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    This One Really Is A Blonde Joke

    Oh yea, well I drive a Dorf. I was at the parts house one day and a guy asked me about my 55 Chevy. He then proceded to tell me about his '75 Dorf station wagon he just bought. I didn't quite have the heart to tell him it was really a Ford. Some previous dixlesic owner had switched the...
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    This motor blows...

    I did check the gaps and gave the engine 500 miles to seat before revving past 3500 and 700 miles before going to the track. The one thing I wish I would have checked is the cylinder walls carefully for out of round condition with micrometers. I just trusted the machine shop and did not check...
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    This motor blows...

    Compression test results :bang I did a compression test this afternoon. Most cylanders are around 120 psi. One is at 100 psi. another at 105 and one at 115. These are the lowest test values I have seen on any small block I have owned. They must be all bad. The rings are stock iron rings...
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    Racing Tires

    My slicks I use Mickey Tompson ET Streets 26X10.5X15 on my stick shift 55. They hook hard. Very Hard. I have left the line at 7000 RPM with my 327 Chevy engine and pulled both front tires a foot to a foot and a half off the ground. This was with a Tremec 5 speed with a 3.27 low gear and...
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    This motor blows...

    pressure check? By pressure check do you mean a compression test, or a cool new different test I can do? I will do a compression test in the morning. Thanks I appreciate the suggestions. Henry
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    This motor blows...

    My newly rebuilt 283 Chevy creates so much crankcase pressure that it blasts oil out of both breathers and no small amount. It is for this reason that I have not made more than one pass down the track each week. At first I thought i just didnt have adequate ventilation with only the breather...
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    Adjust Solid Valves

    Baffled Are you guys talking about the oil separator canaster on 265, 283, and 327 Chevys? I love those. They get in the way for Scorpian and Victor Jr. intakes though.:rofl
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    Adjust Solid Valves

    At the track It seems to me that our track is prepped so inconsistently that we have a tough time telling what makes a difference. I have noticed some nights the track is prepped very well and the car hooks very hard to the point it almost wants to bog on take-off and other nights the tires...
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    Adjust Solid Valves

    I have also found this to be true It seems to me that the difference between hot and cold is only a few thousanths on an already broken in cam. I have run the "30/30" Duntov cam for years and set mine at .018 cold on TDC for each cylinder. TDC is not the base circle for the cam but the...
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    It's 3am do you know where your motor is?

    Late night motor another late night engine removal. Cool. Been there. Enjoyed that. :beerbang Its all about the fun. I feel obliged to mention the 10:00pm differential change at the late Alamo Dragway. Broke my 4.11s. good thing that was the night I was meeting my friend there...
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    Wow what a difference! Bab boy 283

    Hi everyone, I went to the track last night and the 55 Chevy dropped half a second off the ET without even driving it as hard. Clearly the combination is still not right, but soon I will have it "dialed in." The 3400 lb car ran a 13.60 at a dissapointing 100mph. It spun the slicks out of...
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    New Kid

    Don't you just love those W valve covers! Good looking engines.
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    New Kid

    Heavy Chevy Matt, my 55 Chevy weighs 3400 with me in it. I weighed it at the track. My 14.00 pass was with the 097 cam. It didn't feel all that fast till you revved it up but It pulled hart between 4500 and 6200 with that cam. I just put in the old "30/30" cam and the car feels much faster...
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    New Kid

    Z-11 cam Matt that sounds cool to me. I like going fast with old parts too. I recently tried the old 097 cam in my 283. A real dog with my combo, but would have been good if you wanted a 14 second car and had more compatable heads. Mine are Bowtie 2.02s. A much more modern hydraulic would...
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    blown55409 does the 1/8th mile

    Cool car I love fast 55 Chevys. Very cool. Henry
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    Hi everyone

    Hi I realized I have just jumped into discussions without much or any introduction. Wile I love the look of those W motor valve covers and want to own one someday, I am frequently off topic. I notice you guys are all really nice and didn't seem to mind. I like talking to guys who love...
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    Anyone raced with a 283?

    Update Guys the 283 combo fell short of my 12 second goal by a mile. It actually ran 14.00 and was very easy to drive. I believe the problem is that the cam and heads are not a good match as I have made many high 12 second passes with a 327 and 350 with these heads and my generic "30/30" copy...
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    Question on drag racing classes

    Index I love racing on an index! We had that here in San Antonio for a few months in a street class on a pro tree on only certain sundays. They took it away though, proberably from lack of interest in the area for taking your driver to the track. I liked this because its the perfect class...
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    348 max cam lift?

    Valves hit It is usually duration that kills clearance and not lift. The interference will happen at TDC on the exhaust stroke when both valves are open at the same time and you would be surprised how little they are open at this time. I cant speek for the heads themselves though because some...
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    Mufflers

    Love those 40's Those 40's sound real killer on my 55 with the 283 turning 7000+rpm!
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