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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby 68ragtop » Tue Jan 10, 2017 8:43 pm

Good bit of rust hidden there. Hate to think what mine looks like after 49 years,

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:59 pm

I know this thread is supposed to be all about rebuilding my engine, And we will get back to that.
But thought I'd show everyone what I'm doing about that Radiator support, Keeping in mind I have a budget of zero dollars.
So here are some sections I have cut out.
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And a shot of the Support with a section cut out, if you look closely you can see the section on the other side already welded in.
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Here's a shot of the patch I made up just before welding.
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And the other side of the support, just before I cut it out.
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Still have a couple sections to make up and weld in, when done I'll post up a pic or 2 of the ready to reinstall support.

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Bazzas77 » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:55 pm

mmmn cutting out rust , looks kinda familiar !

having an almost sealed box section as a radiator support was asking for trouble. But at least its progress to getting it back on the road while your waiting on parts or a pay check !

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Ollie68 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:41 am

G'day Doc,

I'm with you on the keeping the cost down as I had to do the same to my radiator support. It was bent so I had to straighten it, then cut out all the rust and replace with good steel.
At the end of the day you cant see the bottom so you can get away with anything so long as it bolts back in.
My c3 rebuild is a budget build, that's why its taking so long :?
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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:46 pm

At long last, Here it is hanging on the clothes line drying, A real thick coat of self etching primer,
2 coats of satin black. Should go back in the car tomorrow.
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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Bazzas77 » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:29 pm

well done Doc , that's one part less to worry about .

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Ollie68 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:28 pm

Thank your mother for the rabbits and away you go. :o
So one bit down and just a few to go :shock:
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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:12 pm

Well, It's been awhile, But life's obligations have been keeping me busy.
But back into it today. I dropped the drag link down, pulled the starter and removed the dust shield from the front of the bell housing.
Then down came the oil pan, and just look inside!
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All thous disintegrated valve seals, well here they are, down in the bottom of the pan!
After pulling the oil pump, I removed all 8 of these.

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the bores all look very good, and I tried a few times to get a good photo of a few, but I guess I'm no cylinder photographer!
I'll try to get a good shot after honeing.
I still have plenty to do, next up is pressing the wrist pins out of those old pistons and getting the new ones on, Bring my Snap-on rigid hone
home and hone all thou's bores, and plenty of gasket surfaces to get cleaned up.
And least I'm back into it, really want to get this old girl back up and running again.
I'll keep you all posted!

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Ollie68 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:33 pm

Great to see forward movement on the old girl Doc. Life does gets in the way a lot these days, I know that feeling well.
You'll have to source a bore cam for those photos of the before and after :o
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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:09 pm

Well, once again, it's been awhile. Had My young Son visit over the School holidays and thought working on the old car would be a good Father, Son thing to do. So we made some headway over the last week. Still not on the road, but working in tight quarters with a tiny air compressor.
We managed to hone all 8 cylinders, and slowly assemble most of the engine.
New pistons, rings, Main bearings, Rod bearings, Cam and lifters, Pushrods and Edlebrock heads, As well as a new timing chain and gears and a few other bits.

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And Here's my young Son under the car torqueing up main bearing caps.
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Progress as of today, July 8 2017.
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My young Son proudly standing by the car he one day hopes to own.

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Wobbles » Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:56 am

not a bad looking rooster you got there Doc.....must follow after his mother hey??

keep up the good work, wanna go cruising one day. -) -)

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:54 pm

Yes Wobbles, A handsome young buck he is.
But everyone I know says he looks so much like me.
(He does, chip off the old block).

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Bazzas77 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:39 pm

coming along nicely doc , shouldn't be too much longer now eh?

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:28 pm

A fair few bit's to put on her, But got her up and running today! Whoo hooo!!!
And now just for the record, so all the world can see, I not only bought the high zinc oil, but also made sure I got the correct break in additive for my new Comp Cams Cam.
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A quick shot of the gauges showing good oil pressure and the charging system working fine in spite of a poor Battery.
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And a couple shots of how she looked as I walk into the house to post this up on the net. A few more bit's to put on for sure,
and I know everything isn't polished and plated, But she sounds great and no smoke. And on a true poor mans budget!
It took about 9 months of scratching and saving to get here, But she lives. I'll come up with the money to get a battery soon. Then the test drive.

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I will keep you all posted!

