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Old 06-27-2013, 07:35 PM
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Got the final gussets installed on the tilt frontend's bracing. Then stripped the inside of the Falcon's frontend with wire wheel and drill motor. Got out the semigloss black and painted the whole inside.


My pressure gauge came today, so pulled the plug on the pressure regulator and installed it. Running a mechanical fuel pump, but I always run pressure regulators to make sure the pressure isn't too high. I've had stock type mechanical pumps that put out over 9 lbs. pressure!
After firing the engine up, the pressure was running about 6.25 lbs., so adjusted it down to 5.5 lbs. Reset the timing back about 3 degrees, as it was running on a bit after shutting the key off. Have to do some test drives tomorrow to see how it runs, and if it's backed off enough to not run hot also. Should be in the 90's tomorrow, and that will tell me if the radiator does the job or not.


Yours might be completely different from mine ,On my RED Z28 it has a Big roller cam so it has to idle around 850=900 rpm ,I took an air cond solenoid adjusted it out to the idle I needed,i have idle screws on carb linkage backed out so when I turn off ign switch it retracts and lets engine die soon as key is turned off,, I tried colder plugs first ,it helped some but my idle is so fast I had to use a solenoid,..Worked for me. ,,the solenoid came off of an early Qjet

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:39 PM
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Red background and lose the hood emblem and molding gets my vote.
I agree...

You know what I like..


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Old 06-27-2013, 08:45 PM
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That is a lot of work .But it looks Great that will be nice when complete ,I like the emblem and I also like the smooth look nothing else on the truck is stock so that is still up in the air ,Emblem or No emblem. lol
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:34 PM
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Today was the 25th anniversary of my wife and I meeting. One of the greatest days of my life. So I keep my work to about 15 minutes with unpacking my SPI epoxy and checking that out, knocking out a dent on the top of the firewall, and cutting the upper cuts on the roof to remove it, I left a little there so it would stay in place until this weekend when I will remove it.

I have to tell you, I am hacksawing that roof post and I literally found myself laughing out loud I am so gitty about working on my truck! '


My wife and I went out together for a little snack and a drink at a restaurant where we went on our second lunch date in 1988. We drove there in the same car (my Gran Sport) and we sat at the same table, it was so much fun. Damn I am a blessed man!

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Old 06-28-2013, 12:31 AM
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So, a few weeks ago before I got sick again
I wanted to start on the engine but my el cheapo engine stand is a 3 wheeler 2 in back one in front. after almost dropping a big block twice on this I figured I should get a little better at welding, and why not test it on a stand that only have 500 lb's on it. gotta learn somehow
so I got some 2.5" 1/4 tube and some casters and went at it .


here are the valvecovers that should clear the roller rockers, SHOULD

I didn't want the engine black and I didn't think painting it yellow would be a good idea incase I deside to change the body color so I got some vht gray iron paint and tested it on the new waterpump to see if I liked the color/outcome

As you can see it's more a gray/green color, looks like something the Army would use..

the vortec 350 #12530283 and 82 have the mechanical fuel pump boss and it's drilled for the mounting bolts but not drilled for the pushrod.. May find a use for this
As I painted the block I only had 4 old plugs to put in the plug holes as I painted what a r.p.i.t.a. to paint one side ,unscrew plugs and install on other side every coat.. :grimace:


popped the pan and found a windage tray and all the rods with numbers on them in marker or wax pencil?? no idea what that's about



popped the timing cover and found the timing gear bolts with paint marks, my guess is for warranty work they mark them to know if anyones been in the engine. no other idea on why they have marks
the silver thing is the crank wheel for the crank sensor, if used

the vortec uses self alining rockers stamped steel or cast, not sure but they are out of here

this is the factory lifter spider that holds the lifter dogbones, only took photo so I remember to put it back with notch forward

This is the factory cam no idea what the blue ring or purple dot mean,maybe easier on the line to tell one cam from another
roller Camshaft-
◾Specs-◾Intake Lift- .414"
◾Exhaust Lift-.428"
◾Intake Duration @.050"- 191
◾Exhaust Duration @ .050-196
◾Lobe Centerline-111


Here is it's replacement the g.m. ramjet crate cam
Camshaft: Hydraulic Roller Tappet
Cam Lift: .460 Intake / .481 exhaust
Cam Duration @ .050: 196 deg. Intake / 206 deg. Exhaust
Lobe Separation: 109 Degree

I noticed the factory didn't use a locking plate on the timing bolts so I thought I'd use the one I had on hand for my big block , fail . the bolt pattern is different

Roller cams don't need this but I figure it's cheap insurance so I hit the lobes and bearings with some

Installing the new cam without a long bolt screwed in the timing gear bolt hole was a pain.

