View Full Version : This winter I actually finished projects!
04-23-2008, 11:47:56 PM
every winter i always have big plans to work on my cars, but then usually don't do anything (mainly because it's too damn cold here in upstate NY). this year i actually finished almost everything i had planned. i just didn't have the money to buy new headers. there's always next winter.
first task - replace leaky intake manifold gaskets:
when putting the top end back together, i replaced the plain steel valve covers with two piece aluminum B&M valve covers:
since i had to drain the coolant for the intake job, i upgraded to an aluminum radiator and fabricated a shroud for an electric fan (shroud still needs finishing):
my car has idiot lights so i installed water temp, oil pressure and volt gauges in the radio location:
installed new carpet and leather seats from a '97 Pontiac GTP. you can also see the fire extinguisher that was mounted to the roll cage:
replaced damaged header panel and reworked the bezel back into shape. the bezel isn't perfect, but it's better than not having one at all.
finally bought some center caps for my rims:
and last but not least, i fabricated a cold air intake with fender box for my fuel injection setup:
04-24-2008, 12:06:24 AM
04-24-2008, 12:13:27 AM
nice looking motor!
How does that charger working for you? Worth the coin it takes to get one?
04-24-2008, 12:16:41 AM
Very nice work. I love the valve covers.
04-24-2008, 12:22:20 AM
Gotta love it!!!
Did you cut out the inner fender where the battery mounts to let the air into the custom intake ya made?
04-24-2008, 09:05:39 AM
thanks for the positive feedback guys.
79camaro2001 - the blower & fuel injection work great! the car is so much fun to drive. the power is instant. like it's moving when you just think about touching the gas. i still need to rebuild or get a new tranny before i can really utilize all the power.
Marks71BB - i moved the battery tray to the driver side for the air box and the inner fender underneath was already missing due to rot so it worked out.
04-24-2008, 02:46:36 PM
very nice!!! and that bezel work, that turn out GREATLOOKING man!! like the cold air intake as well.it's better than going to show being here and see everybodys great ideas thanks. just to cool!!!!!!!
04-24-2008, 02:53:00 PM
Like everything ya did, but those centercaps.... too 4x4 for me...
04-24-2008, 08:27:26 PM
04-24-2008, 09:20:41 PM
That looks awesome. Love that supercharger work. Maybe one day...
04-24-2008, 10:12:00 PM
04-24-2008, 10:18:50 PM
Everything looks great, very nice work.
04-25-2008, 10:02:34 AM
04-25-2008, 06:26:30 PM
I like the engine compartment color scheme... Black, aluminum and stainless.
Shiny against black contrasts well without resorting to cheap, rust-prone chrome pieces.
Very nice job!
What kind of boost do those little B&M units produce?
04-26-2008, 09:21:24 AM
i like the color scheme too. i'm not a big fan of engines where every part is chrome. someday i want to paint the car silver or pewter. i think the engine will look even better with the engine bay painted to match the exterior. that's way down the road though.
the blower makes about 5-6 pounds of boost. i could get it a little higher if i got an underdrive pulley, but i don't really need it.
i've had my car for exactly one year and a week tomorrow. here's some before and after pics:
04-26-2008, 05:10:34 PM
That is awesome!! The engine looks sweet!!!
04-26-2008, 05:16:53 PM
That is freakin sweet looking. Awesome job.
05-01-2008, 11:18:40 AM
Nice JOB! Maybe I'll see yah at the cruises (Ricks etc..) I was bumped at work in February. I now work second shift = "sucks" I'm at work while all the good cruise night are happening durring the week. Bringing the car to work isn't an option especialy in that neighborhood,there would be nothing left of it after 8 hrs or a car for that matter.The only way I'll do it is if security will let me park it behind the gate next to the front door! "LOL" Then maybe I can sneak out during lunch to go down to Ricks on one of the tuesdays. Rick's isn't that far from work!
05-01-2008, 01:08:40 PM
how long are you going to be on second shift? do you plan on going to the Rochester Street Machines show at Badgerow Park? i think it's on a Sunday in June.
05-01-2008, 01:43:05 PM
how long are you going to be on second shift?
Hmmmm......Probably forever or until I get laid-off = :mad: But at least I still have a job & in Rochester thats a good thing!!
Do you plan on going to the Rochester Street Machines show at Badgerow Park? i think it's on a Sunday in June.
I Am in the process of getting my car finished.I too had some winter projects
"LOL" Yes I will be at that show.I'm going to send in my entry & fee within the next week. I won't be at the friday night cruise-in obviously...:screwup: But forsure I'll be there Sat & Sun.
I went from this:
Waiting for my engine builder buddy to come over on Saturday to fire it up = :bowtie:
I will be adding New disc brakes at all 4 corners,new booster & master as well, along with the black/machined liped Hot Wheels model "69" 17" wheels with 245/45 17 in front & 275/40/17 in the rear. I'm going with Nitto drag radials out back & nitto 555 in front! Similar to what Muscle car john did for tires on his last set of wheels. The Nittos are a steal for the $$$$ !!! I've got the front brake kit already,ordering the rear kit soon & the rims and tires once my Tax check comes in !
05-01-2008, 02:46:35 PM
productive winter, nice work
05-01-2008, 04:46:39 PM
productive winter, nice work
well, besides eating and drinking there's nothing else to do in upstate NY in the winter! LOL.
engine bay looks great Nitro. we should meet up for that Street Machines show. i'm sure we'll run into each other at Rick's before then.
05-01-2008, 07:04:27 PM
are you guys using the becool eliminator series radiator for 70-81 camaro? looks just like the radiator i just bought. You have to change the upper radiator support too right?
Sorry, nobody was responding in my thread, didnt meant to hijack.
05-01-2008, 09:46:21 PM
i'm using a Griffin universal aluminum radiator. i got it for a good price on ebay and don't remember the model number. it was not a direct fit for my 1972 Camaro though. i welded a shroud to the stock upper radiator support so i could install an electric fan and everything worked out pretty good.
05-01-2008, 11:55:00 PM
the one ive got out on my bus right now, think im probably gonna sell it and get the other version so i can have a petcock (mine doesnt have one for some reason) http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?part=BCI%2D60010&view=1&N=700+150+4294908216+4294908198+4294925047+4294924500+4294839040+4294810996+4294908395+4294792830+4294906189+
05-02-2008, 12:20:00 AM
the universal radiator i have doesn't have a petcock either. i don't plan on needing to drain my coolant anytime soon so i'm not worried about it.
05-02-2008, 12:26:54 AM
yeah, but i like the availability, you know?