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    GT40 Restoration

    Hey All, as you may have seen in the General area, TimTX5 and I are restoring an old GT40. I've already started a blog here: http://gt40project.blogspot.com

    I'll start posting the same blogs here for you guys to comment on.

    Latest blog update Ford GT40 Restoration Project

    Engine Out
    Yesterday Dad, me and my mate Adrian got stuck into it. We borrowed an engine crane off my mate Danny and pulled the engine out in no time at all. This car is so easy to work on. I'd previously removed the rear clip and a few lines, so there wasn't much left to clear the motor. Unfortunately, I suck at remembering to take photos, so didn't take any of the engine on the crane. Anyway, here's the after pic. I'm looking forward to cleaning up and repainting that chassis.



    We did notice a bit of rust on the chassis, but on closer inspection, it's just surface rust. Score!



    Dad and I picked up an engine crane for $55+GST (who quotes prices ex GST these days?) at a place called Radum around the corner. Absolutely bargain price. It took a bit of messing around to get the engine mounted on the stand, since we didn't have any long enough bolts. I did a trip to Repco, but took the wrong bolt (IDIOT!), so had to do a second dash. Got it mounted up in the end and got stuck into stripping it down.



    The bottom end doesn't look too bad. A bit of grime in there, but it doesn't look like too much water got down into the sump. Unfortunately it only has 2-bolt main caps. Some small block chevs have 4 bolt mains. We thought this one did, going by the engine number and what the interweb revealed. Oh well...





    Pistons out. They all look quite good.





    We couldn't take the crank out, because we need a pulley puller to get the harmonic balancer off. Dad has one at home to use next time. The crank journals look OK. Someone has machined it in the past.





    Next we started to try and clean up the dodgy cylinder (previously full of water). We started to rub down the bore to get to the bottom of the pitting. Then we can measure it and decide if a full bore is required or if we can get away with a hone only. This is how far we got... It's looking like a bore out will be required. Thankfully parts are amazingly cheap for these Chev motors. Not like the Jap parts I'm used to.



    We're starting to build up a collection of parts here there and everywhere in the garage. I need more storage shelves and a nice work bench. Oh well, things can only improve from here.



    Check out this crazy flywheel. Made up to suit Audi gearbox and adapter plate....



    So all in all, we're quite happy with the engine. With the exception of the dodgy cylinder, everything else is in quite good nick. The previous owner said that the engine had been rebuilt and only had roughly 2000km on it (10 years ago) and it seems reasonable. Dad gave the dodgy cylinder head a quick clean up and it came up pretty good, too.

    I'm off again with work for a few weeks. This is my last trip to New Caledonia (for the foreseeable future). I've got a new job that I'll be starting in a few weeks. Horray!

    The missing book...
    Tim came over a few weeks back with a book that his Girlfriend Renee had bought him "How to Rebuild a Small Block Chevy". I thought great, that will be handy. My mate Jim also gave me a Chev magazine from 1974. Also good reading. Anyway, yesterday I thought I'd dig up Tim's book, but then realised I hadn't seen it for a while. I figured he must have taken it with him. After sending him a text he said "Last time I saw it, I put it on the roof of the Mini". Doh! Not a wise move. That was a crazy day: I had a job interview, I had mates over and I had to go into the city that night. Needless to say, I most likely drove off with the book on the roof. Being a short-arse, I wouldn't have noticed it sat on the roof. Oh well, I just ordered a new copy to give Tim....

    #2
    Is there some sort of firewall between the engine and the seats normally? Or does that gap improve induction noise?

    P.S. Very fucking cool.

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      #3
      Out of curiosity, any plans to swap to a different drivetrain at some point down the track? Those new supercharged Ford motors would make a pretty good retrotech conversion..

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        #4
        This car needs kbs everywhere
        Originally posted by Turbo Yoda
        I <3 Hamster

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          #5
          nice one - that sure is a weird flywheel - looks like an auto flexplate with a flywheel bolted to it?

          there is a free copy on the web of bill 'grumpy' jenkins book about rebuilding/mods for chevs: pretty old book now but should be about the same vintage as your engine:

          thanks to cheapracer for orig putting up the link :


          Oh good news, I found Jenkins book here ...

          http://www.filesonic.com/file/139006...py-Jenkins.pdf

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            #6
            Originally posted by Monk View Post
            Is there some sort of firewall between the engine and the seats normally? Or does that gap improve induction noise?

            P.S. Very fucking cool.
            Yeah, there's a removable panel that sits behind the seats. I've refitted it now to stop oil, dust and crap getting into the interior. The engine sits so close to the firewall that there is a little bulb cut into the "firewall" that the waterpump slots into. Hahaha

            No plans to change the engine just yet. I agree a modern V8 would be far better, but at the moment the plan is to get the car on the road ASAP so that we can enjoy it for a while. Otherwise it'll turn into one of those projects where it sits in the garage for years and we all lose motivation.

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              #7
              Cool project, very keen to see how things progress
              #WHOTW award winner #blessed #susanalbumparty

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                #8
                Originally posted by BoganDAVE View Post
                This car needs kbs everywhere
                Have you bought shares in them?

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                  #9
                  I should, i love the shit
                  Originally posted by Turbo Yoda
                  I <3 Hamster

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                    #10
                    Ps, screw changing engines, for the cost of coversions you could buld a very tidy chev that will make you poo pants. A set of alloy heads, a hyd roller cam, rpm air gap manifold etc.
                    Originally posted by Turbo Yoda
                    I <3 Hamster

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                      #11
                      Yep, I'd say with this 350 chev and ~1100kg, it should well and truely be good enough to make us poo our pants

                      I was thinking about the aftermarket alloy heads. Do they make much difference other than weight? Is the design much better over standard? Does anyone have head gasket issues? Sorry, I know SFA about chevs. Only ever been involved with Jap stuff.

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                        #12
                        What was the donor for the suspension bits? I can see a few nightmares rebuilding this thing, just because kit cars seem to attract dodgeyness.

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                          #13
                          The front suspension is Ford Cortina. The rear is Ford Grenada (bigger Cortina). It has Alfa brakes in the rear, Cortina in the front. It looks a bit dodgy now, but we can fix the dodgy aspects

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by 9triton View Post
                            nice one - that sure is a weird flywheel - looks like an auto flexplate with a flywheel bolted to it?

                            there is a free copy on the web of bill 'grumpy' jenkins book about rebuilding/mods for chevs: pretty old book now but should be about the same vintage as your engine:

                            thanks to cheapracer for orig putting up the link :
                            For those looking for a real link...

                            http://www.filesonic.com/file/139006...py-Jenkins.pdf

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                              #15
                              Thanks for the link. Blocked at work. Damnit, I'll have to read it at home

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