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  1. Carb backfiring, engine was running fine

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    Brand new rebuilt 383 SBC carbureted. Brawler carb with vacuum secondaries and electric choke. The engine was starting and running great on the engine dyno a couple weeks ago. Engine is now installed in the car but will barely start or run. Back firing out the carb like crazy when trying to...
  2. What carb for my build?

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    Alright so as some of you guys may know by now, I am plotting out a budget 454 twin turbo build. Now, I have decided on all the parts I need, minus heads, but that can wait for another discussion. What I need help on right now is the carburetor. I have basically boiled it down to two options...
  3. Pontiac 400

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    hey guys! First post and just wanted to ask a couple questions. I work in a pretty bigger named shop here in AZ so I'm not clueless when it comes to this stuff (well I'd like to think so). Well I came across a Pontiac 400 and I'm going to build it for a future project and just want some...
  4. How to protect motor

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    Hey Y'all! Alright so I have a youtube channel and I want to start a series where I try to build a turbocharged 454 for as cheap as possible (where it counts). However, I also want to make sure that the engine stays in good shape no matter what I do to it, especially after I add the turbos...
  5. 454 hood clearance

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    Hey Y'all Im putting together a twin turbocharged 454 build for my 1970 skylark. Now, obviously I'm super excited for this project, as my current 350 has only around 200 horsepower at the wheels TOPS (some idiot threw in a chevy 350 that was actually WEAKER than the stock Buick 350. go figure)...
  6. intake and heads for a turbo set up

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    Hey y'all! So I'm building a 454 right now, gonna take her apart, put her back together, make sure shes in GOOD shape. I've decided I want to take advantage of the 454's low compression and go for a turbo build. now, I already realize I'm gonna need to gap the piston rings differently, build...
  7. Building my first motor!

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    Hey Y'all! as you can tell from the title I'm getting ready to build my first motor from scratch. I've got the block and even better ive got my mechanic friend ready to check my work as I go. Now here's the hard part: learning what to buy. The block is a 70's era 454, pretty good shape. I...
  8. My First Engine Swap!

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    Alright so I'm gonna start you guys with the basics of my car before hitting y'all with questions: I have a 1970 Buick Skylark. The Skylark is already swapped with a Chevy 350, meaning it already has the chevy bolt pattern at the transmission. I am NOT going for a period correct motor, as...
  9. Water temperature sensor location

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    I just bought a 1950 Chevy truck with a SBC 350 engine. The temperature gauge sensor is in the intake manifold near the front. I want to install an electric fan with thermostat control. Should I move the temperature gauge sensor? If so where should it be installed?
  10. Raised SBC Engine Mounts

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    Hi Guys, Anyone know where I can get some raised engine mounts for a 1986 SBC, 350/5.7. 3 Hole bolt pattern to the block. I need to raise the engine about 2 inches higher than what the standard pedalstyle mounts allow due to blower pulley clearance.
  11. Piston to Valve Results

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    Degreed the cam and checked piston to valve clearances for my 351W. With a dial indicator the closest the intake got was .156" at 20 degrees ATDC while the exhaust was .251" right at TDC. With clay the intake was .165" and .075" radially. The exhaust was .230" and .165" radially. I think the...
  12. Stock 351W Distributor

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    I'm dropping a '94 351W from a Ford truck into a '67 Fairlane and wondering if there's any reason the stock distributor won't work. Does it get wired like an original points style distributor? Alternatively, I'm considering a Petronix distributor. Should I just forget about the stock unit?
  13. where to begin with coolant in a cylinder??

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    There are so many questions....... - is it a cracked intake and bad rings that lead to the coolant getting into the cylinder? - could the oil cooler lines have cracked inside radiator? - block cracked? - head gasket gave out? I know i have a bad ring or 2 on my aluminum heads, the #8...
  14. Ford 429 Build up

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    Are Ford F-700 429 CID engines good for building a performance engine?
  15. Head gasket woes?

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    Curious if the following are symptoms of a bad head gasket, couldn't find anything that's an exact match so I figured I'd ask here. Small block 350 in a 78 C15 pickup is losing some coolant, albeit slowly, and I know where a lot, if not all of it is going. When I turn the heater on I smell...
  16. Roller cam swap

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    I have a 1990 1 piece rear seal sbc 350 in my 78 GMC truck that I built. Before you say that my block should be machined for OEM roller lifters and I won't have to retro fit, IT IS NOT. I have checked it many times. I'm going to swap the current solid flat tappet cam (Comp XS256S) to a Comp...
  17. Roller rockers need guide plates?

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    I was chatting with a summit representative about these (pn. 17001-16) comp cams roller rocker arms for my SBC 350 that a lot of you already know about. Currently have roller tip rockers with my solid flat tappet cam but I'm having to adjust the valves somewhat frequently (pushrods are still...
  18. Chevy Fan Clutch

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    I have a '69 350 in my C-1 Corvette. It has an aluminum spacer between the short water pump and conventional fan. This places the fan within the factory shroud, but clear of the sway bar. I would like to replace this with a clutch fan. I am unable to find thickness dimensions for Chevy Fan...
  19. Help diagnosing engine Whine.

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    I Have a whining sound in the engine. I originally thought it was the alternator so I replaced that, but it didn't help. I did a quick test and ran the engine (momentarily) with all belts removed and the whining sound is still there and constant. Any thoughts on what could be causing this and...
  20. struggling/stalling in reverse

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    I have a 76 Chevy El Camino. 350 small block with 350 turbo trans. rebuilt engine... car struggles in reverse and stalls. Stalls if accelerated to fast. Timing... Fuel delivery? any help would be great
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