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Huge Milestone Day. Fired motor for the first time. SSWWEEEETT! She fired right up and ran like a champ. 45 year old carburetors still do what they are supposed to. Big Block FE – 431″ – TriPower – Hyd. Roller Cam/Roller Rockers – all the goodies. Gotta Love the sound of a Big Block Throttle:…

Antifreeze & Brake Fluid

Pieces are beginning to come together. Installed cooling system and hydraulic reservoir system Hydraulic Reservoirs The original S/C cars came with Girling hydraulics, which incorporated¬† remote reservoirs, mounted on the engine compartment wall. The originals used two larger reservoirs for the brakes and one smaller for the clutch. Incorporating this into the build presents a…

Hood Clearance and coolant tank

While I had the body on, I checked the underhood clearance to help clear up some questions about the FE coolant tank. The FE uses a coolant reservoir mounted on the front of the manifold. Tanks available exit on the passenger side of the vehicle. But the original Cobras had an exit on the drivers…

Fabricate remote oil adapter

Spent the day fabricating my own oil adapter plate for remote oil filter. Bolted up sway bar Most FE motors used a horizontal oil filter and an adapter that angled up from its mounting location. This adapter fits the motor and the Hurricane frame, but it positions the oil filter outside the engine compartment and…

Manifold Installation

Damn, installing intake manifold and stripped three bolts in Edelbrock head. Learned the ARP FE manifold bolt kit is 1/4″ too short. Installed Helicoils and continue to curse manufacturers who know of problem and don’t correct it in their product.

Engine valve train problems

Prep frame and paint. Fitting Erson rocker arm assemblies to Edelbrock heads with ARP stud kits. The studs hit the bottom of the rocker stands. Call to Erson and they say to grind as necessary. They are aware of problem but previous owner (Mr. Gasket) wouldn’t spend money to correct product applications.