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Old 07-17-2008, 10:14 PM
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Holy Jesus Great God above, 'FBird-88!!!

After running the 'FBird-88 build in the driveway to break in the cam, I checked fluid levels, the air in the tires and then took my yellow half-ton for a little drive.

I was thinking that with this cam I was going to have no bottom end, well, I stepped on the gas pedal and proceeded to scare the Holy *** out of myself!

Question; is it legal for an old man to drive around town with this much HP?

This recommended build has a ton more bottom end than my old '73 smog motor, and I am sort of hesitant to mash down on the gas to see what she will do!

This motor is so much more than what I had, believe me! It is scary... fast scary

The only downer is that my old nemisis is still around haunting me... I am losing oil where the oil pan & cam cover mate.

Is the rubber seal supposed to be glued down with permatex to the oil pan & cam cover as well? I just put sealant on the corners where the little tabs are. Was it a mistake to use cork oil pan gaskets? I followed recommended torque specs on the bolts, but I have the unbearable leak

I want to thank all of you guys who hung in there & answered all of my dumb questions over & over again. It is so satisfying to meet people who know what they are talking about!

.......................'FBird-88's 400 HP Motor as built..........................

a basic 350ci SBC short block with flat top pistons
906 GM vortec heads milled .045
Z28-type valves springs minus the inner damper
Stock OEM vortec retainers, seals locks and rocker arms
Isky #201278 camshaft 278-278 .450" .450" lift 234-234@.050" 106 LSA
Weiand Stealth Manifold and Holly 600cfm 4bbl carb
HEI ignition, plugs gapped.050
1-5/8" headers 3" dual exhaust.
remote oil cooler
3200-3400 Stall torque converter
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