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  • Going back together..hopefully fire it up tomorrow!

    Crazy cold weather and work got in the way of getting anything done last week...but the sun is out and it's 80* in TX today. Great day to play in the shop!

    Got all the shaft rockers installed and adjusted, crank trigger/pulleys installed, misc fittings, install flywheel and clutch and get it ready to drop in.

    I pulled/installed it differently than I ever have before but it worked well. My previous shops were built "long" where I could get everything ready to pull and then roll the car off the lift and use a cherry picker as usual. But with this shop...I'd have to roll it outside the door which is undercover...but it was cold.

    So I got it all ready and lowered the lift onto 4 jackstands. This held it up high enough for cherry picker legs to go under the lift platforms. It seemed a little scary because it makes you lift the engine higher due to height of the ramps as well as the space they are off the floor. But it all worked fine! I was able to drop it in with the hood still in place, the radiator/shroud still there. Everything just clears perfectly and it dropped in with no drama at all. Slid right on the trans and right on the mounts. I'm a lucky man!!

    Tomorrow I'll finish bolting everything up and install the intake manifold. I decided to leave it off while installing to allow me to get the chain down in the lifter valley so I could lift higher, plus it might get damaged. Lots of pieces on that dude!

    I've got a track rental lined up for Feb need to get it out and a few miles on it before I hit the track!

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    I'd be a little nervous sliding that bear over those fenders! But, if anyone can do it, you sure can!

    Great to see you getting it all together again and I'm dying to hear your impressions with the different cam. Will it still run under the "weenie" banner or have we moved on from the school bus line of bumpsticks?


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      It actually dropped right in like it was glad to be home! I got everything bolted in but decided to do a little surgery on the intake. Aluminum chips EVERYWHERE!

      Actually not a huge deal...but took some grinding. Since I used an 8-71 Blower intake...they have a center bar across the middle of the plenum that matches the bottom of a Roots blower, That center bar has a wide support that goes all the way down to the plenum floor with two small pathways on either side of it connecting the front/rear sections of the plenum. I had made the big adapter plate and the plenum to match with divider bars in each of them. I decided it would be better to take all of it out of there and just make it one huge open plenum box with nothing in there to interrupt air flow. Doubt it makes much difference...but had to try. A lot of grinding on all 3 pieces.

      I'll install the intake and get it running this weekend. Everything else is ready.

      BTW- there are rumors a certain blue Vette "may" be on the event t-shirts!! Wouldn't it be cool to have Lambo, Viper etc folks walking around with an old Vette on their shirt??



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          That would be VERY cool Jim!


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            Feb 25th...Houston Track Rental. They have 10 spots left.......time for some folks to come join me. I keep begging Larry to bring the Nova.....but he wusses on me.

            Whole track to your self almost...plenty of for much better can you get than Baytown in February?



            • #7
              IT'S ALIVE!!!!

              Had sick grandkids visit last week...spent Saturday in bad shape. Today is good though so back to work!

              Cleaned up intake and started the LONG process of putting it all together. It's got a lot of little nuances and everything has to be just right to make it all fit as far as all the wiring/plumbing. Works great...just a specific order to install things. There's a lot of hidden stuff in the back of that thing....but I like that it looks simple/clean when you look at it.

              Only exciting moment was when I turned the key on to pressurize the fuel system and the fuel pressure sensor decided to die and spray fuel everywhere. Glad that didn't happen when I was driving it. I may need to rethink where all that stuff is's pretty hot over there. Anyway, an 1/8" pipe plug temporarily took care of that and it fired right up! Sounds pretty good for the short time I ran it.

              Ordered a new pressure sensor...interestingly Jegs/Summit show the exact same price as the Holley list price on their site. What's up with that?? $120!!

              Got all the pulleys, water pump, PS and fan back in ready to drive soon!



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                I am ALWAYS amazed at you guys who tear down an engine, swap stuff around and get it all back together in a fraction of the time it takes for me to swap out a distributor cap!

                Glad to hear it came together with just a little drama. Now to see how it RUNS!

                As always, half the 'net is living the life vicariously through your posts. LOL!


                • #9
         folks are going to have to step it up a little....I'm getting tired!!



                  • #10
                    Duly noted.

                    In fact, the supercharger comes off this weekend! Sending back for bearings. Then I can DRIVE it again!


                    • #11
                      NOW we're talking!!! Let's get some boost ready for the summer!!

                      Got some of those 1 mile races in Florida you know.....



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                        Even with the 50-some thousand miles I've put on the car since we got it running, the number of miles that have been put on that car at WOT could be in the form of a decimal point for all I know. The throttle blades HAVE seen 100% before, but for a whole mile? That would definitely give the HP time to tune!


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                          That's how I got started....looking for a place to "run it out" to see how the tune was. It was good!!