Sunday, February 28, 2010



Took the truck for a drive today.

It isn't finished, but it is drivable.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Stupid Hookers

I ordered a set of Hooker brand headers for the Swepty that were supposed to fit. I even called to verify. They don't fit, of course. So here's a visual representation of my assessment of the less than fortunate situation.


Friday, February 12, 2010


Bout Darn Time

I was finally allowed to set a date to defend my dissertation proposal. March 5th at 1pm in room 222 of the COM for all you folks that would like to come.

This has been such a long, stupid process I am mostly just relieved rather than happy.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Install Day 3

I moved the hard part of the trans mount around and got it to fit. I can't say I'm thrilled with this but all of the parts directly under a clamping load are clamped. I think there might be a bit of a moment arm front to back but it doesn't seem too bad.


Here's where I dinged the passenger side header to make it fit.


I don't know if I'll ever be able to bash on the driver side header enough to make it fit.


I got the fan and a number of hoses installed.


Cut out the carpet where I'd installed the MSD. You can see all the great holes in the floorboard that had been made for the A/C system. I don't know if I'm going to try to find some body plugs (may want A/C in the future) or just weld it all up and be done with it.


Got the heater box in.


Got the heater core in.


And finally buttoned up.


I reused the firewall grommets that were on the heater core tubes. I tried looking up the part number and couldn't find them. These were still pliable but I can't image they'll last another 42 years.


Filled the radiator and transmission with fluids. Put the plug in the engine oil pan but since I still don't have a driver side header I haven't installed the dipstick tube. Put the battery in and ran the new line down to the starter. And for the first time in months I have headlights again.


We'll have to see if I can get the driver side header to fit at all. If I can, tomorrow might be the first day this truck will have run since late September.

I've very excited.

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