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« Reply #6400 on: June 10, 2018, 07:33:46 PM »
Today i baked in the sun participating in an elks lodge car show.  Half the proceeds go to support veterans and the other halfs goes into the elks lodges scholarship funds for kids.  Win/win in my book. It also wasnt too bad that the GTA took first in the 1990-1999 class. Sunburn ended up being worth it lol. Gonna suck tomorrow at work wearing shoes since my feet got burned pretty bad......OUCH
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« Reply #6401 on: June 10, 2018, 07:44:27 PM »
Congrats on the win, But, you really need to watch out for the sunburn. Its not too good for ya! No sun here today, rained most of the afternoon.
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« Reply #6402 on: June 10, 2018, 07:45:54 PM »
Make a nice Street Outlaws/  Bracket Drag Race Car Decaff.

LOL!  That wagon still has the 2004R metric transmission.  Pure garbage.  I'm sure if we pushed that 350 hard enough, the trans would give up.

I had a 87 GN 200-4R behind a 462 a dozen years, did fine.  Now it is in a 79 1/2 ton doing well.


Just as You Stated Scarebird.
The 200R4 was a Very Good Overdrive Transmission.
Still is.
Chris at CK Performance in New York built them to last behind 8-second Grand Nationals.
They have a few quirks but not many.

That's funny because don't you stand behind the TH400?  Hey if that's your cup of tea, great.

I'm just saying I've read (we all know from where) that the 2004R is not great.  Speaking of, the one that's in there now is leaking fluid BAD.

Today I... spent my entire day at work (friggin Auto Zone).  It poured down rain all day.  Some old lady came in early this morning with a late model LeSabre.

She said her tail lights are out and she needs to get the car inspected.  For sure, 3 of 4 lights back there were blown out.  The store wasn't busy, so I fixed it right there in the parking lot.  I don't mind doing that, but it PISSES ME OFF that I'm the only one that stepped up to the plate there.
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« Reply #6403 on: June 10, 2018, 07:52:39 PM »
Congrats on the win, But, you really need to watch out for the sunburn. Its not too good for ya! No sun here today, rained most of the afternoon.

Yea i know.  My wife gets on to me for not putting on sunscreen.  Ive been getting better and actually was pretty good about keeping sunscree applied today.  Problem was, i didnt even think about the tops of my feet since i was wearing flip flops today and man i am paying for it now.
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« Reply #6404 on: June 10, 2018, 11:18:50 PM »
Make a nice Street Outlaws/  Bracket Drag Race Car Decaff.

LOL!  That wagon still has the 2004R metric transmission.  Pure garbage.  I'm sure if we pushed that 350 hard enough, the trans would give up.

I had a 87 GN 200-4R behind a 462 a dozen years, did fine.  Now it is in a 79 1/2 ton doing well.


Just as You Stated Scarebird.
The 200R4 was a Very Good Overdrive Transmission.
Still is.
Chris at CK Performance in New York built them to last behind 8-second Grand Nationals.
They have a few quirks but not many.

That's funny because don't you stand behind the TH400?  Hey if that's your cup of tea, great.

I'm just saying I've read (we all know from where) that the 2004R is not great.  Speaking of, the one that's in there now is leaking fluid BAD.

Today I... spent my entire day at work (friggin Auto Zone).  It poured down rain all day.  Some old lady came in early this morning with a late model LeSabre.

She said her tail lights are out and she needs to get the car inspected.  For sure, 3 of 4 lights back there were blown out.  The store wasn't busy, so I fixed it right there in the parking lot.  I don't mind doing that, but it PISSES ME OFF that I'm the only one that stepped up to the plate there.
No...thats the 700R4 & 4L60E GM TIME BOMB.

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« Reply #6405 on: June 10, 2018, 11:20:57 PM »
Turbo 400 is the strongest.
No Overdrive.
Does not bother me any no Overdrive .

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« Reply #6406 on: June 11, 2018, 08:03:25 AM »
Make a nice Street Outlaws/  Bracket Drag Race Car Decaff.

