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Old 11-03-2019, 11:52 AM   #26
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Well, I dug the swap engine out of the corner yesterday as I was reorganizing the garage.




It's an early RN LPT engine (B5254T) that has ~ 145K on it.
I'll be able to check bottom end bearings when I swap the RWD oil pan, but I'm debating on pulling the head or not. The only thing I would do would be to shim the cylinders, but no real other plans to get crazy with it for the initial swap.
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Old 11-03-2019, 12:28 PM   #27
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Well, I dug the swap engine out of the corner yesterday as I was reorganizing the garage.




It's an early RN LPT engine (B5254T) that has ~ 145K on it.
I'll be able to check bottom end bearings when I swap the RWD oil pan, but I'm debating on pulling the head or not. The only thing I would do would be to shim the cylinders, but no real other plans to get crazy with it for the initial swap.
Yeah, because of the 5pot noise my other suggestions are moot. Unless Bertone; those cars need the Alfa Busso as they also sound wonderful (and are an absolutely visually stunning motor).
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:41 PM   #28
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Yeah, because of the 5pot noise my other suggestions are moot. Unless Bertone; those cars need the Alfa Busso as they also sound wonderful (and are an absolutely visually stunning motor).
The whiteblock was the plan for this car from the start.

The 3.7 V6's are a solid choice, but not what I want here. The Alfa stuff...well that's out of my budget. ;)
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:01 PM   #29
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The whiteblock was the plan for this car from the start.

The 3.7 V6's are a solid choice, but not what I want here. The Alfa stuff...well that's out of my budget. ;)
Yeah, I was by no means suggesting anything than what you are doing. I didn't even know about those Busso 3.2 until I came across one in the yard and marveled at its beauty. Thing was spotless. I wonder what killed that car. The motor would have been a great coffee table. Just throw a slab of glass over it and be done.
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Old 11-04-2019, 12:22 PM   #30
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I'd shim the cylinders.
You'll end up regretting not doing that while you have it out.
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Old 11-04-2019, 01:14 PM   #31
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I'd shim the cylinders.
You'll end up regretting not doing that while you have it out.
I'm leaning that way. I just don't want to.
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Old 12-15-2019, 02:58 PM   #32
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OK, well things are mainly in parts accumulation mode at the moment while I work on some other stuff.

Got a DBW pedal position sensor and an S60/V70 throttle body recently and these two bits of fun showed up yesterday.



Been wanting one of these grilles for a while now (was originally just going to cut down a wider one), and I couldn't pass up the deal on the R calipers.

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Old 12-15-2019, 03:33 PM   #33
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Ooooooh. Nice!
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Old 02-12-2020, 07:44 PM   #34
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More goodies arrived today.

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Old 03-24-2020, 08:20 PM   #35
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More new toys arrived.



Yes, I know it's a metric cluster, and no, I don't care. Even proper vintage for the car ('78).

Things are getting closer to be able to pull this into the workshop. The current project (The TBird) is just about ready to vacate that spot.
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:00 PM   #36
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Very nice, where did you find that GT cluster? You sure are stashing some cool parts!
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:29 PM   #37
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Very nice, where did you find that GT cluster? You sure are stashing some cool parts!
The guy who bought some of the parts off of the car I wasn't going to use had it.

I'm looking forward to being able to start working on the car!
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Old 05-16-2020, 05:13 PM   #38
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Well, the TBird is finally on the road and out of the shop space.





Now I can finally start to get into this thing!
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:52 PM   #39
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Working on the list of things to do and going through a few items.

Looks like I'll need to see if I kept the DS kick panel out of my '85 when I go to install my WagonMeister fuse panel. Looks like this '78 only got the 12-slot version from the factory.


The previous owner had replaced the tank and both fuel pumps, but I think I'm going to ditch the dual set-up and go with a Walbro 450. Should be more than I need and also simplify things.

Still sorting through my game plan for the suspension, but I have a pretty good idea what I'm going to do.

Externally, I had been wanting to do the flathood with quad squares, but after seeing this pic in the "240 Inspiration" thread, I'm leaning hard towards the flathood with the quad rounds.
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