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 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

New Parts Arrived Today

Friday, 4. September 2009

New parts from and 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 came my fiber glass trunk lid with spoiler, rear bumper and two front inner fenders. I wish I had googled 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 or 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.

Dead Weight

Wednesday, 20. May 2009

The engine in my Camaro engine is not breathing the way it should and is therefore a bit exhausted.

For some time I have felt that the engine was lacking power. And after doing a 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) test the car was a whole second slower that it used to be. Later a knocking sound could come and go untill the beginning of this week the knocking sound would stay when pushing it only a bit.

A quick check of the engine reviled that the exhaust valve on cylinder #6 is not opening as much as it should. So either the cam, the lifter or the push rod or all of them need to be changed.

Another thing I found looking through the engine:

Torn Distributor Weights

The weights in the distributor have been torn by the pins that hold them and you could easily move them from side to side and up and down. Not something I have seen before.

What Have Been Done Lately

Monday, 4. May 2009

My old battery was not performing well anymore so it was time to get a new one. I wanted to get one with high cranking power so the Optima RedTop battery seemed to be a good choice. And it was, the Optima sure does have a lot of cranking power!

I also installed four new ball joints, a drive shaft loop for safety, a few wires under the carpet and then I changed the oil, the oil filter and the spark plugs.

Parts Changed/Installed

The New Parts

New Exhaust System Has Arrived

Sunday, 28. September 2008

A 3″ exhaust kit in stainless steel from MagnaFlow and a set of Pypes collectors arrived Friday.

My old 2,5″ Flowmaster system needed a new muffler. At idle you could not have a conversation behind the car. Some like it this loud but it is a bit too loud for my taste.

I wanted to make my engine (and me) a bit happier so I bought a whole new 3″ exhaust system. This way my car is also ready if I ever choose to add a power adder to the engine.

When, my new exhaust system will be installed is another matter..

3″ MagnaFlow Kit and Pypes Collectors

Full Gas

Wednesday, 13. August 2008

Finally, after modifying two Lokar throttle cables to bits & pieces and hours of test fitting I am now able to give my Camaro full gas.

I am of course looking forward to my next test drive and my next 1/8 mile test. 1/8 mile time should improve as my gas pedal now can move the throttle cable and -lever an additional 15-20 mm (0.59-0.79″).

Lokar Throttle Cable

This is what I ended up with. Simple and not very sofisticated. (I just need to remove the bracket for the throttle cable):

Throttle Cable

Breather Clamps

Friday, 28. December 2007

I did manage to find the time to install the breather clamps that came with my order. Hopefully they will stop the leaky oil mess coming from the breathers..


You can read more about installing breather clamps at

Vacuum Canister and New Return Springs Installed

Wednesday, 17. May 2006
Vacuum Canister
Throttle return springs
Additional vacuum for the power brakes. Throttle return springs and brackets.

Polishing New Alternator Bracket

Tuesday, 20. July 2004

Unfortunately the aluminum alternator bracket that I ordered was not polished. So I decided to do that myself.

First I sanded the bracket parts, then wet sanded them, then I polished the parts first using Autosol and then Slipol.

Unpolished Alternator Bracket
Polishing Alternator Bracket
Unpacking the bracket. During the polishing process.
Polished Alternator Bracket
Finish polishing.  

Getting Closer

Monday, 12. July 2004

Taking the old engine apart it is looking more and more like a piece of junk.. But it is actually in good shape! So I am going to use the block when I, years from now start building my first engine.

Right now I am more interesting in getting my car to run.. Starter, radiator, alternator, power steering pump, pulleys, etc. have been installed.

Old Engine Taken Apart
New Engine Getting Closer..
The old one taken apart. Connecting the new one.

Installing the New Engine

Thursday, 1. July 2004
The Old Engine is Out
Empty Engine Bay
The old engine is out. A sad looking engine bay.
Installing New Engine
Installing New Engine
The new engine is ready. On its way in. Michael is concentrating..
New Engine Insrtalled
New Engine Insrtalled
And it is in. Bolting it to the TH-350 gearbox.
New Engine Insrtalled
A better looking engine bay.  

Installing the new engine did not take long but there is still much to do. I need to install the new radiator, stall converter, drive shaft, alternator, power steering pump, headers (which I have not ordered yet), etc. And then put it all together.