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Yes, the ducts in the radiator support are constructed with sheet metal.   I followed the basic pattern of the factory panel.  Those extra holes will probably used for AC

condenser hoses.  Larger holes may be necessary  if I go to a PRO-CHARGER supercharger for the intercooler.   In that case. new grill would  be constructed too.

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 First picture is the completed radiator core support.   It is welded to both sides of the front fenders and to the square tubing frame.   Picture  2 show the rear of the support.

I drill holes in the inside of the front tubing to lighten it and for looks.  The third picture shows the front area where the bumpers and hood hinge are located.   Spacing of core support and 

hood hinges are critical to prevent interference of moving parts.  Check clearance before welding support in.    Next step was to strip the engine compartment  and weld up any small 

unnecessary holes.    But I discovered the area under the battery holder was corroded.   So the holder was cut out.  Photo 4 shows the corrosion.  Pic #5  is corroded  area is to be cut out.   The last pic is the top view of the patch to be installed .

 

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First  picture is the top view of the patch welded in.   Second pic shows the bottom view of the patch.  I have not decided whether to reinstall the battery holder or relocate it to the rear of the car.

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First pic is top view of restored battery holder.  Second is the bottom view of the holder.   The third pic is the battery holder "test fitted".  I still have not decided whether to

install the holder or a marine type of battery box in the rear of car.   The last pic is the firewall after I plugged unnecessary holes.

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IMG_1912.MOV    Just returned from the SEMA SHOW in Las Vegas.   The ROAD KILL 71 240Z with Mustang 5.0 with Ford truck turbo blowing thu Holley carb.

Low budget build but with a  lot of fabrication work.

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IMG_1866.JPG     Wide flared 240Z car.  Someone told me that there was  a early Z with a Skyline twin cam motor but I must have missed it.   There were hundreds of cars and trucks to see at the show.

 

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Back to the Build.IMG_1958.thumb.JPG.02fccca66580d5e19e617ee9f4b22eb1.JPG  wire brushed the cowl area but vent must be removed to

clean area around vent box.  So vent cover was carefully removed.IMG_1962.thumb.JPG.fd9e4711443578078c382887358251cf.JPGAfter cleaning , area was primed with self-etching primer to prevent rust before media blasting.IMG_1964.thumb.JPG.913c3e921c05253687ccb20e2c26b6f7.JPGDriver side cowl after priming.IMG_1965.thumb.JPG.c644bd7ad9df1d9c44caff4dca05c856.JPG

                                                                                   Vent cover after sand blasting and painting with weld thu primer

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            One of the reasons that I went to the SEMA Show 2017 was to check on the latest

LS motors.  This motor is the LS376/480 the updated version of the LS3.  It basically has a cam change.  the motor produces 495HP and 473 ft lbs of torque.  Perfect for me.  IMG_1955.thumb.JPG.d290e057a2d93c7ecf0c7b8f3298bde2.JPG.IMG_1936.thumb.JPG.97d6ad035f33e2c0d44fe7bc83e13802.JPGThis Chevrolet High Performance manual has all necessary part numbers to

build and install their motors in almost any car or truck.  It gives even measurements for engine and its accessories(air conditioning,power steering,etc).i

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IMG_2025.thumb.JPG.1330d703a6a60a1fdefcb5de4f3e63db.JPG Tools used for undercoat and paint removalIMG_1979.thumb.JPG.4bc327ba961457e2a986d845f69443da.JPG   The Veteran Day holiday provide me additonal time to work on my car.   I tack welded

all of the seams in and out of the engine compartment,IMG_1987.thumb.JPG.e562a32d952541ef05cdd288f15b5b7e.JPGStrut tower  also welded,IMG_2001.thumb.JPG.558c2419313b4559114a2a76b181764b.JPG

               A 4 1/2 electricgrinder with twisted wire cup brush was used befotre blasting.    The interior of the car masked off so the compartment could be media blasted whjile keeping most media inside the car.   All open holes in firewall were masked off using duct tape.  The windshield area was covered with large pieces of cardboard.    Canvas and plastic sheeting  covered doors and hatch areas.    Face respirator and face shield were used when media blasting.  In this case,  80 grit abrasive was utilized.    I used a large wet/dry SHOP VAV to recover the media and reuse the media.  A wire mesh filtered the recovered media before reusing.. IMG_2004.thumb.JPG.56ab224a52d32f7dd1ce22e3916b8996.JPG IMG_2019.thumb.JPG.03d5d2216d326b1a9625c61bbe8f3934.JPG

self etching primer applied to prevent corrosion,   The 16 gauge plates above the frame railings reinforce the floor panels.

 

 

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