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All Done…Now to Start It!

[flickr id=”5915125684″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]Nice to see the car back on its feet again. My friend Paul is coming by tomorrow at mid-day to help with the start-up of the fresh engine. It’s always nice to have an extra pair of eyes to watch for gushing fluids while the oil and temp are monitored from inside. The engine also has to be run for at least half an hour over 2000 rpm on initial start to break in the new camshaft, which would make a one-person start even more difficult.

[flickr id=”5915125844″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]Rebuilt the generator–essentially gave it a new bushing and front bearing, the brushes were almost new.

[flickr id=”5914566031″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]The “Tourist Trophy” exhaust system was a relatively pleasant surprise to install, most of the time spent involved fixing the bodged center hanger from the last time the ham-handed “installed” an exhaust. The new system is all super-shiny stainless, though it will be interesting to see how long it stays that way; I’m also a bit suspicious of the rubber hangers. The center hanger is under a bit of stress, and rubber generally doesn’t last too long when it’s got torsional forces working against it. There is no center muffler, so I expect it might be a bit noisy.

[flickr id=”5717878431″ thumbnail=”original” overlay=”false” size=”original” group=”” align=”none”]Just for grins, this is where we started. Looks a bit tidier, I think.

1 Comment

  1. Looks great! Is the “Gypsy Wagon” going to make it to the ABFM this year? Why don’t you call yourself “Drago” to match your Roma-MGBGT?

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