So Ryan, Eric and Jake have been busting their foofa-valves on this thing again this week.
The Sanden A/C compressor was mocked up so the boys could work out what belts I need to run
Test-fitting the condenser mount & drier mount - it was great Pontiac thoughtfully designed the radiator support with this recess that makes a perfect mount for the receiver-drier
Brackets to mount the evaporator under the dash - all powdercoated in Oxytech gear (Wet Look Black for gloss stuff, Ebony Texture for the matte stuff)
Yay spaghetti - Jake has done a KILLER job on this thing's wiring given the crap he was handed
Ryan discovered the gantry shock mount the car used to have in the front-end wouldn't work with where the power steering pump & A/C compressor now lived so he relocated the shocks to a more conventional spot down beside the chassis. He also found my car was using stock C10 Chevy pick-up front shocks. As they were 100% SNAFU Ryan thoughtfully ordered me some more so it should ride nicely with all the work I'm about to put into flash new bits in the front-end.
At least being bagged makes it easier to work on
This is how the custom fan shroud on the other page mounts up. Hopefully my SPAL turns up soon?
I've ordered a bunch of parts and have made myself fantastically broke. On their way are:
- quick-ratio steering box
- new inner & outer tie-rods
- new drag link (centre section)
- new idler arm
- rag joint/steering coupler rebuild kit
- new upper control arm bushes & shafts
- new engine mounts
- new carpet
- new kick panels
- new C-pillar panels (to get wrapped in hoodliner)
- new headunit
- whole new disc brake kit
That last one is on top of the CRS spindles to take HQ calipers. I've got a mate with a '62 Bonneville so i'll probably pass that all on to him as he wants to run 14in wheels and I think he'll squeak that out with HQ brakes whereas I want 15s or 17s and am happy to go with bigger brakes. The kit I've ordered is from Master Power Brakes - http://www.mpbrakes.com/1964-pontiac...s?filter_name=
I'd never found anyone able to tell me what these kits are actually like and, at $1030 USD plus freight, I wasn't prepared to take a punt on a random "bolt-on" kit given the normally stellar reputation for making bolt-on parts that bolt-on. I found a story on http://www.timelessmuscle.com/tech/l...r-gm-b-bodies/ and managed to talk to a guy from Poncho Perfection Magazine who filled me in on the Master Power kit, which gave me enough confidence to pull the trigger on it.
I should have it in a few weeks and will bash the new front-end in one Saturday. At that point hopefully I'll have time to pull the steering column out and give it a lick of paint. Or powdercoat. Whatever. It's only money, right?