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12/16/11 5:52pm - Original Message: 'Surprise in the shop!'
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As you all know, I have my 79 Vette in the shop getting the damage fixed on the front end where I backed into it (I know, I keep hearing about it!). Anyway, while it was in the shop I asked Lew to check the engine as it had been using a little oil on long trips. I was expecting a bad or leaking seal or something. Lew said he would do a leakdown test. Imagine my surprise when he called and said #1 cylinder had 80 percent leakdown and # 3 had 60 percecnt. Cry.  Lew said he would check and see if maybe a few  rings were bad. The next day he called and said my engine was NOT the original as I had thought. It was a "taskmaster" engine built out of  parts not for production engines. They made the bearings to fit! Not only that, but he said this engine had to have at least 150,00 miles on it! Any problem can be an opportunity. so Lew told me has an engine that he built for his Chevelle that he was replacing with a bigger one, so he would let me have the one that was in it. It has 2,000 miles on it and all new parts. 4 bolt main, steel crank, new heads and all. The only things he's doing to it is putting in a milder cam and he has a factory aluminum intake to take the place of my iron one. He says the setup should be producing about 400 hp in my application. Always wanted more power, just not right now. Here we go!!!!!
 
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12/16/11 5:57pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Yep, this is where it all starts. Can you say MONEY PIT. there is no end to it.
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12/16/11 6:05pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Wow Barry. Sorry to hear that the engine was a sent double Confused

oh well, there's an excuse to get some reliable horsepower under the hood!!Wink

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12/16/11 6:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Barry, that bites!Unhappy
I sort of know how you feel, I pulled the stroker out of the red vette this fall and thou it only had 2,000 miles or less on the build it was running rich. When I pulled the pan it smelled like gas. I had my buddy who built the motor come up and we did a leak down test. Not so good so it's on the way to his shop for a hone and new rings. Wacko
 
So I'm sure Lew will give you some time payments since you are taking the motor off his hands...say to speak.
Now the question is....will you be able to handle that extra power? Cool
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12/16/11 6:34pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Go for it Barry Exclamation Geez...it always sounded like a good motor and ran like one. Join the club on the major projects Thumbs Up

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12/16/11 7:40pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Look at this way, nice Christmas present

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12/16/11 9:05pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Barry, the more horses you get the merrier you will be. Happy Horse Power to you, and many more to come!

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12/16/11 9:20pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Barry....
Sorry to hear that your engine isn't what you thought it was.Ouch  But like you said, this could be an opportunity.Wink
That's one way to get more horses.LOL
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12/16/11 9:42pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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That's the worst part! The engine always seemed to run pretty good. But I couldn't figure out things like when The alternator bracket broke. The book said all 79s had the aluminum alternator bracket but mine was cast iron And I couldn't use the upper radiator hose  for a 79 because it was too close to the alternator belt. Just little things but it took me a lot of places. But the new engine will be sooooo cool!
 
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12/16/11 10:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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1972 conv., sunfire yellow, blk interior, blk vinyl and convertible top. Off frame restoration with American Speed 383 stroker engine producing 500hp plus a 200hp NOS system. MSD ignition. Hooker super competition headers with chambered exhaust.

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I hope Santa and Rudolph deliver you those 400 horses. It will be the best Christmas present you ever got.

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12/16/11 11:26pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Sorry to hear of your problems, Barry.  Like everyone else, I think you will really enjoy the extra power. 
 
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12/17/11 12:08pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Does this mean that now I have to keep up with YOU on our trips?
That car is going to be a gem! Good luck with everything.
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What a kick in the pants...sorry to hear.
 
And I was bummed that my instruments went from about a 100 bucks to 238.00.
 
400 hp wow you will be the car to keep up with.....
 
Maybe you should get it painted red.....sorry couldnt resist.....
 
 


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12/17/11 3:48pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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DaveM said: Does this mean that now I have to keep up with YOU on our trips?
That car is going to be a gem! Good luck with everything.
Dave

Yeah, Dave! You won't be able to run away from me anymore! From a start you always left me in the dust!
 
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danascar said: Go for it Barry Exclamation Geez...it always sounded like a good motor and ran like one. Join the club on the major projects Thumbs Up

I know it always seemed pretty stong, But Lew said when it went, it would go with a BANG! Besides, your's will be like new when you get done with it! Is your tranny in yet????? When are you starting on the rear suspension?
 
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12/17/11 7:00pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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The Rook said: What a kick in the pants...sorry to hear.
 
And I was bummed that my instruments went from about a 100 bucks to 238.00.
 
400 hp wow you will be the car to keep up with.....
 
Maybe you should get it painted red.....sorry couldnt resist.....
 
 




With all the stuff you're doing to your's it will be like new!
 
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12/20/11 10:04pm - Reply: 'Re: Surprise in the shop!'
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Stopped by Lew's today and got to hear the engine run! They don't have it timed or the carb adjusted but it sounds great! You should see how he has all the pulleys in PERFECT alignment. The belts run so smooth  you can hardly tell they're moving! I have to change to an electric choke  because the later model aluminum intake doesn't have the passage  for the choke. He said the electric ones kick off faster, anyway. It just looks so cool all painted up and new looking! I can't wait until the shows! Oh, he also sandblasted and painted the exhaust manifolds. I'm also changing to the true dual exhaust because the current pipes would choke the engine. I'm keeping the same mufflers and tailpipes, though (I like them). Man, except for all the money, this is heaven!
 
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Sounds great, good luck with it!
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LOL  GREAT  Barry!  Guess I'll still be the last one to get to the destinations. I am more in love with the 17-18 miles per gallon.  Mark

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You know Mark, you could be first and still get the best milage! Think BLUE!

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