LOL!  That wagon still has the 2004R metric transmission.  Pure garbage.  I'm sure if we pushed that 350 hard enough, the trans would give up.

I had a 87 GN 200-4R behind a 462 a dozen years, did fine.  Now it is in a 79 1/2 ton doing well.


Just as You Stated Scarebird.
The 200R4 was a Very Good Overdrive Transmission.
Still is.
Chris at CK Performance in New York built them to last behind 8-second Grand Nationals.
They have a few quirks but not many.

That's funny because don't you stand behind the TH400?  Hey if that's your cup of tea, great.

I'm just saying I've read (we all know from where) that the 2004R is not great.  Speaking of, the one that's in there now is leaking fluid BAD.

Today I... spent my entire day at work (friggin Auto Zone).  It poured down rain all day.  Some old lady came in early this morning with a late model LeSabre.

She said her tail lights are out and she needs to get the car inspected.  For sure, 3 of 4 lights back there were blown out.  The store wasn't busy, so I fixed it right there in the parking lot.  I don't mind doing that, but it PISSES ME OFF that I'm the only one that stepped up to the plate there.
No...thats the 700R4 & 4L60E GM TIME BOMB.

So when the 4L60E in my Silverado calls it quits, should I retro fit a TH400?  LoL I'm of course just kidding.  We all know an NV4500 will be the way to go  :lol:
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« Reply #6407 on: June 11, 2018, 08:08:19 AM »
What are the plans for the demo derby 'caff?  Our county fair at the end of july always has a 2 night derby.
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« Reply #6408 on: June 11, 2018, 08:11:04 AM »
Bill, Many years ago on one of my trips to the beach I lotioned up pretty good and didn't even think about my feet. I work outside and get fairly tan but of course my feet were white as snow. They burnt hotter than the bowels of hades! Last time I did that. LOL.
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« Reply #6409 on: June 11, 2018, 09:39:47 AM »

So when the 4L60E in my Silverado calls it quits, should I retro fit a TH400?  LoL I'm of course just kidding.  We all know an NV4500 will be the way to go  :lol:

Mine decided it didn't want 3rd and 4th gear while going 75mph  :lol:

I ended up making it home with only 1st and 2nd. 65mph @ 6000rpm for a few exits was fun!
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« Reply #6410 on: June 11, 2018, 10:18:43 AM »
What are the plans for the demo derby 'caff?  Our county fair at the end of july always has a 2 night derby.

It's about time someone asked about that.  Several posts back is a link of the current status of that friggin wagon.

She has decided she cannot demo that car.  We will find another car.  Preferably a mid to late 90's Cadillac.  Either that or a POS Chrysler.  The biggest problems with Chrysler is the factory installed rust. 
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« Reply #6411 on: June 11, 2018, 11:06:27 AM »
What are the plans for the demo derby 'caff?  Our county fair at the end of july always has a 2 night derby.

It's about time someone asked about that.  Several posts back is a link of the current status of that friggin wagon.

She has decided she cannot demo that car.  We will find another car.  Preferably a mid to late 90's Cadillac.  Either that or a POS Chrysler.  The biggest problems with Chrysler is the factory installed rust.

Good, having been involved with derby cars long ago I couldn't rationalize why you were doing certain things and painting stuff.  IIRC the gas tanks on those were made in such a way that the smallest amount of condensation would sit in a low point and rust through. So poke the low point with an awl see if it's rusted thin to possibly prevent a fuel leak later on.
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« Reply #6412 on: June 11, 2018, 11:07:54 AM »
Bill, Many years ago on one of my trips to the beach I lotioned up pretty good and didn't even think about my feet. I work outside and get fairly tan but of course my feet were white as snow. They burnt hotter than the bowels of hades! Last time I did that. LOL.

