The first was the new exhaust I had. It had clam type heat exchanges over the top exhaust pipes which I won't be using (I'm not installing cabin heat on this engine). Rather them be on there and serve no purpose, I removed them. Unfortunately, the ceramic coating that the muffler was bought with didn't reach the areas these clam shells covered up. No big deal, I sprayed some at home ceramic and was going to bake it in my oven.
|The new paint is the slightly duller stuff on the two pipes.|
Unfortunately, the oven was too small and I couldn't bake it! No worries, the can says after the first few uses on the car, that the ceramic paint should set.
I also have spent this entire week, cleaning and scrounging for the various things I needed to restore the old carburetor...the one I'm not even using! But it was good education and now I have a fully functioning backup carb should I need it.
The parts are organized and waiting.
I'm ready to start the engine build but I am still waiting for the aluminum plugs so I can plug the oil galleries. They are $15, ordered December 26 and still not here. If they don't arrive this week, I will probably get a little fussy!