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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 05, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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383 frustration

I am new to this site and fairly new to understanding engines. my first project is a '69 camaro. I wanted some muscle and built a 383. 1000 miles down the road, I had a flat cam on two lobes and two busted pushrods. Never raced the engine. Put in a new cam (crane energizer-same specs) and matched springs to it. Did not overhaul the engine. 500 miles later crank bearings went bad and a piece of pushrod was in a cylinder valley. Had engine totally overhauled except the cam. Mechanic said it looked brand new still. Maybe a mistake. New engine, new ticking that tighening the crane roller rockers doesn't fix. Is cam going flat or was it already? Would a roller cam fix this? My car is down every driving season. Thinking about going to a built 327. Any ideas? I would greatly appreciate suggestions.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Nov 24th, 05, 10:03 PM
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Re: 383 frustration

The first situation sounds like a lack of cam break in lube or break in time. After the rebuild the tick could be a bunch of different things. My worst tick problem turned out to be a piston pin that worked out into the cylinder wall. any on imperfection in the build can be fatal to the engine.
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