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And if [you] throw boost into the mix and you can ram more boost per ° of ignition without detonation. My lightning runs like a friggin scalded dog on e-85 (Actually, about E-48+/- depending on my mix... and the content of E in the pump).
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Well, minor update after visiting the machine shop yesterday after work. He’s started on the main caps and they got the heads apart. Apparently we had two bent valves but the replacements will be here Monday. Should have the machine work done by the end of the week so we can get started on it Next. Amazing how much this project has snowballed. I went from thinking it would he running by late spring, to late summer, to early fall, to hopefully by Xmas! Once we get the block back we‘ll get a measurement for a driveshaft and get that coming, then start working on the short block as well as getting a torque converter coming.
 

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I know this thread has been somewhat dead for a while but we'll hopefully be making more progress soon. We've been acquiring more parts here and there in preparation to get the block back from the machine shop. Our heads are finished and he's supposed to have the block ready for us this week, I'll go down tomorrow after work and see if it's ready to pick up. Probably won't get anywhere on it this weekend anyway since it's my wife's birthday and we're having people over on Sunday so that means working on the house Saturday to make it presentable.

Anyway, just didn't want the thread to completely die. Progress is slow but not nill.
 

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Progress is slow but not nill.
Have a great time this weekend and happy birthday to the wife! Progress, slow or otherwise, is still progress. Two forward, one back is still one forward... Just takes longer.. LOL :p
 

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I stopped by the machine shop after work, the block is partially filled with hard block, the billet main caps are rough fit and it looks like it’s getting decked tomorrow. Other than that we’re in a holding pattern waiting on the machine shop still.
 

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Still waiting on the machine shop, supposed to be done today, again.

We did get our -8 coolant lines made up that go from the back of the intake to the spacer at the thermostat housing last week though so some progress was finally made on the car albeit not very much.
 

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We picked up our stack of parts from the machine shop last night. Turns out the rods he sold us weren't CP Carillio rods like I thought when he first showed them to us a few months back. Instead they are Cunninham rods, 7/16 bolts but I'm having a little trouble find a torque spec for them. I'm not sure if they're still in business or not but they look like really good rods. Likely stronger than the CP rods I thought we were getting. Pistons are custom made Race Tec 10cc dome pistons for our edelbrock heads and should put us right around 13.5:1 compression. Hoping this weekend we'll get the block and trans mocked up and get a measurement for a driveshaft so we can get that built while we work on the engine.

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We picked up our stack of parts from the machine shop last night. Turns out the rods he sold us weren't CP Carillio rods like I thought when he first showed them to us a few months back. Instead they are Cunninham rods, 7/16 bolts but I'm having a little trouble find a torque spec for them. I'm not sure if they're still in business or not but they look like really good rods. Likely stronger than the CP rods I thought we were getting. Pistons are custom made Race Tec 10cc dome pistons for our edelbrock heads and should put us right around 13.5:1 compression. Hoping this weekend we'll get the block and trans mocked up and get a measurement for a driveshaft so we can get that built while we work on the engine.

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Is it wrong to want to touch those rotating assembly parts?!? If it's wrong, I don't wanna be right!! :p
 

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I’ve scoured the depths of the internet including the way back machine on the internet archives trying to come up with a torque spec on these rod bolts. Made a couple forum threads and finally found someone on yellow bullet that has experience with these rods. He said that Cunningham was very adamant that you use 90w gear oil to lube the threads and to torque them to 90 ft. lbs.. It sounds like a lot until you find out the bolts they come with are something around 286,000 psi tensile strength. ARP recommends 90 ft. lbs. for their 220,000 psi bolts so I don’t think it’s to far off. I really don’t want one of these rods playing jack in the box out the side of my block.
 

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Thank you for the engine pornography :)

Those are some nice looking bits!

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More to come soon. I can't wait to start putting this thing together but we have a bit of mock up to do first. Then a lot of checking fit and clearance before final assembly.
 

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FINALLY, we’re making progress again. It’s so nice to have all the parts back in our hands so we aren’t relying on outside factors to make progress on the car.

Started off by getting out the new powerglide, getting it unwrapped and onto the work table. Then we got the block mounted up to the trans and the whole deal hanging from the cherry picker.

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After getting the engine close to home we ran into the same issue we had 20 some odd years ago when we first put the 350 in the car, the motor mounts don’t line up. Not sure if it’s because this is an olds and we’re trying to put a Chevy in it or what but the motor mounts needed to be spaced out about 1/8” or so from the block to line up. I ran to the hardware store, found some thick washers and longer bolts and we got it to line up.

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All of this was to get a driveshaft measurement so we can get new one on the way.

Then we pulled the whole deal back apart, wrapped the trans back up and put it away. Then we started checking bearing clearance on the crankshaft. That all came out good so we lubed it up and got the mains torqued, so long as we don’t have rod clearance issues it shouldn’t have to come back out. Fingers crossed the machine shop opened it up enough and in the right spots. I think the small journal crank and rods will help out a lot in that area of the build.

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Pretty good shot of the pendulum cuts on the counterweights. Also note one missing windage tray stud, it got left at the machine shop so I’ll go back one night this week and see if we can’t find it.


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Up next we need to get the number one piston put together so we can see where it’s at deck height wise. The machine shop said they had to take quite a bit off the deck to get it flat so we‘ll see if we have to order thicker head gaskets or not. I have a set of .039” thick ones already but may need to go thicker if the piston is out of the hole any.

(No the block isn’t painted yet, but we‘re planning on masking it off a little later after we put the oil pan on).
 

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Very nice! Engine looks awesome. Tell me you weren’t sweating bullets handling that thing and mocking it up? Everything looks flawless and substantial, tough as hell! I can’t wait to hear that mill run!
It really wasn’t that bad. To level out the trans only took about 10 lbs of force or so. Having two of us made it pretty easy, wouldn’t have been nearly as easy alone.

Also forgot to mention the powerglide weighs 98 lbs according to the bathroom scale. It’s was a lot easier to weight than my 75 lbs dog, it didn’t wiggle around while I was holding it. :LOL:
 
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