Chapter 22

Since last episode, more fiddly stuff. I bought a type 26 battery at Sears and installed it. I’ve set up the fan control circuits, using a fan control sender from Speedway and a 25 amp relay. The sender is a switch which just makes a circuit when it hits 190 degrees and breaks circuit at 180. Had to fabricate a special plate which replaces the stock water pump on the front of the block.  Been restoring parts for the overdrive and studying how these actually work. After doing that, I determined that the kickdown switch needed to go on the accelerator pedal assembly. Had to design bracket to weld to that. Also made cable and ferrules to connect accelerator to mixer. Put two throttle springs on that, so had to make a bracket to attach far end of cable and springs to mixer.

Today I will mount the rest of the overdrive parts (control cable, relay and solenoid) and wire it all. I am still looking for an overdrive lockout switch, which bolts on the back of the tranny.

The dash is now mostly hooked up , with a special Runtz diode to limit voltage to the gas gauge.

Met locally well known auto designer at a party and “consulted” with him about the rear end treatment. His vote was to do a boat-tail treatment to balance the visual. I’ve been offered a 39′ ford hood which might work out. I also have a 38′ Stude hood, but it might be a shame to modify that when relatively few are out there.

Fabricated the exhaust system recently as well. You may note that there is a tiny pipe up high,rubber mounted at its far end to the cowl. That’s the separate exhaust for the waste-gate. These are often internal passages in the integral waste-gates used on older turbos. For racing, I wanted an external waste-gate, the exhaust of which would not preturb or influence turbine exhaust flow. It also is something for people to ask about!  The main exhaust  is through a lakes pipe along the passenger side. This is shock mounted by a special springed bracket at the back of the cockpit. It terminates with a slide-in baffle created out of the guts from a Dunstall decible silencer used on many old British motorcycles.

Whittling away on the to-do list daily. Think it will be ready to start (but in its cosmetic infancy) this spring.

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