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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-18-2006, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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A couple weeks back I bought a 750dp main body off eBay to upgrade the Ranger's stock 650dp. The plan was a poor-man's Proform main body upgrade. Sorry I didn't take any before pics, but I'm sure all of you know what a typical grungy Holley DP looks like. Once I got the main body in the mail I immediately went to work on it... so after a couple minutes with the hacksaw:





I also had a 4-hole 1" aluminum spacer that I wanted to massage a little to make it similar to the $100 tapered spacers. Here's the progress on the carb and spacer after some grinding and filing:



Then a couple days later after a trip to Wallyworld for some metallic blue spray paint:



Another closer pic of the main body and now-finished spacer:



And last but not least, the finished product!



Now I just need to make a trip to the hardware store for some parts to raise the throttle cable bracket and she'll be ready to bolt back on and let 'er rip! Hope it runs better than before... but if not at least it looks better lol!

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I like it! You did a good job on it, and I hope it runs as good as it looks.
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looks really good and i too hope it runs well-good to see someone going down this road rather than just hitting the buy-now button and buying new ,good luck
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Thats awesome! What did you use to grind down the choke horn? What kinda jets do you think your gonna run for your 289?
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Thanks guys! I used a hacksaw to remove most of the choke horn, and then used an electric die grinder with carbide burr to finish it off. The stock jets for a 750dp are 70/80, but with the removed choke horn, and the fact that I'm running ram air, but it's also a little 289, I'm starting with 71/78 jets (I don't have an 80 laying around otherwise I'd use it). Honestly I have no clue if that'll be anywhere close to what it needs, but gotta start somewhere so I figured close to stock calibration would be a good starting point.

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Nice job on everything!

I really like the work on the carb spacer
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Looks great, I considered doing the same to my carb but I was afraid the paint would come off as soon as gas got on it. Have you tested the paint to see how it handles gas? If it stays on I'd like to know what brand you used.

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My buddy did that, we don't know what if anthing it did, but it sure does look better.

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I'm not sure on the gas resistance of the paint, but I have the same concerns as you. I thoroughly cleaned all the surfaces with carb clean, then a brass wire brush, then cleaner/wax remover prep stuff. I used a base coat Rustoleum stops-rust primer, and then 3-4 light coats of Rustoleum metalic paint. I think it will have decent resistance to gasoline, but only time will tell.

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Nice work, move over butter!
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as long as its not permanently dowsed with gasoline, it΄ll be alright. a lot of spray paints are tough enough.

when my eastwood carb paint washed off like watercolors, I switched to plain gold wheel paint, bought from the same source as your metallic blue.

BTW, I really like the work on your carb spacer there!
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Nice job!!!

Are you coming down to the Portland Swap Meet in April?

If you are....there's a big gathering of Mustang & Ford guys on Friday (Apr 7) evening at "Standfords" in the Jantzen Beach area.
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If you have problems with the paint, maybe a clear coat of the paint they use on the model planes they fly remote and by wire. I made a few of them years ago, and they have a special paint that gas does not affect. Looks Great!



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Well I got the carb put in last night... haven't fired it up yet because I didn't want to wake the neighbors, but it looks great! While adjusting the float level I doused both fuel bowls pretty heavily with gasoline (guess those screws on the float level adjusters need to be tight before applying fuel pressure, lol), and I wiped the gas off right away, and off some areas the rag stayed clean but others there was a slight tinge of blue, so I'm thinking anywhere I didn't get a really good final gloss coat is more susceptible to the gasoline... but it still looks great and so I think as long as I don't get fuel seepage anywhere the paint will hold up well.
I'm a little suprised at all the comments I'm getting on the carb spacer... I was joking with the wife the other day and said I could buy these for 10 bucks, spend about an hour with the grinder and a sanding wheel, and sell them on eBay for $50-60 and she just rolled her eyes... maybe I'm on to something, lol! I'll bet after some practice I could have the time down to 30 minutes

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Nice job!!!

Are you coming down to the Portland Swap Meet in April?

If you are....there's a big gathering of Mustang & Ford guys on Friday (Apr 7) evening at "Standfords" in the Jantzen Beach area.
I've heard about the Portland swap meet from my friend who's dad used to take him all the time when he was younger... I'll bet I could talk him into making a trip there with me this year. Of course that's the easy part... the hard part would be talking my wife into it as well

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