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    Next I plan on tackling this monster of a wiring harness. Luckily the wrecking yard that pulled it left it all completely intact. I was able to find some schematics after sorting through 900+ pages of wiring diagrams that will be helpful for making this a standalone system. It looks like getting the computer tuned for standalone will be around $250 so thats not terrible. I'll be making my own system of fuses and relays, with some luck this will only be a few hours.




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    Who sells sheet metal parts for 56 Buick?

    Also does anyone know a company that makes good rocker panels for this car? I've seen some advertised that are .035" thick! thats not even 20 gauge, seems a little thin.

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    I did some more work (mostly planning) on the exhaust and fuel system today. I will be using an aeromotive 340 pump with a standard LS1 style fuel filter / pressure regulator (from a 98 to 02 LS1). As you can see, a standard 6an bulkhead with a barb adapter is most of an inch too long. I think I can make a different bulkhead fitting thats a lot shallower, I did something similar in the past. the pump won't be mounted in this hole, this is just for height reference. where it will be mounted is about 1/2" deeper. I plan on cutting a hole on one of the flat areas of the tank and making my own bracket. I will use the factory sending unit as the return line. Also, I trimmed up the X pipe to get it a little tighter. I will have to mount it in place with the rear cage, then remove the rear cage and finish building. It looks like I can position the pipes in a way that doesn't interfere too much with the brake rotors cooling ability.









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    erk!

    you're going to have a fuel line run cheek by jowl with the exhaust crossover?

    isn't that going to heat soak the hell out of the fuel?

    man, i would go a long way out of my way to make sure those two things didn't impinge on each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob k. mando View Post
    erk!

    you're going to have a fuel line run cheek by jowl with the exhaust crossover?

    isn't that going to heat soak the hell out of the fuel?

    man, i would go a long way out of my way to make sure those two things didn't impinge on each other.

    They will be plenty separated, don't worry. It's not my first rodeo haha

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    i didn't really think you would, most of the stuff you're doing is pretty advanced. not very many people would have a go at a modern wire loom, for instance.

    but that was all run together in a single paragraph like those two problems were impacting on each other and i figured i ought to make sure.
    The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.
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    Moving along on the Special. I had a custom 90 degree bulkhead fitting made to allow for more clearance for the fuel pump. I had to remove the differential from the rear cage anyways, so I put just the empty cage in to work on the exhaust. pretty small clearance on the back of the differential cage to the exhaust, but nothing I haven't seen on a solid axled car. I will be building the exhaust with v band clamps so that if it needs to be removed, or if the gas tank needs to come down, it will be quick and easy. For mufflers I went with flow master 50 series. they should sound good, but not too loud.
    I also began on the transmission cross member (believe it or not still haven't finished this, hanging in place by a chain!) I am using 1/8 angle iron and 3/8 bolts to hold it. I broke my only drill bit so I want able to get this finished today.








    Here's a view of the filler neck, its sitting even high than I expected. I plan on cutting it down 2 or 3 inches and using rubber filler beck hose with hose clamps to bring it down.


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    Most of my brake parts came in this week, I'll be going with ebc brake pads all around, a chrome 9" booster, a chrome 1 1/8" master cylinder, and a bottom mount proportioning valve. Oddly enough the brake calipers came in different colors.



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    I pulled the gas tank, differential cage, and exhaust today for final cleaning and assembly. I pressure washed the suspension parts and realized while I was at it, I should pressure wash inside the gas tank too! Endless dirt and rust came out. I'll be using a gas tank sealer after the water is all dried out. Here are some pics of the gas tank, the second is inside the gas tank:




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    Here are some pics of the suspension cleaned up and going together. the Differential was rebuilt using an Auburn limited slip, 3.73 gears and all new timken bearings. Also the u joint yoke was replaced with a standard strap style yoke. I'll be using standard 1310 u joints. Getting the parking brake to work will be a challenge.






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