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5/22/12 2:30am - Original Message: 'Motor is about ready to go in....'
daveo76
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Vancouver, WA - USA

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1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.

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Carb is a 1903 Edelbrock Q-jet.  I bought the rebuild kit and book from Cliff's High Performance (Cliff Ruggles)  I thought about having him do the work, but it's pretty spendy and the lead time is measured in months (as in several to many).  But with both his book and Doug Roe's, plus lots of internet research, I feel fairly confident.  I would have liked to have had it plated, though - maybe some day.  Choke (cover and coil not installed) is an electric conversion - no hot air provisions on the Vortecs.  

I also had some challenges with the ignition shielding.  The intake bolts are straight up for Vortecs and there are only eight, so things don't bolt up quite the same.  There was some bracket bending required and some other "re-engineering" but I think it will all work out now. And I was worried about the stock type fuel line since the Vortec is a just a bit higher, but it seems like it will fit.  



 Here's my air cleaner set up.  My '76 stock base so I can run the factory duct that goes over the radiator (will give me a little cold air), but then a top from a '73-'75 to get a little more in there.  I'm using my original '76 element height (K&N that I had before) but if I run into hood clearance issues I can always go with a shorter element.  Also note that the temp sending unit is installed right below where the top radiator hose will be.  There are locations on Vortec heads for sensors, but they are smaller than mine.  Smaller sensors are available if you know what you're looking for, but apparently they read high.  Hopefully this location won't cause interference issues.  



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1976 Silver/Firethorn.  L48, 4spd.  Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.
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5/22/12 9:40am - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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Greer, SC - USA

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1978 Black with Viking mural painted under hood AM/FM/CB radio, T-top and a 2013 Cyber Gray Grand Sport Coupe, 2LT for my daily driver

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THAT is a truly beautiful motor.....GREAT job.  makes mine look like a poor country cousin.

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5/22/12 10:19am - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Vwooom Vwoooom!!!

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5/22/12 10:19am - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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York, PA - USA

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1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top

Joined: 5/18/2010
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Wow!!!! Looks like all the hard work and time is working great!! Love the fuel pump!!

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5/22/12 10:39am - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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Dave Clap Keep up the good workThumbs Up

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5/22/12 12:38pm - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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Valley Springs, CA - USA

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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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 Great lookin' power plant Dave. All the more exciting when they're that pretty.

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5/22/12 6:53pm - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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Sykesville, MD - USA

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1979 Corvette Coupe Corvette Light Blue Midnight Blue interior Mirrored Glass T-tops

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Looking good, Dave! Bet you can't wait to hear that baby purrrrr!
 
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5/22/12 7:39pm - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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Rockland, MA - USA

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76, L48, 4spd & 09, LS3, 6spd

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I love the idea of that air cleaner - that looks great! (so does everything else) Thumbs Up

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5/22/12 10:25pm - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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Vancouver, WA - USA

Vette(s):
1976 Silver/Firethorn. L48, 4spd. Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.

Joined: 8/25/2005
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Thanks for the encouragement, guys!  I just hope the thing runs when I fire it.  I'm a little nervous about the cam break in.   It'll be a few weeks before I drop it in as I've decided I'm going to install the master cylinder and bleed the brakes while it's in the air.  

In looking at my own pics I've noticed two things: 1) my K&N needs a good cleaning and 2) the water pump looks like it's a different color than everything else.  In real life, the difference is not that stark, must just be a different brand of paint and the camera flash magnified the slight difference.  Hopefully it won't be noticeable when everything is installed.  


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1976 Silver/Firethorn.  L48, 4spd.  Original 2 bolt, vortec heads, 9.4:1 CR, Speed Pro Cam: 224/224@0.050, 112 LSA, Eagle Steel Crank.
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5/23/12 12:18pm - Reply: 'Re: Motor is about ready to go in....'
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macedon, NY - USA

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68 COUPE 454 HAS MOTION HOOD SCOOP, REVERSED GILLS ZL-1 FENDER FLARES AND MOTION REAR SPOILER, LEMAN'S GAS CAP, BUCKET HEADLIGHTS. CAN-AM FRONT RACING SPOILER. CHROME HOOKER HEADERS AND SIDE PIPES! 4 SPEED M20, LOOKS FAST STANDING STILL !!

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Looks Great !
Nice job on it!.
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