It's finally going together.......finally.

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No. I was running a PCV valve the first time around.
 

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Cam is a hydraulic roller with 0.608"/0.608", 237/245@0.050", and 109LSA advanced to 104. I'd like to go significantly bigger but I just can't stand to lose the manners that this car has.

On a down note, after all of that work pulling the engine to fix the rear pan seal, I used Right Stuff instead of a rear seal. Everything went together flawlessly. Put her back in and went for a ride and it leaks just as bad from the exact same location. I can see the oil seeping between the pan and the Right Stuff. I didn't like the consistency of that stuff when I applied it and I should have just used Ultra Black like I did on the intake. The Right Stuff seems more like a foam than it does a silicone. And the stuff isn't cheap at all. I have yet to get the rear of this custom pan to seal. I am about to use a stock Eldorado pan or buy the $500 aluminum pan. One helluva thing to have to do to fix a leak but I'm fed up with pulling the engine for this reason. The pan is coated with zinc or cadmium or something. I scuffed it good and everything was cleaned two or three times with brake cleaner. ridiculous really
Man I feel your pain. I've chased just about everything and fixed nothing but hey, its hotrodding right. We do in a day what most can't do in a week. Keep your spirits up! By that I mean Jack, Lord or Crown. Lol. Really, you have a wonderful build and I wish I had the talent to out a machine together like you have. Thanks for sharing your story with us.
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2 hours and 58 minutes to get it unbolted and on an engine stand.
3 hours and 20 minutes to get it all bolted back in.

And it looks like I finally have that rear leak fixed. I also have something else interesting going on. When I 'fixed' the rear seal last week and I was putting coolant back in it, I was burping the engine by pressing down on the cup of the thermostat just enough to release the air. Once it was back together and I went for a drive, the temperature was the normal 192-195 as I drove along and a little over 200 idling. But the rear main was leaking as bad as before and I pulled the engine again on Tuesday. Today when I was taking it for the first cruise after 're-fixing' it, I notice that it warmed up slow and wouldn't go past 178 for any reason. Cruising along was 172.

If I have damaged the thermostat then obviously the engine likes it. I'll pull the thermostat in the morning to see what's up and post an update.

Oh, I also took Greg's advice and opened up the bottom rear of the inner fenders to let some air out. I'll check the thermostat first and maybe even leave it out for a while to see what happens.
 

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You've got the "Gozinta" and the Gozouta". With no Gozouta you have less Gozinta. Besides probably a decrease in outside air temperature you are getting more ait through the radiator.
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So I destroyed the thermostat and it as stuck open. I took it out and drove about 30 miles through the country today. It’s about 75 degrees here. The car took about 2 miles to get to 130 and some in town stop and go to get past 170. The hottest it ever got was 182 lugging around in 2nd gear at 20mph for about 3 or 4 miles. It went back below 180 once back up to 55mph. I’ve obviously got all the cooling I need. I ordered a 160 and 180 stat from Rockauto last night. My temp sending unit is in my upper hose which should be worst case scenario.

oh, and my oil leak is 100% fixed!
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I got the 20x10s put on the rear with the Nittos. It got the tread flattened out MUCH better that the 20x8s. Dang she hooks good on the street.

I also put the stock springs back in the rear and the stock spindles back on the front. Annnnnnd the rear pan seal hasn't leaked a drop in the 300 miles I've put on it in the last week.

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5one9,

Remind me Not to get suckered into a "friendly little speed contest" with you.

Looks nice! Your take it down and put it back together times are a feat unto themselves.

bro. "forewarned, is forearmed," d
 

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Well I finally got it to the local 1/8 mile track today. Drove 50 miles there, made 3 test & tune passes, drove 50 miles home. Zero issues. It was about 65 out today, and the car never passed 188F even idling in the pits. Cruised over effortlessly. But............................ETs weren't worth a crap.

I left the front sway bar connected. I left the double adjustable front coilovers where they were, in road race mode. I ran the Nitto 555R 275/40-20s after driving them to the track. Zero changes, exactly as I have been driving it back on forth to work. Man I have never had a car spin that hard at a drag strip and I've never encountered that kind of wheel shake in hundreds upon hundreds of passes. In fact the last pass on the Nitto 555R 275/60-15s spun past the 330 foot lights in second gear, shaking the whole way.

I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's been a long time since I have been to the track and wayyyy to long coming. I forgot the adrenaline rush that went along with it. Super fun.

