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40plyrod last won the day on August 2 2016

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About 40plyrod

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 05/31/2014

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    Westholme, B.C
  • My Project Cars
    1926 dodge


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    Vancouver Island, B.C Canada
  • Interests
    Old stuff

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    Dairy Farmer

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  1. So I should start stocking up on T5s and GM10 bolts? 😉
  2. Thanks David, I forgot that the pistons were oversized. I need you to be quality control and keep my information accurate. Bill, I'm not getting my hopes too high that it'll be a huge difference. I always think the improvements I make will be massive only to be somewhat disappointed. I'm remaining cautiously optimistic.😉 Yes it's a Canadian car so it's a long block.
  3. Thanks but, your gonna make me blush. Anyone can do this stuff. Learn to do by doing. As for plans for the motor...they say that there's "no replacement for displacement" so that's a big part of the plan. I think the '40's displacement was 218 Cid and this block is a newer Dodge block I believe 3 7/16 bore that we're putting a 4 1/2" stroke crank in bringing the displacement to 251 Cid. That I'm thinking will be the biggest HP gain. The piston and rods have been balanced and the spitfire head has been milled 40 thou. I had the lifters surfaced and a stock cam reground for more lift. They called it a "torque grind" but I'm not sure of the actual lift and duration numbers. This block has hardened seats in both intake and exhaust so we'll do up some valves and call that part done. David has years of experience putting these motors together and I'm sure I'll learn lot of tricks as we assemble it. I'll use the triple carb intake and split exhaust that's on the '40 now, although I've had this thought about whether a 180 degree header could be plausible and if there would be any benefit... I'll have to do some more research. Hoping to have a reliable, decent performance engine when finished.
  4. Made progress this weekend. Got the engine taped up and painted! Also got the cam and lifters back from the regrinder so we're just about ready to start assembly. I'll post pictures of the painted engine but pictures of the cam aren't very interesting ( looks just like a cam 😉)
  5. Decided to do some "feel good" engine machining and opened up the exhaust ports to match the gaskets. Checked the gaskets against all the surplus exhaust manifolds I have and the inlets seem to be slightly smaller than gasket so when I swap the engine out I'll plan to open up the inlets on my exhaust manifolds too. Next question what are the thoughts about painting the block before assembly? Pros, I guess is, it is perfectly clean and easy to tape and paint right now but a con would be the chance of chipping/scratching the paint during assembly. Opinions?
  6. Spent some time smoothing and opening up the intake ports to match the gaskets. I read somewhere, though I don't remember where, that they shouldn't be polished too smooth leaving some roughness for turbulence so that's what I did. It may not make much difference one these engines anyway but I enjoy playing. Just wondering if there is any merit in doing the same thing to the exhaust ports? Anybody got any thoughts?
  7. Hey Andy, I'd love to reproduce and sell parts for Plymouths, I thought I was going to do that with the lower grill chin piece that was missing on my Plymouth but unfortunately I have a uncanny ability to do things the hard way which makes me never want to build something twice.🙄😁
  8. I'm hoping you will. 😁 Actually that would be an interesting experiment/story/race. Could I cook the burgers in the time it would take the two dozen crew to swap out the motors?🤔 Of course I guess I could cheat and weight the odds in my favor by serving beer to the crew but if I won did I really win?😁
  9. The car? Yes!! The new motor? That'll be nip and tuck. It'll mostly depend at this point in how long it takes the cam grinder to get my cam back to me. Maybe a work party BBQ in July,😉
  10. Time for an update on the Plymouth. The engine that is in the Plymouth now is ,from the serial number, the original motor for the car and runs fine but while the rest of the car got a complete rebuild the engine didn't get anything more than the oil pan removed and cleaned along with the pickup screen and a new oil pump. There wasn't a rebuilder's tag on the block and the last time the car was registered before I got it was 1977 so because I'm afraid to remove the head ( ignorance is bliss) and know the actual condition of the engine I've decided to build a new engine and just swap it out. With a monumental amount of help from David (dpollo on here) I am starting to collect and machine the parts necessary to put together a hopped up motor for the 40 (I'm a hot rodder at heart 😉) So far the spitfire head was sent out to the local engine rebuilder and was checked for cracks and machined 40 thou. I've also sent out the cam and lifters for a surfacing and a custom torque regrind. Last weekend I spent some time cleaning up the block for paint and smoothing up some of the edges.
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