Funny that the only anesthetics involved made their way into me, LOL!
It's actually been more than just *today*, but over the last few especially busy days I tore the front off the Van and engine to Helicoil several bolt holes in the block and timing chain cover which had damaged threads, and to replace the timing chain oiler tab. After seeing how the paint had deteriorated over the last 5-6 years, I decided to powder coat all the various brackets and the timing chain cover.
I even pulled the bumper off for the first time ever:
For Helicoils it's pretty critical to drill the holes really straight, so I modified a 1-2-3 block to act as a drill guide for the 25/64" size drill needed for the 3/8" Helicoils.
This is why I replaced the chain oiler tab - the original timing chain I replaced 6 years ago had eaten part of the tab:
At the time I'd gotten the standard "you can't have it" answer when I tried to obtain them from the Dodge dealer, so I'd left the damaged one in place. I had better results at obtaining one this time, thanks to www.wholesalemoparparts.com
I sandblasted the parts to be powdercoated:
This is how the timing chain cover turned out:
I had masked it with high temperature tape and Aluminum foil, which worked great.
Some of the brackets are matte black powdercoat:
These brackets have the mirror silver base coat for the candy color which is going on in the next day or so:
Oh, I also began filling in the side cargo door windows with metal:
One down, one to go!
After two mid-week raids on a salvage yard I just discovered, things are looking up considerably:
I feel much better now... And so does the owner of the salvage yard!
Hey Nate, what do you think of this oddball double-snorkle air cleaner:
It was in a 1987 Dodge B2L12 "Country Cruzzer" with a 4-barrel carb on a 360 engine. There was no linkage attached to the 2nd snorkle, and it is lightly spring-loaded in the closed position. I'd mentioned discovering and wanting the dual vacuum motor snorkles before, and actually got one last fall from a Jeep Grand Wagoneer for me to use on my van, but this dual-snorkle unit is almost certainly going to find it's way onto my engine, as soon as I turn down a 4-barrel to 2-barrel adapter on my lathe.
My busy week seems like it will keep going for a ways yet...