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Love how you are building, breaking up your restoration/modifications into small chunks and keeping it driving. So many go for the “full rebuild” and only end up dumping their project in a field to rust away.
Sounds like Arizona is a lot like a big part of Australia, way too hot to do anything outside in summer.
 

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Love how you are building, breaking up your restoration/modifications into small chunks and keeping it driving. So many go for the “full rebuild” and only end up dumping their project in a field to rust away.
Sounds like Arizona is a lot like a big part of Australia, way too hot to do anything outside in summer.
Thanks! I am doing my best to keep it running so I don't get frustrated with it sitting for too long. That's happened to me before and I'm taking great pains to avoid it again. And yes, Arizona can quickly get too hot to do much at all during the warm months. My wife and I will take the car out on Saturday morning to grab groceries and get breakfast around 7:30-8. Right now it's still around the mid 80s during that time. It won't be long before we're already in the upper 90s during that time, and with no A/C in the car yet....the missus isn't having it!
 

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Been a short while but I've been stockpiling parts. Got a 22 gallon stainless fuel tank and will be mounting a 5th gen camaro fuel pump in it. Bought some parts from VaporWorx that will allow it to be a single-line feed into the holley efi setup I'm running.
Also decided on doing a T56 swap, so bought the bellhousing for that.
Picked up JBA ceramic coated stainless long tube headers and my ignition pieces as well.

Went to SEMA and GoodGuys most recently. Actually picked up my shock tower brace from Mike and Brianne Maier while i was at the GG show. Brianne was kind enough to toss one in her truck to save me a few bucks on shipping.


Enjoy the pics!
















 

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The latest addition to the growing parts pile:



















This is a really nice piece. The welds look great and the build quality is impressive. I ultimately chose Ron Davis because they're local to me and he's been exceptionally helpful when i had questions.
I almost hated putting it back in the box after i took the pics.
 

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Been a short while but I've been stockpiling parts. Got a 22 gallon stainless fuel tank and will be mounting a 5th gen camaro fuel pump in it. Bought some parts from VaporWorx that will allow it to be a single-line feed into the holley efi setup I'm running.
Also decided on doing a T56 swap, so bought the bellhousing for that.
Picked up JBA ceramic coated stainless long tube headers and my ignition pieces as well.

Went to SEMA and GoodGuys most recently. Actually picked up my shock tower brace from Mike and Brianne Maier while i was at the GG show. Brianne was kind enough to toss one in her truck to save me a few bucks on shipping.


Enjoy the pics!

Can you elaborate on what exactly you are doing for your fuel setup/delivery?
I assume you're going with some sort of PWM setup?
It sounds like you are doing something similar to what I want to do (when I get to the point where I am putting my car back together) and the VaporWorx guys were recommended to me by someone else.
Are you going to have to run the fuel lines in the trunk with what you are doing?
Ideally I want a 22 gallon stainless tank with (baffled or with Holly Hydramat), PWM pump (to not heat up the fuel unnecessarily), and avoid running the lines in the trunk...

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Steve
 

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Can you elaborate on what exactly you are doing for your fuel setup/delivery?
I assume you're going with some sort of PWM setup?
It sounds like you are doing something similar to what I want to do (when I get to the point where I am putting my car back together) and the VaporWorx guys were recommended to me by someone else.
Are you going to have to run the fuel lines in the trunk with what you are doing?
Ideally I want a 22 gallon stainless tank with (baffled or with Holly Hydramat), PWM pump (to not heat up the fuel unnecessarily), and avoid running the lines in the trunk...

Any info would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Steve
Certainly.
No PWM. The 5th gen camaro pump with the pressure regulator from Vaporworx will feel my holley efi at the proper PSI. I'll have a single line that feeds the system since the 5th gen setup has internal regulator and return (got the correct psi regulator from VW). One line from the pump to the throttle body. I will have options when it comes to the line in the trunk or not. The pump will be surface mounted on the tank and I'll have to weld in a dropped down section to meet the height requirements for it. If i choose to, I'll be able to either A) run a very short section of hose from the pump to a bulkhead in the trunk. or B) put the dropdown close enough to the side of the tank to allow me to run the line from the pump directly to the underside of the car. (similar to step 43 in this document: https://www.vaporworx.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Vaporworx-Fuel-Tray-Mounting-Ring-Corner-Pickups-and-Wiring-Instructions-Rev-11-2-14.pdf

I've not decided which i will go with yet but I did pick up a sheet of stainless to use to weld up the dropdown for the pump mount.

I spoke to Carl several times (really good about answering my questions) and he assured me that, for what my plans for the car were, this simple setup would fill my needs. The pump unit stays submerged in cornering and won't starve itself for fuel unless I'm running next to empty and on a tight course.
I'll probably be getting the remote pickups from VW as well. The reason being, is I'm erring on the side of caution. The remote pickups will just allow the unit to draw from where ever I'm slinging the fuel that's in the unbaffled tank since the pump will likely be mounted on the right side of the tank.

Hope that helps!
 

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Nothing really exciting. Just got my MC and it will be added to the pile of boxes on the shelf.




And I'll try to resize the links from here on out. Imgur, by default, makes them HUGE.
 

