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  1. Well, I've always had a crack in the iron of one of my exhaust valve housings (still pissed at that %[email protected]! guy), and it's time I rebuild another head. I have an idea of what I want to do, but I figured I consult the experts before I drop the big $$$. And yes, I just spent an hour reading threads. I couldn't find anyone asking questions about setups/uses similar enough to be completely comfortable with just doing it. I did see a lot of profiles that looked like the kind of guys I want to talk to! What I have: 3.1L L28 stoker with triple weber 40mms, Electromotive ignition, and headers of course. I just totally revamped my suspension and brakes. Soon to be: 3.9 or 4.08 R200 with Quaiffe ATB. I will remove my KN chrome filters and replace those pretties with a ram-charge intake. I will use a scoop from the radiator area that will have a pressurizable collector for the carbs. => NA boost. Use: Uh, I'm in the Navy. The car is my wife. Like all good wives, she takes my paycheck while I'm gone, and like a good husband I let her. It runs 110 octane whenever it is driven. (the compression, although unmeasured, is too high for 93) The car is 90% entertainment, something to look forward to when I come home. I intend to kick some ass at autocross and perhaps do a few road race events years down the road. The goal: the best NA engine attainable. Damn the price, whats the best? I've got another, perfect condition E31 head. I planned on rebuilding with that. So I offer the question: is it better to have the high compression of the E31 head? Is the reason most people recommend E88/N42/P90 simply because E31 is so impossible to find and compression is too high for the 3.1L? Given the fact that it will likely continue to drink 110 octane, do the experts agree to go for the compression or is there something I am missing? The head, whichever one I do end up with, will have each head flowed identically and the combustion chambers will be matched. (the goal is 6 identical mini-engines pushin on the same crank. why not? each cylinder has its own intake system separate from the others) I'm currently trying to find the best machine shop in the area of the car (Arkansas) (I know....) As for camshafts...I have wrestled with this for 2 years now. Do I want the nasty cam that has power above 4000 rpm or something more streetable? I have had a hard time. The main concern is that it will require some skill to wield a car constantly above 4k at an autocross. Enter the quaiffe atb and a lot of fun! I am currently leaning toward a less streetable cam (~ .500" lift, 290 dur) since gas mileage and practicality was never what I had in mind. What grinds do you guys recommend for this setup? Any experience would be appreciated! Have any other 3.1L L28 owners regretted a decision with a cam? Anyone love theirs? What was the grind and where did you get it? Thanks a lot, this was a long read!
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    Thank you, gentlemen! John -- the CV axles are from Wolf Creek Racing, and they are a great product. Great to see you're still out there! Ryan -- the muffler is 14" long, and is a 4" diameter (Magnaflow 14419). The "race" muffler option was 6" diameter and 6" long (Magnaflow 14159). Longer mufflers are quieter, despite how thin the first option is. Personally I don't think it's all that loud, I think the muffler does a great job and the exhaust has very little resonance. That said, many of the clubs here in WA have a 96 dB sound limit, so I guess I'll find out one way or the other! I'm close, no doubt. There's room for a 2nd muffler downstream should it come to that. I'm a huge fan of Magnaflow straight-through mufflers. Wonderful, rich tones. I first installed one on my 240Z in 2004. Liked it so much I run dual Magnaflow exhaust on my truck, too.
