Thanks for the tips Jim. The car is coming together nicely with the V8 swap. We had to replace a most of the accessories. Good thing is we stuck with core replacements to keep costs down. Larger items would include the carb, starter, alternator and water pump. For the water pump pulley, we don't have much room to get a larger one. How big of a deal would it be to stay with the stock one? And thanks for the RPM recommendations. I could get behind 4500 as a top end, but I would be willing to adjust it a few hundred if we needed it to be just a bit more to reach the end of a straightaway to avoid a late gear change.
We are going to upgrading the front brakes to the same size as on the GT. I am going to order the steel piston calipers tonight (R
), along with the brake ducting hose to keep them cool. While we did pick up an 8.8 rear end off of craigs list, it has a 2.7xish gear and the brakes need to be rebuilt. So we are holding off with that and crossing our fingers that our 7.5 (3:73) rear end will survive. We'll just have to make sure everyone goes easy on it. No burnouts or hard clutch drops.
Speaking of ducting. We just picked up a used 87' GT front bumper this weekend with duct/venting being the top reason. The side fog light holes we are going to use for brake ducts, and the center I will fab up ducts to direct the air from the center intake to the radiator. As you can see, visually it hard to look at, but will work way better for ducting over our LX front end.
I installed our current radiator back into the car... But that might not be for long. It just depends if we can budget getting a new one. As you can see in some areas it is just falling apart. I bumped this area when I was installing the low profile fan and it just crumbled.
One other questions I never thought I would ask. Did I clean the engine too well? When we got our engine it was a greasy locked up mess, after a ton of degreaser, some power washing and some cheap heat paint applied to both the motor and engine bay everything is looking very sexy. For anywhere else this would be good, but not lemons... Should I not worry about it and just show them our log book that has tracked all of our major purchases and sold items? Or do I need to un-clean this engine bay? Thanks!