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So, the latest: The car is in storage and I'm still collecting parts for the swap.
Good news: I'm likely going to call Bowler in the next couple of weeks and order my T-56 as well as a CVF front drive system and the new RTX gauges from Dakota digital. I've recently ordered a new wiring harness from AAW and a few other odds and ends.

Bad news: my engine builder had a pretty serious health scare and that's held up engine progress. He's on the mend and I've lit a fire under him to get back on it. I've waiting long enough.
The reason that the car is in storage is because I no longer have a garage to keep it in because I sold the house. I split from my wife and am now flying solo....so plenty of time to worry about car stuff...just having to be ready for a spot in my friend's shop. Isn't life a strange thing?
 

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I have the Dakota Digital VHX gauges in my '68. I got them before the RTX were developed. I just finished looking at the RTX gauges on the Dakota Digital website and I have to say I still like the looks of the VHX gauges better. I'm sure you'll be happy with the gauges after you have them installed.
 

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I have the Dakota Digital VHX gauges in my '68. I got them before the RTX were developed. I just finished looking at the RTX gauges on the Dakota Digital website and I have to say I still like the looks of the VHX gauges better. I'm sure you'll be happy with the gauges after you have them installed.
Nice backhand...
 

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I decided to take advantage of a few Black Friday sales and load up on parts that I wanted for the swap. Here is what has arrived so far:









The Fedex guys need a bit of credit. That sway bar was delivered to my door at 9:40PM!

In the pics - ridetech swaybar, CVF racing front accessory drive kit, Ididit column and borgeson steering box, and black widow mufflers.

Still on the way are my gauges from Dakota Digital and the tremec T56 trans.
 

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Got a few more things yesterday. My RTX gauges from Dakota Digital arrived as well as my subframe connectors from Detroit Speed. I opened the boxes to make sure everything made it here safely and then added them to the growing pile. I have an appointment monday to get the car measured to see how wrinkled it is. Once I have that info, I'll decide if I'm going to pull it straight and replace bent stuff first or, if it's not bent and just has superficial body damage, start on the engine/trans swap. The transmission should be arriving around the end of the month/first of February and the engine shouldn't be too far behind it.

 

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Saturday started out simply enough. The plan was to get up and follow my friend Mike down to Tucson for the Roadkill Ziptie Drags. He was taking his Chevelle and I was taking Pearl. The drive was going smoothly until right around Red Rock, AZ (40ish miles north of Tucson) I started to hear some engine noise. I take the exit and a lifter/rocker was singing to me that it wanted to turn in its resignation. Mike and his wife said that they'd run back to their house since it wasn't far, and come back with the trailer for me.

So here she sits looking majestic.



So, not to have a boring day, I get a text from Mike's wife: "How much more adventure are you up for today?". Me: "bring it!". They arrive in their Revcon Trailblazer with the trailer behind it. They were on the way home and the Chevelle started acting odd and they didn't want it to act up but didn't want to miss the Roadkill event, so they decided that we'd all head down together with the hurt mustang on the trailer behind their behemoth.



Got the car loaded up and tied down and made our way south! Hung out and wandered around the show. Saw a few oddball cars, watched some racing and had a good time. Around 3 or so, we get a message that I-10 is closed....shut down completely. There had been 2 different wrecks in the same area that resulted in fatalities and there was no ETA on reopening it. Mike and Amanda decide we'd take a route through the nearby reservation to get home and avoid the highway. We stop for gas (that beast is so thirsty!) and head off for home.



So fast-forward to Monday. Since the car was still on the trailer and had undiagnosed engine noise, I decided to finally get it to the frame shop to see just how bad the wrinkles were. The car has been hit in the rear at some point in its life and both rear quarters have minor buckles in them. I knew that when I bought it. I just wanted to see what I was up against before starting to add subframe connectors and frame strengthening, considering cage, etc. Mike heads up and we set off to the frame shop. Al's Unibody in north Phoenix is where i went. We get there and he's got a 53 Chevy truck on the lift, a 56 ford F100 off to the side along with several Jeeps and an asphalt oval track car. I tell him what's going on and he puts my car on the lift and starts pointing out a few minor things like a dent in the floorboard and one of the strut rod braces being beat up from hitting a curb or parking block. He looks at the rear and measures everything. The final verdict is that it was bumped in the rear just enough to put a bow in the quarters. He said that he could pull it straight but it was so minor that it wasn't necessary. He suggested against replacing the quarters as everything was in good shape and said that he'd smooth out the dents and drive it for now if it were his. So that's the plan! I tried to pay him for his time and he just shook my hand and told me to have a nice day.



So, the car is back at Mike's for now and the engine noise has decided to stop...for now. He has 4 things in his shop (his chevelle, a teardrop camper, his wife's 61 F100/crown vic swap, and a 65 F100/crown vic swap for a customer) but says that we can play musical parking places if I want to come down and start working on stuff like the subframe connectors and measuring for bigger front tires. I'm likely going to head down in the next couple of weekends and get started on that. I need to keep the upswing of interest going before it gets stupid hot here.

On a parts note, the corner pickup kit that I ordered for my tank setup has arrived. I'll likely work on cutting open the new tank and fabbing all of that up sometime after I do the subframes.



PROGRESS AND ADVENTURES!!
 
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