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Old 05-16-2014, 08:26 PM
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Put the cam in. Installed weak checking springs in the head for No. 1 cylinder. Put the crank in and a piston and rod in the No. 1 hole. Found Top Dead Center. Degreed the cam. Checked piston to valve clearance. Checked valve geometry and determined I need longer pushrods. Ordered them from Smith Bros. Due in a couple days. After a misadventure trying to use Big Block Chevy rocker arms, I got a nice set of Harland Sharp aluminum rockers designed for this engine.

Should be able to assemble the long block in the next couple days.
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Old 05-18-2014, 09:38 AM
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The cam gear installation looks like fun, some of the fitment stuff we do at work involves freezing bushings overnight to put them in...

I'd like to hear more about the BBC rockers and what the issue was as I also have a ford 300 sitting around.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:55 PM
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The short block is assembled. Waiting for the pushrods, a special head gasket and a few other parts. Shouldn't be long now.

DR, the BBC rockers, I bought OEM ones, not racing units, provided very poor geometry. Valve stem contact ran across the whole stem going from valve closed to open. The pushrod was way to close to the end of the pushrod slot. These problems were solved by using the Harland Sharp aluminum rockers designed for this engine.

This is NOT a cheap way to go racing. The dragster would be faster with a used small block Chevy bought off Craigslist. Oh well I guess it's the challenge...
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:02 PM
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Now working on fitting the Powerglide to the Ford engine. After some fooling around I got the JW flex plate and and hub adapter installed. I removed the original stick shift pilot bushing from the crankshaft using the grease and driver method. Worked good. I had to trim the large bolt pattern lugs off the 9" converter in order to fit the small diameter flex plate. Going slow on this build to avoid mistakes.
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Old 06-03-2014, 07:37 PM
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The engine, bell housing, converter and Powerglide transmission are finally united. Everything went together well. Pushed the dragster in the garage last Sunday and did a little work on it tonight. Still have plenty of small tasks including building a header.
Don't want to jinx myself but being ready for the Meltdown Drags the third week in July should not be a problem.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:50 PM
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Progress is good! Hope you make the big race.
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Old 06-05-2014, 10:17 PM
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Thanks Pops. I'm plugging away at it. Dumped the engine and trans in the chassis today. Started building the exhaust. Six individual pipes with flares on the end. What you see is just the stubs for the front three cylinders. The pipes will curve to the rear when done. Weed burner style.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:41 AM
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You've really mad progress on this build since the last time I checked in on you
I don't want to jinx you either. I'm pulling for you to make the drags.
Here's something to practice on even though it isn't a pro tree.
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:02 PM
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Dragster's got pipes. There's a little flare on the end of each pipe thanks to Dave's Muffler Shop (no charge). Those big aluminum rocker arms won't fit under the valve cover. Some fabrication is in order.

Thanks for the tree, Old Iron. I need all the help I can get.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:11 PM
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That looks wicked!

Will the Clifford valve cover fit those rockers?
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