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FWIW,
I run 14 degrees initial with 20 degrees in the distributor and once the motor warms up it idles "nicely"
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You must be a mind reader. I searched through loads of posts last night comparing timing setups. I ended up with the 21 degree bushing. That would be 33 total for now.

From experience, LOL, I can tell you that it labors to start at about 20 degrees initial.

My Buick 455 ran 23/35 all by 2000rpm. Not this engine. Not that it needs more low end.
 

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Won't you make jaws drop at stoplights.:devil::whistle::cool:
 

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Sounds WICKED! But idle only! Wing it! My project has stalled! Make me happy.
 

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I’ll get antifreeze in the engine and get some video today after church.
 

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No video yet. But I went for the first long drive today. 2200rpm at 60mph. Temperature 172-176 driving. Oil pressure 34psi idling hot, 54psi driving at 2000rpm, increases past 60psi as soon as you stab at it. Voltage 15.1.
Didn't rev it past 4000rpm. The thing has so much torque you really can't tell much about how much power it has. I like it!
 

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Great Report! Sounds like it has been worth the work and worth the wait.

What's not to love?

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I haven't been on this site for quite a while...but I must say there are some cool cars 'hatching'. Like the 'bu a lot...nice combo.
 

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Thanks. It has been an adventure.
 

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Awesome build!!!!
Let me know how impressed you are when you are cruising then hammer it hard, and hold it through the down shift and back up into the up shift. Big Smiles on my 81 Trans Am!! Your car should be even more amazing. I have no doubt that you will be grinning even in your sleep after that. Hard work pays off well.
Congrates man.
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I put a couple of hundred miles on the car and now it’s coming apart again. I’m building long tube headers and a 1000+hp capable TH400 as we speak. Once the headers are done and sent to JetHot I will pull the engine to change the leaky-a$$ copper head gaskets that I reused and go ahead and check bearings while I’m at it. That’ll teach me........probably not.
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I will pull the engine to change the leaky-a$$ copper head gaskets that I reused
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Did you anneal the copper head gaskets to get them soft before you reinstalled it? Copper strain hardens really easy, but anneals back to soft dead copper real easy by just getting it glowing red with a torch and then air cooling it. You can reuse most copper gaskets and compression fittings by just doing this trick.
 

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SCE told me not to anneal since engine had only dyno time on it. I used copper coat spray. I should have put Permatex around the water ports but did not. I’ll be installing new rubber coated copper this time.
 

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One down. One to go.

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I wish I had been able to make (from scratch as it was) a set of long er headers, but space was at an absolute mDSCN1966 (500x375).jpg DSCN1964 (500x375).jpg DSCN1966 (500x375).jpg DSCN1967.JPG DSCN1966 (500x375).jpg DSCN1967.JPG DSCN1964 (500x375).jpg DSCN1966 (500x375).jpg DSCN1967.JPG inimum, so my Sandersons "grew a bit.DSCN1964 (500x375).jpg
Just about 34 inches from ports to outlet and they sound terrific.
Greg Surfas
 
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Headers look good! But I'm a zoomie fan.
 

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8 more hours today on the passenger side. Turns out both sides install without unbolting the engine. Now to install flanges and O2 bungs.
 

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