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    UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Well I finally got the exhaust manifolds off. I managed to get some professional help along the way for free, so we just cut off the remaning heads and after a few hours and many fun tools later, all the snapped off bolts were removed from the block.

    We then pulled the radiator, and tomorrow I am taking it to get rodded out.

    We also pulled the carb and intake manifold, and the carb is going to be left alone as it was rebuilt a couple of years ago. We are taking the intake manifold to the local machine shop to get soaked in some fluid (whatever they clean the blocks in) Then it's going to be painted black.

    We are taking the exhaust manifolds to get milled and magnafluxed so that they will sit flush without having to use gaskets, the way it was meant to be!

    Also I have a big order of parts on the way, consisting of a new lower radiator hose, Proform HEI distributer rebuild/upgrade kit, Taylor Spiro Pro plug wires, new plugs, and a K&N open element chrome air cleaner.

    I've also pulled and painted the alternator brackets, A/C compressor mount, and valve covers red.

    Also, I just bolted the new front bumper fillers onto the fenders, whcih will be put back on when all of the engine work is finished.

    Anyways, jsut wanted to give an update to all, especially those who helped me with the exhaust manifold bolts!

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Sounds great except for the radiator. How about just getting a recore or whole new one. The prices are so low there days that it usually lands up that way.

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Hm. Never thought about that. How much would a recore cost? My local shop could do it, right?

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Your best bet is to call around to some local radiator shops. You can also check prices at your local favorite awful (auto) parts house.
    Sometimes the auto parts place gets radiators from the radiator place. That makes it even more interesting.

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Alright, I'll call around and get some input, etc. Any idea how much it will set me back?

    Once it is all put together I am taking it uptown to get the custom dual exhaust job done.

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Okay, radiator is getting recored

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Alright, now both heads are getting rebuilt, and we are pulling what is left (the block, pistons, cam) out of the car to have the blocked honed out and all of that, etc. REplacing all of the leaky seals, etc. It should be really lush when finished. While the engine is out we are painting the frame, and Painting the pan, block, and heads all one color. Any ideas on color?

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Alright, so I had a long talk with all who are involved in/helping me with the project. We are going to make it into a 500+ horsepower / 700+ ft. lbs. of torque beast. It should be done by Novemeber possibly. I'm spending all of my money and life savings on it. The most expensive thing will be to fix and then build up and strengthen the tranny. I think I'm going to paint the pan, block, and heads all dark purple, with purple a/c compressor bracket, slaternator bracket, etc. And then purple convulted or wahtever tubing for all teh wires, chrome K&N air cleaner, gloss black intake manifold, chrome alternator and brake master cylinder. The frame will be gloss blavck as well. I can't wait guys!

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    If you want to do things right... get an eastwood catalog and get some rust encapsulator and some of their frame paint. At 100+ plus bucks a gallon its some of the best stuff for the job!

    BTW What mods do you plan on doing for that kind of power?

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    Re: UPDATE, '76 eldorado project

    Thanks for the reply on the frame paint, it is apreciated. I'll have to check that out.

    As for the mods, I'm not too sure until I get the report. I know that we are boring it out, new cam, high comp pistons (not sure on the compression ratio yet), also possibly a bulldog intake along with a holley dominator 1050 carb.

    I will report it all once I get final word from the machine shop, etc.

    We may not make it to those figures, etc. on account of I have decided that I want it to run on 93 octane since it will still be somewaht of a daily driver. The original plan was to go ALL OUT but I'm having ot de-tune my plans a bit.

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