Installing Heads and Meassuring Pushrod Length

Friday, 16. July 2010

My newly washed aluminum MoTown heads with new and stiffer springs are now back on the block. They were installed today so I could measure the length of the pushrods required for my new solid roller cam.

Installing Heads

If you need to find out the length of the pushrods required for your valvetrain, Geometry Lesson by Jeff Smith on carcraft.com is a good article to read.

If you need the torque specs when you are bolting your US-engine together, you can find them among other things at boxwrench.net.

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Painting the Drum Brakes for the Second Time

Monday, 1. February 2010

The first time I painted the drums I did not know what I was doing so it is actually a surprise that they have lasted this long.

Drum Brake - Sand Blasted / Zinc Primed
Drum Brake - Sand Blasted and Grinded
Both drums had been sand blasted some time ago, the one on the left is what they looked like before I started working on them. The drum on the right has had zinc primer applied. Before zinc primer was applied I grinded the drums to get off all the surface rust then cleaned them with cellulose thinner.
Drum Brake - Painted Black
Mounted Drum
When the primer was dry enough to apply paint, the drums were painted with enamel flat black paint. Mounted drum brake with wheel spacer.

Toolbox with Stickers

Friday, 2. October 2009

I have finally found a place to put some of the stickers I have collected through the last eight year. This is my new toolbox for the trunk in my Camaro.

Toolbox with Stickers
Toolbox with Stickers

New Parts Arrived Today

Friday, 4. September 2009

New parts from summitracing.com and up22.com arrived today. From Summit came my new camshaft, which I have carefully selected with tech support from Summit and Comp Cams. It came along with a lot of other very nice parts as you can see in the picture. I am of course looking forward to have all the goodies installed and find out how my new valve train performs. But it will be a while before I get that far, I have some rust issues and other things to deal with first.

New Parts - Camshaft, etc.

From up22.com came my fiber glass trunk lid with spoiler, rear bumper and two front inner fenders. I wish I had googled up22.com before I ordered, in my opinion their products are not of high quality. I have checked the trunk lid and it needs a lot of work and trimming before it can be fitted. I should have ordered from vfnfiberglass.com or glasstek.com instead.


Engine Rebuild – part 1

Thursday, 16. July 2009

Friday evening Michael pulled the engine so it was ready for me to work on. I started to take it apart Saturday morning and everything went fine. It quickly became evident that the cam shaft and lifters needed to be replaced. Both the intake and exhaust lobes on the cam had been worn quite heavily on cylinder number six.

Taking Out the Engine
Stripping the Engine
Yanking the engine. Stripping the engine.
Engine Parts All Over the Floor
Bottom of Engine
Engine parts all over the floor. The bottom of the engine is looking good.

 

This week I spent cleaning the engine, painting it and checking it for wear and tear. Mechanically, everything seems to be fine and I only need to change the cam and lifters. That is until I decided to get a solid (mechanical) roller cam instead of a hydraulic flat tappet.

Some of the things I did this week:

Intake Manifold Needs to Be "Ported"
Intake Manifold "Ported"
As you can see in the first picture the intake manifold has some leftover aluminum from the casting and it should be grinded. The leftover aluminum is removed in the second picture and it was quite easy to remove.
Valve Covers Painted
Engine Block Ready for Paint
The valve covers have been painted. The engine block is ready for paint.
Engine Block Painted
Engine Block Painted
The engine block has just been painted and it now has the color I wanted it to have from the beginning.
Intake Manifold Ready for Paint
Intake Manifold Painted
The intake manifold is cleaned and ready for paint. Freshly painted intake manifold.

See all the pictures.


Wheel But No Tire

Monday, 25. May 2009

I could not wait to see how the Foose wheel looked on the Camaro.

Camaro with Foose Wheel

Tires for the Bigger Wheels

Monday, 25. May 2009

After checking a lot of tires at tirerack.com, these made it to my final selection:

BFG g-force Drag Radial tire_bfg_gforceta_kdw2_1000 tire_ku_ecsta_xsku36_1000
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A Drag Radial
 
BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW 2 Kumho Ecsta XS
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Kumho Ecsta MX
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec Kumho Ecsta MX

Then considering all the pros and cons I ordered 4 Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs at the tirerack.com.