I just wanted to post a couple teaser pics of the project as it starts to come along.
The original engine ended up with a cracked block, so I have stripped it of all essential "Q" gear, cooling system, mounts, tranny, exhaust manifolds, intake, etc. I am going to Virginia in two weeks to pick up another 327, not a Q but a standard rotation 327 that has been rebuilt. I will use the long block and put all of the existing Q specific on it. The boat is off the trailer with all of the hardware stripped and waiting for body work to begin. She will get a fresh paint job this Summer.
This week I finally got away from all of my other projects, 2 young kids, job, new hot water heater, etc., and had a chance to start prepping the parts for install. This includes stripping paint, priming and painting all blue parts and cleaning and lacquering the copper/brass parts. Here's a sneak peek.
Now, I know that the copper lines are usually painted, but the paint was peeling off and looked like crap, therefore, I chose to give it a little bling and add some detail to this engine. I won't be going to Tahoe to be judged anytime soon. I think the y look awesome with the clear coat.