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Rotating assembly is being balanced this week. I just picked up the heads, block and misc parts to bring home. The final bill is being squared away and I should be able to start assembling very soon!

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Does the wife know about the second loan on the house that was required to pay for new parts and machine work on the hemi??

Don't worry honey I am saving a lot of $$ by doing the assembly myself. ;):lol:

DJ

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1 minute ago, DJ194950 said:

Does the wife know about the second loan on the house that was required to pay for new parts and machine work on the hemi??

Don't worry honey I am saving a lot of $$ by doing the assembly myself. ;):lol:

DJ

Thats not too far from the truth! 

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Got the new V8 radiator today. I had assumed that since this truck was available with a V8, the radiator would fit with no issues. Thats what I get for assuming. I am guessing that the front accessories on the V8 must be alot longer than the L6. I will have to trim the upper and lower trim pieces since this radiator mounts forward about 3" more than the L6 radiator. On the up side, its twice the thickness.

 

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Little massaging to the upper core support sheet metal and she fits great! Now to just trim the bottom section behind the grill and it should be good to go.

 

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Just back from a test drive. The new  radiator keeps her really cool while out on the highway in the heat. For those of you that have heating problems, the V8 radiator might be helpful. It's twice as thick as stock.

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Got most of the parts back from the machine shop. Clay Smith 264 cam is in and freshly balanced crank is set in. Next is torque the caps and build up the rods and pistons!

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Making progress! 325 inches of vintage hemi

New pistons sure look nice. I really like the Clay Smith double roller timing set with 9 way keyway. Running at 2 degrees advanced for a bit more torque.

Original engine deck measured .013 difference from corner to corner and the pistons were .090 down in the bore with a calculated 7.0:1. New pistons are .005 down in the bore and will be 9.5:1.

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New high volume 340 oil pump and adapter installed. A bit of a theme here... 340 Oil pump, double roller chain and ignition.

After closer inspection, I found a pinhole in the oil pan right next to the drain plug. Must of had water sitting in it at one time.

 

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Continuing build up! Seems like endless trips to the hardware store for shiny new bolts! I will try to bang out another big chunk tomorrow.

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If you have a TSC or Cal-Ranch store they sell bolts by the pound. If you need a lot of them that can save you money. Particularly on grade 5 and grade 8 pound of steel is a pound of steel. Where I live it is 2.26 a pound, no matter what grade size, bolt, nail, screw, washer or nut.

 

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One step forward, two steps back. That’s typically how it goes around here.

Cleaning the rocker arms, I found a stuck intake rocker. Looks like it was starved for oil at one time and galled the shaft and intake rocker. Looks like I will be on the hunt for some new ones.

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Next was mock up the headers and find out that the Wilcap oil filter adapter will not work. Looks like I will be getting the 30 degree model from HHH.

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You're making some nice progress there!

That's one hell of a good lookin' motor. I love the simplicity of the block design.

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I found a place here in California to rebuild my rockers. They will hard chrome the shafts, bush the rockers and repair the tips. They will upgrade to 5/16 rocker balls for a couple bucks more. Now just to budget it out and get them in the mail. 

I did however get some more build up done this evening. Painted and installed the crank pulley and damper.

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On 11/6/2017 at 9:13 PM, 59bisquik said:

I found a place here in California to rebuild my rockers. They will hard chrome the shafts, bush the rockers and repair the tips. They will upgrade to 5/16 rocker balls for a couple bucks more. Now just to budget it out and get them in the mail. 

I did however get some more build up done this evening. Painted and installed the crank pulley and damper.

Looks good,that Hemi outta be able to twist that truck frame a bit when you hammer it.....LOL

Friend of mine had a 360 in a 59 that would take it over 120 mph, those frames like to twist a bit with that kinda big V8 torque..

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13 hours ago, 55 Fargo Spitfire said:

Looks good,that Hemi outta be able to twist that truck frame a bit when you hammer it.....LOL

Friend of mine had a 360 in a 59 that would take it over 120 mph, those frames like to twist a bit with that kinda big V8 torque..

It would be a real good idea to box the frame if you plan on dropping the hammer becoming a regular thing!  Just my opinion

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