The weather turned for the better, so I nixed all the work I had planned on the car and decided to get it out on the road.
It was a really good opportunity to test everything that I have done so far, and see how it all measures up.
So on to the changes
Fuel filler; Swapping out the cut and modified '67 filler tube for the NPD 22 gallon tube, was a good choice. One of the first things I did was go fill up the empty gas tank. Absolutely no splash-back this time, and I could fill it up with the nozzle at full speed.
Dual pulley alternator; Swapping out the single for a dual sheave pulley solved my charging problems. The single belt was slipping all the time on my alternator, so this solved a myriad of problems.
Lighting; All the LED upgrades supplied by Gary, worked really nicely, except I may have one corner with a loose connection. It is flashing intermittently. I am going to check it out tomorrow.
Balljoints; Re and re'ing all the balljoints certainly helped tighten up the front end back to specs. I don't think I will end up doing a new alignment until the TCP rack arrives and I put that in.
Drivers window regulator; The window works better and seals out the wind noise. I also fixed the annoying loose rear view mirror, and added a bit of red locktite to the offending screw. No rattling and flopping around anymore.
Exhaust; This was a big change going from 2 1/2" to 3" system and adding the Xforce Varex mufflers made a big difference in a couple ways. First I assembled it with flex couplings to help make it less prone to transmit vibrations to the car. Then adding the bigger mufflers should make it quieter, lastly it should have freed up a bit more horsepower.
It did all three things. There is definitely no vibration or rattle from the exhaust system.
It is both quieter and louder. Louder because of the 3" pipe, but when switched to quiet mode, a lot less deafening sound inside the car.
With 487 cubic inches of FE, the switch to the less restrictive exhaust, really woke up the engine. I made the mistake of opening it up in second gear with the wife in the car. The tires ripped loose (about 2000 rpm) unexpectedly and the car went to the side slightly. Backed off the throttle again right away and brought it back. It was not a good demonstration as far as she was concerned.
Normally with the 2 1/2" exhaust there might be a tiny bit of wheel spin as you go through the second gear phase, but the car usually stayed straight.
I guess I helped prove the engine masters video. https://youtu.be/_PVXvHkr-Vs
My budget 315/35/17's are near the wear band anyway so I'll look to get a stickier tire and be much more conservative on the throttle from this point.
A short video of the new exhaust. The Varex mufflers come with wireless remotes, and I also have it set up with a switch in the car. https://youtu.be/scJlPRBTrDo