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    Chassis dyno and fabrication follow-up from this past weekend. Picked up my car from Portland Speed Industries in Portland, OR. Great shop for fabrication and setup needs! They also have a chassis dyno, so for me, it was a one-stop trip to Portland. Phenomenal work on the 3" exhaust. They mounted the muffler in the transmission tunnel. Not sure why I didn't take a good picture of the muffler itself. The strut bars were what I was looking for, too. I didn't initially imagine the assymetrical shape of the front brace, but after getting used to it, I really like the fabricator's approach. Nice and tight, too. The chassis dyno experience wasn't what we were hoping for. Joe came to help with the tune, and Jon Mortensen came down from Seattle again to see "carb/dyno tuning done efficiently." Unfortunately, the shop had double-booked the dyno and didn't tell me / us. Once my car was on the dyno, the shop manager simply needed help and couldn't be in two places at once. We could have performed our pulls in under 90 mins had he or a tech been at our disposal. Such is life. As for the car... we didn't have enough jets to tune it. The shame! LOL. 65F8 idles were too small for a proper transition. The engine kept leaning out once the cam kicked in above 5000, and we aborted several runs. 185 mains were the biggest I had, and they weren't having much effect. We tossed in the smallest air correctors I had, 145, and surprisingly that dropped us into the operable AFR and we completed a pull. 264 whp, 225 ft-lbs at 6300 so far, with a nice, flat torque curve. Once it gets going! Haha, ugh. Graph attached. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9__Kb_ZBIpY A fantastic start considering the main jets aren't even correct, so nothing else can actually be dialed in, including final timing. I've since reduced the chokes to 38mm from 40mm and performed a road test. Per my wideband O2 sensor, it brought the AFR back in line, no sweat. So... I'll just have to do another chassis dyno for a final tune once I have a sufficient range of jets available. Chassis dyno follow-up will occur within 30 days.
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    Thanks! Forgot to mention that my electrical issues were twofold.... a fried alternator and a fried hazard switch / pigtail harness. Replacing the alternator and removing the switch + harness restored the electrical system. Jon, I'm thinking I might attend the Saturday practice event and Sunday race in Shelton on Aug 12-13 (Western WA SCC).
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    Weird, this file didn't want to upload to HybridZ for some reason. YouTube workaround: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cH8EFWg3Ks
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    Success! After many obstacles... I have successfully road tested my Z and deem it ready for suspension tune and chassis dyno. This Friday I will deliver the car to PSI in Portland for exhaust, strut bars, alignment and corner balance. Aug 11th is my appointment on the chassis dyno! Untuned road-test media attached! Huge thank you to all contributors, most notably Joe Harlan and Jon Mortensen. Thank you all! Rev Limit.mov
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    Thanks fellas. I delivered the car to an electrical specialist. Turns out alternator is fried, so far, which I'm almost certain was my fault for a brief moment while assembling the engine. Weird that it was functional for "a while" and then spontaneously gave out while unattended? Electrons are quirky critters. I have no reason to suspect my Li battery. Agreed, even an in-depth electrical repair will be less costly than simply replacing the battery! Haha. A ridiculous statement, now that I type it. My exhaust / strut bar fabrication and corner balance appointment in Portland is pushed back to July 28, with a pickup and chassis dyno on Aug 11. You're right. The engine is still solid. And I find myself more and more appreciative for the well-reputed engine dyno break-in... thanks Joe and Arnie! Projected first local autocross event will be September 9-10. (They do 4 events in 2 days here!? Wow. Sand and Sage Sports Car Club.) Jon, do you have any events in the Seattle area in August? It's almost time...
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    Still here, though I'm rather fatigued. I'll spare the list of challenges, I really don't care to write them out. Drilling through the clutch fork, under the car, took the cake last month, for sure. Wow, that's the hardest metal I've ever had the frustration to modify. I achieved driving the car onto the trailer under it's own power... and much has fallen apart since that moment. Literally 2 hours later, and < 1 mile from my road-test playground, my truck engine gave out after 286,000 miles. I've since had a series of challenges getting a crate motor delivered. Seriously. I traveled out of country, which didn't help either. I had to delay delivery of my Z to the fab shop in Portland for two reasons... tow logistics, and now, spontaneously, I am having electrical issues in my Z. Nothing has been touched! Could be ignition or relays, I suppose, but it's odd behavior. Flashers and fuel pump click on and off, as do most electrical loads, with the key out of the ignition. No troubleshooting yet -- I disconnected the battery and went and had a drink. But hey, I drove it 10 feet.... progress is progress. Even if it's about as frustrating as I've ever experienced. https://youtu.be/wKsXf-ihOc4
  9. Interesting. Which surfaces did you find "not flat?"
  10. Perfect, that's what I was hoping to hear! Piece of cake. Thanks Steve. They're brand-new except for a few hours on the engine dyno back in October.
