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Old 03-28-2015, 04:00 PM   #26
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Engines finally bolted in..

Pulled a head checked out the pistons.



This thing is nasty under the intake, going to need a good cleaning.

One of my lifters was showing some wear on the rocker end.

Checked deck height, .027-.030.

64cc chambers should put me a little bellow 9.6-1 comp.

Think I'll have to run steel shim type head gaskets around .020 if I can find then to get my quench around .045.


What machine shop should I use to get my heads drilled for steam holes?

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Old 03-28-2015, 11:04 PM   #27
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Thinnest I could find is .024 steel shim head gaskets so I ordered a few sets of them.

Should put my quench in the .050-.055 area which isn't to horrible.

New heads make the rest if the engine look bad. Lol..



Wait for the gaskets to get in, have my heads drilled and it will be ready to go together.

Ordered a new radiator, radiator braces, the headlight bucket that I'm missing and a new dip stick for the engine... Has a cool billet handle, that's gotta be worth 10hp right?

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Old 03-29-2015, 04:27 AM   #28
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Your going to pull that thing out and give a coat of chevy orange right? Do that a paint the engine bay black. Do it now or regret it later!
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:06 PM   #29
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I might paint it. Not sure how long a old 400 bottom end will hold together, thinking once I get it going I'll pick up another block and start building a new short block for it.



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Old 04-06-2015, 01:48 PM   #30
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Everyone loves a new pair of hookers right?
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:05 PM   #31
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Old 04-18-2015, 11:38 AM   #32
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Looks good enough for a first attempt at sheet metal replacment.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:36 PM   #33
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Looking nice!
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:50 PM   #34
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I think you need a garage

Looks pretty bad *** though. Wish I could do an old car.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:23 PM   #35
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I think you need a garage
I wish! If I'd stop spending money on toys I could probably get one built.. Lol
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Old 04-24-2015, 12:57 AM   #36
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Went ahead and drilled the steam ports in the heads.
Just need to clean up the head and should have them on the engine tomorrow.
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Old 04-26-2015, 08:00 PM   #37
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Heads are on, I didn't know intake bolts were smaller on the vortec heads, so will be getting some of those tomorrow.

Used K&W copper spray on gasket compound on the steel shim head gaskets to help seal them up and although the felpro head bolts came with thread sealant on them, I went ahead and still added a little permatex #2 on them, added 5ft/lbs to the final torq specs to compensate for the added sealant.. Should seal it up good.


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Old 07-29-2015, 12:56 AM   #38
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Iv been majorly unmotivated, but definitely planning on working in the chevelle next time home...

Ordered driver side trunk brace, gas tank braces, tank straps & new hardware. Going to build a trunk for it next time home and REALLY hoping to hear this thing run before my next time on the slope!

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Saw it up for sale on craigslist, Are you keeping it now or thinking of getting rid of it?
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:32 PM   #40
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I thought about selling it, can't bring myself to let it go so I'm going to finish it.

Intakes on.

Been doing wiring. Got lights working, and the starter is wired.

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Old 08-14-2015, 05:59 PM   #42
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Went to put the cap on the distributor, quickly learned HEI distributors don't clear the firewall so some minor modifications were made... With a hammer.

Alternators in, picked up a new brake & high beam switchs, along with upper and lower coolant hoses... Then I realized the T stat housing from the van in the wrong style for a car, of course I noticed that after I put it on... So I'll be digging around looking for a different one or getting a new one tomorrow.
And I now have 12v key on power for the HEI.


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Old 08-16-2015, 10:03 PM   #43
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New T stat housing, original upper hose was to short ended up going with a flex hose... Not very good looking but works. All hoses hooked up.
Bolted the trans to the cross member
Hooked up shift linkage
New oil filter bypass thing & new filter.

.... Rain kept me from doing more.

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You doing a floor shifter? And it looks like its coming along good!
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Keeping it collum shift for now. Eventually I will swap it over to a floor shifter.
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Somehow I've never seen this thread! If you still have it, I would have liked to have seen when I was there today. It's come a long way since you bought it.. If you build a trunk floor for it. roll a few beads in it with a bead roller. Eddie has one, really add a lot of strength to sheet metal. The HEI's weren't OEM until ~74 time period, and require a full 12 volts, no resister wire or ballast resister. Glad to see another Chevelle saved. Good luck
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:45 AM   #47
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Shack I still have it. It's at my buddy's place though. I havnt done anything to it sense last summer. It's kind of taken the back seat to a 76 short bed c10 I'm building right now. I might just throw a tarp over the Chevelle tell I have a shop to work on it in.




This is the c10 I'm currently working on on the day I got it. Yanked the straight 6/auto trans out, have a sbc and 700r4 I'm putting in it. Pulled the bed and bought a nicer bed for it, little floor pan work and rockers and the body will be straight & solid. I do have all the front end parts for it. I figured I'll wait tell this ones done to start a build thread on it.

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Old 09-01-2016, 07:39 PM   #48
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Finally got around to doing something on this!



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Old 11-10-2016, 07:28 AM   #49
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Well Iv been pushing forward trying to get this ready to fire for the first time.

Adjusted the valves, removed the steering stem and brake master cyl and was able to get the headers dropped in (still need to bolt them up) and picked up a Holley carb.

I do need a screw/nut for the carb that can be seen missing in the pic if anyone happens to have one floating around.



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