Long story short. 60ft times in the high 2.40s. ETs from low 8s to high 8s. MPH was 94.3 every time. I am fairly happy with the MPH. I've always heard that MPH doesn't change because of spinning, although I can't say that I believe it.
 

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Well I finally got it to the local 1/8 mile track today. Drove 50 miles there, made 3 test & tune passes, drove 50 miles home. Zero issues. It was about 65 out today, and the car never passed 188F even idling in the pits. Cruised over effortlessly. But............................ETs weren't worth a crap.

I left the front sway bar connected. I left the double adjustable front coilovers where they were, in road race mode. I ran the Nitto 555R 275/40-20s after driving them to the track. Zero changes, exactly as I have been driving it back on forth to work. Man I have never had a car spin that hard at a drag strip and I've never encountered that kind of wheel shake in hundreds upon hundreds of passes. In fact the last pass on the Nitto 555R 275/60-15s spun past the 330 foot lights in second gear, shaking the whole way.

I enjoyed the hell out of it. It's been a long time since I have been to the track and wayyyy to long coming. I forgot the adrenaline rush that went along with it. Super fun.

Long story short. 60ft times in the high 2.40s. ETs from low 8s to high 8s. MPH was 94.3 every time. I am fairly happy with the MPH. I've always heard that MPH doesn't change because of spinning, although I can't say that I believe it.
Yep, like I "WISELY" said above, I know better than to put any hope in, let alone money on, a "friendly little speed contest" with you! :notworthy:

Congratulations!! :thumbup: And thanks for leading the way. Just remember, Lord willing, i's a comin', -- sooner or later. :sneaky:

bro. "happy for you," d :whistle:
 

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Yep, like I "WISELY" said above, I know better than to put any hope in, let alone money on, a "friendly little speed contest" with you! :notworthy:

Congratulations!! :thumbup: And thanks for leading the way. Just remember, Lord willing, i's a comin', -- sooner or later. :sneaky:

bro. "happy for you," d :whistle:
You ask the Lord, and He will be willing.

I believe after looking at this site https://www.w8ji.com/tire_spin_and_...isconception,a thermostat or restrictor" myth. that I spun away 2, 3, 4mph? I can tell you that my 330ft times, when entered into this program http://www.wallaceracing.com/etcalc.php indicate that I should have been running no faster than 79mph.

All in all, I believe the car is capable of 97-98mph on a 28" slick with the front suspension unlocked from the 'road race' setup that I was running, not to mention the 20 pounds that I would lose by completely removing the front sway bar and the 20 or 30 pounds of weight between those 18" fronts that I ran today vs. my 15" skinny fronts. Oh, and the 2.94 rear gears aren't exactly 1/8 mile friendly either.

I never raised the hood today, not even to look for leaks, so nobody had a clue of what the engine was, other than the Cadillac hood emblem. Today was about just getting to the track, and dang I was rusty............

bro. "waiting on you" steve
 

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The track owner said they will run until weather no longer permits. So I am getting to work.

I ordered a set of cheap new Vette rallys to put my slicks on so that I can get the Malibu back to a test and tune before winter. I removed the front sway bar, adjusted the shock valving, and installed an airbag in the right rear. I'll get the battery put in the trunk while I'm at it. I have got to see what it will do without spinning or it will be a longggggg winter of wondering. I am fighting the urge to put 3.50s back in the rear but I would like to see the difference in them and the 2.94s in a no-other-changes comparison.
 

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Slicks. Check.

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I think you're still gonna spin the crap out of'em:cool::D! YAHOO!!
 

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Just remembered! Might be a good idea to screw the beads in:)!
 

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Wheels are now drilled and I'm waiting on the Moroso screws to land in the mailbox. I also traded up a set of Southside Machine bars................already installed.
 

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I caved in and put the 3.50s in with the Strange S-trac and the nodular center section.

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I sold an old set of wheels and tires for $500 and put $26 extra with it and bought a more 'drag race oriented' rear sway bar for the car. It is hollow and saved a few pounds also. Since the bushing perches were for a 3" axle I opened up one side to match my 3.25" tubes and the other side to match the 3.5" step up on the housing. That just happens to be where the perches landed. Welded on instead of u-bolts and painted black. Man I hate welding nowadays.

With that money I was also able to get a nice used stock late '80s Z28 hollow 34mm front sway bar, Spohn spherical end links, and Energy suspension bushings. The whole setup is 10 pounds lighter than the solid 32mm bar that it will be replacing.

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