  11. Hey guys. I’m getting ready to install my new 45 DCOEs and two of the three carburetors have “sticky” throttles. I uploaded a YouTube clip for demonstration purposes. My Weber book is in storage and I didn’t see any relevant hits in the search results. I’m hoping it’s just the bolts on the side of the butterfly valve, perhaps they are too tight or need some lubricant. Anyone have any experience or tips here? I’d prefer to not start tinkering randomly… Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jysf3Tbx4nw
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    Still making progress. I haven't finalized a fabrication shop... but the rear suspension and drivetrain mods are complete and I'm happy to announce that my heart has officially mated with my body. Details.... so painful along the way, but so worth it forever after. IMG_7853.MOV
  13. San Antonio 3.1L Z

    Hey Steve... I really enjoyed reading your build thread. You did a great job capturing your progress, challenges and breakthroughs. I had several smiles this morning with my coffee. Triple DCOEs have a steep learning curve indeed! I assume you have 34 or 36mm chokes / main venturis in your 40 DCOEs? With a stroker... 34-36mm chokes are mandatory. I'd say 34mm for your build, as the 36mm don't offer much power gain and the 34mm have better drivability. Cheers, my friend. Nice work!
  14. Sorry about the delay! Carbs can receive too much fuel pressure, in which case performance degrades. Installing a return line acts like a shunt, or a relief valve, in that it would relieve overpressure (to a degree; it isn't a pressure regulator) via providing a path of lesser resistance for fluid flow. If memory serves, the Webers don't like much pressure... 3.5 to 4 psi. I don't have my book handy. In my mind, pressure surges up to 6 psi would likely degrade performance, and a return line might alleviate that symptom.
  15. Interesting... what type of fuel pump + regulator solution are you running? PSI? Sounds to me like the return line is serving as a patch to your fuel delivery symptoms. I run a high-volume, low-pressure, centrifugal, electric fuel pump that outputs 3.5psi for all flow rates. No return line needed.
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    Nice shop, Chickenman! Very cool. Just barely past the Canadian border, too. The shop isn't able to accept any new cars/projects until late summer (I didn't inquire about engine dyno services -- no longer interested, I'm proud to say). So that's out. Too bad, as I would have been happy to commission some of my other projects. Going to look into roll cage fabricators this week... hoping to find a shop that can do both my exhaust and strut braces. Fascinating powerplant! They have a 3.5L and 4.0L version that make about 650-700 bhp @ 11k! Radical. Would need an updated ECU solution and a transmission. Thanks for sharing!
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    Hah! Fat chance. I don't agree with their assessment of "negligible," and even if I did, I am not parting with my only headers. Can't knock you for trying! LOL No, the ignition settings are corrected/actual -- "two teeth off" was for my previous build, not my present build. I do not recall the detail of why Joe chose the timing settings he did, only that the engine seemed to idle better with the advance. The 3k and 8k knobs were experimentally derived from dyno plots. Thanks Cary! Question.... you had a 40mm venturi in a 40DCOE body? How? (no venturi?) Vizard's formula's ring a bell, but it's been awhile. I do know that from all of my previous homework on paper, I believe the 38mm is the likely choice. Looking forward to the chassis dyno results. I also suspect that there's a decent chance I might choke it down to the 36mm for autocross driveability. Too many variables to predict, at present. You're welcome!
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    Minor update. At the end of last week, I more or less woke up with the epiphany that I wanted to re-perform the engine dyno. The data and R&D experience was really, really important to me and I was really down about it. So I decided it was totally worth revisiting! I felt liberated from my disappointment, and reminded myself that this is my project and I can spend my time or money however I choose. This was priceless to me, so I should respond as such. I was excited! I called all around the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Seattle, Spokane, even in Idaho. Turns out our L6s are a real pain. Shops expect one to bring their bellhousing, which is impractical and incompatible for us. Some shops refused to accommodate, some lacked confidence in their ability to accommodate. One shop was confident in their ability to fabricate a mount, but it was a full day's labor at $500. That, and zero shops left me with any confidence that my headers would work. The headers hug tightly and even curl back under the transmission area. After doing my homework, I determined that this really wasn't a good option. I could force it and spend a lot of money and time only to find out nothing mounts up. This resulted in me accepting once and for all that this experience is behind me. Still liberating. The dyno that inspired the most confidence for R&D was in Seattle, if anyone ever searches for such a service. http://rpmdyno.com/dyno.html. Lastly, after reviewing my experience with Loyning's Engine Service, with reminders from Joe, the real value of Arnie's legacy experience is in the "art" of operating the dyno. That is, having a true instinct for the vitality of an engine. That truly is priceless, and after two failed builds, I remain very greatful knowing that my engine was broken in correctly. Lessons learned, as always. If I had it to do over again... I'd still go to Arnie Loyning for his experience and the fact that he has a known mounting solution for L6s. I simply would have more realistic expectations next time!