Which is kinda what I'm dealing with now lol.  Ready to lose the shoes and socks at work, but my being the safety manager at work, probably wouldn't go over well.
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« Reply #6413 on: June 11, 2018, 12:23:04 PM »
I just gave away a 89 caddy sedan de ville. Front end was all plastic though. Imagine it would shatter when hit. I think the guy was going to use it for some kinda tactical practice. He wasn't really clear just said he needed it for his firearms safety training he was going through. I had a good friend in HS that drove a mid 60's Chrysler wagon. That thing was a beast or to paraphrase the b-52's, 'as big as a whale'. After graduation he gave it to another of our friends who ran it at the fair demo derby.
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« Reply #6414 on: June 11, 2018, 07:57:48 PM »
I just gave away a 89 caddy sedan de ville. Front end was all plastic though. Imagine it would shatter when hit. I think the guy was going to use it for some kinda tactical practice. He wasn't really clear just said he needed it for his firearms safety training he was going through. I had a good friend in HS that drove a mid 60's Chrysler wagon. That thing was a beast or to paraphrase the b-52's, 'as big as a whale'. After graduation he gave it to another of our friends who ran it at the fair demo derby.

It's going to be a while before it's derby time.  I currently have 6 cars in my fleet.  All but 1 of them runs.  Barely have room/time/money for them all.
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« Reply #6415 on: June 12, 2018, 05:45:12 AM »
I just gave away a 89 caddy sedan de ville. Front end was all plastic though. Imagine it would shatter when hit. I think the guy was going to use it for some kinda tactical practice. He wasn't really clear just said he needed it for his firearms safety training he was going through. I had a good friend in HS that drove a mid 60's Chrysler wagon. That thing was a beast or to paraphrase the b-52's, 'as big as a whale'. After graduation he gave it to another of our friends who ran it at the fair demo derby.

It's going to be a while before it's derby time.  I currently have 6 cars in my fleet.  All but 1 of them runs.  Barely have room/time/money for them all.
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200R4 has the lowest torque capacity rating.

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« Reply #6416 on: June 12, 2018, 05:47:37 AM »
No Box Since May 29.

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« Reply #6417 on: June 12, 2018, 07:03:12 AM »
No Box Since May 29.

I noticed that too.  Hope everything is ok in Box's world.
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« Reply #6418 on: June 12, 2018, 06:12:34 PM »
Yea, I was wondering if anyone has heard from him (Box), I sent him a pm a week or so ago and haven't heard back.
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« Reply #6419 on: June 13, 2018, 04:59:58 PM »
No Box again today.

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« Reply #6420 on: June 13, 2018, 08:53:17 PM »
I hope Box did not give in to one of his thoughts that he had mentioned in some of his past posts.  That would be terribly sad.  Does anyone here have any way to directly contact him?
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« Reply #6421 on: June 13, 2018, 09:47:56 PM »
I hope Box did not give in to one of his thoughts that he had mentioned in some of his past posts.  That would be terribly sad.  Does anyone here have any way to directly contact him?
I don't think he did.
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Maybe Decaff knows .

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« Reply #6422 on: June 14, 2018, 07:41:35 AM »
Man, that is odd... Hope he's doing okay.
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« Reply #6423 on: June 14, 2018, 11:51:22 AM »
He's probably just busy. I wouldn't worry too much.
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« Reply #6424 on: June 14, 2018, 06:52:15 PM »
I hope Box did not give in to one of his thoughts that he had mentioned in some of his past posts.  That would be terribly sad.  Does anyone here have any way to directly contact him?
I don't think he did.
He is Strong.

Maybe Decaff knows .

I do not.  Last contact I had with him, other than random forum chat, was May 4th, via PM.

I wouldn't worry.  Box wouldn't be the first person to just up and leave (any place) for no reason.

Today I..  got into a MASSIVE argument at work.  Wouldn't be the first time, but never one quite this bad.  It led to the boss having to separate us.  I had to get some air after that.  I came within micro seconds of lighting up a cigarette.  Willpower.  Apparently I still have some.
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« Reply #6425 on: June 14, 2018, 08:06:49 PM »
I hope Box did not give in to one of his thoughts that he had mentioned in some of his past posts.  That would be terribly sad.  Does anyone here have any way to directly contact him?
I don't think he did.
He is Strong.

