Monday, March 14, 2005

A Day Wasted

We pretty much wasted Saturday road tripping around doing parts exchange and looking for the right parts. Earlier in the week, I bought chrome valve covers, breather, and thermostat housing from Seco. Tim pointed out a couple of problems with the valve covers. The originals have as an oil cap a round pop-up breather with two tangs that twist into a slotted hole in the cover. This one has two holes that can take push-in accessories. I failed to note that the original has a PCV valve, so I bought a push-in oil cap and a push-in breather with grommets. So we road tripped to return the push-in oil cap and pick up a PCV valve and valve grommet. The chrome thermostat housing also had a tapped hole on the side for a temp sensor; the Edelbrock intake also has a tapped hole for the sensor, so a brass plug for one or the other is needed - Home Depot supplied this part.

Since we planned on replacing the sensors anyway, we shopped for a guage set to replace the idiot lights that were stock. We cheaped out with a set from Harbor Frieght that Tim has on his 67 Chevy; unfortunately, the temp plug won't screw into the either of the Ford tapped holes. So the guages have to go back and I have to look around for a more expensive set that will work on the Ford.

We also picked up a stock thermostat which won't fit the chrome housing, so it's another return trip to find a thermostat that will work. All in all, we pretty much wasted the day, but we did get some nice pics of the block with the chrome goodies attached. Although coated with WD-40, the block is really starting to rust in spots like the oil baffles under the lifters, so we need to get it back in and get some oil in it.


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