Mike's 1973 D22 Complete tear out. From the Roof down!

Started by RockwoodMike, September 25, 2019, 11:43 PM

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RockwoodMike

My Hedders came today..Only the best for Rebecca!!

.38 thick flanges..14 gauge tubing..heavy duty!!
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

Eyez Open

I still have the itch for that type of header..chrome look. :)clap

RockwoodMike

https://www.holley.com/blog/post/header_finishes_how_to_choose_what_s_best/

The original headers that were on this were chromed..that burnt off..That shows how hot these things can get..

The ceramic coating should hold up better..Also these new ones have 14 gauge tubing..with .38 thick flanges.

Regular headers have 18 gauge and .31 thick flanges..

Yea, I paid a good price for this..but I think it is worth it..
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

Eyez Open

Agreed on the coating application, actually most of the conversation on quench/heat was founded on high heat and detonation.

Low compression smog motors generate huge amounts of heat energy. The first time I opened the dog house in my RV I couldn't believe the lack of circulation design. Big blocks only compound the issues.

I've seen thousands of posts acknowledging performance gains using headers. Which make no sense since historically headers scavenge exhaust at above 5000 rpm and then create hp/ energy.

All of the vapor lock issues, all of the cracked manifold's, abysmal mileage, and poor preformance...Once upon a time we called it lugging a engine..again night heat. Ever notice the gearing in a RV it's incredibly low, designed that way to makeup for combustion efficiency.

It's my opinion only headers aid in heat dissipation quite a bit. Well worth the investment and ceramic coatings insulate some of the heat from the engine bay...Oh and then there is that chrome look..lmao

RockwoodMike

With the ceramic coating and an engine that needs a cam break in, Hedman is recommending NOT to have these headers installed till after break in..Too much heat for the fresh ceramic coating..

They want you to use your old headers then switch them out after the break in..

Here is a couple of pictures of mounting the fuel pumps and filter..It sure is easy to do things in the frame and engine bay with no engine installed!! Also not having a floor in makes it easy too!
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

Edmather

Hi Mike, Thank you for posting these up, really helpful!

Ed

Quote from: RockwoodMike on May 01, 2024, 10:42 PMPic 1-2..Doing the first section of glassing..About a foot wide..Takes about 1.5 pints of resin to lay it up..

Pic 3-4..Second section with about an inch overlap..

RockwoodMike

Hi Ed,

Here is some pictures of the original eyebrow piece..It was made just like the original walls..Aluminum skin..foam..wood skin..All glued together and then pressed..

All of the outside edge wood pieces were just gone from wood rot..That allowed water in everywhere..

Those aluminum cap pieces were there because of the attempted sealing with silicon..The screws that were there were gone because the wood was gone..

That is the story of this whole RV..All new walls..new roof..

But with the fiberglass, it will roll over the edges, where ever the wall meets the roof..And that will be the water seal..not the aluminum pieces..They will act as finish trim and not act as a water block..
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

It was too windy and cold to do any fiberglass work..Worked on the dash..cleaning it up..

Pic 1-2. this is what I have to work with..

Pic 3-4.. the center support was cut..I don't think I did that..Why would someone do that?  Gotta weld it back up..
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

Doing the welding and then the grinding
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

After welding, I just test fit back in the mounts..Everything good..
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

Sanded it all down and primed the inside and out
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

Eyez Open

Quote from: RockwoodMike on May 04, 2024, 01:05 AMWith the ceramic coating and an engine that needs a cam break in, Hedman is recommending NOT to have these headers installed till after break in..Too much heat for the fresh ceramic coating..

They want you to use your old headers then switch them out after the break in..

Here is a couple of pictures of mounting the fuel pumps and filter..It sure is easy to do things in the frame and engine bay with no engine installed!! Also not having a floor in makes it easy too!

That Heddam advise is very sound, in most break in moments the timing curve has not been setup properly. How could it be,the engine has yet to fired and timed. To further things more than likely the vacuum advance system has not been setup properly. Running a engine at 2000 rpm should require about 25/30 degrees of advance...pretty tough to determine that without timing tape or marked balancer.

The point is low initial timing can create enough heat it just frys the headers, No vacuum advance running during initial breakin is very bad.


RockwoodMike

Inside the box was a slip of paper saying that the new headers shouldn't be used but if you place fans at the headers to cool them off while the engine is running then you should be okay..

When I start my new engine, there will be no mufflers..because the old mufflers won't fit the new headers..So no back pressure..that will help keep the headers cool..

In regards to timing the engine before starting..UTG (uncle Tony's garage) has a video on how to set the timing by having the crank (engine not running) at 30 advanced..I think it is called static timing..

Having a timing light hooked up before start and the distributor locking nut loosened enough to twist it at first moments of running..

Any ways that is a ways off..but it is getting closer!!

Worked some more on the front fiberglass eyebrow..A good sanding is next and the the final gel coat to be applied..
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

Eyez Open

I've been watching it looks like excellent framing and sculpture. In this vast shop of yours you don't by chance have a mini airless sprayer do you? That would make short and excellent work for your gel coating..Just flat even finishes.

RockwoodMike

The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

Received the brown-black vinyl I need to re upholster my dash..It will be interesting to figure out how to do that.

There is no stitching to do..just staples   
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

Created the wire harness for the fuel tank system..

2 fuel pumps and 2 fuel tank sending units..

Pic 1..I use to work at an auto wrecking yard and recycling center..and one day someone brought in a container of wire..Yea you know the rest..This container has been stored for over 25 years and I am finally going to use it to create the wiring I need..

Pic 2..You should hold the wire loom straight while you wrap it..

Pic 3..Using Tesa Tape..51036..This is the good stuff..Very hard to tear and very abrasive resistant..You have to cut it with scissors..

German made tape..Nothing better to make custom looms..
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

Pic 1-2..Bought these wire loom anchors from Ebay..

https://www.ebay.com/itm/303821567523?

Tape them to the loom and use a 5/16 hole to anchor them in place.

Pic 3..All done..
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

Finally got all the rims sand blasted and powder coated..Picture is of the last one.. :)clap  :)clap  :)clap  :)clap
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!

RockwoodMike

I bought a bundle of Rock Wool comfort board..2x4 feet..1.5 thick..Bundle comes with 6 pieces..

I thought I would try it for engine sound quieting..Totally fire proof..Very dense..Just need to figure out a way to attach it to vertical walls such as the generator bay..
It is used for exterior of a house..Totally water proof..Will not sag..

I sanded smooth the front eye brow of the fiber glass..Ready for white gelcoat
The best mechanic is the one that can make it run with the least amount of parts!