He doesn't specialize in restoration work per se, but he does a good bit of it and he's a longtime friend of my dad's. The problem is that he is fucking atrocious at scheduling and has a habit of giving priority to insurance projects instead of getting other customers' cars finished on time. He already had the paint made up from the initial paintwork so we were kinda stuck with him.CraigB;n3544079 said:What is with body shops anyway? Was it one that specialized in restorations?
Sucks about the coolant oil cocktail. I hope it is just the intake gaskets.
Ahh, how naive I was to think that our luck would have the oil-coolant milkshake problem be a mere head gasket. It was not. Not that it mattered a whole lot, in the end - it turns out that performing a head gasket service on a 426, unlike the other wedge motors, cannot be performed in-frame. You get to pull the whole lump out to do it. Fun! So the drivetrain once again has found itself scattered in various areas around the shop.So... yeah! That's pretty much it! The only major thing left is the passenger side head needs a new head gasket, we'll probably get around to dealing with that in the spring. I'd like to get some nice better photos as well and maybe a video or two, but that will have to wait until the snow is gone.
Yeah it's a bummer but how she goes sometimes. There are a couple of extra things we'll take the time to do while the engine is out, so it's not a total loss. Still sucks to go backwards a bit haha. I'm reeeeally not looking forward to bolting the headers back on, it took a number of hours last time around, damn fiddly bolts!Dood! Sorry to hear about this latest misstep. The car’s freaking gorgeous and I am so impressed with all the work you’ve put into it.
It's getting tough (not to mention expensive), and a set of date-correct castings can be tough to track down. These particular heads have not led an easy life, to be honest - I believe they spent some time attached to an alcohol-fueled dragster.I guess finding good original castings of some of these parts is getting impossible, eh?
Thanks! I'd like to get it finished and move on to other projects, haha!This car is stunning! These latest bits are just project car life!
I could see that. Blower cars are rough on parts.It's getting tough (not to mention expensive), and a set of date-correct castings can be tough to track down. These particular heads have not led an easy life, to be honest - I believe they spent some time attached to an alcohol-fueled dragster.