Progress Thread 1978 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler. Electric power steering in a fox. Talk to me about Coil packs..

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CarMichael Angelo

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So wait.... He's NOT done yet? :O_o:
He said he was done. But he toys with my emotions.
Assholes. That's what you both are.

I said "it's done".
You'd think that with the collective of both of your higher educations, one of you would be able to deduce that I was merely referring to winning a battle,...the war is still far off from being won.

I guess I misjudged you both.

So,..for the bad boys that have to sit in front of the class so the teacher can keep them from flicking boogers at poor, stupid Chucky Fuller,.....

No,.....I'm not done.
 
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Looks good in the pics, and I am guessing your engine and necessary accessories will cover most of it and keep eyes from looking at the finish too closely. Plus, when the glued on side of your block goes busting off, you will be glad you didnt spend even more hours of your time on it. ;)
 

CarMichael Angelo

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Glad you spelled it out for us ;)
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You're welcome.

I have to walk the fine line w/ my answers,...balancing the difference between cynicism, and prick sarchasm. (Sometimes I get the end result a little too far lopsided).

Looks good in the pics, and I am guessing your engine and necessary accessories will cover most of it and keep eyes from looking at the finish too closely. Plus, when the glued on side of your block goes busting off, you will be glad you didnt spend even more hours of your time on it. ;)
Whachutalkinbout Willis? The side plate is bolted on. The strip that was originally "glued on" to widen the deck, is sandwiched between the block and that plate. If that plate comes off, I won't have to worry about the engine compartment,..........ever again.

When I start putting the engine together, that glued on plate will be real obvious in the ensuing pics.

Looks damn good... don't be so hard on your self Mike.
Thanks,...If I'm not too hard on myself,....then who else will be?:shrug:
 

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Mike as long as i have been busting your balls on your builds you should know what to expect
 
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I shoulda known better.

After having to deal with a less than perfect finish on the red car, you'd think that no matter what I painted, I'd never settle for a less than acceptable end result. Even under the hood of the car.
I went downstairs at 10AM this morning to ck on how the paint laid down after drying overnight. I'm pleased to say that as far as the quality of the paint finish,..I'm confident that I'll be able to paint the entire car when that time comes. The paint had flattened to a perfect satin finish, and was consistent throughout, (with the exception of the one apron that I admittedly dry sprayed)

But,...........Those little bumps, and dips........they may as well have been mountains, and canyons.
I went to my paint cabinet, got out the 320, filled a bucket with water, and proceeded to make bumps flat, and block sanded till the canyons either disappeared, or revealed to me that they were gonna need filling.
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The worst part was that upper radiator saddle. I welded the two big holes shut, but was negligent when it came time to properly prep them. One stood above the finish, and the other was low,....and that black paint was sayin' " Look at me!!,..Look at me!!"
I told it to shut up, ground the high one down, and covered them both with some filler ...all while it kept saying ....
** cover your mouth with your hand here,...and say it with me...
"Look at me,.....Look at me....Loo....."
Take that, mother fu**er!!

After spending a couple of hours wet sanding,...and remembering that I'm already sick of that,..I moved back to the intercooler heat exchangers. It was after all what I was supposed to be doing today in the first place.
First,...you look at the sky,....and then do what ever your religion suggests you do before taking a step over a cliff:
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And you just cut a GI-HONKIN' hole in the quarter,..right in front of the rear tire.
Then you go to the other side,....and repeat.
In case the pic doesn't properly represent how big this hole is,..go get a gallon paint can,...pry off the lid,..and hold it up on your car where I've cut this hole.
( Because the lid off of a one gallon paint can is exactly what I used,.......6" round zactly.) :banana:

Last week,..while I was screaming and cussing about the first time I had to redo the engine compartment, I took some sketches, w/ measurements to my metal guy, and asked that he cut and bend me the pieces I needed for the airbox, that will hold the radiators that are in effect my heat exchangers.

One day later,...and 79.00 shorter,..I come back w/ the pieces cut, and bent.
I started by welding a rectangular frame to hold the radiators,...and fitted it where it will end up.
Since the box is so big, I actually had to build it outside of the car,..then take it back apart, so I could finagle the thing into the space it sits.
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Obviously, a behind shot,....the exhaust from the cooling fans dump on top of the rear end.
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This cover screws to the box. Two 6" alum flex ducts will hook the holes in the quarters to these two big-assed inlets. Since I have no back seat,..there'll be a rear seat delete made out of 1/2" MDF that'll serve to hide all this, all of my electronics (ala @RacEoHolic330), give me a place to mount my twin, hooptified 10" subs,.....and will hopefully work better than the rear mounted A/C system the red car had. :rolleyes:

Now,..back to this:
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I've seen examples where guys have just made a trim ring,...covered it w/ a screen. ( so pets and small children don't get sucked up in there).
I've also seen examples where guys have made a "blister" out of a stainless bowl,...cut it in half, and turn it into a side scoop of sorts. I'd still have a screen covering it of course,...for the sake of the kids, cats, and chi-waw-was;)
Thoughts?
 
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I'm really digging your unique approach with the radiators. That is different for sure. I wouldn't expect anything less from you. I think you're definitely going to need some kind of side scoop to make that setup effective. With your fabrication skills, I don't see why you couldn't make a scoop that flows with the lines of the car. So, basically a square scoop will do just fine ;)

I figured you would be refining that engine bay a little. I sometimes think satin black shows imperfections worse than gloss. The satin looks great though. You'll be happy with it once you smooth it to your liking. I wouldn't bother with much blocking below the pinch weld. None of that will be seen one the engine is in. I 'wasted' a good bit of time back there on my car and realized how little my efforts will be noticed.