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PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2023 2:37 pm
Yeah it's toast. Pretty sure it has a 1/4" of lead all the way to the seam. I ordered a new one so hopefully the fit is decent. Even if I have to modify it a bit I'm way ahead of trying to fix the original one.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2023 8:48 pm
I was sick all last weekend and all through the week following still not a 100% yet.
I was well enough to get out their today and got my crank, pistons and cam in the block plus set up the timing chain and called it a day. Hope to get the oil pump pan and timing cover and heads on tomorrow. If I get all that done maybe I can get it in the rig next weekend.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2023 7:03 pm
Hope you got over your illness Dennis. Did you get it in the rig?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2023 8:03 am
No ran into a few problems last week ended up figuring it out this weekend.
The Comp Cam Double roller timing chain kit is a POS!
The instructions include 3 extremely poor pics! that are not clear in any way and instruction say clearancing timing cover MAY be necessary.... Instructions should say machining back side of timing cover for clearance of the Cam Tone ring is REQUIRED! I had to remove .050"+ from it more like .075" in areas. All in all I do not recommend that product.
Then as expected the Push rods are too short BUT I was able to source the correct set from Chrysler.

I should be able to start putting it back in the Truck today I started this project before Covid hit! I am so sick of every thing taking so long to get parts. This project has fought me at every turn.

Not looking forward to dealing with the headers today.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2023 11:52 am
You sure haven't had much luck with getting the right parts for the motor.

Any further ahead with the install?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2023 1:43 pm
LOL! Its me!!! My rain cloud don't go far you know this! lol

I had it all put together and in the Truck and even the right header on AND THEN I tried to install the Left side....

At first I found the Exhaust bolt holes didn't line up correctly on the center manifold and Gasket to the head .... OK I went and purchased a different part number manifold gasket set same stuff. one would fit one wouldn't, I chalked it up to a Problem with the headers they said wouldn't work and took them to my machinist to have them drilled to fit.
Next morning I am doing more research. about the heads......

My initial research looking the heads up by Casting number showed the heads were interchangeable I read that and stopped reading as I wasn't worried which was left or right BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It turns out The casting number for these heads are the same right to left WITH the addition of a DE and a DD at the end of the casting numbers. One being right and one for left BUT they are reversible EXCEPT you need to drill a Oil drain back hole plug the other and then drill the center exhaust manifold bolts and Tap them.

With all that info I yanked the motor back out pulled the head and took it to the machinist for modifications, He had already finished the header and just as quickly modified the head, I got it all back together yesterday before work, I will install it again on Sunday or Monday on my weekend off. I did learn a few tricks on my trial install which will make the reinstall much smoother this time around.

Other than that heck its same old same old same old still waiting for the Trans mission to come in LOOOONG wait for those people I don't get it?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2023 1:32 pm
Everything takes forever these days, I don't get it either.

Any more progress with it?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2023 10:25 pm
They called me this week said it was being shipped out haven't seen it yet.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2024 10:28 am
I got that long awaited Trans for the Bird last week very nice piece cant wait to get back on that project still have wiring to order and AC stuff seat covers ect... some day.....

I finally got engine all together in the Jeep and got it started runs good at 2500-3000 rpm, True monster in the ruff, wont idle at all though, The computer is totally lost doesn't know what to do, I made too many modifications to the engine, The computer is limited by the factory settings on the amount of adjustments it can make. Why a Chevy computer can make the necessary adjustments and a Chrysler cant I will never understand. When I made basically the same mods to the Vett as I did the Jeep the Vett was derivable after I got it running the Jeep no way.
I found a guy to tune it in Vegas, The exhaust has to be finished before it can be tuned he says. Right now its just open headers boy does it sound MEAN!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2024 6:16 pm
This is the problem with new stuff, you need to be a computer genius to make stuff work right. That would be frustrating, especially if you didn't have issues with the same modifications for the Vette. Hopefully the Vegas guy can get it dialed in.

Yeah nothing like the sound of a built motor with open headers.

Went to start my Riv and it just cranks, won't start. Poured gas in the carb, still nothing. Probably the points need to be cleaned up, should probably change it to the Pertronix ignition.
Rob
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