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yeah. I wasn't going to say anything. I'm sure you're sick of hearing compliments from us plebes :D
 
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The slot in that new screw looks really deep. I would be afraid of breakage if it is torqued too much. Why not polish the original ones and re-use?
The OE ones are also very easy to break off the edges since those not being very deep ...there is less material engaged with the tip of the screw driver....happened to me on a couple of the screws. To remove the screws I had to drill out the end of the screw that was flared out making them all shorter than what I'd like to see. With new screws I was going to flare out the ends....I know some folks are going with Loctite only....so I might have to do the same...unless by some luck I can find the correct ones.
 

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I can tell you really like that!....well me too. Now back to completing the engine.....I finished installation of the cylinder head and a new timing chain. I removed that water pump fan spacer that came with the car after some of you pointed out that it was required only with the aircon installation and sure enough, after I checked some photos of the engine during the teardown phase....I noted that the crankshaft had a double pulley (also the aircon version). I installed the correct single style pulley from a spare engine.


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Rossano it is looking like straight out of Arese, but please shout your self a new fan blade, the old yellow one is done and while your at it get the radiator overflow bottle too.
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... but please shout your self a new fan blade, the old yellow one is done and while your at it get the radiator overflow bottle too....
....is that a used fan on the water pump? I encourage you to replace it with a new one. It's cheap insurance.
Gents..that blade is in fact a new one bought almost a decade ago...I see why you're pointing it out as the color did yellow a bit already. Then again...it might have been that way even back then....since I think it was a NOS one and not a repro. I'd have to search through my invoices to know for certain...suffice it say that there are no cracks or nicks on it at all...and is still flexible so I'm happy with it as is.

Engine wise...I'm still waiting for those throttle body screws to come in which is holding me up from finishing the TBI's..so I started the refurb of the Marelli distributor.
 

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I built a modified adapter for my generic engine stand so that it bolts to the side of the block at the engine mount point. With the back of the engine now fully accessible and clear.....I can finally mount a degree wheel to set the camshaft timing, finish installing the oil seal, flywheel and clutch.
 

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With engine side mounted on the stand, finally I was able to install the rear oil seal...

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...mount a degree wheel for timing the engine...

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...I made an adapter from a spark plug to mount my dial gage....was then able to set TDC accurately.

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...with TDC set...I zeroed the degree wheel....then mounted the dial gage to measure the valve lift per procedure outlined in the factory workshop manual. No surprises here....and it went rather quickly....thankfully all to within specs.

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Finished off the rear of the engine with installation of the clutch and friction plate..

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To follow up and provide closure (NPI) on the TBI screws. The ones I ordered were a perfect fit...

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...the ends were indeed slightly hollowed out to allow them to be peened over. I was able to do this by backing up the screw head with a screw bit mounted to an extension piece clamped in the vice. Though out of fear of over peening and possibly splitting the screw head....I was not very aggressive with this and didn't overdo it....so I also applied loctite for good measure as well.

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Finally ...the intake system is completed and mounted to the engine....next up is the air box.
 

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It has been a while since an update I know…but the Air Filter Box finally has been completed.

Start point on this was a box whose condition was not the greatest with medium rusting on the top ….name plate in OK condition (at least it had no deep scratches on it). Hoses and tubes were toast of course …but the hardware was still in good condition . Forward intake saw some abuse in it’s day…

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I opted not refinish only the outside of this in enamel only. I did not entertain powder coating since the inside was still in good condition with no rusting at all….and heating to 350 deg F would probably burn the paint on the inside. Admittedly, I ended up with some orange peel on the finish but it will have to do as is. Dent repair and some filler on the forward intake brought the shape back to where it needed to be.

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Tie down straps were quite weathered and toasted. After re-plating the plates I re-assembled with new rubberized fiber straps.

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Next up were the idle equalizers and 4 in 1 collector tube.
Full disassembly….bead blasting & wire brushing the bodies…plating the connecting tubes, end plates, screws….romabloc clamps….tube spring clips.



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Tubing and TBI hoses I purchased from McMaster-Carr and to my surprise the size and finish was ever so close to the originals. New edge trimming rubber was not purchased from McMaster-Carr.....I'd have to look in my files for the source for this as I don't recall at the moment...(if some one is interested...let me know and I'll dig it up).
 

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Completed assembly......

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Of course topping off the restoration of the Air Filter Box would not be complete without the filter maintenance labels. These are waterslide type and super thin…..I ended up ruining one of them because I was rushing and it tore as I was laying it down (luckily I had a second set on hand)…gotta give a shout out to Osso for producing these!


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Next up on the list is the Spica FI pump........now it's going to get tricky......
 

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1750GT,

Have you thought of doing this as a career? Outstanding as usual

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