“Dash” Fan In Action

A lot of people have emailed and posted on Facebook groups wanting to see the dash fan in action. So, here you go….only caveat to this type of install is that you can only open your glove box about half way. However, if you install it the way that I did, you can easily lift the fan assembly up and out of the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

New Dash Fan

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The 12 volt auxiliary had already been added. You can see how I did it by clicking here!

New Bling and Cleaning The Grab Handles

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Create A Vintage SkateBoard Prop, Then Buy One

Mid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropMid To Late 60's Skateboard PropI’ve been wanting to add a vintage skateboard to Mabels roof rack for some time now. Finding one that I like that’s affordable has proven to be a challenge. So, I decided to make my own replica. I chose one that I like and started from there. The pics speak for themselves. The irony is, after spending a few days creating the board that I wanted, once I started looking for vintage trucks, I came across a NOS vintage board from the late 60’s that fits the bill perfectly. I decided to finish my prop board and I’ll add the NOS board once it arrives, but I’m pleased with the way that it turned out. I still may add trucks if I come across some at a reasonable price. The NOS board should be here in a week or so (it’s coming from Canada). Can’t wait to add it to the other side.

New Exhaust Installation Part V

Finished the intake seal and new muffler install today. Took a lot longer than anticipated, but taking my time and doing everything right, I can’t complain. Big change in the carb after a new accelerator pump and cleaning. Couldn’t be more happy with it. Took her for a long drive this evening and there’s such a noticeable difference in the way she runs. So much smoother and more responsive. This is the last video and post for this project, again, very pleased with the outcome.

New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part III
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part I

Stay tuned for the next project which will probably be a valve adjustment.

New Exhaust Installation Part IV

Before I put on the new exhaust, I decided to replace the intake seals to the heads that I didn’t replace year before last when I installed the new intake. Just loosing the intake does not give me enough room to install the seals, so I start by removing the fuel pump, distributor cap, generator and generator stand. If you loosen the dog house, lift it up and towards the rear, you can get the generator and fan out fairly easy. Helps to have an extra set of hands. Just be mindful of the oil cooler. Oddly enough, after I got the intake away from the heads, I discovered that there were no seals at all. Not only did I forget to install new seals, the person who installed the last intake forgot as well. I double checked to make sure they weren’t stuck to the intake and looked at the one I replaced. No seals. I can’t believe this car ran so well without a vacuum leak of any kind or maybe there was one, I just didn’t notice it. Anyhow, I’m going to take this opportunity to clean up some other parts, particularly the generator stand and breather tube. This will slow me down a bit, but it’ll be worth it. I’m in no rush. Hope to get everything wrapped up tomorrow or the next day. Enjoy the video!

New Exhaust Installation Part I
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part III
New Exhaust Installation Part V

New Exhaust Installation Part III

Cleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustCleaning Up Tins For New ExhaustContinued to prep for the new exhaust installation. Not a whole lot more we can do until the new exhaust arrives. Today, I decided to clean up the rear engine tins to make them look a bit better. I started by stripping the paint off the tins by using Dupli-Color paint stripper. I let them soak in the heat for about ten minutes, then sprayed them off with the water hose. I repeated this process 3 times to get as much paint off as I could. I then dried them and used a wire wheel to remove any paint that was left and then sanded them with 400 grit sandpaper. For a final prep, I used Dupli-Color Paint Prep to remove any grease, oil or other contaminates that might keep the paint from sticking. I then painted the tins with Dupli-Color Matte Black engine paint. I gave all of the tins 3 coats, waiting about 15 minutes in between coats. A little elbow grease, 15 dollars in supplies and the tins look 100% better. I also picked up some anti-seize to use when I install the new exhaust. That’s about all I can do until the new exhaust arrives. Hopefully it’ll be here later this week.

New Exhaust Installation Part I
New Exhaust Installation Part II
New Exhaust Installation Part IV
New Exhaust Installation Part V