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    I worked on buttoning up some small stuff at the rear of the car today. I think I like the retro license plate too, because NAAWWZ! 😁

    [IMG]20180701_190208_Burst01 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Damn...
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    I finished up the radiator today before work. It mounts on these two upright tubes which slide into the recievers on the chassis.

    [IMG]20180702_114806 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    I painted the mounts to match the chassis, then spent a few hours with some metal polish to bring some bling back to the old Afco radiator. I found a bunch of old 12 point stainless ARP header bolts in a junk drawer to mount everything up front, because it makes me smile. I don't know why.

    *EDIT*This pic below also shows where the top front wall of the fuel cell was angle cut and rewelded to tuck in tighter to the front bumper cover.

    [IMG]20180702_134206 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG]20180702_134137 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    Nothing too visually exciting in this update, but at least another milestone in the project has been reached. I recieved the rest of my 3AN brake line fittings late Tuesday, so I finished plumbing the rear brakes and bled the system yesterday. The pedal sure has a nice, solid feel and I'm eager to try it out.

    I ran the rear line along the inner left door sill and anchored it with insulated p-clamps to the original sill plate trim holes. The line curves behind the driver seat and through a 90 degree bulkhead fitting to under the car, where a short line connects to the rear axle flex hose.

    [IMG]20180704_174820_Burst01 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG]20180704_174845 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    I took Friday off work to go watch my buddy Kevin run his yellow Gremlin at Milan in Outlaw 632. I'm curious about the class, and will probably try it once I get things sorted out a bit. The fireworks weren't bad, but we left about 12:30am midway through first round elim's. Yeah, things were moving super slow...

    [IMG]20180706_222044 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    But I did get a little inspiration, and dropped in the engine/trans to start the new plumbing and wiring required with the updates. Alot of the braided lines are 10 years old, so time to replace some hoses. The wiring will be mostly the same as before, other than a few minor changes such as the front mounted fuel pump and generally cleaning things up to look better. The radiator sits roughly 5" lower than before, so I need to find an inline filler cap housing so the cooling system works correctly.

    [IMG]20180709_134725 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG]20180709_134528 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    God damn that car is bad ass!!
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    I've been working on a little wiring, and wanted to add external battery charging posts since the fiberglass trunk lid and new wing were added. I originally bought the inexpensive large copper lugs with black and red rubber caps, but I thought they looked too big and obtrusive. Plus, every other car I see with that style lug has the caps swinging loose from the terminals after they wear and don't snap on tightly anymore.
    I ended up with the Allstar performance kit, which has tapered stud ends that attach to the battery charger wires and small sockets for the car. I didn't want them in the bumper cover because of flex, more dirt, and the possibilty of shorting in an accident or a moonshot wheelie. I see this style mounted often behind the fuel door, but mine was filled in years ago, so I mounted them in the license plate panel. To make it look better, I drilled holes in the plastic NOS plate I had and a tinted plate cover.
    Yep, these details are the things that keep me awake at night lol.

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    Joe it looks great! That AMC looks really good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my89notchback View Post
    Joe it looks great! That AMC looks really good too.
    Thanks Chris! And also thanks on the AMC, it has been my main project the last few years. It was built mainly to the Pure Stock Musclecar Drag Race rules (though not to the fullest extent). It's a 1970 AMX, 390 4 speed "go package" car that has been 13.50 @ 100 mph so far (the 4.10 gear is too much, running out of motor after 1000'). I won my shootout at the 2017 pure stocks against a 1970 Corvette big block 4 speed car, and had a blast! My neighbor is one of the co-founders of the event, and talked me into building the car to participate. Hemming's Muscle Machines magazine covered the race in the Jan 2018 edition (with a black "Bandit" Trans Am on the cover).

    [IMG]21586864_10155806251299225_6302202477833044326_o_z psv4rkams6 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Super clean car. Dose the vacuum operated door on the hood still work?

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