The Camaro went to my go-to AC shop, ADVANCED RAD, where Darren and Len attached, routed and crimped all the hoses, then custom-fabricated and aluminum-welded the March compressor hard-lines, tested and re-toqued the entire serpentine system and then filled and leak-tested the cooling system, then vacuum-leak-tested and filled the AC system. Lastly, Darren set the sliders on the retro-fitted controls and left me some notes to complete the installation back at my shop.
Above, the March stamped SANDEN compressor with newly welded ends.
Below, Advanced Rad connected everything at the firewall bung, routed the AC hoses and even gave the wiring a nice finishing 'twist' ;)
Below - Added to the "still to do" list, is a fan shroud. This open-rad setup will not do once the AC is running on a hot day.....
The new gauges are all electric - and the oil sender was showing no oil pressure. The mechanic was understandably wary and called me immediately upon noticing the issue. We agreed they would drain and re-fill the block with the 7 litres capacity of the MOROSO pan and - after I assured him it was running prior to the restoration and that the engine remained sealed - he started the engine.
Before the Camaro came back to my shop, the Camaro went to my new glass man, Mike. I finally found a guy who has been doing glass all his life and is a muscle-car fan, owner and builder himself. The Camaro was towed to his place and he re-insalled all the moulding clips - which is the part I was most concerned with. Get them wrong and the chrome surround mouldings will never fit properly. Get them right and everything fits flush. Even the factory got it wrong on many occassion - but Mike got it right. He then urethaned in new back-glass, the windshield and then fit new back mouldings and most of the new front mouldings. He showed me how the front bottom moulding and clips are all messed up and so that little mess will also be added to the list to be done at my place....
Back on the flat deck for - hopefully - the final time!
As soon as I got the newly-coined Ultra - Camaro back to the E-tek compound, I began to troubleshoot the gauge issue. First thing I did was confirm Oil Presssure by removing the electronic bung and hooking up a manual oil-filled gauge to the same hole, confirming 50lbs of pressure:
Pulling paopart the dash again to gain access to the back of ther gauges was NOT fun - but apart it came and my trusty meter was pressed into service. I had a signal at the bung when the car was started - about 3-4 Volts. Kinda low, but a signal none-the-less. At the back of the gauge - no signal. So, I hooked up a jumper wire to test the wiring I installed from gauge to bung....it showed a signal, though eratic. I then tested the actual gauge by grounding the pin - which pegged the needle - all good there. So I re-read the manual and all I can think is that the sensors are not getting a clear ground. So tomorow I'll clean the threads on the water and oil sensors and maybe add a ground strap from engine to body and see if that works....stay tuned.
Below - Women tow-truck drivers....is there anything they can't do?