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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-18-2011, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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first drive in 35 years...

Well i did the rear brakes this morning and buttoned up a few other things and was able to pull the Tempest out for it's first drive under it's own power in 35 years... :grin: of course the first thing i did was goose it and bark the tires, what a beast....took it for a tour of the sub nice and easy , think i will have to raise the rear end a tad or stiffen it up as i have a slight wheel rub on the drivers side, was planning on drag bags anyways. motor is running smooth and new timing chain has it pegged at zero so i set it at around 8 advanced and it idles and starts great no hesitation, did not re-tune carb as i wanted to drive it...will do fine tuning tomorrow. new dynomax mufflers sound great low tone no drone, nice growl when you tromp it. had to pull fan shroud as i found out my fan clutch has a little wobble in it and the 18" fan is tight in the shroud. after three rides with some time in between the temp got up around 200 and a bit over after shutdown. never really got above 30 MPH though and was more just testing everything out.



45 year old car in front of 145 year old house....what can i say i like fixing old things



the one that says its her car had to have the first ride

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You done GREAT getting it done in 10 months with all the work you done yourself has got to be close to a record!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy..
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Love it! Congrats! Must feel great. Mines been with the body man untouched for the last 10 months.. I did get a tri power intake at the Hot Rod reunion for $70!! So, I have fresh motivation to get the 66 back and get on it myself. I didn't buy a older 421 tri power intake for $80, probably not my best move, but those things are heavy, lol..
Again, have fun with it and don't let the po po get you..

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very nice...thanks for sharing...
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Looks great, nice job! I know that's a good feeling, getting it out for the first time. Luckily, it just gets better.

Your a lucky man to have a supportive lady too. Mine likes the old cars, and she even bought my GTO for me in 1993 after we got married. Of course it was'nt quite the same car then.

BTW, what's the aluminum tube in front under the rad? Accusump?

Once again, nice looking ride.
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Great job!! Man I bet the smile on your face doesn't go away for days...

I've started wet-sanding mine. I forgot to include one critical item in an order that came in yesterday, and of course it's not "readily available" anywhere except at a paint & body supply which aren't open open on Sunday's, so I'm shut down on sanding until at least Monday evening. I did do a couple of other jobs though...
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Thanks guys, jumped in my F-i50 to go grab a few hose clamps after the ride and my 5 liter felt like such a slug....lol, i think i am spoiled now all you have to do to turn the tires with the 463 is breath on it, and thats with a 2:56 rear end...this is gonna be fun!!
Alky thats a inline trans cooler, thought the bumper would cover it , i am gonna re-mount after i get the fan shroud to fit correctly so it's not so prominent. heres the motor running the Dynomax mufflers
Jet, I would say get on that car, but you have a nice stable to choose from already, and i know you don't want to rush it, if i was closer i would give you a hand.
What did you forget Bear? sandpaper..., "forest from the trees", always the little things that throw the biggest wrenches in the works.

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found the source of the offensive intermittent screeching, my brand new flex plate is not true and scuffs the starter hub like a flint every rotation, can i shim it at the torque converter with a washer as the starter has no front/back adjustment?
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Can you "tweak" the flexplate a little while it's in the car?

Or maybe a little grinding on the offending area.

Waiting for the burnout vid lol.
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