To use the ramjet cam and rockers(1.6 ) the push rod holes in head have to be a tad bigger than factory just for insurance, they say one drill size will do, but that was 29/64th and I need that for the q-jet throttle shaft bushing install so I went up 2 drill sizes, 2 down 14 more to go

the 96-2000 vortec 350 is good for 255hp stock
This engine consists of:
◾1986-2000 style block, 1pc rear seal 4 bolt mains -(No mechanical Fuel Pump Provision)
◾Nodular Iron Crankshaft
◾Powdered Metal Connecting Rods
◾Hypereutectic Pistons
◾9.4:1 Compression Ratio
◾Roller Camshaft-
◾Specs-◾Intake Lift- .414"
◾Exhaust Lift-.428"
◾Intake Duration @.050"- 191
◾Exhaust Duration @ .050-196
◾Lobe Centerline-111
◾Vortec Cylinder Heads- 64cc,1.94" intake,1.50" exhaust

buy adding/changing out the cam,rockers a good intake, carb, recurved distributor and headers they are good for honest 330-350hp.
People have already done this and dyno'd them , So even at 330 ish not to shabby for under 2500.oo
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:21 AM
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Good to see you in the garage GHL.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:10 AM
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Those three wheeled stands give me the creeps! I had two, one with three one with four, the one with three was given away. Of course what you did solved the problem.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:30 AM
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as outlined by the company manual I cleaned up at 445 and was done at 5, when I'm off the clock, but the guy in the office didn't do his job and so there were 5 cars that needed to be driven/pushed around. Currently, my daughter is in swim lessons for the week and gets back home 1 hour after me and is extremely hungry when she gets home, so I have to cook when I get home. So when faced with 5 cars and the possibility of staying an extra 15 minutes without pay I just left. So today I'll see their reactions to that. Ought to be interesting.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:43 AM
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Received my grill parking lights bumpers and splash shield from LMC today, I installed in truck exept splash shield (in paint ) but I don't like the look of the grill ,I will be taking it back out tomorrow( only 18 boltsLOL ) and paint the Black back splash red to match the truck paint.?
any body agree.
I know it's way too late to comment but I would look at Argent Silver as the background. The Red is much better than the Black but is a little overwhelming for me.

How does the hood emblem compare to the original ?? I got a new repro from Jim Carter and it looked nice until I held it next to the original. It's not thick enough at the top to lay vertical. It will slope back some when mounted.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:58 AM
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I know it's way too late to comment but I would look at Argent Silver as the background. The Red is much better than the Black but is a little overwhelming for me.

How does the hood emblem compare to the original ?? I got a new repro from Jim Carter and it looked nice until I held it next to the original. It's not thick enough at the top to lay vertical. It will slope back some when mounted.
Mine is a LMC the quality is great ,I have not put it on hood yet to check for fit,i will look at it today when I go up to shop ,I think the grill got painted last night if not I will look at the argent ,I think it would look nice .this is my grill taken apart yesterday you can see quality pf LMC parts.only a little more money ,I had already started sanding before picture was taken.
don't know what happened to first photo
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:30 PM
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I am assuming that is a reverse flow water pump.
DOH! I forgot to grab a fan from the guy I got the pulleys from. Went to the wreckers and found a decent one.

Also sandblasted the battery tray and welded in a drain tube so the bottom of the tray won't rust out around the hole.

Hit the tray with POR. Not too concerned with what paint goes on this project. It's just a driver that needs a full frame off again.
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:39 PM
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I had to create some fan clearance in the shroud. The fan is the same diameter, but I believe the center reverse rotation water pump is lower than my old one.

I removed the evaporator and the dashboard and a bunch of other junk inside the cab.
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I had the boys at the shop cut me some mirror stainless the same shape as the Vintage Air panels and got them bolted up.

The a/c unit is pushed up under the dash. Just needs two bolts and a couple of tapping screws to finish hanging it.
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I got my grille splash panels painted red ,they look great ,But the hood latch panel is a different story,it looks like death valley cracks and peeling all over.i might just replace it with a stainless panel,
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:52 PM
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I had the boys at the shop cut me some mirror stainless the same shape as the Vintage Air panels and got them bolted up.

The a/c unit is pushed up under the dash. Just needs two bolts and a couple of tapping screws to finish hanging it.


That has a cleaner look than factory and more under hood room.no huge evaporator box.

Got to love those 20v Dewalt impact and drills .don't see how I ever did anything without them
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