My 72 Comet Build.....

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    Been getting some done the last couple weekends..... The center support for the hood bracket, lower valence, stone guard and grille is made and in..... I also made some filler panels for the stone guard and tacked them in where I clearanced it for the air filter previousely….. Then I made core support tabs and tacked them in for the grill support rods, and shortened the rods so they fit properly in the new core support configuration..... I still need to make the last 2 grill support tabs for the center of the grill(a seen in the last pic)…..

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    All the tabs needed to attach front end components have been made and either welded or tacked in place right now..... I took the car down off the blocks and moved it out pf the way so I could get the mess cleaned up..... Next thing will be to remove everything off the front of the car so I can weld it all up and I still need to mount the radiator and trans cooler.....

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    Took all the front sheet metal off it and worked on getting all the welds finished up on everything that was tacked on so far.....

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    Hey frank. To run the LS style throttle body. What did you end up doing? I am putting one of the new Holley hi ram set ups on my car and requires that style cable, figured you’d be the perfect one to ask.
     
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    I just bought a Lokar LS1 style cable and cut it to length for my car.....
     
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    Finished cleaning everything up..... Made and welded in some upper flange filler panels where the fenders bolt down..... Made frame inserts for the lower radiator mounts, also made a bar to bolt between the for proper alignment.....

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    Awesome. Thanks. Front end looks awesome by the way.
     
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    Thanks you.....
     
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    All the radiator mounts on both the radiator and frame are now done..... Fan mounts are also done.....

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    Well, it's been longer then I thought since I posted..... I got busy with other stuff, had a computer issue with my desk top and then messed my left eye up in late December..... FUN FUN FUN..... Anyways, there was some progress made..... I got the trans cooler mounted, then went ahead and made the tailpipes so I could get the exhaust out of the way..... I also mounted the ac condenser.....

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    Looking good. Glad that you are back working at it.
     
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    Then I was working under the car cleaning up the notches for exhaust clearance I put in the trans cross member reinforcement in between the front subframe rails, so i could make the filler pieces to weld in the notches..... This is when I got bunch of shit in my left eye, it was messed up pretty bad for a couple weeks..... When it got all cleared out it was still extremely light sensitive, I didn't want to weld anything at that point..... So I pulled the trans and and went through it, now it's all bagged up and ready to go..... After that I pushed to car off to the side and got the motor out so I could work on it..... I got the block cleaned and ready to go, polished the crank, measured it and installed it in the block..... The I masked the block and painted it.....

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    When I was checking all the components for the shortblock I found there was a piston that had a fracture close to the pin hole(probably hit by the lifter that came apart in it)..... I was able to find a brand new set of pistons which upon recieving I checked for size and weight, they were identical to the originals..... So yesterday I assembled the pistons and rods, file fit the rings and installed the assembly's with new rod bolts in the block.....

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    Using better eye protection from now on? .... Don't mean to get preachy, but working with my dad, doing plumbing work as a teen, I watched him get flux in an eye, while soldering overhead pipes .... three times!
    "Ow that hurts!". Now as an adult, it makes me sad to think he didn't learn from the first time.

    Not immune to it myself .... shot carb cleaner into the carb on my lawn mower while I was laying on the ground next to it. It blew right back into my face. At least I took a red sharpie and wrote "Eye Protection" on the can.

    Be safe guys.
     
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    Progress report, if you could call it that..... The short block is all together now.....

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