Moving along on both cars now. I now have, in addition to the new aluminum heads, a pair of brand new valve covers, a polished aluminum timing chain cover and a polished aluminum oil pan is on it's way. Most of all the other parts are on hand to build the long block, except for the intake manifold.
I could use some help here from anyone who has a big block C3 (68-72) hood. I need the stock clearances on the underside of the hood at a number of locations.
If I can get these measurements from an L-88 and/or stock big block hood, I can compare these numbers with mine and determine how much of a rise I actually have, since my stock hood support is still in my car.
Decided not to fuel inject this one. Far too much work for a show car. I'm NOT pulling the gas tank to install a new one with the fuel pump inside the tank, not spending a grand on the throttle body injection system, definitely NOT spending 3 grand on a sequential injection system, not getting further limited by intake manifolds and not dealing with air cleaners that will not fit because of the throttle body height and style. For the type of use and rpm range this car will see, a really great Holley looks very attractive with a polished low rise dual plane intake manifold.
On the '65, still sanding, but most all of the hood is done now. I had to repair a lot of very small molding cracks along the outer edge, probably from pulling the hood from the mold. What ever, they are now gone and fixed. I'm going to keep sanding until it is time to take it to Charleston, they let them inspect, prime, finish sanding, paint and buff. Then I hope to be able to start building the 454 right after the 1st of October.
P.S., I don't know how the "adds" were inserted into my text, and I can't remove them. They do not apply, I do not endorse them and I did not use them. Most look like the were inserted by Amazon. Just say'en.