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Old 21 December 2017, 20:20
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Car Guys: Petrolicious!

If you enjoy cars check out Petrolicious on YouTube. They are 5-8 min clips about guys and their cars. The production values and stories are outstanding! I’ve watched all of the Porsche stories about 5-6 times now
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Old 21 December 2017, 20:36
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Thanks for posting this...I help out at Blue Ridge Hot Rods (builds and rebuilds classic muscle cars and bikes from the ground up). I'll never own any of them, but God Bless the millionaires that spend the money to never let these American Classics fade away...

The latest: 1,200 horsepower, Mustang...I call it, "The Space Shuttle".
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Old 21 December 2017, 20:42
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I am an amateur car guy.

I rebuilt my old Land Cruiser (except for pistons and transmission).

Working with tools and machinery is keeping me from strangling some folks.
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Old 21 December 2017, 20:45
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I am an amateur car guy.

I rebuilt my old Land Cruiser (except for pistons and transmission).

Working with tools and machinery is keeping me from strangling some folks.
I do find it rather cathartic.

LOL, a 1200 HP “street car”, god bless. That engine bay is a thing of beauty.
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Old 21 December 2017, 20:49
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I do find it rather cathartic.

LOL, a 1200 HP “street car”, god bless. That engine bay is a thing of beauty.
Waaaay out of my league, but once everything is right and the Space Shuttle goes for the 'Test Ride'...I'll figure out how to post the video. I really do love these old cars, they came from a time when Detroit was king of the world...I'll snap a few pics of some projects after the holidays...when things slow down.
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Old 22 December 2017, 03:14
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Those ribbed blower belts slip at significant boost, need cogged or gilmer belts for serious power.

That said, boost makes easy power. We put together some awful "full potato" level Vortech small block chevy motor for a low dollar customer here, using a lot of "his" parts. I wish I had a picture, because it was comic. Blow through carb, no intercooler, stock bottom end, the pressure side tubing was welded at a straight 90 degree bend (by the customer). A real turd. It still made over 700hp on the dyno.

I'm all for economy stuff and I should post up some of my junk(looking) builds, but there's a method to my madness of making something that looks like ass. S/F....Ken M
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Old 28 December 2017, 00:17
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Ok, revisiting now that I have some pictures. There's a real issue with the automotive sector, kinda like the gun sector, where people(ie men) think that they have some level of competence because they have testicles. And sometimes(many times) they get themselves in way the Hell over their heads because they're stupid. I witnessed that this week, in spades. This is going to be multiple posts because of the pictures, sorry. OK, this a kinda nice Ford Windsor, canted valve head engine. I'm not a Ford guy, but specification wise, this was decent stuff. Unfortunately, the guy putting it together(owner) is an idiot; and worse, he's an unassailably arrogant idiot. Remember this key quote 'I can build an engine as good as anyone'

No swab, no ya can't.

These are Jesel rockers, as good as they get. We ordered 'em, so I know they're the right part for this head.

Houston, we have a problem. Post 1.
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Old 28 December 2017, 00:18
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OK, this guy put these head together himself (using our tools, he's a shop rat) Well, let's do some tear down and see what's wrong:

Da fuq? Post 2.
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Old 28 December 2017, 00:26
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OK, so the ONLY way this could happen(engine not run yet) is if shithead installed them and mangled this during assembly. If the valves hit the pistons, they'd be bent below the guide. The only way this could happen was if shithead had the assembly tool hung up on the valve tip and then cranked on it like a madman. Like with a 36" cheater bar level stupid. I don't care if you've got ProStock level springs, you stop when things have this much resistance. That's a 11/32" valve stem, not flimsy.

This is why you pay professionals, and you let them do their thing. If you don't trust them to do the right job, you've hired the wrong people.

Now, I build my own stuff here, this is a side job, for fun mostly. My real job makes me want to commit genocide as a career, so this job levels me off. I build some ratty looking stuff, by choice. Ain't no money in smartening up a chump, so they say. The top side looks like old crap, but the guts is all American-made forged stuff. This is boring stock head stuff, but should be a nice 550hp engine that'll live forever. S/F....Ken M
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Old 28 December 2017, 13:13
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OK, so the ONLY way this could happen(engine not run yet) is if shithead installed them and mangled this during assembly. If the valves hit the pistons, they'd be bent below the guide. The only way this could happen was if shithead had the assembly tool hung up on the valve tip and then cranked on it like a madman. Like with a 36" cheater bar level stupid. I don't care if you've got ProStock level springs, you stop when things have this much resistance. That's a 11/32" valve stem, not flimsy.

