Beginning of a new stage in the long life of my bird for the new year. Rebuilding the engine ... Wanting to keep my original block matching number to keep the car but hampered by the idea of ??having a car without an engine for an indefinite period and therefore be deprived of firebird, i finally bring myself to buy a second engine in order to take the necessary time to re-do it.
At first I thought that rebuild of the engine of the '75 purchased in 2011 but it is wreak and i wanted a much more healthy one. Being on a forum facilitates contact with other PONTIAC firebird owners in France, shot a good oportunity presented itself and so i picked up a PONTIAC block more, but this one is in better condition.
So THE choice, it's a ..... 350ci. No question of succumbing to the "bigger is better" it is for lazybones. There is sufficient capacity in 350 out something interesting for a road car. At the moment I thought everything there is to do and especially the parts choice.
The engine is a 350ci (481990) for 1972 (YR), heads are 7H1 with the small valves 1.96" and 1.66". Follow the adventure...
Compulsive buying parts piling up everywhere, we say what it is used if you do not ride to enjoy it?
Front end: bushing replacement, sandblast and POR15 for lower triangles and upper triangles change. Given the smallness of my garage (especially in width), I must now process half by half train .... it's boring, but i have no other choice. I also wanted to check discs runout; 0.05mm left for 0.004" maximum tolerance (0.10mm) Another interesting point, no need to compress the spring to remove everything because I have short springs.
I also want to replace the rag joint, a real pain if you do want to remove more than this piece. On the view, nothing says that there is a kind of clip into the hole plastic chache, what brainer, especially since it was not really the place to get it out!! Fortunately the plastic is soft...
As a small hassle doesn't happen alone at the time of deposit the steering box in order to remove the screw that secures the front of the lower triangle and ease reassembly of ragjoint joined one of three long screw has broken judge for yourself...
Work in progress. Partial pickling with drill and metal brushes of all kinds.
No way to get a good result regarding putting lower triangle nacked with simple brush wire, so buying a cheap gun blasting and sand provided for this purpose. For unreachable corners of the frame, i use a rust destroyer JULIEN brand.
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