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    3 of 3, Part 2: Data Analysis Data Analysis: Torque and Power Plots 40 DCOE (w/36mm venturis), analysis relative to 2015 plot My gut reaction when I saw the first plots was that the shop headers + commercial muffler (and associated head loss, i.e. resistance to flow) capped torque around the 240 ft-lb range. The plateau ended early. On the “poor” dyno plot from April 2015 (with my headers), the torque plot is flat from 4500 to 6000 RPM. This dyno’s torque plot is flat from 4500 to 5500 RPM. 500rpm may not sound like much, but that’s a 33% difference in width of flat, peak-torque RPM. That’s huge! That indicates to me that the dyno exhaust is noticeably restricted. It also appears to peak approximately 300 RPM earlier than the previous run (5000, down from 5300). Additionally, the plateaued shape of the torque curve made it “obvious to my mind” and seems slightly capped in magnitude but I have insufficient data to support my intuition. 45 DCOE (w/36mm venturis), analysis relative to 40DCOEs w/36mm venturis Adds about 5 ft-lbs before plateau RPM and about 15 ft-lbs after plateau RPM Adds about 10-15 hp before plateau RPM and about 15-20 hp after plateau RPM 245 ft-lbs torque (or more) from 4400-6000 RPM… more than 3x the width of the same plateau on the same day with different carbs. Huge increase in intake capability… but only marginally increases peak magnitude in torque plot? Again, to me this indicates a restricted exhaust. Torque gain is in width, which now has peak plateau range of 1600 RPM. > 300% is huge! In my mind, the peak benefits to the WOT horsepower plot will be unveiled once we uncap the exhaust. 45 DCOE (w/40mm venturis), analysis relative to 36mm venturis This shouldn’t be the case! Something is capping CFM. See Weber chart below.... 36 and 40mm are very different performing chokes. Since this is the case, this means the carburetors are NOT the choke point any longer. Have I mentioned it might be the exhaust? Not a significant change from 36mm venturis Drastically change air delivery? No change. Jets didn’t change performance much anymore, either. Seems odd at peak RPM in a race motor, doesn’t it? Really odd. At peak power you change a variable and… not much? Sounds restricted to me. Upper limits of Fuel delivery? Doesn’t seem to run out of fuel. In my mind, the equal performance of 36mm/40mm venturis within the 45 DCOE confirms my suspicion that the engine dyno plot is torque limited due to the shop headers. Pictures comparing Mark’s “Stahl headers” with the shop’s “Stahl headers” are below. The shop told me the header differences would be negligible Judge your own gut instinct for yourself! At the end of the day, I still have a really nice shape power and torque curve! At the end of the day, the tech was impressed and was happy to tell me “your Z motor did better than ours did!” Inquiring further, “the shop L6 motor” produced 270hp on their dyno with the same header. I know no further details. For what it’s worth. Pretty much a fridge sticker. Coming this Summer… on the Chassis Dyno 36mm vs. 38mm vs. 40mm venturis (45 DCOEs only) With A/F Data! Show us what is happening during peak RPMs and plateaued RPMs and other RPMs… confirmation of proper tune. Show us that chassis data A/F can be more flat with 45 DCOEs than yesteryear’s chassis data on 40 DCOEs… any conclusion with a big grain of salt, unfortunately. With different exhaust! Show us the difference in torque plots, the plateaus and the new peak RPMs Sing us an L6 lullaby How’s it drive? After writing down all of the venturi/jet combinations, practical driving will be very relevant for autocross selection. Again, the purpose of this engine is to have power / torque widely available at all pedal positions and not for WOT/high RPM numbers. With butt-dyno reports! Fin.
