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Old 06-25-19, 11:33PM   #1
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Just finished putting a 1969 400 together. The #48 heads would have put the compression at 10.7:1 so my customer bought a set of edelbrock D ports to keep it pump gas friendly.
Going to run it on the test stand then it's off the go in the car.
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Old 06-26-19, 01:42AM   #2
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Nice ! Looks good, like color. Very detailed.
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It's going in a 1965 GTO that supposed to be immaculate.
I'll get pictures of the GTO when I drop the engine off at the body shop
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Old 07-03-19, 12:06AM   #4
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So as i am putting everything on this engine to run it on the test stand. The brand new starter doesnít bolt up to the block, the bolt holes in the starter are off by at least 1/4".
So i had to get out the drill and oval out the holes in a brand new starter.
Putting on the headers, the one middle back bolt hole that they slot out to slip over the header bolt was almost halfway covered over with weld bead, had to grind that so the bolt would go in.
Parts just keep getting worse and worse.
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Sucks!!.....everything like that today.
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Going to run it on the test stand then it's off the go in the car.
Could you please post a pic of your test stand? I'm considering making one and have no idea where to start.
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Could you please post a pic of your test stand? I'm considering making one and have no idea where to start.
i will.....but quite honestly not worth the time and effort to make one.
The only reason this engine is getting run on a stand is because the car that the engine is going in is 150 miles away and i know how to break in a flat tappet cam properly.
once the engine is broken in i wash my hands from it.
it takes the same amount of time hooking everything up on a stand as it does to just put it in the car. really not saving and time. in fact it is double the work.
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i will.....but quite honestly not worth the time and effort to make one.
That's kinda what I figured. I guess I'll just drop it in and hope for the best.
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That's kinda what I figured. I guess I'll just drop it in and hope for the best.
installed 100'S engines
if you did a good job and paid attention to detail, nothing to worry about.
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if you did a good job and paid attention to detail, nothing to worry about.
I'm not worried about my work, as I put in the time and my best effort. What I am a little worried about is aftermarket parts incompatibility. I've seen quite a bit of it during this build. I'm worried about things that I may not have seen. The forum members here have been just great, sharing all of the dirty little secrets behind an IAII build. Well, I hope they told me all of them and didn't hold any back...
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Your doing everything right, Iím very impressed at the attention to detail. You have our respect...I donít see any major issues that could arise.
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Fired up the 400 today and broke in the camshaft and set the timing. Had a few leaks in the Tri power set up which i have to fix and coolant leak from the thermostat housing, found a small hairline crack in the housing. other than that it runs great.
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Pretty neat engine stand. Must of took some of your time
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I borrowed the stand from a friend. Took 10 hours to finally hook everything up to run it after dealing with header I had to fix bolt hole and starter that didn't line up.
I'll try welding up the crack in the thermostat housing.
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Always something stupid isnít it.
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