Next weekend is D-day...... first start-up !!! - Team Camaro Tech
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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 03, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ok, well it looks like next weekend will be "D-day" to start my car for the first time in 2 years !!!

Its all done at the electrical shop and all I need to do is prime the motor, run and cut my spark plug wires and she's all ready to fire.......I hope....

The friend who built my motor is coming over to help and I think I have everything prepared.....

I've got 2 bottle of GM EOS, 2 large cooling fans, fire extinguishers, and cold beer for after (to either celebrate or drown my sorrow and anger !!)

My main question is fuel....... all the lines and the carb are brand new. I'm using a mech fuel pump and a Holley DP.......

I know I can pour fuel into the vent tubes to fill the carb, but how much ????

I do have some clear site plugs on hand to use on a temporary basis (I read the other thread about those !!!)if that would be useful....

I was considering filling the tank with 91 octane and a little 100 octane and then attaching my hand held vaccum pump to the line near the carb.... then sucking fuel up into the line all the way up to the carb ( in addition to filling the carb float bowls).....

I've changed so many things on this car , its freaking me out that even a small thing could prevent the motor from firing right away. Thats why I had a pro do all the re-wire, so I can be confident that at least the electrcial system will be right....

Any other suggestions or tips to try and insure that the motor fires right away would be greatly appreciated.....
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 03, 06:35 PM
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I was in your position back in April. I know the feeling about forgetting something. I poured about a 1/2 pint of fuel in the line from the fuel pump to tank and then filled the line from fuel pump to carb. I then filled the fuel bowls. It was more thatn plenty, the pump should start drawing from the tank once you get it going.

My problem was that I had the ditributor 180 degrees off. I did a fair amount of cranking the motor so fuel wasnt the problem. I pre oiled the motor 3 times before starting. Two times earlier in the week (my motor had been sitting for about 10 years) and the last time right before we fired it up.

Good luck and have fun

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 03, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well my friend flaked on me.....so it looks like the weekend after next...

I really want him there since he built the motor etc, and if there are any issues, I want him there to help out..... that way if something bad happens, he cant say " well, you must have done something wrong".....

No one else has any tips???.... I'm suprised.....
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 03, 08:07 PM
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double check your valve adjustment,if you're using really heavy springs consider lighter ones for the break in but don't forget to change them back!make sure you're distributor is set with the rotor pointing to #1 cylinder at tdc on the "compression stroke!"
(caught the other post),line the #1plug wire tower up with the rotor to get you in the ballpark,have some starting fluid handy but dont use very much if you need it at all,double check your plug wires for correct firing order,make sure the hei(if you're using one)is plugged in,have oil & filter for an oil change after break in/warm up,you'll need to re adjust the valves after it's fully warmed up,have extra coolant/water premixed(3 gallons would be a good idea)air pockets in the cooling system can cause boilovers,a coolant vaccum pump is really handy,have your timing light hooked up so you can get a close reading,if you use 2500 rpm for break in and your distributor is set up for mechanical all in by 3000rpm you can get a close reading with only a slight rev.i reccomend varying engine speed a bit anyway during the entire break in period.
above all stay calm!(easier said than done when it's your motor!)don't panic if it stalls,just go again.
wish i could be there!
best of luck!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 03, 06:37 AM
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... and don't get so excited that you pour the beer over the camshaft and drink the EOS.....

Good luck!


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Oct 16th, 03, 10:53 AM
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Have enough gas in it to make the required burn time for breaking in the cam and run an extra hour or so. Have the distributor loose but slightly snug so the timing can be fine tuned if needed getting the stuff running ok for staying in the cam break in without dropping rpm. Have dial in light for that. Forget having your firend there with you. You'll be better off with him not there since he wont know the sound of your car before you run him over if anything is wrong . Can't think of anything else except have the right oils and filter for an oil change and maybe even the fuel filters if the tank has been sitting around.
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