepped harness) brake pads for the Indy and 4x4, polished Rams head 3rd
brake light cover, more 8an braided fuel line and hopefully the last of
the fittings for my fuel system(ouch) as well as some alum. steps for the 4x4.
Aug 2 - 3 More powder coating again today
with 24 nuts, bolts and water hose
clamps done and put the driveshaft hoop back in.
Aug 4, Today, doing more pwdr coating with 27
nut, bolts & brackets for the rear brake lines and roll pan after a bit of
sandblasting. Almost have the axle prepped for paint finally. Still waiting on
rubber for my 22s, been over 2months now, almost tempted to start looking
Aug 5, EBC dimpled/slotted rotors for the V10
arrived but not for the Indy? All 3 boxes Summit shipped cleared Canada Customs
on July 30th. Aug 8 contacted Summit so they could find out what happened and it
seems Canada Post lost them. The EBC rotors are special order so I have to wait
another 2+ weeks before they arrive at Summit again. They are shipping by a
different method so hopefully have them by the end of the month. Seems
everything Ive ordered the last year has run into issues grrr.
Aug 12, Indy rotors arrived. Summit box is fine but one of
the EBC boxes is damaged, both rotors scratched up, left rotor had some gouges
in the face and would rip up new pads. End of the rotor looks like it was
dropped on concrete. Sending them back.
Sept 12 2nd set of EBC rotors
arrived from Summit in perfect conditon. The Yokohama Prada
285/35/22 arrived (almost 4months) and are mounted on the rims. Big thanks to
John over at Consumerstires.com, wicked deal on them compared to anyone else up
here so worth the wait.. As usual, more sand blasting and powder coating, at 19
pieces this week so far. Water pump bolts and the cover at the front of
the trans/starter motor as well as the ubolts & nuts, top/bottom for leaf
to axle as well as brake clamps & mounts on the axle. The blue hue in the
black pieces is reflecting off the Indy above the parts. I love the mirror
Sept 19, Got the
cab back frame and diff/axles clean enough to coat with zinc phosphate (metal
ready). POR15 semi gloss now on the axle & most of the frame except around the
spot for the spare tire. Removing it and welding in the 2x4s front/back.
Sept 24 & all of October,
As the season started to wind down and most parts have arrived now. I am out of
room in my garage. Wasting a lot of timing moving parts outside & rearranging so
I can do work. Picked up a bunch of sheathing to finish off the walls to the
ceiling with. I bought some 16' 2x10s when I built the garage 9yrs ago but never
put the shelf up I planned. I had some 4x4s, quite a few sheets of 3/4" plywood
as well as a bunch of 2x4s I found I had (buried under parts). Emptied the
garage, built a 4" deep shelf that spans the 16' across the whole garage. Also
got a metal rack from work (bit banged up) and installed it above my work bench
for additional storage.(30"x8'). This helped get as much of the junk and spare
parts off the floor. Got pretty well everything back in the garage in time for
the snow (which came early). Should make it much easier for me to work in the
garage now. Makes the wife happy cause I got all the parts out of the
living room & computer room and into the garage. Still have to empty out a back
room that has a lot of stuff once spring rolls around. Some how lost the pics I
took as I was building, think the card I'm using in the camera is messed up.
Pics from spring 09 below, still need to sort it out a bit