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Projects F.E.D. Build, Y not a Y-Block

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mctim64, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. OK, so some of you guys know I've been building a Front Engine Dragster for the Eagle Field Fresno Dragway Reunion C/GD (Cool Gas Dragster) but I haven't started a build thread since I've been posting the progress over on Rocky's thread. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=430809 Well I figured it's time to start one so the rest of you that don't check in over there can see what I'm doing. It's almost ready and I think it will be done by the May 22nd event, wish me luck there is still a hundred little things to do. So here we go! :D

    First job was to get a set of blueprints and gather some of the parts.
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    Made motor plates front and rear.
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    now I have a motor and trans. (C-4) to build around.
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  2. Next I needed a rear end to fit so here is the 9" Ford out of one of our '59 pickups, cut the axle housings and built a back brace.
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    Now we have something to lay the frame rails around, one thing that was found is that building it for a Y-Block you definitly need to deveate from the blueprints a little but they were bought more for a guideline than anything else. ;)
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  3. I turned out a bar to line the mains with the 9" rear so when we installed the motor tabs we know in the end it will all fit just right.
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    Also there is making the mounts for the rearend housing.
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  4. Chalupa55
    Joined: Feb 3, 2008
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    Chalupa55
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    from So-Cal

    Awesome, good to see some stuff being done with a Y-block. I've got a few (12) lying around.
     
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  5. Gotta have an engine and the only one I will go with is the Y-Block Ford, that's just how I roll. :p For the Eagle Field C/GD I need to stay with 325ci or less, this could have been done with a 312 but I like things a little differant so I wanted a 4" bore and a 3.2" stroke.

    I started by taking what was a junk (freeze cracked) 292 block and bored all the cylinders out for 1/8" wall sleeves.
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    They all have a possative step on the bottome to locate and .005" press fit in the top. The Y-block head bolt holes are out far and cast to the block walls so flex wont be a real problem with the cylinder walls gone for support. Also I'm filling the block completely and only cooling the heads.
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    Next step was a de-stroked 292 crank (3.3" to 3.2") and cut down the counterweights for easy balance.
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    I'm using chebbie rods so the thrust needed to be narrowed to fit the Y journal.
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    align honing to keep everything strait.
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  6. Mark Williams axle with Anglia spindles. The pin bosses that came on the axle were a little small so we replaced them with the bosses that came with the spindles, much beefier. :D
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    No front suspention so this is the axle mount we came up with, actually got the idea from looking at some old pix of one of Tommy Ivos old cars.
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    20* caster angle
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  7. Royalshifter
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    Can't wait to see it run......nice work.
     
  8. Gasser1961
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  9. Vendome
    Joined: Mar 18, 2007
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    Wow! What a great build! I recognize the marine front cover, is that also the marine pan? Are you going to circulate water in the heads or leave it static?

    Good luck with your deadline!
     
  10. resqd37Zep
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
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    from Nor Cal

    Sweet! I always wanted to do that. It's on the bucket list.
     
  11. Back to the engine. The cam is one we used in the "Yellow Brick" but was a bit too much for the small cubic inches (258) so since I had it all broken in just thought it might work with this engine. ;) We are on a budget after all.
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    Crank and cam installed. ARP main studs and double roller timing set.
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    Clevite bearings and Keith Black "Claimer" pistons, flat tops of course.
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    Heads are ported "Posted" ECZ-G castings with stainless 2.02" in 1.6" ex valves.
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    To top it all off I will be running a set of three 94s on an Edelbrock 573 intake and a set of home made "Zoomies" also a baffled marine oilpan and timing cover.
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  12. Next we had to do radius rods, stearing box mount and drag link.
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    Finished up the rearend housing too.
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    Picture of me dreaming. :rolleyes:
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  13. Little things are important, and there are a lot to a project like this. mounts for everything like radiator, shifter, brakes, fuel pump and it goes on and on.
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  14. Add the roll cage and certifacation then it's down on it's wheels. This is as far as I am for now but we are working on it constantly so I will have more soon. ;)
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    Me deaming again. :rolleyes:
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  15. I also got my engine running today, have a listen! Happy Birthday to me! :D

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  16. -Brent-
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    IT SOUNDS AWESOME!!! I really want to send my coupe project's Y-Block to you. Awesome stuff, as always.
     
  17. Toymaker
    Joined: Mar 26, 2006
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    Congrats Tim, That is ^&*$%* COOL!
     
  18. rob lee
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
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    rob lee
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    Man o man that is the coolest thing I have seen here in a while! Y blocks rule
     
  19. Chalupa55
    Joined: Feb 3, 2008
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    from So-Cal

    How much power is that beast making? Approx.
     
  20. Oh man that is sweet music. Nice build. Love Y-blocks.
     
  21. dullchrome
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
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    dullchrome
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    Wow!!! That looks absoulutly bitchen!
     
  22. Ah Tim you did it again,

    Great project dude, cant wait to see this finished,

    That Y is Sofa King Cool,

    JG
     
  23. atomic mudshark
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  24. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
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    Tim,
    Car looks great, motor build was great. Motor sounds killer for a "Y" block. Hope the car runs straight and true for you and enjoy the ride.

    Cliff Ramsdell
     
  25. John in Oz
    Joined: Mar 25, 2010
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    Thanks for sharing that with us, what a fantasic build. Please keep us posted.

    Thanks, John
     
  26. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
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    Gonna be great. You go Tim.
     
  27. Very nice work. I am impressed
    Don
     
  28. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
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    Nice work Tim, good luck at Eagle Field.

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  29. Not sure of the HP but I'm hoping for 1.1 per cubic inch. we will do a dyno pull when it is in the chassis and I will certainly video and post it. The HP will go up quite a bit with a single four and tuned exhaust but for now it just looks cool with the three 94s and zoomies. :D
     
  30. Ford Fairlane
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    This should be fun to watch. You build some sweet runnin Y motors.
     

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