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    3 of 3, Part 1: The Data The Data: What I don't have, which really hampers our ability to draw emperical conclusions: A/F ratio graphs All theories on intake "stalls" / turbulence / reversion... dataless. Horsepower and Torque only. Better than zero, but doesn't address the whole point of my R&D…. A/F data. I’ll be able to theorize once all is said and done and I have a tuner’s feel for the 45 DCOEs, but that won’t be until this summer. Timing settings for 40 DCOEs The timing was already ball-parked from the chassis dyno in Arkansas from the last engine build. There were only a few pulls on the 40s. I do not recall if the timing was adjusted or not. I know the main jets were slightly adjusted, but not by much. Again, I withdrew interest in the details once I learned A/F wasn’t available Timing/Jet settings for 45 DCOEs w/36mm venturis I didn’t capture this either. Same reasons… hands off. Small space. Too many cooks in the kitchen. Not enough time. You get the idea. What I do have, which is still useful: Power and Torque Plots Easily compares result of upgrading intake CFM capability by way of larger DCOE body and intake manifold Pics below. Jetting (I think!?) 40 DCOEs (36mm venturi) 165 mains 195 air correctors 45 DCOEs (40mm venturi) 190 mains 195 air correctors All Combinations: F11 emulsion tubes 60F8 Idles Timing Final timing only. I didn’t capture what I walked in with, because the mounting bracket for the crank sensor was different. Joe caught that it wasn’t aligned to the correct tooth, which was essentially corrected by the knobs. It was off by 12 degrees since 1999! Credit to Electromotive for their design being able to easily “fix” it unknowingly with a knob. Electromotive timing varies linearly between points in the RPM band: Init: 27 degrees 3k: 38 degrees 8k: 35 degrees Note: I did not use a voltmeter to confirm accuracy of this part. Knob settings only. Pic and graph of final timing below. Custom, Recreated Power Plots! Taking the raw data tables such as the one shown in the post above, I manually typed the different runs into Microsoft Excel. I made the following graphs (all posted below) 40 DCOEs with 36mm Venturis 40 DCOEs with 36mm Venturis 40 DCOEs with 36mm Venturis BSFC (both raw and smooth) HP vs. fuel flow rate Torque vs. fuel flow rate They're pretty easy to ready visually, I think. Put a lot of time into them. Peace of Mind Engine is solid and ready for the next step! That’s priceless! So very glad that the engine was put on the engine dyno, despite the lack of desired data. Again, I would repeat this experience and recommend it, I simply have a few lessons learned.
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    Thanks Jon! Great input, thanks for sharing how you experienced Arnie as well. Thought we had captured the pressure surge detail in this thread... good catch! I still think about that mexican food we had for lunch! Holy crap that was good. Stress-relieving soul food, I say!
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    Thank you, Steve. My goals were to collect and compare A/F ratio, torque and power plots for the following on the same engine, same dyno, same day: 40DCOEs w/36mm venturis 45DCOEs w/36mm venturis 45DCOEs w/38mm venturis 45DCOEs w/40mm venturis My purpose was to confirm venturi selection, and my R&D desires were hopeful the data would back up my "stalled carburetor" theories (the 40DCOE). This is not possible to confirm or deny without an A/F graph. The BSFC was an unexpected bonus to aid this research, but it's useless by itself. For my application, anyway.... In short, because Arnie and I miscommunicated, the internet still does not possess such a comparison to the best of my knowledge. Upset me greatly. It's entirely possible I would not have found an alternate, in which case nothing was lost. I did not have such a choice, as I had already "confirmed" his shop met my needs. It didn't.
