MadMike's Big Bumper (1974Z) update

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by MadMike, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. MadMike

    MadMike Administrator Staff Member

    Feb 11, 1999
    Dawsonville Georgia
    As mentioned in the garage section, now that it's 20 degrees outside there's a flurry of activity in the cold garage and my 74Z. Either that or the fact I have to gather up all my 73Z stuff had booted me in the pants to figure out what I have/need/don't need for the 74Z.

    Anyway to make a long story short... today is the FIRST day where (so far) - nothing's gone wrong. I'm fixing a PITA problem and I fixed it without incident.

    Whoever screwed my car together back in 1974 was either lit up or on cruise control cause every door bolt hole was cross-threaded. I went to hang the doors on the car many years ago and noticed that problem. Since the plan is to hang the doors (permanently) on this car tomorrow, I went out and tapped all the mounting block holes in the door jambs and door shells (these are from a 1970 and weren't messed up too bad). Sucess. I didn't sheer the tap off in 1 of the holes, I didn't drop the door on my foot. I didn't get a hernia...

    This is part of my "tapping jacked up holes" batch work.

    I respotted all the sheet metal and have it laid out nicely for the paint gun, and opened up some space.

    I have 15 plastic bins of goodies for this car. I can't remember what's what. So it should be relatively safe to sort through these bins. I'll do that this afternoon.

    Yesterday was "under the car" bitch work. Installing the (heavy full size) starter, wire conduit (undoing bellhousing bolt - the hardest one), speedo cable, checking oil. Whoops, I didn't realize there was a quart in the engine (didn't register on the stick) - so that's all over the floor now.

    Last tip of advice for today: the car has no front end sheet metal on it. I used a tire to put my ratchet on top of temporarily.... then scooted out from under the car and accidentally rolled the tire. Next thing I remember.... I was still laid out on the floor but I was trying to make a concious effort to get off the floor and get into the house before crapping out. I look like Tiger Woods with a golfball sized welt on my eyelash. And apparently when that hit me I was in the process of getting up, so that slammed the back of my head into the concrete. :confused:

    So - while I'm careful to not have the whole car fall on my ass, I neglected to think about smaller stuff. :whine:

    As I mentioned in the engine section, I gotta overcome the stripped out hole in my crankshaft snout. :mad: That is/was a major hurdle and pissed me off. I'm going to enlist some help to get that solved so I can finish screwing the engine together and fire it up.
  2. 68400BIRD

    68400BIRD Veteran Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    You could have just shoved your head in a snow bank to stop the swelling.:p I'll send you some free snow. Good luck on the crankshaft hole. Post up some pics.
  3. 3SLO5

    3SLO5 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jan 7, 2001
    Edison NJ USA
    no proof any work got done without pictures.
  4. BTTB71SS

    BTTB71SS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    May 10, 2006
    Harris, MN

    Glad your ok though...

    Never know when something minor will hit ya ;)
  5. MadMike

    MadMike Administrator Staff Member

    Feb 11, 1999
    Dawsonville Georgia

    DSL or if you got some spare time, I uploaded some around the shop photos of what's happening here:

    quick overview of the car:

  6. BonzoHansen

    BonzoHansen Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

    Not sure that car will make it to Carlisle 2010.
  7. BTTB71SS

    BTTB71SS Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    May 10, 2006
    Harris, MN

    Nice Shop Mike
  8. Chevrolaine

    Chevrolaine Veteran Member Gold Member

    Take that couch out of the garage and the car will get done much faster!!
  9. Shane

    Shane Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 24, 2000
    Conyers, GA
    Mike - I saw a big bucket-o-bolts in one of those pictures. What are you going to be doing with those? If you don't want them, I'll take them off of your hands. But, YOU HAVE TO PAY SHIPPING;)

    Car looks good Mike. Is this the one that my buddy built the tranny for?

    Like the brake booster too.........
  10. Venom73

    Venom73 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, Ky
    Keep the work coming, Very nice shop, I'm jealous

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