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I've never used glass to lay it out, I'll have to try it. On the top side I'm using West Systems epoxy and filler (which is basically glass dust) - but that requires starting on the inside, which requires a lot of sanding and then fiberglassing.... at least it's sub-40 degrees, which really helps get the fiberglass to set quickly but it's still an ugly mess (and yeah, I'm whining)
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BOAT YARD TIP #2:

If you are just filling for fairing - and not adhesive/any strength - add talc. Yes - baby powder! Sands easy, even in epoxy, and smells kinda nice. Get the unscented variety. Cheap too.

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for those who wonder if I have ADD ..... look LS

It's springtime

one of these is not like the others

apparently they needed to replace a stock spring and used a similar spring to what I replaced the stock springsedited

dog bone or bar bell goes this way

rear main installed



and head dowels

rings ground
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first piston ringed

the rest of the rings installed

ring compressor ready to go
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assembly continues
pistons in holes


high dollar crank turner

pan test fit after installing the oil pump

notice no oil pump spacing.... I did a check, GM doesn't say to space, and some guy on Corvette Forum, who owns Mastiffs, said he didn't space them either.
Mastiff owners know it all, so I went with it.
and you all think Google is my final authority
heads look nice on there, too bad I bought the wrong ARP bolts
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round 1 - tl;dr, I may be scraping this off and doing it again tomorrow

5:1 mix.... not sure that's right....edited

in theory it's supposed to be solid to touch in 40 minutes.... 2 hours later it's still squishy


​​​​​​​oh well, good thing this isn't my day job.
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.... at least it's sub-40 degrees, which really helps get the fiberglass to set quickly but it's still an ugly mess (and yeah, I'm whining)
I see you've added a heater. Good idea. Actually, cold hinders the resin from setting.

When I was doing some boat work in SEA, I needed to chill the resin as it would "kick" quickly due to the outside air temp - was upwards of 98-100F! Chilling it let me get it mixed and on the project before having to toss it.

If you are using 205 hardener you've already got the fast cure.



Hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised when returning from the "day job!"

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it's solid now - I'll work on sculpting it after my day job.
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