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Old May 11th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #121
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You gonna be home tomorrow afternoon at all? I might be up that way and I could stop by. Do you have my oil at your house?
Yes, i will be cutting wood. David has a hockey game at 10 and I'm meeting friends for dinner, other then that I will be home.

I will pick your oil up in the morning from Jim around 9am.

By the way, have I told you how awesome you are lately,.............
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Old May 11th, 2012, 08:26 PM   #122
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Old May 14th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #123
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Lesson learned;
  • when you lose a lobe on your cam, thouroughly check rocker arm for stress fractures.
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Old May 14th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #124
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Good to know. Is it still safe to use rottella? It used to have the right stuff, but may not anymore?
no rotella and all similar diesel oils dropped most of the zddp in thier oils due to tree hugger mandate. most new oils are in the 300 to 500 ppm of zddp. old oils were 1000 to 1500 ppm zddp. you can run any oil you prefer and add zddp also. i run mobil 1 5w40 in my lj. its about 1200 ppm zddp. valvoline vr1 has a similar zddp level. excessive zddp can harm cat convertors just so you know.

on a side note all big block chevys fail to oil the cam and timing chain as well as a small block. there is a fix for this. it involves drilling and tapping a small hole in a rear oil galley. then put an oil feed tube in. it runs over the cam and lifters in the intake valley, ending at the timing chain. it feeds oil to to the upper valve train and timing chain.

its a common problem. bigger cam, bigger/stronger springs, faster failure.

the penn oil is supposed to be top notch stuff! not cheap though i hear. it should protect the cam as good as anything on the market.
brad penn was one of the first guys to address the zddp levels in oil.

order some roller rockers!

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Old May 14th, 2012, 08:25 PM   #125
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no rotella and all similar diesel oils dropped most of the zddp in thier oils due to tree hugger mandate. most new oils are in the 300 to 500 ppm of zddp. old oils were 1000 to 1500 ppm zddp. you can run any oil you prefer and add zddp also. i run mobil 1 5w40 in my lj. its about 1200 ppm zddp. valvoline vr1 has a similar zddp level. excessive zddp can harm cat convertors just so you know.

on a side note all big block chevys fail to oil the cam and timing chain as well as a small block. there is a fix for this. it involves drilling and tapping a small hole in a rear oil galley. then put an oil feed tube in. it runs over the cam and lifters in the intake valley, ending at the timing chain. it feeds oil to to the upper valve train and timing chain.

its a common problem. bigger cam, bigger/stronger springs, faster failure.

the penn oil is supposed to be top notch stuff! not cheap though i hear. it should protect the cam as good as anything on the market.
brad penn was one of the first guys to address the zddp levels in oil.

order some roller rockers!

good luck

Got it back together tonight, seems to be running okay. I'm just going to take it easy for the next few weeks and keep an eye on it.

I'm able to get Brad Penn 10w40 for $5.19 a quart, and 10w30 for $4.89.
Its a lot of money considering I have a 9 quart system, but its not as bad as thought it was going to be.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #126
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I just have to keep telling myself, I love Chevy's,.............I love Chevy's

This rig seems to be proving how rusty and inept I am at BB motors.
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Old May 15th, 2012, 09:06 PM   #127
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I just have to keep telling myself, I love Chevy's,.............I love Chevy's
Finally lost it huh? Good to hear you are running again.

Some therapy...free of charge > http://www.highflowdynamics.com/ Left side 2nd up from the bottom.
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Old May 16th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #128
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Thanks, I needed that.
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Old May 18th, 2012, 09:30 AM   #129
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This is an interesting build article:

http://www.chevyhiperformance.com/te...d/viewall.html

Pretty much my motor, except I actually have the rectangular ports for the 375hp, .....little different cam, and I don't have the roller rockers yet.

I think I'm going to save up for a set though.

From those I talk too, and articles I have been reading; Valve lifter adjustment, cam, and lifters were the troublesome spot on this engine.
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Old May 20th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #130
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Specs on your radiator? Thanks
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Old May 21st, 2012, 10:03 PM   #131
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Specs on your radiator? Thanks

Still looking for the receipt on the radiator, but its not as big as you would think. I had temp problem when I bought the rig, but after I threw away the Electical fan and put a 7 blade mechanical fan on it, it runs about 185 in temp.




.............I've decided, Roller rockers will be coming in the near future.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 04:37 PM   #132
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How many cores? how wide are the cores? Thank you
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 10:02 PM   #133
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Took it for a ride today, Top off ..................Nice.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 01:00 PM   #134
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I ordered a set of Scorpion Roller Rockers today from Lane.
Its the last of the Top End components that I'm going to buy for this motor. If it doesn't work the way I want, I will have to make a major decision I'm afraid.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #135
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #137
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Alright you talked me into it..........I'll drop the Flareside, and the YJ off at your place. I'll pick it up Friday morning.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:19 PM   #138
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The 5th fri in august should work.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #139
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lol, 5th fri in feb would be better
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Old May 30th, 2012, 06:09 PM   #140
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Installed the new roller rocker arms tonight. They rub on my Valve covers.

So,.............If anybody has a set of "tall" aftermarket Valve Covers for a Big Block Chevy, I need them.

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