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Wobbles » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:55 pm

Well done mate. Satisfying isn't it. Just think, it will be another 40+ years till you have to touch it again.. :D

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:05 pm

Thanks Wobbles, But I have been "Touching" it none stop for the last 28 years.
But this is the first time she's gotten new pistons and a new cam. and I've been wanting thous Alloy heads for years and years.
Finally had a good reason to spend the money.
Spent a couple more hours on her tonight, Took a couple shots before I walked out of the garage.
Here how she's looking at the moment.
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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:13 pm

Well, I've totalled it all up, Not counting the battery that's on it's way. Total cost in US dollars with new pistons, rings, rod and main bearings, cam and lifters, pushrods and Edlebrock heads and a fair few other bits. with fluids,1,877.22 and shipping overseas and customs charges about 400 bucks.
My home done rebuild has set me back approx. 2,277.22. Now that is with coolant, oil's and additives.
still to test drive it. But with Edlebrock heads, Comp Cams cam, And a host of top of the line parts. I'm hoping all go's well.
As I've said all along, I'll keep ya posted.

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Ollie68 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:37 pm

Well done Doc,
Great to see the old girl will be back on the road and with a bit more punch too I'd reckon -)
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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:17 pm

got my new Battery today, Put her in and fired her up, Checked her over top and bottom for leaks.
All looking good., still have some air in the cooling system, a couple more heat cycles should help push it out.
Aired up the tires, Set her down on the ground for the first time in several months.
Put a trickle charger on the new battery to give it a good top up.
Will heat it up again in the morning to try to get the air out of her.
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And yes just a bit more punch than she had before. With the new heads and pistons, took it from 9-1 to 10.5-1 compression.
The cam with the 1.6-1 rockers should give me a fair bit more lift and duration, (Nothing to outrageous), than before.
And she moved out fairly well before I took that lobe off the Cam. should be fun to drive.
Now to get the hood back on and take her for a spin, Once I'm certain I have all the air purged from the cooling system.

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby DOC » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:56 pm

Well, I had her out on the road today. It's taken a bit of time, but as I said before, I took apart my engine, took a new job far, far away, Had lots of life's crap land on me, But I have finally got her on road again, no leaks and no smoke, Perhaps a bit of adjusting to do yet, but nothing much.
She run's well, so I'll get her broke in a bit and then tweak the carb.
The list of parts if anyone out there is actually reading this:
First let me say that parts installed years ago include,
Edlebrock RPM Intake Manifold.
Holley 670 Street Avenger carb. (Recently rebuilt)
Summit brand 1.6-1 rocker arms.
High volume water pump, (Can't remember the brand)
Harmonic Balancer with timing marks, (From summit, also can't remember the brand)
Recently rebuild OEM HEI distributor.
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Now the parts just purchased.
Edlebrock E Street heads, 64cc chambers 185cc Intake runners, Number , 5089
Comp cam's X Treme energy Cam and lifter set, 477/.480 lift , number CL12-242-2
Cloyes Gear, Heavy duty timing chain and gear set, Number C-3001K
Fel-Pro Gasket Kit for Alloy heads, Number FEL-KS2600
Fel-Pro one piece oil pan Gasket, (As the multi piece set in above kit isn't as good). Number FEL-OS34510T
Howard Cams hardened Pushrods, 7.900 Length , Number HRS-95207
Gen. G.M. Head bolts, (Great value for money and have sealant pre-installed on threads), Number 12495499
Dorman stud and Nut kit for Exhaust manifold , Number RNB-03147
Summit 45degree Waterneck, (As my old one was corroded) Number SUM-371100
Moroso Pipe plugs. (For holes in heads), Number MOR-37810
Sealed Power MA series main and Conn rod bearings, (These are supposed to polish your crank as they run),
Numbers SLP-4663MA and SLP-8-2555A
Sealed power premium piston ring set, Moly, Number SLP-E-251K
Speed-Pro Hypereutectic piston kit, diamond profile, Number SLP-H345DCP
Standard Motor Products engine temp sender switch, Number SMP-TS6
summit brand 12" upper rad hose kit, (I just needed the connector ends) Number SUM-390112-R
The only thing missing are the Cam bearings, Got them for free. A friend had an extra set.
that sum's it up not counting fluids and break in additive.
Maybe someone will be helped by this list one day. I spent a fair bit of time comparing price and quality.
Hopefully this engine will go for a fair few more years.
Cheers.

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Re: 350 Chev Sharpening

Postby Bazzas77 » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:30 pm

well done Doc , have some fun with her now , you earned it .

your mouse details up nicely too :o


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