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Does this look “right?”

PostPost by: Tmac897 » Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:47 pm

Just put the body back on the frame. Forgot how tight the engine compartment is. The head is awfully close to an electrical component on the “firewall,” which has me questioning whether everything was done correctly to date.

It’s been a long time since the engine was mounted and the body on the frame, so I just don’t remember exactly what it looked like.

Any thoughts?
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sat Feb 10, 2024 9:58 pm

it's hard to see the exact distance between the head and the firewall, but from the photo it does not strike me as obviously wrong (when one has the radio kit on Federal cars the rear emission shield, a grounded alloy plate between the head and the firewall, is pretty close, would be difficult to remove without moving the engine from the engine mounts)...
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PostPost by: 512BB » Sun Feb 11, 2024 8:38 am

I do not know if the positioning of the solenoid mounting holes was done to a template or just ad hock by the fitter at the factory, but it certainly varies on my cars, and is to close for comfort on some, as it appears to be on your car.

I would take the opportunity to move it to about 1/2" away from the cam cover.

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PostPost by: ill_will » Sun Feb 11, 2024 10:25 am

This was the location of mine when I bought the car. Not saying it is original though, but the clearance looks ok.

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PostPost by: ill_will » Sun Feb 11, 2024 10:26 am

Comparing the photos, It looks like it is maybe a couple of inches higher than yours?
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PostPost by: Tmac897 » Sun Feb 11, 2024 11:58 am

Thank you. That was very helpful.
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