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One thing you'll find with tinted glass is your view of every car gets all wonky. Mine is red, so red cars look pink when they pull up alongside and I look over. Yellow cars look orange, and green cars look brown.
I like seeing forward and back without the tint distorting the colors of cars myself, and it still gives a good effect.
I went with just lightly tinted glass on my last build, as I decided I didn't need a old plexiglass look to the windows.

I had never once considered that. Thanks for the info. I really dig your cars.
 

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Thanks I would appreciate the info.
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I have used Frost King foil back self adhesive dense foam on numerous cars. It's available at Home Depot or Lowes for under $20 a roll. Rolls are 12" wide x 15' long. Two rolls will easily do most cars.

 

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I have a question on window tint... you tinted the back glass yourself. How hard was it. I am wanting to tint mine in blue, where did u buy the tint. It's a great looking car.
No, I did not do the tint myself. I haven't done my own window tint since the 1990's, lol. I find it's worth the couple hundred for a professional job with a guarantee, and I don't have to buy a surplus roll and hang onto extra material when done.

I watched them work on the back glass and it's a nightmare. Like Vall said, I wouldn't attempt it myself either. too many compound curves, and one of the corners is lifting so they may need to redo the entire piece. As it is one of my sides started bubbling the next day so I pulled it off (per their recommendation) so this too needs to be redone, even though it's a flat piece.
 

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what efi system are you using?? and self learning only does some tuning of the air fuel ration, you still manually need to tune the timing curve and acceleration enrichment etc. if you have holley, I may be able to help.
It's FITech, and yes, the timing is all wrong. I'm the first to admit I do not know anything about engine tuning, and it needs to be done. I know it's wrong, but I don't know how to fix it. they talk about phasing the distributor, too.

Today my engine builder had my car towed to his shop to deal with the front main seal. he's gonna mess with the timing and bring over a fuel injection specialist friend of his. At the least they should get it in the ball park then I can have the team at FITech handle the fine tuning. that's the plan and it sounds good on this forum, ha ha ha
 

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One thing you'll find with tinted glass is your view of every car gets all wonky. Mine is red, so red cars look pink when they pull up alongside and I look over. Yellow cars look orange, and green cars look brown.
I like seeing forward and back without the tint distorting the colors of cars myself, and it still gives a good effect.
I went with just lightly tinted glass on my last build, as I decided I didn't need a old plexiglass look to the windows.

Cool. one thing I found interesting is that the guy who was tinting my windows said it's illegal to tint them blue or red. This may just be a California thing, who knows (I have not looked this up myself) he mentioned something about the possibility of lights either appearing to be blue/ red like a cop car as seen looking through the windows, or not being able to see the blue or red cop lights because the windows are that color. Maybe it's both, who knows.
 

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No, I did not do the tint myself. I haven't done my own window tint since the 1990's, lol. I find it's worth the couple hundred for a professional job with a guarantee, and I don't have to buy a surplus roll and hang onto extra material when done.

I watched them work on the back glass and it's a nightmare. Like Vall said, I wouldn't attempt it myself either. too many compound curves, and one of the corners is lifting so they may need to redo the entire piece. As it is one of my sides started bubbling the next day so I pulled it off (per their recommendation) so this too needs to be redone, even though it's a flat piece.
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I've used 3M 90 often, as it is touted as the best often. But it has let me down often on door panels, kick panels, and headliners. So I switched to Permatex and I'm very impressed with how much better it holds. A bonus is Permatex is a few bucks per can cheaper also!
 

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Perfect.
I use the 3M all the time.
Thanks for the info.

Keep us posted on the EFI issues.
I might like to upgrade next year.
I would love to upgrade to EFI also, but I still have friends who are way smarter about EFI than I am, who have fought different brands of aftermarket EFI until they were pulling their hair out.
So I'm leery with my limited EFI knowledge to spring for any system right now.
 

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After getting my car back from my engine builder when he replaced the main seal he called a friend over who is also more versed with FI and they sett he time right- that alone has made a HUGE difference in how the car runs. It starts up so much easier, keeps much cooler (hasn't gone past 185 or so), and is backfiring a lot less (still does it every now and again- count on one hand...). It starts right up cold and I can drive off immediately, idles and takes off without stumbling pretty well, too. It's still not fine tuned, which it still needs to optimize it, as there is a stumble if I'm part throttle and then roll onto it a bit more. and I'll see gray smoke out the back every now and again. not bluish oil clouds, but what looks like too much unburnt fuel. so it could use some TLC but by and large I'm still very happy with it and I truly believe that even without fine tuning it's still better than any carburetors ever would be. but again, it's just my opinion. I probably have almost 300 miles on this engine now for reference. I believe the system is still self learning, too.
 

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Speaking of which, after all that I've spent some time chasing down the leaks, and what feels like when I fix one leak, another springs up. I replaced the valve covers, and gaskets and using a bit of silicone to seal them, replaced the power steering gearbox adapter fittings to address the leaks I've been having for a while now. The M/T valve cover just didn't work out even with my modification to it so I went with a marine style that offers more space. It did the trick. But then after this coolant started coming out of 2 of the front intake bolts so I added silicone to the front four intake bolts and drilled 3x ⅛" holes in the thermostat to act as a small bypass as my water pump doesn't have one (the bungs are capped off), and today I replaced the lower radiator hose clamp as the one on there was failing. With all that I was able to put some miles on it over the weekend. On Thursday I had my friend Rob drive it (I took the Firebird) and we participated in a small car show near the Pike in downtown Long Beach as part of the Thunder Thursday- the beginning event for the Long Beach Grand Prix. The 55 gathered a crowd every time I looked. Families took pics by it, people were checking it out, and I even saw one kid run his toy car along the door. at least the parent quickly put a stop to that. I also took it up to a friends place on Saturday while making brake lines for his '67 Chevy truck, and I did some driving around today as well. Below are pics from Thursday, event. A group of us met up and then cruised to the show.

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