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Old 05-12-2019, 12:01 AM   #11
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Stupid rotating pictures...

The two pics before the very last one show my new little storage pocket. Hammer for scale, no bananas handy. The rest I snapped randomly throughout the last few days.

I know I'll catch a lot of flak for the OSB but between the sealant, the bed liner I'm using prior to sub flooring, the insulation and then the main flooring materials, I'm not terribly frightened by moisture ruining the floors. I was having a terrible time finding marine plywood, which was my initial choice, anywhere in town. When I did find some, it was in terrible condition and I couldn't get the price down. Even the ply options were looking pretty haggard.

On tomorrow's agenda: engine & trans removal, wire wheel and rust treatment is being done by the ladies. And to top it all off, lower ball joint replacement on both sides of a 2004 Chevy Cavalier (assuming there's time).

Too much to do, always!
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Old 05-12-2019, 03:38 AM   #12
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Well, it's been a busy, BUSY week! The weather has been spotty at best. So any time I'm at home and see sunshine through the window, I sprint for the bus.

Gosh, I know the feeling! When I am out and about and the day turns nice, I feel like I am neglecting my bus!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:13 AM   #13
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05/16/2019 @ 1:13a.m.!!

Hi errybuddy!! Due to it being so late (rather, early) and it being a work day in less than five hours, I just wanted to say:

IT'S OUT!!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:23 AM   #14
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Off to the engine builder she goes! Now I get to pressure wash this mess, remove transmission, patch holes and prep for bed liner application on firewall and wheel wells (might do some suspension work while these two major components are out) and discuss some of the modifications with builders.

Any motorheads out there with recommendations for reliable power upgrades? I am going to talk to my transmission guy but I am trying to find an overdrive mechanism to compensate for my 4.56:1 gear ratio so I can cruise a little smoother. Ive read that original OD transmissions were junk while the new stuff has implemented things much better. If it comes down to it I can re-gear but, there's so much money and time already tied into this mess, I'm looking at alternatives.

Is there a stand-alone computer setup out there for older machines like this so I could run a newer OD trans? I ve seen the mechanical conversion kits but they run around $3.5k+!! Any input would be greatly appreciated! Have a great day, everyone!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:58 AM   #15
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Congratulations man! That is a huge step!
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