Maybe Decaff knows .


I do not.  Last contact I had with him, other than random forum chat, was May 4th, via PM.

I wouldn't worry.  Box wouldn't be the first person to just up and leave (any place) for no reason.

Today I..  got into a MASSIVE argument at work.  Wouldn't be the first time, but never one quite this bad.  It led to the boss having to separate us.  I had to get some air after that.  I came within micro seconds of lighting up a cigarette.  Willpower.  Apparently I still have some.

Weird how that happens.....things blow up and its almost like you can't stop yourself from aggrevating the situation.
I had a stange occurance the other day on the way to work, guy pulls out of the slow lane into the passing lane for no reason, then maintains a speed about 10mph under the speed limit......I'm coming up behind him and for the life of me, the oddest thought jumps into my brain as a reasonable idea...."just run into the guy from behind, that'll show him"....for a split second it seemed like a reasonable choice to make....wow, I'm thinking...so thats what starts road rage...?
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« Reply #6426 on: June 14, 2018, 10:39:29 PM »
I hope Box did not give in to one of his thoughts that he had mentioned in some of his past posts.  That would be terribly sad.  Does anyone here have any way to directly contact him?
I don't think he did.
He is Strong.

Maybe Decaff knows .


I do not.  Last contact I had with him, other than random forum chat, was May 4th, via PM.

I wouldn't worry.  Box wouldn't be the first person to just up and leave (any place) for no reason.

Today I..  got into a MASSIVE argument at work.  Wouldn't be the first time, but never one quite this bad.  It led to the boss having to separate us.  I had to get some air after that.  I came within micro seconds of lighting up a cigarette.  Willpower.  Apparently I still have some.

Weird how that happens.....things blow up and its almost like you can't stop yourself from aggrevating the situation.
I had a stange occurance the other day on the way to work, guy pulls out of the slow lane into the passing lane for no reason, then maintains a speed about 10mph under the speed limit......I'm coming up behind him and for the life of me, the oddest thought jumps into my brain as a reasonable idea...."just run into the guy from behind, that'll show him"....for a split second it seemed like a reasonable choice to make....wow, I'm thinking...so thats what starts road rage...?
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« Reply #6427 on: June 15, 2018, 05:19:35 AM »
I hope Box did not give in to one of his thoughts that he had mentioned in some of his past posts.  That would be terribly sad.  Does anyone here have any way to directly contact him?
I don't think he did.
He is Strong.

Maybe Decaff knows .


I do not.  Last contact I had with him, other than random forum chat, was May 4th, via PM.

I wouldn't worry.  Box wouldn't be the first person to just up and leave (any place) for no reason.

Today I..  got into a MASSIVE argument at work.  Wouldn't be the first time, but never one quite this bad.  It led to the boss having to separate us.  I had to get some air after that.  I came within micro seconds of lighting up a cigarette.  Willpower.  Apparently I still have some.

Weird how that happens.....things blow up and its almost like you can't stop yourself from aggrevating the situation.
I had a stange occurance the other day on the way to work, guy pulls out of the slow lane into the passing lane for no reason, then maintains a speed about 10mph under the speed limit......I'm coming up behind him and for the life of me, the oddest thought jumps into my brain as a reasonable idea...."just run into the guy from behind, that'll show him"....for a split second it seemed like a reasonable choice to make....wow, I'm thinking...so thats what starts road rage...?

 :twisted:  Sounds like something I would have contemplated doing :-)
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« Reply #6428 on: June 15, 2018, 05:52:52 AM »
I am, and have a reputation amongst those that know me as being about as calm and easy going as anyone you would ever meet. I had a heart attack at 45 (im 54 now) and that kinda changed the way I look at life. It takes a lot to bother me. On that rare occasion that I let go, look out. Of course that only happens once in a couple of years.
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« Reply #6429 on: June 15, 2018, 08:21:00 PM »
Today I... am calling it quits.

