[DMCForum] Re: The Resurrection of Vixen Continues...
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[DMCForum] Re: The Resurrection of Vixen Continues...



I feel your pain. Pigeon Forge deadline is staring at me too. Was
planning to spend this weekend prepping my DeLo for engine swap early
next week. Just found out an hour ago that corporate headquarters is
moving our office to a new location (which they leased sight unseen!)
that same week. Is the last thing I need on top of an already
complicated engine swap. Still haven't engineered a throttle cable...

I'm going to Pigeon Forge, in a Mark V if nothing else (the NEWEST
vehicle in my stable is an '85 truck with 200K on the odometer --
guarantee I'll be there in a vintage vehicle of some ilk). Would
dearly love to make the trip in a carbureted DeLo, but at this point
there's no promise.

If my DeLo makes it, will be without any cosmetics of any sort, save
for whatever magic Mike Cohee can work in his driveway.

Stressful, isn't it...

BTW: my carb adapter is coming out wonderfully. Have discovered I can
work a block of aluminum about as easily as I work oak. If the
weatherman cooperates (I have no basement, garage, workshop, etc --
work outdoors in the driveway) should be finished tonight. Adapter
takes two barrels into a single humongous manifold venturi, hopefully
vacuum tight.

Wish us both luck...

Bill Robertson
#5939

>--- In DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Dave Stragand" <dave.stragand@xxxx>
wrote:
> Hi All,

> I've been working about 60 hours a week on the car since the
beginning of
> May, when I got laid off for the third time in a year.  Most of my
time has
> been consumed working on my "special project", which used over 600
feet of
> wiring and took about two weeks.  I think I can solder connectors in my
> sleep now, but it's finally all wired up and working.  On now to the
rest.

> I installed new Walt TABs, fixed various leaks, installed a 165 amp
> alternator, refinished my exhaust tips, installed an Optima battery,
mounted
> the ground effects, and replaced the driver's door.  Dan Plakosh
came over
> to help me align the doors and body panels, and he helped greatly in
both
> respects.  Both doors now travel up and down rather smoothly, and
have good
> panel alignment as well.

> The lower piston pin on that side is bent, though, and the door does not
> travel fully upwards.  Dan is coming to the rescue again, as he has
a spare
> Grady reinforcing bracket which we are going to install tonight.
Hopefully
> that will fix the situation.

> In any event, the major projects are almost all done, and my
Pennsylvania
> state inspection is this Friday.  Fortunately, I'm exempt from the
emissions
> portion, as the car has only had 65 miles put on it in the last 5 years.
> Everything else should be fine, since just about every component
checked in
> our suspension is brand new (tires, all parts of the brakes, the entire
> suspension, the steering, all of the bulbs, the exhaust, etc.)  As a
bonus,
> I'm having the inspection done in my own driveway rather than having to
> bring it down to the station.  Not having to take it down there is a big
> relief.

> That brings me to another point.  As time goes on and Pigeon Forge gets
> closer, my emotions are swinging wildly.  At times, I'm anxious to
get the
> car out on the road, while at other times I'm afraid to even back
the car
> out of the garage.  I'm hoping this will change soon, as we need to
start
> putting some miles on the car this weekend.  We can't leave for PF
without
> breaking the car in some.

> Left to go:

> EXTERIOR
> Clean engine compartment, glue down louver bump strips, install hood
trim,
> repaint all external black trim, brush out the finish, touch-up engine
> cover, align trunk lid, and seal access panels in trunk

> INTERIOR
> Get new keys cut, install decals, install door seals, recover
headliners,
> turbo gauge and vents, and window switches stencil

> See you in Pigeon Forge!

> -Dave

> VIN #05927
> http://www.projectvixen.com
>  <http://projectvixen.camarades.com/> http://projectvixen.camarades.com/
> (webcam!)
> "VixenWebcam" on AOL IM



>
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