Been a while, but in the small time available to me a hurdle or three has been accomplished.
Installed a cheap instrument cluster under the dash in a manner that added no additional holes to the virgin sheetmetal. Took some scrap aluminum angle stock, bent it into a *V*, cut to length and shaved one edge to make the V 2" wide on one leg and 1-1/2" wide on the other leg. Used the existing holes for mounting the glovebox door hinge to mount the cluster. This also angled the gauges to there is no background glare from the rear window. This picture shows the gauges from the seat level, but from the passengers perspective the bracket is hidden. Cheap, simple, and reversible without leaving any marks on the dash.
Then got the engine back together, all the tune up parts installed, a new radiator core (the old one looked like an aquarium fizzle rock when pressure tested, 45 years of water will do that) and some other things, guesstimated the timing, and then came the momemnt of truth.
She coughed, she sputtered, she cranked. Nothing. Then she started spitting peanuts, acorns,and cherry-plum seeds out the tail pipe. She started to crank better. My nieghboor came over to see what all the noise was about. He is the elderly gentleman in the video. For the first time in 45 years, this is the sound I heard to old girl make:
The reason she took so long to start up? Well, I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
These are just the ones I picked up in our driveway. The rest blew out into the street!
Next up, installing some parts that showed up on my front doorstep. These will be a really big change for the old girl as far as safety goes. But that's for another post. Right now, I'm still grinning from ear to ear. I called my dad to let him hear his old car covert gas into horsepower for the first time in over four decades, he was almost crying.
Life is good.