October 15, 2020 at 4:36 pm #17190
We haven’t touched the motor since unloading it, likely be next week. We started some other jobs before heading south: we are installing a Vintage Air system in our 61 Fiesta wagon which was only half done when we left. That is a big job, everything has to be custom fit and there are no ‘direct instructions’ of fitting the unit to our actual car as they are universal fit. . .AKA ‘You pray the Universe is on your side as you try to figure it out’! Steve also has electric window mechanisms he wants to install in his 06 Chevy truck however I am going to ‘gently nudge him’ to put that off for now and get going on the Jetfire. Wish me luck.October 16, 2020 at 12:43 pm #17191
Apparently not all cars came with seatbelts so I have posted mine here. Note: ‘factory correct’ have the soft rubbery vinyl sleeve at the bottom to cover the connectors to avoid rattling. They mount to heavy duty forged eye bolts. If you look at the picture, top right you will see that there are two plates that swing to open to catch the eye bolt. Sold as an option only, they were expensive at $18.83 for the pair! Compare that to a complete electric 2 speed windshield washer system with jug and a supply of ‘special detergent antifreeze fluid’ for $16.46 (included on the Jetfire but an option on the base version F85’s) Seatbelts were mandatory equipment in cars built in North America from 1966 onward and in 1976 Ontario, Canada started to enforce that we use them. Not sure about the USA and when they became mandatory – was that ‘state’ decision?November 1, 2020 at 3:48 pm #17226
TRF Tank ‘Red Button’ – thought I would post here too
I spent many weeks working with a leading ‘3D print’ production company to recreate the ‘red button’ that goes on the top of the TRF fluid tank pressure relief cap. As the original, the button sits slightly higher than the cap when sealed and pops up prominently at 7 psi. They are color matched to an original NOS button and satin cleared for a more suitable sheen. (I do have a few unfinished if you prefer to paint your own, please specify). For those who have an aftermarket ‘standard style’ 7 lb rad cap, you can belt sand thin and glue to your cap to mimic a factory look. $25.00 UDS each plus $5.00 shipping, 2 or more shipping included. For information or Paypal payment: firstname.lastname@example.org, Sandy Gray Orders for the TRF filter stencil or bottle cap stencil can also be included in one shipment.
BTW: I bead blasted my original pressure cap and sprayed with satin clear to achieve that finish.November 1, 2020 at 3:51 pm #17228
TRF back up bottle Lid Stencil – awaiting classifieds posting, I though I would include here too.
When shipped new your Jetfire included an under the hood ‘back up bottle’ of Turbo Rocket Fluid – should your pressure tank run dry. The lid of the bottle had ‘Turbo Rocket Fluid’ printed on the cap but if it was lost the replacement caps were plain black. We have created a stencil to replicate that, the original printing is very small and although the hand designed font is not ‘100% exact’ – when it is installed under the hood the difference is unnoticeable. Stencils are sold as a 2 pack (in case you mess one up) with full instructions for $12.00 including shipping. For info or Paypal payment email@example.com Sandy Gray. Orders for the TRF filter stencil or Fluid tank ‘Red Button’ can also be included into one shipment.November 6, 2020 at 9:42 pm #17234
Things are moving forward well with the Jetfire. Engine and transmission, drive shaft, heater box & rad in so Steve decided to fill the rad when he discovered it was pouring out the side of the block. Turns out there should have been a drain plug installed by our engine builder that was not, nor was it pointed out that we needed to do that!
I continue to be amazed how fabulous my interior is! The seat bottoms had a number of splits and tears so they were recovered by resewing a used ‘era correct’ rear seat cover from a parts car. I replaced the carpets and purchased enough carpet to recover the door card bottoms but they are such nice shape I don’t have the heart to tear them apart. You can see the difference between the deep red on the door panel vs the brighter red that is supposed to be correct. Even the custom shops can not get that deep red loop. All the rest is original to the car and a big dose of love, polish an attention brought it back to the way you see it!
Lots of bits and pieces needing installation yet. The turbo system will be the last thing to install before fire up – which should hopefully happen next week!November 7, 2020 at 8:16 am #17241JimNoelParticipant
Sure looks GREAT! Really nice work…….November 13, 2020 at 9:17 pm #17266
We have had a super productive 2 weeks. Yesterday we got the turbo on. No one told us that bolting on the turbo/getting at some of those bolts would nearly cause a divorce as well as trying to figure out where everything connected to. The factory must have had some special tools or hired people based on how small their hands were. We survived but not without some serious cursing. Thank goodness for all the ‘tags’ Jim Noel added to help us sort this out!
Today we got all the other little things done that needed doing in order to fire up this baby! Everything installed, everything checked, fluids added, engine primed: ready to go! The big oval air cleaner ‘can’ is just sitting there as we need to be able to squirt gas into the carb. Once cleanly running, we will drop it into place to protect the engine from any inhaled junk as we need to run it for about a half hour to break the cam in properly.
Wish us good Karma: it is always a bit nerve wracking the first time you fire up a new/rebuilt engine!
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