Tuesday August 2, 2016 Jenner CA.
Paddling around Jenner
I headed on in for the day and took my boat out of the water and went on home.
Yes, a nap was in order.
Still working on the van V8 engine conversion
After a good rest, I went out to work on my van engine conversion project.
Put the TBI unit together
Had to modify the throttle linkage lever
I put the TBI unit on top of the engine. To my surprise, the new intake manifold turned the TBI unit 90 degrees from where I had it before with the old six engine, so that meant I’d have to redo the throttle linkage. I looked under the engine where the gas peddle linkage is and found the lever came out right under the exhaust manifold, so something had to be done.
The finger is pointing to the throttle linkage jackshaft. As you can see the lever I’m pointing at is under the engine so I needed to cut it off and move it to the side below my finger to clear the engine. A cable goes on that lever that goes to the TBI unit. To top that off, the engine is in the way of sliding that lever off the rod it’s riding on, so I had to cut it in half to get it off. I will shorten it up when I redo it so I can take it on and off without removing the engine.
Studying the job
Since the paint was still wet, I couldn’t do any more to that part, so I studied what to do with the other stuff I still need to hook up, especially the rest of the throttle linkage to the TBI.
I looked at what I need to get to hook up the radiator too as far as hoses go and that looks doable too.
I’ve decided to get a three inch spacer to move the engines fan forward more. Once I get that I’ll install it and see how things look as far as the fan in the shroud and go from there.
I also have to hook up my heater hoses so I checked that out to see how to do it and will need some parts for that too, so eventually, I’ll need to make a parts run. I tried to get some of the parts from the local parts guy, but wasn’t very successful with them. They just don’t have it together and don’t have much stock on hand to choose from, so I’m giving up on them and will go to Smoother’s in Santa Rosa where they have lots of parts on hand.
At least every thing left to do to finish this conversion looks doable which is a good thing at this point.
That was my day for a nice one.