Exorcising a '78 ( and '78 and now '76")

IICrew

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So, the short nose starter is NOT the correct one for the stock rad4 bell housing. I can say that the starter off an automatic works. I am getting delayed disengagement about every 4th start. It appears the bushing in the nose of the previous starter failed allowing the gear to walk away from the flywheel. This caused damage to almost all the teeth on flywheel. Did the bushing fail because I have the wrong starter or because it was out of the used parts bin ? I don't know but for now she runs again!!!!

I know we cannot find new flywheels. I am afraid to go to far from home with it damaged. Since I want to eventually do the Power Tour I started to search for a used one. Look what I found. Modern Driveline now has NEW "lightened" flywheels for stock II's !!!!!!!!!!!! They come in both 28 and 50oz. New!!!!! I am betting someone over there has a II.

While apart I rebuilt the motor mounts. The engine barely moves now when revving. They make the idle.... harsh from the drivers seat. I do have an aggressive cam. I can feel the engine in my seat now. They also make accel and decel feel tighter. The whole car feels tighter. More responsive to throttle inputs. The engine sits a little lower now as I removed the spacers I was using due to the old mounts sagging. The air cleaner used to touch the hood scoop but now there is a little bit of a gap.

The vibration is improving. Certainly still there but better than it was. I still get it at 1800 to 2100 rpm in 5th, as well as 4th at higher rpms. I found the front seal leaking on trans. 2nd gear takes finesse to engage and one mounting tab is broken where it meets the bell. I would like to get a new t5 and flywheel from MDL this winter. I think that should resolve the rest of the vibrations. Actually I hope that it helps but that's my story to justify getting the better 1st gear ratio and a stronger transmission.

With the exhaust quieter. By no means quiet. Just quieter I can hear the body creaking constantly. I tightened the subframe mounts which helped a little but the traction bars make all kinds of noise. At least I think it's them. Anyone else using the stumpys traction bars? Do they make a lot of noise or do I need to redo another item I thought I done did right? lol
 
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Enzio

Dang it. I was hoping mine would get 3 more inches
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With the exhaust quieter. By no means quiet. Just quieter I can hear the body creaking constantly. I tightened the subframe mounts which helped a little but the traction bars make all kinds of noise. At least I think it's them. Anyone else using the stumpys traction bars? Do they make a lot of noise or do I need to redo another item I thought I done did right? lol
Mine do. I also had the tail pipes hitting the subframe connectors but only on deceleration. I cut them off for now. So the only noise I've got now is the stumpys.