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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by grdra1, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. Fantastic! Its all looking GREAT.:cool::D
     
  2. Roothawg
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    Any updates?
     
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  3. grdra1
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    Been busy working to fund project, no time left to work on car. Progress slow, here are some of the latest pics, just mounted fire bottles and new oil filter. Most tabs and brackets are welded on, next step is engine build / pre assembly. Glen P8240030.JPG P8240035.JPG P8240038.JPG P8240048.JPG
     
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  4. grdra1
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    Needed a valve spring compressor so I made this unit, with a simple brace it converts to a valve spring tester. Heavy duty and works a treat. Glen PB040062.JPG PB040063.JPG PB040061.JPG PB050067.JPG
     
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  5. grdra1
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    After recently installing a clutch on my sons car I decided to build a gearbox jack so it is a lot easier and a one man operation in the future, also made it foot operated. I have also been buying the tools necessary for my engine build and brought some metal fab gear for a future hot rod project. I have started my engine pre assembly now and have match ported heads and blower intake - no pics yet but will up load soon. Glen PB050070.JPG PB050074.JPG PB050069.JPG PB050072.JPG
     
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  6. grdra1
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    Started porting intake and cylinder heads, nearly done just some polishing to finish. Glen PB120079.JPG PB190089.JPG PB240094.JPG PB240092.JPG
     
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  7. loudbang
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    That is a lot of grinding.
     
  8. grdra1
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    Tell me about it, very time consuming, lucky the intake is magnesium and was relatively easy to grind using a die grinder and drill with metal burrs and sanding rolls. Glen
     
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  9. grdra1
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    Haven't posted for a while. Started engine pre assembly, measuring everything as I go, set up oil pickup, made aluminium spacer to mount fuel pump drive spud, also made alloy adapter for degree wheel. Engine is 392 hemi with alloy rods, forged pistons, I have 3 cams to choose from, I plan to dial in all cams then choose which one to use - may start of with the mild one before I go to full race. Also setting up heads currently setting spring pressures. I am also looking for 392 alloy rods and forged pistons for spares - whats out there (prefer new but will look at all options). Thanks Glen P5060118.JPG P5060117.JPG P5060125.JPG P5060122.JPG P5060124.JPG
     
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  10. the shadow
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    nice thread, great work too! your nearing the end of the tunnel on this, you should be seeing light at the end soon...an amber then a green light!LOL
     
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  11. Looking good! It appears you're running a roller cam - the only way to go. I don't know if you have lifters - if not, take a look at Crane 66542-16. They're a nice quality lifter - not cheap - but you don't want cheap anyway.

    If you're looking for aluminum rods, you might want to contact Fowler Engines in Columbus, OH - he'll make anything you want . . . very nice quality stuff and Jeff is one Hell of a smart dude. Everything he makes or does is top notch.

    I'm running Oliver steel rods in my 392 - but it is a blown street application. I'd never settle for a set of "used aluminum rods" - can't gamble on not knowing the number of cycles and whether they'll last or not. Sure looking forward to this car going down the track! :)

    B&S
     
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  12. grdra1
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    Thanks for advice / comments guys, I have purchased new alloy rods and pistons from race car parts in Ca. I also made a valve spring pressure tester as my first attempt was inaccurate due to flex. I used an old arbor press I made at a engineering course I did 12 years ago that was under the bench gathering dust and rust, I cleaned and painted and modified it as seen in pics. Works well and I am now getting consistent / accurate spring pressures. Glen P6060137.JPG P6060138.JPG P6060139.JPG P5090130.JPG P5300132.JPG
     
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  13. grdra1
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    Started dialing in my camshafts now. I have 3 to choose from and will check all 3 and decide which one will be best to start with. I'm learning so much about cams as I really new very little. P6090142.JPG P6090143.JPG P6100144.JPG P6100145.JPG Glen
     
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  14. THE FRENCHTOWN FLYER
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    If you do it right, you'll never see the green LOL.
     
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  15. We absolutely need updates on this build.
     
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  16. grdra1
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    Topolino build is on hold for a little while, but I have a new toy to play with. Glen P2200277.JPG
     
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  17. Anything further on the Topolino?
     
  18. grdra1
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    No sorry, Topolino still on hold, my hotrod build is taking longer than anticipated but only about 6 months to go I hope. Glen P1010055.JPG
     
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