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Pat, I am VERY envious of you and Ryan, in the fact that you are getting past info on your cars. I have reached out to MY Biscaynes previous owner for more info, but he seems to have ZERO interest in helping me.
Some people can be real arseholes.

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OMG......I am so glad the car is getting back a normal state and in good hands. Some car guys have no business being car guys

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I will give a lot of credit to the fella who I bought it from, he did a lot of the heavy lifting replacing the hood, bumper, wheels and tires and repainting it. I probably would not have purchased the car as it was before he made those changes.  I will be continuing those efforts.  He told me that the "restoration" had been finished in 2012, I assume by the owner previous to him.  So far I really can't fault the quality of the restoration work, just some of the direction it was going.  I have already figured out that he was not much of a technical mechanic though. 



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Pat,

How is your speedo cable routed? When looking at the firewall, does it come through the firewall to the left of the master cylinder and then run along the firewall to the passenger side? The Muncie equipped cars had the cable routed that way because the speedo cable went into the trans on the passenger side on Muncies only. If there is no hole in the firewall at this location, it didn't come with a Muncie which also means it couldn't be an L72. Here is a picture of how the cable is routed on a Muncie car although mine is missing the little clamps that hold it to the firewall.

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Well done Chad.....nice under hood light

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Chad, My firewall does not have a hole there, just an indentation.  The speedo cable comes in through a hole on the other side of the master cylinder.  That and the way the trans tunnel is trimmed for the 4 speed makes me sure it was not an original 4 speed car.  

Today I installed my Sun Super Tach and the longer curved shifter lever.  I also adjusted the timing which was set way advanced, I brought it back down to 10 degrees and will try that for a while to see how she does.  I also fixed the shift link arms that Dave pointed being installed wrong.  It appears my oil leaks are solved too.  Adding the PCV, correcting the vacuum leak and adjusting the timing has made it quite well behaved.  Starts right up and is happy to idle at 750.

With the tach and shift lever it is beginning to look and feel more like my old one every day.

I also did an updated video with it running like it should.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/9729183@N02/16451282797/in/album-72157650578618747/



-- Edited by Pat Dilling on Thursday 26th of February 2015 09:13:25 PM

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Well done Pat.....next you'll need to find a fan shroud

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Thanks, I have been thinking about the fan shroud. Pretty sure I need to find one from a 69-70 since this motor has the longer water pump, I think.

Tomorrow morning I am off to DMV to get it transferred and get plates. I am risking driving it there without tags, wish me luck.

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Pat Dilling wrote:

Thanks, I have been thinking about the fan shroud. Pretty sure I need to find one from a 69-70 since this motor has the longer water pump, I think.

Tomorrow morning I am off to DMV to get it transferred and get plates. I am risking driving it there without tags, wish me luck.


 Been there, done that with my Tahoe...LOL



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AND, it had a VERY leaky intake gasket on the coolant area.


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Pat, enjoy your new ride,looks like you are going to have some fun.I had my Chevelle 300 shipped to me and I remember what a great feeling it was "having it" finally.

 



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Made it to DMV without incident, even though I did pass a Highway Patrolman stopped on the onramp as I was getting on the freeway. Loud car with no plates, Oh oh. Put it in 4th gear and eased by him and he either did not notice or was not concerned. VIN was verified and plates issued also without incident. Drove around to 3 different friend's house to show off the car, everyone loved it. Then came home and took my wife for a ride. She remembered the old one having a deeper exhaust tone. All told put well over 100 miles on it, burned about 10 gallons of premium, she is a thirsty one. Car ran perfect, oil pressure stays right around 50 PSI, saw no smoke, temperature never got above 185 even in a little traffic. Outside air was in the high 60s. I will have to get used to driving a low geared 1-1 car again though, I kept wanting shift one more time. RPM is right at 3000 at 65, the speedometer works and is accurate. I do have a rear brake problem, had the warning light come on, dummy me had not checked brake fluid levels, where's the fun in that when you can be working on the motor? Looks like I have a leaking wheel cylinder on one of the rear brakes, we topped of the fluid and I made it home without a problem. So now I have another project for next week, new rear wheel cylinders and brake shoes, then some bleeding.

I tried to order a Pypes complete exhaust system, but Summit won't ship it to the Peoples Republic of California due to CARB anti-tampering regulations. So I will need to find another way. I did order a gas tank from them though and had previously ordered a 3/8" pickup/sending unit from EBay.

No burnouts yet, but I did blast through first and second gear a couple time and it pulls strong.  Hooks up pretty well too.  Got a few stares and thumbs ups as I was rumbling around. I am going to have a lot of fun with this car!



-- Edited by Pat Dilling on Friday 27th of February 2015 07:34:35 PM

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A perfect fun week.....keep sending up pics and progress along the way

Before you install your new brakes.....be sure to google and check your wheel cylinder part number to insure that your parts guy DID get you the correct part....these young new techno parts techs think they know it all

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Pat,

Here is one of my favorite '68's......do you know this one



















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Yes indeed, I will double check. I am lucky to have a real auto parts store with old school counter people who know their stuff.
I am familiar with that 68, or at least pictures. I refer to it often to see how things should be done.



-- Edited by Pat Dilling on Saturday 28th of February 2015 10:01:07 AM

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zach's '68 biscayne smile



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Yep, it too started life as a 6 cylinder - 3 on the tree

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Finished the brake job on the rear axle, mostly without incident. Started with the driver side since that is where I could tell the wheel cylinder was leaking. One of the bolts that holds the cylinder on was boogered up and I could not get a grip on it. Finally resorted to the cut off wheel to take the head off. Been a while since I have done GM brakes so I left one side alone until I finished the other so I would have it to refer to when I reassembled. Took the cylinder and brake shoes with me to the local auto parts, also had the drums turned. Total cost was just $74 for new shoes, wheel cylinders, turning the drums and a couple cans of Brake Clean. Finished the driver side and went to start on the passenger side and found a near new wheel cylinder just like the Raybestos pieces I just bought! So evidently whenever someone did a brake job not too many miles ago, they could not get the wheel cylinder off either, so they just left it confusecry.  They could have at least rebuilt it, easy to do right on the car.  Anyway, it's all done now and I know what I have.  Quick test showed a nice firm pedal and no Brake warning light.



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Well done Pat

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Took a road trip up to Summit Racing in Sparks, NV today and picked up a Pypes Street Pro exhaust system. Hopefully will install it on Saturday. New factory style gas tank is also on the way and I already have the 3/8" pick up and sending unit for it.

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Excellent.....the fun begins

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