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Old 01-16-2004, 05:55 PM
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New 350 SBC Project...Love advice!!

Here I go!! I bought a 1973 chevy full size truck. It has a 350 small block in it. (see pics). Right off the top I bought a new Edelbrock Performer Carb and Intake Manifold. The HEI is in the mail (see other threads for points grief). What should I watch out for in this project? I basically am going to buy new valve covers and all accessories necessary for the intake and do a cosmetic wonder on this machine. The lower end seems strong and the truck ran well until I burned out the points. Plenty of potential. I am worried about installing all these new parts and the whole thing not working. What should I watch out for?

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Old 01-16-2004, 08:58 PM
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Just make sure you dont get your timming 180 degrees out of time. The Edelbrock is a good choice.
Mark your wires so you dont misroute them to. Goodluck, HG
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What HG said,getting 180 out is a pain in the butt, but a simple fix.
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When you pull off the old intake to clean off the old gasket be sure to protect the lifter valley area with a clean rags keep dirt and pieces of old gasket out.Buy a good quality set of valve covers,the cheap ones tend to leak. I've used the ac delco chrome ones in the past no problems.
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Old 01-17-2004, 05:03 AM
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Make sure you do a good job in sealing the intake manifold onto the block. I found out the hard way about sealing and had some water get into the block. Had to take the manifold back off and start from ground scratch and got it the second time.
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thanx for all the tips guys. I have not picked a brand of intake manifold gaskets yet. I am planning on getting the Edelbrock Elite Series Valve Covers (tall)(#4249 I believe)...,...

* drooling over new parts *
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just remember that is an old engine and you dont know when and if it was ever rebuilt just be careful putting all those power adders to the top end the last thing you need to do is spin a bearing or throw a rod.
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this might help ya.









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