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Old 12-20-2020, 02:35 PM
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Looks fantastic! Like others have said, can’t wait to see it done! Love the stinger hood! Bravo
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Alright Goldfinger (dubbed you that 2 months ago today as a matter of fact)

Just perused to thread again to get my fix. Any updates on getting the car home or pics of the hood finished up and assembled on the front clip? I'm also imagining that you have dragged it home and are now ready to start cleaning up the engine bay and the underside of the floors etc?

Post updates when you can, and of course we'd love to see Miss Moneypenny with the car pictured at home.

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Old 12-21-2020, 09:24 PM
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Alright Goldfinger (dubbed you that 2 months ago today as a matter of fact)

Just perused to thread again to get my fix. Any updates on getting the car home or pics of the hood finished up and assembled on the front clip? I'm also imagining that you have dragged it home and are now ready to start cleaning up the engine bay and the underside of the floors etc?

Post updates when you can, and of course we'd love to see Miss Moneypenny with the car pictured at home.

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As Mr. Bond once said, "There's a saying in England: Where there's smoke, there's fire." Couldn't be more accurate! Where do I start? I guess I can start by telling you that my friend (who is a professional detailer) and I probably spent 60 hours sanding and polishing The Prospector. After he was satisfied with the finish, yes he's pickier than I, we added three layers of SB3 Trinity ceramic coating. The result is just STUPID! It looks like the panels were stamped from Fort Knox's finest bullion.

Other than that I've been helping my dad with his 67 L78 Chevelle. He purchased the car a couple years ago. It is a spectacular car that scored 996/1000 at the 2010 MCACN where the restorer showed the car. The car has several other accolades but it was a trailer queen. Whoever assembled the engine did a pretty lousy job. I don't know who built it. This car has a pretty amazing history. It's had a bottom end noise since he got it and it's only gotten progressively worse. Pulled the motor and the #8 rod bearing was spun. Waiting for the crank to get polished and cut. Already had the line bore straightened out, as well as the rods. Was nice to see NOS TRW .030" over pistons in there. Trailer queens aren't my cup of tea, I need to drive them. The previous owner probably didn't even know there was anything wrong. The car is SPECTACULAR!!!!

Once we get that princess put back together and out of the shop I can rack up my junk and remove the front clip and sub frame. I haven't forgot... Pics will be on the way!!!
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Old 12-24-2020, 07:45 PM
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My painter painted the firewall after he jammed the car. This caused the black firewall paint to roll over the top instead of the gold roll over onto the black... Not the end of the world, I was able to polish the black off the top to better replicate the correct way.... Look at that Reflection....
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That paint looks a mile deep...and that hood is just killer. Very nice work guys!
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As previously mentioned my free car time has been wrapped up with Dad's L78. All I can say is what a lousy build that WAS. I'm not sure who previously built this engine but upon tear down it was evident the job was very amateur. The crank was cut but not chamfered. The line bore was left alone but someone resized the rear main.... Needless to say the line bore was all out of wack and all the rods were out of round. Since we were this far, we wanted to make sure the heads were good too.... so we decided to send out the block and heads to Heath Hiebert (local Grand National boat racer) of Advanced Racing Engines in Riverside, CA. Great work. Great price. Most of the springs needed shimming from prior machine work to the seats. He corrected the line bore, replaced the cam bearings, honed the cylinders, did a valve job, and put new valve guide seals in the heads.

This car was strictly a show car, so I'm guessing the previous owner had on idea since he never really drove the car.

The 6223 crank was wasted after I spun the #8 bearing. The machine shop sold me one for dirt cheap and we had it cut .020" under on the mains and rod journals and polished it. The entire rotating assembly was balanced by Revco in Long Beach, CA. This guy, Gary, is amazing and very reasonable. He was able to resize the original dimpled rods too.

My friend and I reassembled it. New rings, new COMP 143 replica cam, new lifters, had the intake and water neck vapor honed (amazing process if you're unfamiliar), new Melling high volume oil pump etc... We broke in the cam, changed the oil and took it for a drive...

WOW!!! Amazing!! Engine is so smooth. Valvetrain nice and quiet. Great linear power, we installed the cam straight up. 16* initial timing, 38* total. Running it on Sunoco 110 leaded.... As I previously mentioned, we did see the motor had NOS TRW pistons.

Now... back to the Prospector
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Please tell us more about the 67 L78..............
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Please tell us more about the 67 L78..............
That's an entire story in it's own.... You can follow along here! Car has an awesome story. It's a remarkable car that now drives as good as it looks.

https://www.chevelles.com/threads/ebay-67-l78.385669/
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That's an entire story in it's own.... You can follow along here! Car has an awesome story. It's a remarkable car that now drives as good as it looks.

https://www.chevelles.com/threads/ebay-67-l78.385669/
Thank you - I recall the story about Curt now - sad as it is.
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