I got about 5 hours of broken sleep last night.  Anxiety.  Had to be at work an hour early and I was a zombie for most of the day.  Then, I had to be at m-f'ing autozone as well.  We got out late because we were very busy today.  I didn't even get half of truck done.  The boss noticed this and asked about it.  I said, "Man...  I'm TIRED.  Can't you see that?"  I was then informed my hours are getting increased.  Wtf?  I'm not sure I can handle much more.  Along with this, there's all the overtime at my real job. 

I actually wouldn't care so much if it wasn't summertime.  If it was winter, yeah, hit me with all the hours you've got!  There's nothing else to do!

Also, I had put in for Fathers Day off over two weeks ago.  I checked the schedule today and of course I have an 8 hour shift that day.  FML there goes all my plans for that day.  I REALLY wanted to get to a car show with my Dad that day.  I'm tempted to call off, but that would very much end badly for me.

if it wasn't for the fact that the AZ income is paying off my truck, I'm not sure that the 20% employee discount is worth the stress.

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« Reply #6430 on: June 15, 2018, 10:31:34 PM »
Today I... am calling it quits.

I got about 5 hours of broken sleep last night.  Anxiety.  Had to be at work an hour early and I was a zombie for most of the day.  Then, I had to be at m-f'ing autozone as well.  We got out late because we were very busy today.  I didn't even get half of truck done.  The boss noticed this and asked about it.  I said, "Man...  I'm TIRED.  Can't you see that?"  I was then informed my hours are getting increased.  Wtf?  I'm not sure I can handle much more.  Along with this, there's all the overtime at my real job. 

I actually wouldn't care so much if it wasn't summertime.  If it was winter, yeah, hit me with all the hours you've got!  There's nothing else to do!

Also, I had put in for Fathers Day off over two weeks ago.  I checked the schedule today and of course I have an 8 hour shift that day.  FML there goes all my plans for that day.  I REALLY wanted to get to a car show with my Dad that day.  I'm tempted to call off, but that would very much end badly for me.

if it wasn't for the fact that the AZ income is paying off my truck, I'm not sure that the 20% employee discount is worth the stress.

Kinda feel like You do Decaff.
Working 6 days a week.
Sunday off only.
Been nearly 2 years now.
No Vacation.

Buying another Turbo 400 Tomorrow after work.
4x4 Truck model.
For my 1994 K1500 Suburban.
Replace the Dead 4L60E trans.
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« Reply #6431 on: June 16, 2018, 12:06:51 AM »
Today I fired up the 455 on my LeMans. I had to chase out a few bugs, but I got it started and it ran well. A few things almost made me lose my mind, but with the help of two good friends we got it sorted out and up and running.
Jim
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« Reply #6432 on: June 16, 2018, 04:09:59 AM »
Saw the video, Jim.....it sounded and ran well....good job!
Regards,
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« Reply #6433 on: June 16, 2018, 09:27:28 AM »
Thanks! today I think I'm going to clean up my shop.... it's been a bit overdue for the last 2 weeks! :)
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« Reply #6434 on: June 16, 2018, 07:39:54 PM »
Today I fired up the 455 on my LeMans. I had to chase out a few bugs, but I got it started and it ran well. A few things almost made me lose my mind, but with the help of two good friends we got it sorted out and up and running.
Jim

Speaking of which.  Today I...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1FtNTYkDO0  <<--That's the woman driving, btw.

Don't mind the fact of open manifolds.  The new exhaust hasn't come in, yet.

We have a few bugs to work out, as well.  The main one being a power steering fluid leak.  It's leaking right from the fitting on the high pressure hose, going into the steering gear.  I'll try a new o-ring and if that doesn't work, a new hose.

