So I drove the car about 300 miles Tuesday and Wednesday. She's now back in the garage dirty, dusty, and with bugs all over it - like it should be!
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There is lots - I feel this car is damn near the equivalent of a Hellcat Challenger.
You can drive it calmly in stop and go traffic with the A/C blowing cold and tunes cranking. And yet, when you put your foot in it a beast is unleashed that just throws you back in the seat and shreds the tires.
We worked to tune out a small off idle lean surge, and that is working nicely now. We also added some more timing and brought that timing in a little quicker. So now it drives even smoother and the power comes on like a freight train. Overall, I can't say enough good about this car. For me, this is the best classic car I could ever own. Awesome!
The Bad/ To Fix:
Yeah, there is one (besides some little adjustments and minor crap that ain't worth talking about).
Now listen - learn from my mistakes!!!
I bought an integrated windage tray/ gasket for my application (long stroke). Looks like this:View attachment 1472797
These are supposed to be reusable but I also heard that some who put RTV on then had them come apart when they dropped the pan. So I elected to very carefully seal all the crevices on my pan rail with RTV and smooth those areas out before the pan went on.
Here is a picture of the rear main seal area. After this picture was taken I again smeared some more RTV on it with the goal to make the surface area as flat and smooth as possible over the bolt holes and transition. Then I let this fully cure.
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I did the same for the timing cover. Don't have a good picture of this but here you can see the transition in the bottom of the picture.
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I used a hammer and dolly to make sure my pan was smooth and flat, and then I installed the gasket/windage tray DRY
and bolted the pan on per instructions. I figured I would be smart and allow for easy pan drops if I needed it.
There is a little bit of seepage from the front of the pan. I tried snugging up the bolts but it has continued to seep. Now, mind you, this isn't a huge leak. After my 300 mile journey there are like three drips on my garage floor under the car. I could do the Power Tour with it like it is, but I hate leaks!
My lesson learned is these problem leak areas need some RTV.
The car now needs an oil change to remove the break in oil, so I may drop the pan and put RTV on the gasket. I'm not sure how hard the pan is to drop while in the car. If it is hard then I may need to wait until after the Power Tour.