Restoring Rear Side Vent Shutters

The fastback has unique louvers on the side, with functioning fresh air vents. They came in one of the boxes when I bought the project. While I am on lockdown, I have been going through the boxes, looking for small projects. This one is pretty straight forward and needs to be done before its finished, so might as well do it now.

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Street or Track 12″ Rear Disc Install

With the rear housing hung, its time to finish the rest of the things that get the car back on the ground. This means installing the gear carrier, axles, and brakes. I did this a couple times, and asked Shaun some questions along the way. I am much more comfortable with this setup now, but I still have a few things to figure out with the plumbing before it’s done. I am pushing that off until I take the rear off to paint the body.

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Street or Track 3 Link Rear End

After putting the SoT front end on the 65, I convinced myself I couldn’t go cheap and put the original rear back in. Looking for a smoother ride with a bonus of adjustable height, I matched the rear with the front and went to a SoT 9″ rear with 3.50 gears and 12″ disc brakes. Fortunately, parts arrived today, just one day before we go into Covid-19 lockdown.

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5.0 Serpentine System with a 3G 130 Amp Alternator

The next big piece off the pile in the garage is the alternator and bracket. It had the original 2G alternator on it when I got it, and I took it off as an assembly. The assembly included the bracket, the alternator and the tensioner. All of it looked sufficiently 30 years old, and original.

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331 Stroker Home from the Machine Shop

After an extended period of time, I was finally able to pick up my engine from the automotive machine shop. Unfortunately, they started backed up when I dropped it off, then the owner (one man shop) had some health issues, backing up everything. He is doing well and finally caught up with some projects. There is always a wait and I was a few months in line before I could drop it off, which I read as a good sign for quality output. Based on the engine in the coupe with no issues, I am 1 for 1, with #2 looking like a win.

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