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February 9, 2018 at 6:59 pm #13465
I did the same thing Bruce did. Bought new lower channels from Steele, swapped the brackets, chrome plated the new channels and they work great. A lot of stuff to do and some expense, but it was the best choice for the long run.February 9, 2018 at 6:52 pm #13464
Looks great Eric! Have fun!January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm #13419
Great innovation Eric!! They picture the dealership tool in the 1963 Service Manual in section 12-102 but where would a person ever find one? Looks like yours worked great.
JimDecember 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm #13395
Thanks for the update Joe. Until you mentioned the “V” shaped base I had forgotten that. But now that you have explained the difference, I do recall it now. Too bad, thought Layne might have a great find!December 28, 2017 at 11:58 am #13391
Yes, this Jetfire is quite unusual! Sheffield Mist & black vinyl top. Automatic trans, A/C, power brakes, steering and windows. Has a remote mirror (not available until ’63) a clock and radio.13″ wheels, WSW tires, and full hub caps. All the big options for 1962 on one car! I first saw pics of this car in 2011 but didn’t know about all the options. However, it has stayed in my mind since then because it is a twin to my Jetfire conv’t! Let’s get the turbo intake system restored and put a very unique turborocket back on the road! Great barn find!!December 1, 2017 at 8:57 am #13335
My parts book and experience does not substantiate that Jetfire block/engines used different connecting rods or head bolts. One Jetfire head bolt was/is different and has a screw hole on the top to accommodate the bracket to hold the oil dipstick tube to the block. It would be interesting if someone can show data to be otherwise?November 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm #13332
The Jetfire block is different than a 215 used in any other body style. The main bearing cap bolt holes were drilled and threaded 9/32″ deeper. The main bearing cap bolts are 9/32″ longer and have 12 point heads. The pistons used were only used in ’62 & ’63 Jetfire’s and ’63 4bbl carb cars. The main bearings were “Marine-400” bearings and were unique to the Jetfire cars. The heads and valves were different too, but you only asked about the block. You can make a Jetfire block from a non-Jetfire block by drilling the main cap bolt holes deeper and threading them to fit the longer Jetfire bolts. Functionally, it will work, but as Eric states, the block identification will be incorrect. Just depends on what outcome you want?November 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm #13307
I sent you back a email but I see my old article about air cleaners got posted?? If you didn’t get my email regarding rear view mirror glass & parts, send me a new email.
JimNovember 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm #13301
Thanks much for the offer! I did purchase one from Phil some time ago and have just what I need for now. I do have a good mirror glass with a broken frame for a ’62 if someone else is interested in your housing and would want my mirror glass? I also have the spring and mirror keeper ring. They did not use any glue.
Thanks, JimNovember 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm #13290
After you last post on the trouble you had making a usable gasket from RTV, I thought I had better check the outcome of mine. Pulled one lens to check out the gasket that I made and found that it is what I thought it was, light gray RTV silicone molded to fit. What I also learned is that it is stuck quite well to the plastic lens! I can peal it off if I am very careful, only tried a small area though, I do not want to have to make one again! Here are some pics of the lens and gasket. There is no residue in the aluminum frame, clean as a whistle.