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8/11/12 4:36pm - Original Message: 'It's Alive!!!'
daveo76
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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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Got her running today, woo hoo! Big smile I'll post vid later on today or tomorrow, but it's alive.  There were a few hitches this morning: 1) It was leaking at the fuel pump return line.  Had to shut her down a few minutes in to the break in to tighten down the clamps.  Then 2) it ran out of gas about midway in.  Both re-starts were not easy, either.  Hopefully the cam is OK, but it sounds good.  

A number of bugs still to work out:

1. The hard starting issue.  After we timed it, it was much easier to re-start with just a flick of the key and no gas, but now it's hard to start after letting it sit for awhile.  My Edelbrock Q-jet has an electronic choke, I'm hoping it's just not dialed in correctly.

2. Clutch.  Clutch is definitely not disengaging correctly.  Can't get it into reverse with engine running and when I moved it into the garage it started creeping with the clutch fully pressed in.  Had to yank it out of first before I ran into the front of the garage!  I really really hope I can get this dialed in with the linkage adjustment.  I'm guessing it's either the throwout bearing or the pilot bushing if it's not just an adjustment?

3.  Air cleaner clearance.  I posted about this a week ago and now the hood's on and I know I'm going to have to go to plan B.  Pretty sure the shorter ass'y will work fine.

4. Power steering.  All the components are installed but I did the break-in without putting belt on the pump - didn't want to have to deal with that while doing the break-in.   

5. Oh yeah, little things like getting it licensed for the first time in two years and getting some insurance on it.  


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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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8/11/12 9:03pm - Reply: 'Re: It's Alive!!!'
Willis76 Lifetime Member
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Rockland, MA - USA

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

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Congratulations! Hope you get her dialed in soon so you can enjoy some cruising! Clap

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8/11/12 10:32pm - Reply: 'Re: It's Alive!!!'
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Bowling Green, KY - USA

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1975 Coupe, Black, 4-spd (IWAVE2) 1971 Coupe, Blue, 4-spd, Big Block (BLUBYU) 1982 Collector Edition (COOL CE)

Joined: 7/12/2003
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Way to go Dave!  It's a great feeling of accomplishment the first time your rebuilt engine roars to life.   When I rebuilt the engine for my '75, it was great to hear it run for the first time.   You were smart not to put the PS belt on for the cam break in.  I made the mistake of forgetting to put fluid in my PS pump and I burned it up during the first run of my engine.  Lesson learned.   Looking forward to seeing your video.

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8/12/12 12:38am - Reply: 'Re: It's Alive!!!'
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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.

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Here are the vids!  The first one is our first attempt.  Still not sure why there was so much cranking involved - we put gas down the throat and the distributor was pretty close initially.  I might have a loose primary connection at the dist or similar since it didn't even sound like it was sparking initially.



The second one speaks for itself.  One thing to note, the starter sounds slow in these vids.  That problem was solved by removing the quick release on the negative batt cable.  I'm not sure that thing is going to work out for me.  

Thanks for all the help guys!  I could not have done it without the help I got from this site!




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8/12/12 12:05pm - Reply: 'Re: It's Alive!!!'
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