Finally got around to a rebuild - Team Camaro Tech
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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 01, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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As many of you probably have seen, I did an egine swap in August and had nothing but trouble. I was plagued by water in the #8 cylinder, RPM cam, overheating, massive oil burning and more. What makes it worse it that this was not the first engine I had ever put together.

Anyway, I pulled the motor and started the rebuild. I sent the block to the machine shop. They really checked it good. No cracks, but the tops of most of the cylinder bores were out of spec. It seems that the were fine about half way down, but REALLY worn up at top. My first mistake during the first build was to measure the bore at this half way point. The pistons were losing seal at TDC. That explained the oil buring. I pulled the Edelbrock cam and bought the Comp 262 cam kit. When installing the new springs, I found six of the old springs were broken. Not sure why the valves never floated, but I am sure it hurt performance somehow.

I had the motor bored .30 over and put a set of sealed power pistons in it. The motor was fired off on the stand Saturday morning. Talk about a night and day difference. I cannot wait to drive it.....


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 01, 05:21 AM
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Congratulations! I hope that this one keeps you happy for many miles of cruisin'.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 01, 04:39 PM
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dont sweat it , you probably were sent ford parts in the previous rebuild, that explains the headache.

congratulations, you will enjoy tire smoking rather than oil smoking now...


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 9th, 01, 07:20 PM
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You learned alot about what should and what shouldn't be done during a rebuild I guarantee you will never make that mistake again. No matter what people tell you untill you make the mistake yourself it won't sink in. I speak from having done just about every thing that can be done wrong. Even with my thick skull I did manage to learn

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