The fuel lines come out of the front of the rocker panel and go straight up and follow along the splash pan area to bulkhead fittings in the sheet metal inner fenders. A heat shield was in order for the fuel lines.
We trial fit the front wheels to make sure we could still turn from lock to lock on the rack.
This was kind of nerve racking! We used poster board and made a template of this fender area to locate where we were going to cut the hole in the fender. We used blue painters tape and taped off this whole area before we started to cut the hole not to damage any paint surfaces. Pete said “Do you want to cut or am I doing it?” I said…”I’m holding the fender”! He just shook his head like, I sure hope this hole saw doesn’t take a walk! hehe. Once the holes were cut, I told Pete, “OK man you can unclench you butt cheeks now!” LMAO. We managed to get both holes cut without incident. In hind site we should have ordered extra tubing off the muffler. The 3″ extension off the muffler will be replace with the 6″ extension. Then, the 6″ piece will be cut parallel with the body and stainless trim rings will be made to prevent burning of paint.
The headers clear EVERYTHING! Great job Pete!
Scott Gunderman took care of the Timing pointer and crank sensor mount.
Here is a wallpaper link to the “JailBait” image that I used as my featured image if your interested.
Here are a couple of videos of the engine start up at Gunderman’s. The videos due the Ranchero no justice, as in person it shakes your whole being! When it fired up, I was thrilled to see and feel how much air this thing was moving! You’ll notice it about blows the car cover off of Scott’s car!!!
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We got it loaded, minus a return spring on the carb, and a small spill of trans fluid from a loose fitting.
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I would like to thank all of you that have followed and supported my build since 2009. It has been a long, hard road but well worth every bit of it! I’m far from done. I still have alot of tweaking to do with this set-up. Now, that I have a 25.2 certified Nosnhoj Performance Chassis, I already have plans for an engine combination to get this Ranchero deep into the 7″s! Special thanks to Pete Johnson for all of his hard work with this build. You too Doug Johnson..Thanks “Happy” for your support as well. also, to Scott Gunderman for going above and beyond over his realm of just building the engine. Thanks to my Racing buddy Marshall Smith of “MJ & Sons” for support of ALL kinds! William & Willie of Rod & Custom Motorsports Inc, Fordmuscle.com, Doug from Champion Hoods, Greg from GZ Motorsports, Gil from Speedwire. My wife and bestest friend, Melissa DeVito for enduring this Financially & emotionally pain staking Build. Thanks Honey, I couldn’t have done it with out you. Thanks to friends Shelton & Nat. There are so many of you that have helped in ways big or small that made this all possible. Thanks for Everything…EVERYBODY!!! I will continue to spot light my events and post video of racing progress. Stay tuned for GZ Motorsports Vacuum pump and alternator install. I will also document the set-up of the 4-link etc.
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