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Old 07-02-2016, 05:28am   #1 (permalink)
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Default finished motor for wife's 79 vette...

we finished the long block assembly today.
72 350 from a wrecked camaro, 2 bolt main
with an ARP stud kit & ARP rod bolts.
forged 10.75 poptops, moly rings, a comp
268/280/.465/.480/110 cam & geardrive
and HV oilpump with 2.02 summit heads.

now just gotta find corresponding days off so
we can chuck it into the silver vette.

she did the block/crank/rod/pistons/cam/geardrive
herself, i just 'stupervised' and helped lift the
cast iron heads on. she also painted it her favorite
color, nuclear bubblegum pink....

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well, we still got a ways to go--but its in, bolted to trans,
motor mounts bolted, trans mount bolted, headers bolted up.

i still need to buy and install pushrods & rockers, fuel system,
carb, HEI distributor, etc.. as well as hang brackets
and accessories (alternator, power steering ) and
install driveshaft, bolt converter to trans, install trans cooler
and auto shifter, plumb cooling system, and a billion other
details--but hey, at least we can sorta see light at the end
of the tunnel !

cant wait to fire this sucker up- its got 10.75-1 forged .030+
pistons, a split "EX" comp cams 268-280 / .477-.480 / 110,
gear drive, HV oilpump w/ steel shaft, 2.02 world heads, an
old holley 'street dominator' intake, and we will run a 600
manual choke edelbrock, an HEI and 1-5/8 headers with
full 2.5 system and fromasters.
the paper dyno says 382hp and 440ftlbs.

its also got a 2400 B&M converter and 3.55 gears, so should
be a nice reliable daily driver that can still get down for mama
when she drops the hammer...

our two boys peter & phillip, finishing up the incidentals like
motor mounts, etc.. and swinging it in. that big fat black t-shirt
in the background between them in the 3rd pic is me, "stupervising"....

so far the running tab is right around $2800 total, including buying
the car with no motor/trans and clean title for $700.....i really think
we might pull this one off for under $3500 total, or close to that.

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Looking good.
That's a real old school intake with the oil tube in it.
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Looking good.
That's a real old school intake with the oil tube in it.
yes, i hadnt seen one that way for over 20 years.
a friend had this one buried in the back of his closet,
it was still in the box-- and he wanted lunch for it....
cant argue with the price! even though it puts the
carb into the hood, oh well....hood scoop it is.

hopefully it performs decently, dont really remember
whether that one was a good one
or not. we shall see....
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Congratulations, nice work! My only suggestion is a bigger carburator, that Edelbrock will hold it back.
I like the Pink on the engine, it reminds me of my friend Bunny Burkett funny car.
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My only suggestion is a bigger carburator, that Edelbrock will hold it back.
i dunno, i have had good luck with these carbs--they drive
so much cleaner than a holley, and it may be down maybe 5-7hp
if that...

the 461" in my white 78 vette has the 800EPS edelbrock
on an RPM intake, and a 292/.595/108 isky--it pulls hard
and clean to 6500+rpm in all 3 gears. (built TH350 trans
and 3.73 rear gear.) its never been down a full 1/4 mile
since we aint got a track here anymore, but its got the GPS
speedo with a 1/4 mile function.

the only time i tried it, on the 1-2 shift at 6000rpm it broke
the 3 converter to flexplate bolts--and coasted to a 1st gear
only 15.03.....scared to try again, hah hah. but that tells me
that a low 12-high 11 is what that car will run. i dont think the
carb is holding it back that much, and it idles and drives fantastic.

kinda the same reason i still run flat tappet hydraulic cams
when everyone else has gone roller--i like to DRIVE it when
its done, not mess with it/adjust things everytime i want to drive.

jet it, set it, forget it.
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