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    Joe T
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  1. Happy 4th to all, have fun! I'll be in the shop working on the Monte.
  2. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    Not a real fan of that club Willie, but I just keep chipping away regardless. Todays other drama so far was getting the power brake booster/master cylinder set up properly. Picked up one of those 'Right Stuff' boosters with the Delco stamp. No adjustable push rod though & it's about .070" too long & was pushing on the M/C piston, not good. Checked another old booster I had in the attic (in stock ) and same thing, no adjustable rod. Ended up cutting the longer one they supplied and rounded the end. Double checked the dimensions and now have the recommended .020" clearance when the M/C is bolted to the booster. Picked up a new M/C this morning too, same dimensions as the old one. It's always something...
  3. I used to have BFG Radial TAs on the cars years ago (80's & 90's) and seem to remember they used to turn brown even back then. I think I used that Westley's Bleche-white on them to brighten up the letters at a friends suggestion. Worked to some degree, but they always turned brown again. I think I used brillo pads on the letters too in an effort to clean them, same results.
  4. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    As usual, more hurdles. AMD rear bumper & 1 exhaust hanger came from Summit (other from Amazon is OK). Wrong hanger in the correctly labeled bag, and bumper is pretty wavy/rippled on the right side. They're really good about it though and are sending new parts out today. Typical with this whole project, 2 steps forward, 4 steps back...
  5. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    I was just going by the article at the time, specifically due to the bigger transmission. They were using a 'Pypes' system on that car. They eliminated the X & put a H in behind the crossmember I think in part because of the crossmember they had used (G-Force). I was actually sort of looking at the Pypes system despite the X pipe deal, but after looking at the website recently I didn't like how the tailpipes seemed to be a straight shot out back. After I saw the one Gold Monte at Carlisle, I asked what system was on the car and the young man knew exactly what was on there (Flowmaster 40 is what he said). The tailpipes just seemed to tuck in real nice compared to some of the other systems out there? They had the turn down ends on there that came out just below the bumper, so you couldn't really see any of the tailpipe from the side view. That's how I like them, out of sight from the side. Like you mentioned earlier regarding the factory type of hangers, I think that is going to tuck the whole system up a bit more than the Flowmaster supplied hangers too. I'll know more in a few days when the hangers come in tomorrow or Friday. Bumper should be here from Summit tomorrow. The links below showed everything, but I noticed now that they really condensed the online article, plus took all the pictures out. It's too bad, they really were pretty good. https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/surgery-without-scars-5 https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/surgery-without-scars-6
  6. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    The Flowmaster system has a 'H' pipe built into it, but it doesn't seem to be in the way like the X. Even if it didn't come with the 'H', I would have added one anyways.
  7. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    Looks interesting Mark. I steered away from an 'X' pipe due to that series of Hemmings articles we saw before regarding the Chevelle 427 build-up. They had a 4L85 trans in that car & couldn't use the X, so I didn't even bother considering a X pipe for my setup. I actually have a X pipe setup that came with the car, including some generic looking box type mufflers. It hung so low & crappy looking, it'll end up getting recycled unless someone wants some parts off of it.
  8. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    Thanks for the input Tom! I ordered their Super 44 mufflers, instead of the ones that came in the entire kit. I didn't want the 5" ones in that kit, wanted to keep it tucked up as high as possible. It's basically a stock LS6, with the original solid cam so I don't expect it to be too loud anyways. In the old Monte I had this motor with Thrush Turbo mufflers, no tail pipes & it wasn't bad. Same exact exhaust in my Camaro with the other LS6, large roller cam, ported alum. heads etc and that thing is just entirely a different beast. As far as hangers, not a big fan of the hangers provided in the Flowmaster kit, so I also ordered the "Walker" version of the original style muffler hangers last night, same as in the Ground Up kit from the looks of it (bolts to the frame in the 2 original holes). For the rear/tailpipes, I still have the original ones for the '72 dual exhaust that slip over the top of the frame in the very back. They're shot, but I'll use them to see how it works, then get new ones from Ground Up that are replicas of the originals if I like how they fit. Worst case, I'll make something up with a combination of the parts on hand (in stock, lol) & a welding machine . Thanks again!
  9. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    On a good note, got the stereo installed & powered it up with a jump box. The front speakers seem to sound decent. I put a piece of cardboard over the window opening to reflect sound and I think they'll do. Not too many options either way. I'll probably get an amp down the road & maybe a moderate sub to put in the trunk. Either way, I'm running RCA cables, amp turn-on lead, and power back there now for future use. Ordered an exhaust system after looking at a lot of them at Carlisle and went with the young man's (so sorry, I'm bad at names) suggestion of a flowmaster kit because it seems to tuck the tailpipes up pretty high. I mocked it up a little last night and still think I'll modify the brackets even more to my liking, but it seems like a keeper. Ordered an AMD rear bumper too because I'll need something back there to set the exhaust system properly. Worst case, I'll sell it when the original gets back from chrome, or keep it as a spare. Still, just another roadblock due to the chrome shop.
  10. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    I ended up bringing the chrome to Erie, PA that same day. I was 30 miles towards there anyways from the S/S trim gentleman, so figured I might as well keep going. Certainly going to cost a lot more than the local shop, but as the saying goes, "you get what you pay for", and in my case, I got nothing, lol. No hurry on the part as we discussed, but if I need it, Doug said he'd go on a road trip to see you. He was just as happy to meet you as well.
  11. jft69z

    New Guy Here

    Thanks Willie, I can't wait 'til it's done either, lol. Had to pull my parts from the chrome shop (after 9 1/2 months of nothing) & brought them to another shop Monday. The stainless trim went to another place Monday as well. At least I didn't need bail money, I was pretty pissed by that point. That'll set me back another couple of months probably, but I'm certain they'll be done, and will be better quality as well. Tried to support a local business, but that backfired. It was also great to spend the weekend with you at Carlisle, you certainly made the first gathering we attended that much better! Thank you as well Bruce, much appreciated!
  12. Do those 'cans' you got from Wallyworld have sealant in them? Edit: Disregard-answered in the phone call
  13. Agreed on the white letters. Redlines or whitewall would look good.
  14. As one of the first time attendees, I just have to say THANK YOU Rob for all the hard work you did to make this weekend a huge success! Couldn't have asked for a better organized event, and looking forward to going back again next year already. It was also great to finally put some faces to a lot of the names here as well. Couldn't ask for a nicer group of people either. No drama, no cliques, just everyone having a good time. Thanks again to all that made it happen. Joe T. (And Willie, C.K., and Dennis, thanks for taking Doug & I under your wing , much appreciated as well.)
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