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    2 of 3: The Dyno Shop and The Tuning The Dyno Shop: www.loyningsengineservice.com Arnie Loyning and his shop have a long racing history. Legacy, in fact, which is part of why I chose to step aside once I was there in person. I marveled at the age of this man (80?), his continued relevance in the sport and observing the arrival of his personal racer coming back to the shop (a 50-year-old Lotus that inspired the Mazda Miata). The techs joked that the boss man gets pretty grumpy if they don't get him on the track regularly. There were fancy heads and hi-tech intake manifolds and throttle assemblies (one piece, same function) everywhere. Clearly a ton of money coming into this place, and a ton of automotive pride going out. Respect aside... it's 2016, not 1986, not 1996, not 2006. I was very disappointed that he had a wide-band O2 sensor hooked up for instantaneous display purposes but he didn't pay for the add-on to his dyno software. The dyno and its controls were built in the 1980s (insert Weber book publication date comparison!) and the computer was easily over 10 years old. The black and white printout I received was printed from an ancient inkjet printer and it's hard to read in person, let alone the scanned image. I drive an old car! By definition I can appreciate old, IF it’s no slouch or is "kept original for vintage reasons." No one uses vintage PCs for modern use and says "they just don't make 'em like this anymore!" This might seem nitpicky, but it’s also attention to detail. If the attention to detail is only in the rearview mirror, who’s driving? Yesterday’s winner, says me. Granted, you might suggest the modern cars are fuel injected and the onboard computer is a part of the dyno tune. Correct. Except for the vintage racers like myself and the owner. The shop is named "Sidedraught City" for cryin' out loud, not "Fuel-Injection City!" He doesn’t have that for his own tune? Wow. At WOT only, he might not need it *as* much. I do. And every build benefits. Respectfully, I strongly feel he is riding out decades of success and doesn't care to evolve in this direction anymore. He displayed some stubborn traits and seemed to "tolerate" his job/role rather than enjoy it. That's ok, but I don't take my child to doctors that "tolerate" what they do for a living. He's earned his lot in life, again, full respect. Just so we're clear... his fee was well worth it and he provided a service. He simply won't be earning my dollars again for the same service. All chassis dyno experiences I've had (3 locations), by contrast, provided an A/F graph, provided a color printout that's readable, and offered the raw data files if you brought a USB stick. (You can download reader software from Dynojet, for example.) Even in rural Arkansas this is true, but here at the heart of racing in downtown Portland with multiple tracks in the region… here at “Sidedraught Central” evidently “what we’ve always done” trumps all. Jon noted that the printouts Arnie selected are not what Jon remembered seeing on screen at the end of the day. He just wasn't "present." Have I made my point about lack of attention-to-detail and disregard for the value of data? Curiously and enigmatically as far as I’m concerned, Arnie was very interested in a table printout which included BSFC (pic below). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brake_specific_fuel_consumption) When I asked him about A/F ratio, he pointed at the BSFC he was so interested in and explained how I might calculate A/F ratio from the BSFC. I asked him several times, in disbelief of what I was hearing. Maybe I’m missing something, but in my opinion he has a gross conceptual error. One cannot possibly know how thoroughly fuel/air burned by watching the fuel consumption rate. You could have the ignition off, for example, and mechanically draw out this number with a reciprocating set of pistons. That said, the number is exceptionally useful when modifying port shapes, intake shapes, exhaust shapes, etc. and striving to maximize volumetric efficiency at every RPM. Less fuel for more horsepower is equally advantageous in a racecar and a Prius, albeit for different reasons and goals. To me, the efficiency or inefficiency is quite set in stone given my manifold and carburetor selection are a done deal, as is the head work and my camshaft. If I can’t adjust it and I have no intention to… it’s not worth much beyond “neato” and noting which RPMs the engine might vary efficiency… but my throttle pedal can tell you that range also. Like I said… “Neato.” (Anyone know what I’m missing?) I do intend to circle back to this after the build is complete. In the end, his shop has a reputation. He has repeat customers. Apparently they win on track, which is what matters. Some rent his dyno for a week. If I were experimenting with camshafts, port shapes, intake manifold or exhausts that fit, then I would value this facility for these purposes. This shop would be amazing for such experimentation IF AND ONLY IF fuel injection was used. None of these applied to me, so this shop did not meet my expectations or needs in terms of my expressed R&D intention and investment. In short, I would still do it all over again just for the engine