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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 12th 2011, 10:53 pm

Mike!...any updates?
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Post  512Fairlane on May 13th 2011, 10:01 pm

Its been a little slower lately. I had family things last weekend so I didn't get to work on it and the week before I forgot to take the camera out to Dad's. He has the steering almost done. Bump steer is all figured out. He started working on the merge collectors because we have to pull the motor out before we can do much more. I'm going out on Sunday to yank the motor so we can finish the steering shaft and cut the towers back. I'll try to remember the camera this time.
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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 14th 2011, 12:33 am

Mike, before this transformation.....what springs were you using in the front of the 64? Sorry if I asked this question before. With the iron headed 460 my headers damn near touch the ground. Two inches off the ground to be exact.
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Post  512Fairlane on May 14th 2011, 1:10 am

Actually the one on the passenger side was a stock V8 spring that came with the car. I bought a new set from Coil Spring specialties in Kansas City, MO. We replaced the drivers side because it was sagging. It was such a pain to change that I left the stock one on the passenger side. Supposedly the ones I bought were made for a 64 Fairlane with a big block but I think they were the same diameter as the stock one. I'll measure them on Sunday if I get time.
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Post  512Fairlane on May 15th 2011, 8:30 pm

Engine is out. Time to start cutting the towers back for some more room. Merge collectors are coming along.

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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 15th 2011, 11:43 pm

looks great!
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Post  512Fairlane on May 27th 2011, 10:04 pm

We finished the shock towers and there is a ton more room. My headers will be able to come straight out of the ports now instead of taking an immediate turn. I can fit my entire hand between the shock tower and heads now. Headers won't take 4 hours to install anymore!

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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 27th 2011, 11:27 pm

Nice work Mike!
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Post  512Fairlane on June 4th 2011, 11:56 pm

Coming together. Right header is almost finished. Lots more room but it got a little crowded around the starter.

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Post  '65 T-BOLT on June 5th 2011, 11:12 pm

Mike...I like!
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Post  512Fairlane on July 10th 2011, 10:48 pm

Its coming together. Got some paint on it last weekend. Started final reassembly today. Headers are getting coated. The good news is I think we can make the bash!

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Post  cool40 on July 10th 2011, 10:51 pm

thats a damn fine looken job! Cool
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Post  512Fairlane on July 10th 2011, 11:04 pm

Thanks. Our two month project has turned into four months but I think I'll be happy with it.
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Post  '65 T-BOLT on July 13th 2011, 11:28 pm

Damn Mike! looks fantastic!....you will be using some sort of shock tower brace...right?
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Post  512Fairlane on July 13th 2011, 11:37 pm

Yes Jason. I use the stock braces to the firewall. The old towers flexed a little without those but the square tubes under the fenders help alot.
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Post  512Fairlane on July 31st 2011, 11:16 pm

It's finished! Just in time for the bash next weekend! It sounds much better with the Charlie Evans valve job, home ported intake and much improved headers. It runs and drives pretty good. Its a little hard to turn when driving around slow but should be fine for a drag car. I'm not sure it would be great on the street with the manual rack but its not bad. Special thanks to Dad for busting his tail to help me get this ready. I wouldn't be doing this without him.

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Post  '65 T-BOLT on August 1st 2011, 1:00 am

Mike Mike Mike! SWEET job! everything looks bitchen! clean and awesome car!.....I might just keep the Fox struts under my car and not worry about MII.
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Post  D. Sea on August 1st 2011, 12:13 pm

WOW Mike, nice work! Can't wait to see it in person this weekend Cool
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Post  512Fairlane on August 2nd 2011, 12:36 am

Thanks guys. The bash has been our incentive to get this thing done. I'm pretty excited to see how much better it runs. The new headers and valve job have got to make an improvement. I did a lot of work on my intake also so hopefully I didn't screw it up. The motor sounds a lot better. I'm not sure how long my valves had been leaking but it is definitely crisper. We put travel limiters on too which is something I always wanted to add. Hopefully I can tune 60 fts and reaction times a little with those. We saved close to 50 lbs total.
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Post  '65 T-BOLT on August 3rd 2011, 12:47 am

Mike, I will be all over your fairlane this weekend!
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Post  512Fairlane on August 3rd 2011, 9:33 pm

'65 T-BOLT wrote:Mike, I will be all over your fairlane this weekend!

Wow you're coming down from Maryland? That's great. Help yourself to my car. I'll even jack it up for you so you can crawl under it. Just bring a rag along and you can even clean off the undercarriage while your under there Very Happy . It looks pretty dirty from the firewall back now that the front end has fresh paint. It will be nice to meet you. See you Friday.
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Post  '65 T-BOLT on August 4th 2011, 9:22 am

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'65 T-BOLT wrote:Mike, I will be all over your fairlane this weekend!

Wow you're coming down from Maryland? That's great. Help yourself to my car. I'll even jack it up for you so you can crawl under it. Just bring a rag along and you can even clean off the undercarriage while your under there Very Happy . It looks pretty dirty from the firewall back now that the front end has fresh paint. It will be nice to meet you. See you Friday.
.....cool! see you there!
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Post  jcoxracing on August 9th 2011, 8:18 pm

Mike how did the Fairlane run with the new front suspension? Did you pick up any e.t.?
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Post  512Fairlane on August 9th 2011, 11:14 pm

Yep. It picked up some. It went a best of 6.44 at 107 mph. My previous best was a 6.48 at 105 in cool April air. I was spinning some on the starting line and occasionally downtrack at Windy Hollow. I need to find the right strut adjustments and adjust my travel limiters. It wasn't transferring weight like it used too but I think it was because I had the limiters tied down too much. I can't wait to get it on the quarter mile in some good air. I still have a bad 2nd gear flare problem. It was hitting the rev limiter every time in 2nd. The suspension felt pretty good although the rack and pinion is a lot more sensitive than the old box. It turns a little too easy if I'm not careful. Overall I'm pretty satisfied. We'll get it dialed in.
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Post  jcoxracing on August 10th 2011, 10:29 am

You did one heck of a job. I am glad it worked out for you. Hopefully we can both the race the 10.0 class down at Gateway next year, fingers crossed.
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