Second, it could be just low trans fluid.  It could be that the new engine needs tuning/possible carb rebuild.  It could be the probability of very low rear gearing, or a combination of all three.  The car seems a little gutless.  I mean, a factory 76 350 Olds is by no means a powerhouse, especially when retrofitted into an 80's station wagon.  But it seems like it could have more power. 

Also, there is no tach from the factory in that car.  I wired one in.  It was very difficult to tell what RPM it was at with open manifolds.  Turns out my initial guess was only 400 - 500 RPMs.  No friggin wonder it wanted to stall in gear.  So I kicked it up to 700~ish and it runs well. 

1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

It's all trial and error until something lines up...

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« Reply #6435 on: June 17, 2018, 02:09:36 AM »
Congrats. What's new with her Camaro?
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« Reply #6436 on: June 17, 2018, 04:38:00 AM »
Congrats. What's new with her Camaro?

The amount of dust forming on it.
1976 T/A 400, 4-speed swap.... 

Check out my resto thread:  http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=48626.0

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« Reply #6437 on: June 17, 2018, 09:14:19 AM »
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The amount of dust forming on it.

This made me laugh out loud, and is something I can totally relate to. I work on my TA a fair amount, but knocking the layers of dust off isn't on the agenda so right now you could barely see through the back window the dust is so thick. haha



Today I slid the fuel injection tank up under my ta. Didn't plumb or wire anything. I just need the floor space so mounting it under the car gets it out of my way for now. I am working on getting enough of the garage cleared to where I can spin the car around. The nose is in the back of the garage right now. I need the nose to the front so I can work on getting the control arms, springs, and shocks replaced. slow progress, but progress no less...

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« Reply #6438 on: June 17, 2018, 10:07:44 AM »
I am, and have a reputation amongst those that know me as being about as calm and easy going as anyone you would ever meet. I had a heart attack at 45 (im 54 now) and that kinda changed the way I look at life. It takes a lot to bother me. On that rare occasion that I let go, look out. Of course that only happens once in a couple of years.

Sounds like we have the same demeanor. I'm probably one of the most laid back, quiet people you'll meet. It take a lot to make me upset  :lol:
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Re: Today I...
« Reply #6439 on: June 17, 2018, 11:09:31 AM »
Today I fired up the 455 on my LeMans. I had to chase out a few bugs, but I got it started and it ran well. A few things almost made me lose my mind, but with the help of two good friends we got it sorted out and up and running.
Jim

Speaking of which.  Today I...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1FtNTYkDO0  <<--That's the woman driving, btw.

Don't mind the fact of open manifolds.  The new exhaust hasn't come in, yet.

We have a few bugs to work out, as well.  The main one being a power steering fluid leak.  It's leaking right from the fitting on the high pressure hose, going into the steering gear.  I'll try a new o-ring and if that doesn't work, a new hose.

Second, it could be just low trans fluid.  It could be that the new engine needs tuning/possible carb rebuild.  It could be the probability of very low rear gearing, or a combination of all three.  The car seems a little gutless.  I mean, a factory 76 350 Olds is by no means a powerhouse, especially when retrofitted into an 80's station wagon.  But it seems like it could have more power. 

Also, there is no tach from the factory in that car.  I wired one in.  It was very difficult to tell what RPM it was at with open manifolds.  Turns out my initial guess was only 400 - 500 RPMs.  No friggin wonder it wanted to stall in gear.  So I kicked it up to 700~ish and it runs well.
Sounds pretty Goos Decaff.
Verify the Total Advance with a Timing light.
No vacuum advance line hooked up and plugged for testing.
Want 32-36 Degrees BTDC.
Check at 4500 rpms revved up in park and wheels chockec both sides.
Heavy advance springs used in Smog era.
The mechanical advance gets gummed up from old engine sludge blowby.

Should make 325- 350 ft/lbs flywheel Torque.
Cant Expect Olds 425 & 455 Power at 470 -500 ft/lbs torque from a 350 Olds stock.


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« Reply #6439 on: June 17, 2018, 11:09:31 AM »
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