break-in, especially if I had no other shop to choose from. I do not feel Arnie’s legacy experience offered my engine one single improvement detail -- this was my engine and Joe's engine; Arnie only participated in the break-in. In a way, I’m really glad I got to take my engine to a legacy shop so I can pat myself on the back for being there and giving my engine a royal break-in. That said, I'd like my money to be green AND understand when it is not. I'd like to be able to pay people to help me go the direction I want to go, not pay people to go the same direction they've gone for decades and convince me otherwise. I'd like vendors and service providers to be honest and speak up if goals and/or capabilities are not aligned. I told Arnie on the phone before any of this that I'm coming expressly to collect A/F data and I received the response of "oh sure, my dyno has that." No, actually, you have a gauge mounted near your controls but your dyno has no idea it’s there. (Pic below... the gauge is behind the glass -- red LEDs). In my opinion, good sir, you have a mentality that you know everything that is knowable and this mentality prevents new things from being discovered and prevents dialogue with sufficient understanding. I sincerely believe I told him what I wanted and he recalibrated my words silently into “you just want to come break in your engine and see what the gauges show.” Communication is a two way street, and I own up my half for not micromanaging the conversation and ensuring I spoke the correct lingo to interact with his mind. Trusting the expert and respecting my elder cost me two days of pay (I took time off during the week), plus the cost of the dyno day, plus the permanent loss of not attaining what I [believed I had] purchased -- a priceless and scientific R&D experience exploring new territory. Arrogant or not, my conclusion is that vintage racers might continue to expand the envelope in vintage ways, but not all vintage racers share the same idea of modern tools or sufficient communication. Full respect to men like Arnie, but my path is my own. Again, it was a really neat experience and I’m glad for it. Food for thought for all you enthusiasts out there The Tuning: Joe, maybe you'd like to chime in here, but the impression I received from observing you and Arnie is that you also were deferent to Arnie's experience and the fact that we were in Arnie's shop and Arnie's hands were on the controls -- It was The Arnie Loynings Show. It seemed to me that Joe was also reading Arnie to see what he might learn from Arnie’s decades of experience. Neither Joe nor I consider the engine tuned beyond "a decent start." Joe knows carbs very well also; I observed him ask questions of Arnie that I myself knew the answer to, so I figured he was probing Arnie to see if any unanticipated fruit would fall out of the tree. None did. Arnie did make an impression on me regarding orientation of the aux venturis, so I did reinforce a good habit, but it was more like "hey it's easy to mess this up" than performance insight. (I already knew how to orient a venturi.) I felt 50% like a guest and 50% like a customer. A welcome guest! …which is nice, but confusing when paying for services. I was in my right to ask them to swap parts and spend more time, but I feel that's the only thing that I as a paying customer had influence over. I felt I was wearing out my welcome just by being a customer with custom goals (same root word, even, go figure). Really odd! This is likely a common, upside-down result of supply and demand when supply (of comparable shops) decreases. The dollar just doesn't mean much after that, people get set in their ways, and eventually “it's my way or the highway because I have more customers and experience than I can shake a stick at.” I can list a few restaurants that meet that description but offer lousy food or service and the economy still inexplicably pays them. The people at the shop were in no way rude but rather very friendly; the owner’s mentality simply resulted in a closed door for this specific customer’s purpose. No disrespect, they treated my engine very very well and broke it in wonderfully. Worth every penny. I simply thought I was coming for a different reason. Since I took time off of work to accommodate *their* work preferences, it further cost me two days’ pay to come be surprised and disappointed with what I thought I was purchasing. Ouch is right. I sacrificed a lot. Again, I own my half and do not assert blame... but I do feel my money wasn't green at the shop. We humans affect each other’s lives more than we know. It would have been nice if the other parties joined me in the desire to communicate precisely or openly. It would have been nice if I was given the CHOICE to be ok with limited R&D... instead it "happened to me" against my knowledge. And Joe, just so you and I are clear... none of this reflects my opinion and trust of you, sir. Arnie and his business alone. I do not feel you mislead or ill-advised me in any way! To the contrary. It was fabulous advice to come break in the engine at this shop. That was your advice. It was my desire to conduct R&D. That's on me. As always, if I am missing something, I'd love to be wrong and retract my harsh perspectives...
