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06-11-2013 08:19 PM bwaahhaahahaaahhaa
So I got the truck running! I would later find out that I didn't have the throttle linkage adjusted properly, so this burnout is just on the primary barrels of the spreadbore Q-jet!

Now that I got the linkage sorted and am actually hitting WOT...HOLY SHEET Batman! It flattens the eyeballs!

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05-20-2013 10:22 PM Test Drive (finally)!
May 16, 2013: I drive the truck again. It has been a decade since it last moved under its own power. What a day to remember!

I started out with 20 of base timing. Then I tried 24 and what a difference that made! Next I tried 26 and it was a little hard to start and I didn't notice any seat of the pants power increase, so I backed it back down to 24. I was able to tell the total timing was 33-34, but without a helper to read the tach I have no idea when its all in by.

I tried to run the vacuum advance on a ported source on the carb, but it didn't like that. So I removed it. Shortly after that, the engine started making a rattling noise. I wasn't sure if it was detonation...I hadn't noticed that at all during the day. So I pulled over in front of a random house in the neighborhood and an old man popped out right away, "May I be of assistance?". Nice old man, we chatted for a long time. He told me stories of his yesteryear and all the cars he drove and raced on the drag strip. An old gear head, what are the odds?

Anyway, I was so afraid I would have to tear apart the motor because piston/valve, piston/head, rod bearing, etc. Turns out the poly lock backed off intake rocker #5. After relashing, the motor is good to go!

Also note to self, a plug wire burned up on the header pipe of cyl #5. Arg.

Here is a pretty sweet burn out video of me in the truck! I love it! I worked so hard researching, sweating the details, choosing parts, spending money wisely, and sometimes not so wisely (this is my first motor after all), building, tearing down, refitting, etc...

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05-20-2013 10:13 PM All roads lead to Rome
I have a vintage Borg Warner Super T-10 sitting my work bench again.

The very first thing I worked on when I began working on this truck in 2005 was to rebuild the transmission. Now that it is leaking, I had to yank it again (I love this task). I was not looking forward to dealing with the counter shaft and 112 needle bearings, etc. I was sure the bearing mid plate gaskets were leaking. Turns out I was completely wrong it it was a missing alignment dowel pin! I found it in my little baggie of old needle bearings from back in 2005. It sure does pay to keep your old parts!

Here is the thread I posted on the subject:

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05-20-2013 10:07 PM Cam Break in
The big day finally came (May 4, 2013)! Time to breathe some life into this iron. Surprisingly the engine fired up with in a few seconds of cranking and ran like a champ.

Problem #1
After a few minutes my helper noticed gasoline pouring from the seam of the fuel pump. Fortunately I had an extra pump on hand. Got the new pump installed after fiddling with the pump pushrod for an eternity and fired it back up.

Problem #2
Now there is a fuel leak at the flared fuel line at the fuel pump. Retighten.

Problem #3
Now there is a fuel leak at the flared fuel line at the carb. Retighten. Still leaks. So we replace with a few stubs at the pump and carb and connect with rubber hose.

Problem #4
Are you kidding me? Still have a small leak at the carb! Leak is small enough that we set a rag under it and continue with break in.

Problem #5
Loud screeching terrible scary noise emits from engine bay. Panic sets in! After some investigation it turns out the power steering pump was way low on fluid. I installed a new steering gear and pump and did my best to pre-prime it by hand. Note to self, there is over a quart in the system now!

Problem #6
My helper notices the transmission is spewing copious amounts of oil on the ground. We ignore this and continue with the break in. Later on I would pull the transmission (again #$*&@! and find that I forgot to install an alignment dowel pin in the bearing midplate).

Problem #7
Due to the transmission issue I didn't get to drive the truck.

Picture explanations:
Can you imagine the fortune cookie message! I got that dinner the night before the break in!
Let it be forever documented here at the mileage at the rebuild lest I forget someday.
I saw a lot of this tachometer during break in.

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12-07-2012 11:07 AM Light at the end of the tunnel
I got the pulleys and fan sandblasted and painted and they look dang good! Also check out that new power steering box (hubba hubba!). And now comes the moment I have been waiting for forever! The engine goes back into the truck! Thanks to my daughter for helping out!

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