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Yep very similar boat mate. But if ya want something done. Do it right. Which is why i had mine done. Yeah cost a few $$ but end result was well worth it.

(By which if you want it with 8" rims it will never be right with 7".... and the $$ ya spend doing the 8"rims to fit correctly will be well spent as you will be happy with the final product. And not forever wishing you'd done it instead of fitting the 7") if ya get my drift.

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They look like the semi solid mounts. My plan is to get some 6mm plate and make adapters to the original mounts that move them in close to the block. This will gain me 30 mm of clearance on each side. I will get a bit more space to play with when I cut the tunnel and can lift the motor up about 20mm.

 

I was getting a bit over it the other day and started thinking about selling the rolling body and putting the running gear into a WB Ute. 

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Keep the faith too.

Much cooler and more unique jamming a V8 into the early models that only had a six cylinder option, than into an H series (WB included) which has been done heaps.

However I will allow you to drop the running gear into a ute ONLY if it is an exact replica of the Midnight Spares wrecker.

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Thanks for the words of encouragement. 

 

I will give you a yell when it is time to run the lines under the car. It's a real pain now that it's not sitting on a hoist.

 

I have kept a whole lots of bits that will go into H series Holden. I fell in love with the red WB that popped up on the spotted thread. I'm thinking red, black steelies (already have them) and LS power.

 

Better get this one finished first.

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i dont know if you're still looking for power steering options but in the UK everyone seems to be using Vauxhall Corsa B steering columns ( read: Holden Barina) they have an electric motor attached directly to the shaft and theres nothing needed in the engine bay at all. theres specific kits now to allow them to be bolted straight into escort mk1 and 2's etc and ive seen them fitted to numerous track cars where they dont want an extra pulley and pump sapping power.  and to a lamborghini countach which had literally sod all space behind the dash, and they were still able to mount it so it was invisible once in place. this might be a good option for this car. Plus, its keeping it in the holden family ( lolz! ) 

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I spent some time looking at these. I was thinking of ripping the T5 out of the Firebird, getting a Chevy S10 extension housing to move the gear leaver forward and having a manual box. Then the electric power steering would be an option. I've decided to stay with the auto box so a column shift is the only answer and making that work with an electric assist is making things way to difficult right now. If the steering is really heavy I might revisit it later.

 

Heavy steering would keep the wife out of it, all her cars end up with a dent in every corner and most panels.

 

Thanks for the input.

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On 2/19/2017 at 10:02, sheepers said:

the brake pedal travel would be dictated by the master cylinder rather than the booster wouldn't it? 

 

That is true. It is also dependent on the ratio of total distance from pivot point to pedal v pivot point to connection to the master cylinder/booster. The higher the ratio the easier the pedal is to push(more leverage) but the further the pedal has to travel.

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14 hours ago, SOHC said:

With the headers anything is probably better than stock manifolds, just make sure they are phased correctly if they are try Ys.  

I have done a fair bit of looking and head scratching about the headers, passengers side is front 2 cylinders and rear 2 connected, drivers side are first and third, second and fourth. I am not getting worried about primary pipe length, what ever fits is how it will be, the secondaries will be a long as possible. I get the feeling this will be another session of cut, fit, tack, cut apart, retack...........repeat endlessly until they have been built about 3 times before I am happy.

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9 hours ago, Kiwibirdman said:

I have done a fair bit of looking and head scratching about the headers, passengers side is front 2 cylinders and rear 2 connected, drivers side are first and third, second and fourth. I am not getting worried about primary pipe length, what ever fits is how it will be, the secondaries will be a long as possible. I get the feeling this will be another session of cut, fit, tack, cut apart, retack...........repeat endlessly until they have been built about 3 times before I am happy.

Just have a look at the firing order and separate them that way

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Checked the firing order and the separation is correct. Started building the passengers side and it should all fit OK. Going to be really tight on the drivers side. I don't think that Im going to be able to get the correct cylinders connected, no space to cross the number 3 and number 5 pipes over. I wonder how much of an issue it is?

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