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    seems to be coming alone cant wait for the rebuild to start.

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    Thanks for the comment! It's starting. :D Well, what I can do at the moment.

    Had a chance to upgrade the springs on my vortec heads last night.

    Removed the inner dampers (too much seat pressure).




    The stock spring (right) compared to the beefy upgrade spring (left) which are Lunati.




    Good ole spring compressor. Compress, remove keepers, decompress, remove retainer, spring, install need spring, the retainer, compress, install keepers with even spacers between gaps, and decompress.




    Heads ready to rock at high rpm!


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    Finally, got my engine block and rotating assembly back from the machine shop. Had it hot tanked, magnafluxed, decks set to 9.020, hone, new pistons pressed, 383 ARP rod bolts pressed in, rods resized, and the rotating assembly balanced. Total cost was $590. Looks like they did a great job.






    I started the pre-assembly process. I had enough time to plastigage the main bearings and I'm working on plastigaging the rod bearings. So far the mains have come out to a hair under .002 clearance. Once I get all the rod bearings checked I'll then clearance the block for the larger stroke crank and check cam clearance. So far it looks the rods are clearing just fine. I'll check with a feeler gauge to make sure I have at least .050 clearance.








    More later...

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    Wow that's a beautiful thing.
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    Keep up the posting a lot more people read this than post responses.

    I think you will agree the journey is probably more fun than the destination.

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    Beautiful man just beautiful.

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    Thanks guys. Hopefully I'll have more come this weekend. I tried getting a little more done last night but I couldn't remove the rod caps with the rubber mallet I have. :mad: So I ordered a brass hammer to help me this weekend. I'm hoping to have the block clearanced and hopefully have the short block assembled by the end of the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjsp View Post
    Keep up the posting a lot more people read this than post responses.

    I think you will agree the journey is probably more fun than the destination.
    True, I've been watching this since the original posting..keep up the the great work. I was just in Houston for the 4th, gotta say great city, but some crazy friggin' drivers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomsmasher View Post
    True, I've been watching this since the original posting..keep up the the great work. I was just in Houston for the 4th, gotta say great city, but some crazy friggin' drivers!

    Cool. Yeah, Houston drives drive like they're in NASCAR. If you're going slower than 80 you're driving too slow.

    Right away doesn't apply here. :D And people will bolt out in front of you if you're 5 yrds away. That's plenty of space. ;)

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    Quick update...

    I got all my parts back from the machine shop, again. I had them check to make sure I didn't knock any of big rod ends out of round by using the brass hammer. They checked out fine. I had to order a new piston because one got away from me and hit the ground. :o So it then didn't want to go back into the bore smoothly. Seems it was out of round. I had the new piston pressed on the rod. I also managed to buger up the rod journal during pre-assembly because the rod caps were hard to get off. So I had it polish and it pretty much got rid of the scratch. Last but not least, the machine shop figured out why I couldn't get the #3&4 pistons on the rod journals. I had the wrong bearings. Apparently you have to have narrowed bearings because of the extra fillet machined on the journals that give it extra strength. I wasn't too upset I had to buy another set of bearings because I now have some Clevite 77 high performance mains / rod bearings now rather than the cheap Summit bearings. ;) This thing is now going from a cheap project to an expensive one. LOL!

    So all those problems were taken care of. This past week I took the engine block to the car wash to give it a good bath. I wanted to make sure I got it super clean just to be sure there's no left over metal in the block from machining. I had some help from my fiancÚ's brother.





    Austin wiping the bores down, after hosing it with a can of WD-40, giving it the "paper towel test". I cleaned the block with an engine cleaning brush kit.


    When I got the block back from the machine shop I had them leave it bare. No plugs, cam bearings, nothing, because I wanted to install everything myself so I can learn. Months ago I bought a cheap cam tool from summit (summit brand tool). So I gave installing the bearings a try. Well, I managed to ruin a set of bearings and had to remove them because I was using the tool wrong, I think? To remove one of the stubborn bearings I had to put a screw driver through the oil hole and bang out the bearing that way which bent the bearing into itself. Needless to say, I got some bearing shavings in the block. So I had to the load the block back up for another wash. I then had to buy a new set of bearings, which is fine cause I bought a better brand / set (I had a summit bearing set), and I then modified the cam tool. It worked a lot better and thought it should've came the way I made it work. ;D I'll take some pics and show you the mods.

    Any who, cam bearings are in, I masked off the engine and painted the block black, knocked in the freeze plugs, and trial fitted the cam. So far everything is going smoothly, for now. ;D




    This weekend I'm going to try and have the short block assembled and sealed up. Just like the machinist told me, "You might accidentally get this thing together after all!"

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    Here we go. Here's some pictures of the build.

    Here's what the crank looked like when I got it back from getting it polished after I boogered up the crank (small scratch). When I got to the machine shop I thought, "Wow, what kind of crank is that with the gold journals?" Haha.




    I wish I would've take a few more pictures while we were building, but I was so into the build the last thing on my mind was taking pictures. The day flew by fast.












    This last picture the intake, valve covers, carb, and air cleaner are all just sitting there. I was anxious to see how it would look.




    I'm going to work on it some more throughout the week and I'll hopefully have it finished by the weekend. Putting an engine together takes much longer than I thought.

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    Thats sweet, what kind of power u lookn to get out of this motor.Hope I didn't miss miss it in earlier post.

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    I might have posted the power est.? Well, I went off a dyno proven 410 hp 350 build. The only difference is I put a stroker crank in it and it'll have shorty headers. I asked the guy that built the dynoed 410 hp engine how much of a horse power increase I should expect and he said 20 hp and 30 ft lbs of tq. With the shorty headers I would guess it probably will have 420 hp and about 445 ft lbs of tq.

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    Thats about what im looking for I need your build sheet.Thats def.gonna be bada$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skully View Post
    Thats about what im looking for I need your build sheet.Thats def.gonna be bada$$.
    Here are the specs for the dyno proven 410 hp 350 build. Add another 33 ci and you'll get another 20 hp and 30 ft tq.

    This is a fairly inexpensive build that makes great horsepower.

    350 SBC
    10:1 CR
    Vortec heads
    Isky Cam #201278 (278/278 duration, 234/234 duration @ .050, .450/.450 lift, 106 LSA)
    Upgrade valve springs with #205-D. Remove the inner damper
    Use stock lifters, pushrods, and 1.5 self-aligning rocker arms.
    RPM style vortec intake. RPM Air Gap for about 10-15 more hp.
    750 cfm carb
    full length 1 5/8 headers to 2.5 dual exhaust with you choice of free flowing mufflers.


    :cool:

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