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Old 06-14-2007, 10:46 PM
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Help figuring out where I'm at........

I have an 82 Trans Am that is always keeping me guessing. I know it has an 010 block 350 from a 1974 Malibu/Monte Carlo and a 903 aluminum Super T 10 trans from a 78 Camaro/Firebird. It has 882 heads, factory exhaust manifolds, HEI without vaccum advance. I have put on a Holley street dominator hi rise with a 650 Carter AFB carb, which has really woken it up. I also have a Dynamax Ultra Flow cat back exhaust system on it with the catalyst knocked out of the cat (hollow).

There are rumors about the car being owned by a local modified racer (TJ Potrezbowski) and the engine/trans were from one of his race cars. I have heard all the bad stuff about the 882 head, but I really think this head has had the treatment ( valve job, shaved, ported) because I can run the engine up to 6000 RPM and it gets there OK. It has a lot of torque and feels like it has a lot of power, but it has a pretty smooth idle with only a slight lope. The cam seems to kick in at around 2000 - 2500 RPM. I have also noticed it has head studs and nuts compared to standard head bolts, so I know someone has been through it at least once. I have recently taken the choke plate out of the carb (the car is only a seasonal street car) which has given me great throttle response. I think it has very high compression, because it pings on anything but 93 octane and kills stock starters in about a month. I have a hi torque mini starter on it now, and it has lasted me a few years.

The car has had ticking lifters for a long while now, and I have set valve lash on them a couple times, but they continue to tick. It only does this from idle to 2000 RPM or so, then the tick disappears. Could this be because of variable rate lifters (like Rhoades) or are the lifters shot? Anyhow, I was runnin the car pretty good down the highway today (65 mph is 2800 + RPM). I pulled up to a straight, clear stretch of road and dropped it into 3rd and ran it up to 5000, upshifted and took an offramp. When I stopped, the motor was REALLY tickin (sounded horrible). I let it idle for about 30 sec and the tick went away (thank God). It has a small valve cover leak, and I think it was tickin so bad because I pumped the pan dry (still has a good reading on the stick) It does have great oil press (45-50 at idle , stays there until I tromp the gas then it goes up to 60).

Heres my thing. I'm on disability and am looking at a major back operation within the next month, which will likely keep me from drivin the car for the better part of this year. I really want to take the car to our local 1/8 mile to run it with my father (it would be a dream come true for me). I am wondering if the lifters are too bad for me to run down the track, or are they fine? Also, I am wondering about the engines power potential. I dont want to go out there and look like a chump, being it will be my first time ever doing this. My car does 0 - 60 in about 5 sec with a 3.23 set in the rear. What would my timeslips look like?

Thanks for all replies, and for putting up with my ranting..............

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Old 06-15-2007, 03:03 PM
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Oh, I forgot to mention it has 205-60 R 14 tires with no mods to the brakes, suspension, or steering. The body is in great shape with the only rust being on the door and starting on the drivers toeboard. Only 65,000 miles or so.......
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Does anyone think I need a top end rebuild (heads, cam, headers), or should the car be OK to make some passes with those lifters? I really want to run it, but I don't want to blow it up.......
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