This is why you pay professionals, and you let them do their thing. If you don't trust them to do the right job, you've hired the wrong people.

Now, I build my own stuff here, this is a side job, for fun mostly. My real job makes me want to commit genocide as a career, so this job levels me off. I build some ratty looking stuff, by choice. Ain't no money in smartening up a chump, so they say. The top side looks like old crap, but the guts is all American-made forged stuff. This is boring stock head stuff, but should be a nice 550hp engine that'll live forever. S/F....Ken M
Bent pushrods... I've seen em before, but not on an engine that has not yet been run

That distributor placement is foreign to my GM-loyal self. 550hp is a nice number for a naturally aspirated small block, if I have a clue what I'm looking at. MOPAR? Carbureted?
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Old 28 December 2017, 16:36
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Nope, not bent pushrod, that's the other side of the rocker(the side with the adjuster), bent valve. Idiot bent it mounting the valve springs.

Big block mopar, has the canted distributor. 850cfm Holley. Somewhere between 400 and 500 cubic inches. But like I said, stock heads, just "rubbed on" a little.

A lot of what I do is support work. Lathe and mill work, valve jobs, balance cranks, etc. It's enjoyable doing something productive.

Today I turned some spacers for a motorplate on a 604" Ford. Even with a nitrous cam, should make about 1050 on motor, just under 2000 with two stages of nitrous. S/F....Ken M
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Old 28 December 2017, 17:07
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A lot of what I do is support work. Lathe and mill work, valve jobs, balance cranks, etc. It's enjoyable doing something productive.

Today I turned some spacers for a motorplate on a 604" Ford. Even with a nitrous cam, should make about 1050 on motor, just under 2000 with two stages of nitrous. S/F....Ken M
No replacement for displacement What sort of compression?

I am jealous of the machine work skillset. I'm just a wrench monkey, and not much of one anymore. Life happened and I hope to get back to it at some point.

OP, I have yet to check out the Petrolicious stuff. Always enjoyed the Nelson Racing turbo SBC builds on YouTube as well.
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Old 28 December 2017, 17:09
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OK, this guy put these head together himself (using our tools, he's a shop rat) Well, let's do some tear down and see what's wrong:

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Wow. That, uh...huh.
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Old 28 December 2017, 19:51
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saw a Petrolicous about a dude in Indiana's Singer 4.0 by accident.

A. those things are sexy as all hell, I dig 'em since I first saw one on Top Gear.

B. vid production quality is top notch.

E5M, hopefully stupidity costs enough to affect learning.
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saw a Petrolicous about a dude in Indiana's Singer 4.0 by accident.

A. those things are sexy as all hell, I dig 'em since I first saw one on Top Gear.

B. vid production quality is top notch.

E5M, hopefully stupidity costs enough to affect learning.
They just released that one, the Indian Commission. Stunning car. I’ve seen one or two in the wild on its way to Monterey. You’re right, they are sexy as hell. Singer money if about as fuck you as it gets, but nonetheless I need to add a regular 964 to the stable.
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Old 28 December 2017, 20:16
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My favorite project--and it'll finish out with a nice Hemi. I'll post the after pictures when it completed.
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Old 28 December 2017, 20:19
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And I see this gorgeous mutherfucker every morning when I walk through the door. I stop every damn time and just admire this piece of art, resurrected, restored, and flawless. Cars like these were minted when Detroit ruled the world....
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I admire you gents that can do this kind of work. I would like one day to buy/restore a 1975 Chevelle Malibu Classic as it was the first car I bought on my own, then wrecked:)
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Old 29 December 2017, 01:37
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They just released that one, the Indian Commission. Stunning car. I’ve seen one or two in the wild on its way to Monterey. You’re right, they are sexy as hell. Singer money if about as fuck you as it gets, but nonetheless I need to add a regular 964 to the stable.
I'll see if my buddy is still selling his. $45k I think?
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Old 29 December 2017, 17:57
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At least in my area, the late 90's early 00's Boxster's are excellent deals for a fun toy car. You need to replace the IMS bearing, a known and fatal problem, but for 10k'ish for a used S model, it's worth it.

Another great YT car channel is 19bozzy92. Pro-photog who does car stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k91qPMcBVMc

S/F....Ken M
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