  24. NA 3.1L=>head & camshaft questions. No shortcuts, max

    1 of 3: Engine Dyno Experience Overview Very overdue post... but then again this project has always been behind pace. Thanks for bearing with me! Preface: Now that the experience of the engine dyno is behind me, I understand much more about realistic or practical goals relative to expectations in this industry. In short, although it did not go according to my plan, in the end I have zero regrets and would still make the same choices again. The details and pros/cons are outlined below. My overall conclusion and message would be that of positive reinforcement: you get what you pay for, you can't rush a job being "done right" and, well, to quote Mario Andretti, "if everything seems under control, you just aren't going fast enough." In this case, my pursuit of pushing the envelope is, by definition, understood to “not be fully controllable.” The engine dyno day was not, as a whole, under my control by a long stretch. I recognized this early on and I quickly stood back to get out of the way throughout the experience. Would I have don't things differently? Oh hell yes. Was it worthwhile to see what would happen if I just watched? Oh hell yes. Did I confirm to myself that I can't wait to do it my way? Oh hell yes. Interestingly, I wouldn't know the last two points had I just arrogantly pressed forward and done things my way. Still might have been right, but I wouldn’t know. Preface Part 2: This post contains constructive observations and impressions regarding how it might have gone differently and how I intended it to go. This "criticism" is NOT intended to judge the shop, the owner, the techs or my engine builder. This feedback is intended as "lessons learned" for those who are considering R&D, i.e. herding cats. The "criticism" is essentially pointing back at ME -- it is constructive to other customers to ensure they ask the right questions and speak the same language as the shop. As a customer, I told my engine builder and the shop what I wanted to accomplish. I used my words. All verbally agreed. My engine builder later stated he "missed the memo that we wanted to test stuff" and the dyno shop made similar statements indicating non buy-in toward my goals of experimentation and data collection. Personally, I think the arrow points at ME. Evidently I did not use the right words or stand firmly enough. I also conclude I did not ask the right questions, and neither did the vendors. Thanks Jon, for your comment about me being zen throughout the experience. I was trying for that… admittedly part of me chose to be numb from the surprises, and, oh God!, the freeze plugs popping out so many times was quite intimidating and stressful. I chose to not “feel” the fearful what-ifs… I had enough going on in my head! LOL. Muted my excitement a bit, too, unfortunately. Overview: I did not get the data I wanted to get. As a result, the “experiment” and its results were significantly limited from an R&D perspective. Scientifically, what I set out to demonstrate or discover was not available. The environment had too many variables, not enough controls, and did NOT contain the most important data (to the R&D) -- a graph of the air/fuel ratio. As a result, I elected to skip the 38mm venturis altogether in the interest of practicality. I also placed no personal value in paying attention to the jetting and overall tuning, which was now moot in my mind. It became far more valuable to me at that point to observe tried-and- true racers and “performance carburetor practicality,” let’s say – literally to observe the industry standards that I as an amateur am questioning in 2017. The overall value of this choice was that I learned that I didn't learn anything new about tuning carburetors and was able to smile in confidence that all my time tinkering on triples since 1999 hasn't been fruitless in the slightest. In the end, the power/torque data we have is simply "food for thought" and the real value was primarily breaking-in the engine in a controlled manner and secondarily the experience itself. Worth every penny and I recommend others go for it, if able and inclined. Coming soon (this week, I'm not intentionally dragging this out)... 2. The Shop / The Tuning 3. The Data
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    This thread has been silent long enough. Life can be hard... and depression is a mother lover. The engine still rests on the floor of my storage unit, the rear of my car is still in the air. I've made significant progress, but I'm still working on the Wolf Creek CV axles and T3 rear LCAs. I've completed my differential mounts, diff crossmember repair (cracked) and upgrade (thanks Joe! Fine work.), and all parts powder-coated (including moustache bar, etc). I pulled up my word document from November... and I just don't have the desire to create a presentation at this time. I don't even want to edit the writeup. A video is unlikely but possible. Better to share what I do have than sit on what I might have one day. For now, I will post my write-up in three installments: Overview The Shop / The Tuning The Data As always, thank you gentlemen and ladies, as this community is very, very much appreciated on my end.