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August, 2014

Once again although I haven’t posted updates doesn’t mean work isn’t getting done.

This project has been more about logistics than actually working on the engine. First up the engine shop forgot to put the main bearings in the box of parts and that took time to sort out. Those in hand the engine started going together, rings were being filled till, yup too much. Now it was chasing down a set of rings without buying a full set, no such luck a full set was ordered. Wait, wait, wait. Oh ok move we can move forward, pistons in, end of that work day (take what you can get when your friend is doing the assembly as a favor, big favor). Pistons in, cam in, not so fast, too tight… Take old cam use to shave bearings, cam in, all’s well.

Maybe now we can get moving, timing set on, cover on? Something is not right, cover off. The crank seal isn’t square, bodywork, done, install, end of work day. Next work day inspect all previous work again as we do every time. Hmm? Something doesn’t look right, is that the timing chain we see? Yup, cover off. Take straight edge to cover, area by the dowel pin bowed out, fix and reinstall. Install balancer and bolt? No bolt? Get one off ebay (wait), ahh #$%@ it is a small block bolt (listing said it was a BB). Locate BB bolt (Thanks Tom!).

Once the timing cover was on the windage tray and pan were fitted and yup, no go. The oil pickup tub was in the way, bend, bang, bend, fits now. Pan installed, oil pump installed (buy the way, needed to locate a longer bolt as the high volume pump was bigger).

I’m lost, where am I, oh, it needs to sit inverted till the pan sealant sets up. Back at it, the engine is turned back up and some oil is put in, Priming rod inserted and oil is moving, good install lifters, prime some more, install the last of the lifters. We take the original push rods and inspect them rolling them on a flat surface, bad, bad, bad, bad, forget it let but a full set. Wait.

Another day, heads go on, all’s well, onto the rockers, done, good. Valley pan, intake (cross my fingers) and finally the valve covers! Along the way the throttle bracket and heat shields were put on as was the fuel pump (did we get the rod? Yes!).

Clean, clean, clean. Mask and paint, things like the valley pan, intake, and water pump housing all received paint prior to installing.

The vinyl dip on the throttle bracket and valve covers was removed and new applied

Sorry this isn’t technical with lots of pictures but if you want that buy the book.

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