My 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari build

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  1. jmt455

    jmt455 Well-Known Member

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    This car is going to be simply Awesome!
     
  2. justintiime

    justintiime Active Member

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    I hope so!
     
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    Updates are slow. The guy working on the car is a perfectionist. Plus he's dealing with missing parts...

    He CNC'ed a few block off ports for my intake
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    New intake is installed. He didn't want to get any skin oil on the intake, and make any smudges. He literally bought a new pair of white gloves to use while handling the intake. He cleared it with some high temp clear, to make it easy to clean in the future
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    Looks pretty clean. Head studs are a plus
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    Engine and 4 speed are back in the car. Exhaust is hooked up. March serpentine system is going on. Valve covers have been super polished and look better than new
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    justintiime Active Member

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    I found my gauges!
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    Drivetrain is back in
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    Long branch manifolds
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    Serpentine setup....AC compressor is installed. Looking great :)
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    I ordered my driveshaft today with Fleetpride for $300. Should be done in 2 days.
     
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    Any progress to report?
     
  6. justintiime

    justintiime Active Member

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    more progress.

    EFI is going in. Fuel pressure sensor on the right. Round cylinder on the left is the fuel filter.
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    This of course is the throttle body
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    vacuum referenced fuel pressure regulator
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    Shiny plug wire covers (came with the motor)
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    New power steering hoses
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    New ball joints
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    New pitman arm
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    I dont think I've taken a shot of the back of the disc brake swap...
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    New driveshaft is painted and installed. It turned out perfect.
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    Frame mounted in-line walbro fuel pump
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    New wheels! They fit! Same size (18x8 front with 4.5"BS and 20x8.5 rear with 5.25" BS instead of 4.75" BS on the other wheels.)
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    Adjusting the rearof the car up a tad. 1 Turn on the coilovers seems to equate to 3/8"
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    The car is pretty level now. Once the radiator/water/hood etc are installed, it should be about dead nuts on
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    Fuel pump block off plate
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    New column installed. Nothing wrong with the stock column, but its not "correct" for a floor shift 4 speed car, to have an auto column in it. My OCD costs me lots of money sometimes. This column alone was $250 since they are so hard to find :(
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    One of my christmas presents from my wife: Installed :)
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    This is the return fuel line from the EFI. I forgot to take a pic of how this will work. My buddy found a rubber collar and a couple inches of filler neck to put over the stock neck, and it will allow him to TIG weld a nipple to it, put the hose on, and the return fuel flows back down into the tank. Hard to find a better solution as there is no room under the car for a universal tank, and literally nobody makes a replacement. Thats why I had to pay a thousand damn dollars to refinish the stock one.
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    A rare look at the back of the car. It will soon be covered in new carpet :)
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    Thats all for now. I asked my buddy if he knows when he will be done. There is a big local show early march I'd love to put the car in, but more importantly, I'm trying to tow it to Dayton Beach at the end of march for the Turkey Rod Run. I have 2 magazines that want to do a shoot on it then.

    Oh, and I had to order ANOTHER starter. Finding a small starter to clear these OEM style ram air long branch exhaust manifolds is a serious pain in the balls.
     
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    justintiime Active Member

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    Now to elaborate on this random fuel line
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    It is the return fuel line for my EFI. It works like this. You remove the factory gas cap, and install this over the fuel filler neck

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    It is a fill neck extension, held by hose clamps. It provides a return fuel hose where unused fuel will be recycled back into the tank.

    HID headlights are in and temporarily wired
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    Here are plans for a custom fan shroud for my dual 10" fans
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    MSD Mini Starter installed
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    More efi wiring progress/mess
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  8. Silvertwinkiehobo

    Silvertwinkiehobo The Lost Lamb

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    The F.A.S.T. looks very cool, but a question: I saw the old-style dizzy cap with the points adjustment window; is it still points? Or have you upgraded it to electronic ignition?
     
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    I have actually upgraded to the fast dual sync distributor
     
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    justintiime Active Member

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    More progress.

    Return line is completed
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    Wiring lol
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    Computer mounted under the dash
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    Wiring is being routed
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    Here is a shot of the new hard return line off the regulator
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    My radiator
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    My fans
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    New custom shroud
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    Lots of goodies!
    Isn't amazing how much time the "Little" things take to wrap up a project?
     
  12. justintiime

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    New wiring system recommends larger positive and negative cables.
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    distribution block
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    the wiring is turning out nice. you can see the main loom going through the firewall
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    Here is the new main fuse panel. you can see all the wires hanging down, labeled.
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    Here is the start of a custom clutch linkage bracket. He was in the middle of making this when I showed up today.
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    Sorry it looks like it was filmed on a Potato. Otto is a very talented man and has all the right tools for this kind of work
     
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    Congrats on the build and keeping your OCD in check, I know once mine kicks in it costs me money to get it perfect!
    I thought about EFI too but there is too many wiring and return lines involved, plus it saves me about $2K in parts for an engine rebuild.
     
  14. OrthmannJ

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    Looking good. Steady progress always helps in a project like this, even if it does seem like it takes for ever...
    You should have this thing just about wrapped up in time for the weather to shape up and be perfect for cruising.
     

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