1957 F100 build thread?

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Would you mind grabbing some photos of the port/bowl work compared to stock? Once I get my 500 swap ironed out and build up some more funds, I'm looking to do a cam and head work later on. I'd also be interested in the particular combination of valve springs, retainers, rockers, and machine work to the valve spring seats/guides/etc. Also could you elaborate on what you needed to do to the trans to handle 1k hp? I've done a lot of wrenching over the years, but never played around inside a transmission before, always just swapped the whole thing when one would go out.
 

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I can get some pics. Teardrop the guide in the bowl, raise the port roof at the entry, short turn radius smoothing, but mostly pushrod 'pinch' moved back significantly (about 0.080"). I'm using stock valves on this engine and I know that isn't the best for performance, but it will sure have less shrouding.
I'll use some sort of beehive spring/retainer combo but have yet to finalize that. Rockers are also a question at this point as I am wanting everything about this to be as cheap as possible and 'cheap Cadillac rockers' isn't the norm.

1973 Buick TH400 that I had laying around for 20 years was built by me with the following.
First I removed the 'switch pitch' parts and 4000/1400rpm converter.
1) Sonnax anti walk rear bushing
2) Sonnax rear roller bearing conversion set at 0.009”
3) Planetary shim kit set at 0.007”
4) Kevlar low reverse band
5) Four clutch Alto red intermediate with Kolene plates set to 0.035”
6) Replaced steel intermediate piston and plastic spring cup with aluminum piston and extra springs
7) 0.106” intermediate retainer ring
8) 5 clutch direct drum with Alto red and Kolene, set to 0.045” with dual feed mod and 34 element sprag
9) 5 clutch forward drum with Alto red and Kolene, set to 0.045” with ATI input shaft
10) forward clearance set to 0.012”
11) pump modified with converter restrictor and high 185psi relief spring
12) B&M/Transgo shift kit
13) stainless screen filter
14) Alto red direct band
15) direct band piston modification
16) adjustable modulator
17) B&M high rpm governor kit
18) all new bushings and seals
19) TCI 9.5” 2500rpm converter w/ anti-balloon plates
20) SFI flexplate
21) Finned aluminum pan
22) Sonnax rear yoke
 

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It also has a 1200hp rated input shaft/drum
 

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Awesome, thanks for the info! Guess I need to do some reading now, since some of that info is a little over my head. I've got a complete '69-ish Pontiac th400 in the garage that I'm planning on pulling apart and rebuilding, and then swapping into the Caddy once it's complete. Since it's apart anyway, might as well put some good stuff in it.
 

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Would you mind grabbing some photos of the port/bowl work compared to stock? Once I get my 500 swap ironed out and build up some more funds, I'm looking to do a cam and head work later on. I'd also be interested in the particular combination of valve springs, retainers, rockers, and machine work to the valve spring seats/guides/etc. Also could you elaborate on what you needed to do to the trans to handle 1k hp? I've done a lot of wrenching over the years, but never played around inside a transmission before, always just swapped the whole thing when one would go out.
The trans is a lot easier than you would think. tear into it. After that, get a book on the Th400. You will be amazed at what you can do.
 
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