Just thought I would update the team on the progress of 4072. Pictures courtesy of J R Restorations who is doing the sand, prime and paint. Should be ready to prime in another week. Meanwhile, the heads are out being cleaned with new springs put in. The motor will start being put back together Sunday..........

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Factory rims glass blasted and protected with new rubber ordered- 195 15s in the front and 245 in the back. BF Goodrich.

351 sitting on a motor stand in my garage awaiting for a Sunday greeting with me and friends to initiate the rebuilding.......keep the faith! can't wait.
Is that the factory balancer? If so, since you have gone this far now is a good time to replace it.
Factory balancers are notoriously prone to failure after all these years. The ring will slip giving false timing indication among other things.
Correct. Most people don't realize that all factory harmonic balancers (except OEM Boss parts) were only pressed together. The 8-12 lbs of parts are not bonded together at all; not sure about modern replacements but they also seem to slip. The slippage always seems to be toward the retard side of the timing marks, too.
The black looks good. Although, I doubt any other modification to my Panteras get a bigger "Wow" than when I open my decklid and the engine is displayed in body color panels. It is just so unexpected. The affect is greater on women who seem to anticipate a typical engine bay and are treated to a vibrant setting displaying the jewels. Just Sayin'.

Mike's offering a conservative approach on an over top ride. Certainly easier to care for.
4072 leaving JR Restorations with fresh paint cleaned rims and new rubber. Great job done. Spent Saturday and Sunday putting the mint interior back together. Engine will be put on cherry picker this weekend and fired up before being inserted......almost there

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Looks great! I can't wait to see her all done and on the road. Looks like you'll get to enjoy the fall drives. Congrats.

Mark
Looks great.

the reflections in the paint show nice work on the body.

How did you finish the window trim and mirror?

I was expecting white letters though Smiler
Thanks for the compliments JFB, JR Restorations made the body work look good. As for the chrome, they etched the bumpers, mirrors and window trim then primed and painted flat black. I think it looks great and they assured me they will not chip. As for the white lettering, the rear has them turned inside.....I tried to go with the softer more modern look. Cool
Looks really great. I like the blacked out trim.

Good luck with the reinstall.

You will have a great car.

Rocky
I am happy you found the pantera you were looking for, lots of pleasure driving.
Woodward is this weekend guys, i'll be trailering the Pantera for 10 hours, so if any of you want to join up, PM me and I'll give you my cell #
Looks great Dave. That was quick work.
Hope you replace the stock valves to one piece stainless?
WILL
Well after 15 weeks of work 4072 came back to life on Saturday September 27th. After 19 years of dormancy. Thanks to everyone who offered counsel and encouragement. What a rush!!! Fired her up with headers only at first. Woke everyone up! Then did an official with tailpipes attached (video) Hope to download the first lite but the system keeps saying it is too big.......

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start up video is on my facebook page. I keep getting messages that it is too big for this site. Sorry guys! It does sound nice though. Watch the smoke come out the back with the first breath of life.
Dave, the car looks fantastic. I look forward to seeing it in person.

Mark
Congrats! Who's that dude in the front seat grinning in the video?

That's super that you got it running. It lit right off. Very cool.

Rocky
Thanks Rocky, that dude is me. Smiling from ear to ear......yes she started first attempt. Guess we put everything together correctly. ha. Very proud owner right now! Glad to have this forum as a resource throughout the build!

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