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Post by aircooledaddicts on Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:06 pm

Attorney Isaiah Loophole wrote:So....?
You really don't want to know. I worked on it all day Mon. and Tues. I finally fired it up on Tues. afternoon for the first time. I ran it for 25 min. to break it in and all seemed good. Then I had problems getting it to start again. Finally found that my starter was week. Replaced it and I was good again. I checked the valves and reset them. Started it back up and let it run while I dialed in the carbs and set the timing but it got real noisy again. So.. I checked the valves and they were loose again. I had to adjust them again and then it was good. I left about 10:30 last night to head home and it just didn't have the power I was expecting but maybe I was expecting to much. About 10 min. down HWY.78 it started losing power and then knocking real bad. Sad I quickly killed the motor and pulled over. Now I am going to have to tear the motor back down to find out what happened. Untill then I spent today rebuilding my old motor to stock and I am putting it in tomorrow morning. Very disappointing to say the least but that is the way it goes sometimes, especially when your building a "hot rod" motor.
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:13 pm

Sorry to hear that. Hope you can get it straightened out. Let us know what it is when you find out.

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Post by EngineerTEN on Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:24 pm

Wow Gary! I feel for you! It make me nervous about mine...
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Post by 39coupe on Thu Mar 26, 2009 1:51 pm

That sucks - make's me very nervous also. I already had similar issues the first time I tried to build my 1200 with the big bore pistons alone, this time I'm going with 1300 DP heads on the 1200 even more to go wrong.

Hope all works out - if I can help in any way let me know.


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Post by aircooledaddicts on Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:20 pm

Thanks guys. It's just one of those thing I guess. I rebuilt the old motor yesterday and put it in this morning. It is running great so at least I am on the road again. Now I just need to find out what went wrong on the other one. I will definately post what I find.
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Post by aircooledaddicts on Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:37 pm

Well the bottom end is trash. It turns out that the stock style lifters couldn't handle the set up. All the lifters except one just completely came apart and all that metal just destroyed the bottom end. It melted a bearing to one of the rods and destroyed the crank and cam. No I have to buy all new stuff and start over. This time I will be sure to use the high performance lifters.
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Post by EngineerTEN on Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:16 pm

Oh man Gary that is terrible!! Do you think it was a clearance issue like I found with mine? I really feel for you!
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Post by aircooledaddicts on Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:25 pm

I don't think it was a clearance problem but I don't know that for sure. I really think that the stock style lifters couldn't handle
the dual valve springs and lift. It's either that or a defect in the product.
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:24 pm

Man that sucks.... I don't have anything around the house that would fit your motor to help you restart the build or you could have it. Sorry Sad

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Post by aircooledaddicts on Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:34 pm

Thanks Bryce. I'll get it going again soon. We have another 76 stroke crank
and rods at work so I just need to order the lifters and I think I am going to add
straight cut cam gears this time.
Thanks again for the support.
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Post by fluxcap on Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:27 am

Shocked That's horrible man. It's amazing how such a small part breaking can just completely ruin so much. Sorry that this happened, but you'll get it going soon.

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Post by aircooledaddicts on Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:30 pm

Well the motor has been completely rebuilt and is back in Buster. It is running great and the power is awesome! I did the 31mm lifters with the oil hole and I also added steal straight cut cam gears. They are suprisingly not very loud.
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Post by jerryg66 on Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:39 pm

Gary the engine looks awesome. I'm glad you got it up and running.
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Post by Goped406 on Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:11 pm

looks good, cant wait to see it thursday
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:14 pm

I'm glad you got it!

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Post by aircooledaddicts on Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:07 pm

Thanks! I still want to change the muffler to a ceramic coated single muffler but
I need to save some money up first. Very Happy
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Post by DiggerD on Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:06 pm

Wow!! Thats great news, was glad to see it back up and running!! I bet it really has some kick!! Twisted Evil
I think I got my stuff finished up today as well! Cool
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Post by aircooledaddicts on Wed Apr 08, 2009 1:01 am

DiggerD wrote:Wow!! Thats great news, was glad to see it back up and running!! I bet it really has some kick!! Twisted Evil
I think I got my stuff finished up today as well! Cool
Good to hear. Hope to see it out on Thursday Smile
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Post by 39coupe on Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:22 pm

Awesome. I'm glad to see it finished and running good for ya. I haven't done anything on my engine lately. With my 39 chevy at home finally all my extra time has gone to tearing into it to get the brakes and engine in good shape so I can put it on the road again.

Dang it I have to go to the airport Thursday night, I really want to come out and see D's bus and Gary's engine too.
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Post by bakertim2 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:29 am

Looks really good with those sprint stars on it.
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Post by jerryg66 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:14 pm

Tim that's my old bus.
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Post by Grifspop on Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:17 pm

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Post by ggaagg57 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 6:23 pm

this week anyway , dont want to really sell it but will. i have a ghia and a 62 bug to put together,
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Post by DOODLE BUGG on Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:20 pm

thats the one i hate i got rid of
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