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  1. Zinpieces thanks for posting the clear pictures of the oil filter relocation. Its always rather amazing to me when I find guys who have for decades been forced to temporarily remove sone component like the headers to allow access to remove an oil filter during and oil change when theres been the readily available option to mount a remote mount single or dual oil filter in a far easier ro access location, and the obvious option of adding an oil cooler or dual flow oil cooler and transmission fluid cooler. a little careful meassuring and thinking things through, and some careful shopping for adapters will generally allow you to relocate the oil filter and use a significantly longer and/or larger oil filter than could originally be installed, thus reducing the restriction to oil flow by significantly increasing the area of the filter medium surface,and adding a couple magnets to the instalation will generally help trap metalic debris http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/oil-system-mods-that-help.2187/ SmCo Samarium Cobalt Disc Magnets http://www.magnet4less.com/ http://www.magnet4less.com/product_info.php?cPath=3_27&products_id=254 http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/whats-a-windage-tray-do.64/ http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/oil-system-mods-that-help.2187/ High Temp Samarium SmCo Cobalt Magnet Discs 572°F Maximum Operating Temperature
  2. youll want a decent torque wrench in fact you really should have two, THIS BEAM STYLE TORQUE WRENCH IS THE TYPE TORQUE WRENCH YOU WANT TO CHECK ROTATIONAL RESISTANCE BUT NOT WHAT YOULL USE TO TIGHTEN HEAD BOLTS HUSKY $88 (worked rather well, over all I was pleased) http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-1-2-in-Click-Torque-Wrench-H2DTW/202916180?N=5yc1vZc6ev FOR HEAD BOLTS AND MAIN CAP STUDS ETC.
  3. http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/can-you-get-there-with-tpi.10494/#post-44299 you might find this useful
  4. first point! be aware that theres a significant percentage of LOW PRICE,VERY LOW QUALITY, IMPORTED CRAP for sale and companys that are basically scams, so Id strongly advise dealing locally if possible, or at least with a well known national firm with a long standing reputation and asking lots of questions, getting answers in writing and contacting the local better business bureau, looking for complaints, and be damn sure to pay with a credit card so you have some recourse if the product is never shipped READ THRU THIS THREAD CAREFULLY http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=98 Id also point out that a 4 post lift is basically designed for easy on & off access and car storage, and while it will allow you to work on much of the car a TWO POST LIFT allows far easier access to the wheels and suspension, and in many cases the exhaust and drive train is a bit less easily accessed with a 4 post lift. a properly installed 2 post lift needs 6"-8" of concrete floor thickness to firmly anchor it, a 4 post will require less floor thickness, but there are HUGE DIFFERENCES IN LIFT STRUCTURAL STRENGTH AND MATERIAL QUALITY, the LOW PRICE IS THERE FOR A REASON, and your LIFE depends on its structural strength and design, saving $700-$1500 on the price if your car falls on you will be a really stupid move if you get seriously injured or killed when it fails, due to marginal strength or bad design.
  5. if your willing to read through a few linked threads, and sub links I,m sure youll find all the info required http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=109 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=1790 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=5229 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=1639
  6. now I'll admit I have limited experience with the , imports and z cars , having only helped on a few , maybe a dozen v8 conversions and generally build big block muscle cars , like GTO,camaros novas ,corvettes, and street rods like t-buckets and vegas with big block engines, but Ive certainly shredded my share of 10 bolt, and 12 bolt chevy and a few 9" ford differentials in the process and learned what parts hold up as a result. Ive darn sure shredded my share of corvette IRS differentials and half shafts, so any serious race car I build has a dana 60 rear differential custom fitted http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=1282&p=36502&hilit=dana+differential#p36502 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=1934&p=5126#p5126
  7. looks like a real nice improvement thats been done well!
  8. Id point out that one factor many guys over look that you constantly hear about the "MASSIVE TORQUE" the most powerful TPI was the 1991 version "In the 1991 Chevrolet Corvette, the L98 has a compression ratio of 9.5-to-1. Compression ratio lists the difference between the largest capacity of a cylinder and the smallest capacity, as the piston moves from bottom dead center on the crank stroke to top dead center on the crank stroke. In this engine, the mildly high compression ratios (considering the crappy gas available) mean that the engine could produce 245 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 340 lb.-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm." the LT4 only made 330hp/340ft lbs of torque http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/specs/c4/1996/lt1lt4.html both engines are PITIFULLY WEAK compared to what you can build from a basic SBC yes we are all faced with working with limited budgets, obviously some far more limited than others but getting 450hp and 450ft lbs out of a properly built 383-406 sbc is not an un -obtainable goal HERES SOME EXAMPLES http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=3814 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=38 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=10377&p=42862&hilit=215cc+vortec#p42862 http://www.airflowresearch.com/articles/article155/A-P1.html http://www.airflowresearch.com/articles/article085/A-P1.htm http://www.airflowresearch.com/articles/article031/A-P1.htm http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=10494 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=430 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=10152 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=7771 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=5078 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=1040&p=1943#p1943
  9. While were talking about the larger shop tools here, If you don,t have a swivel hook,or engine leveler/tilter, trust me it makes the job far easier, to have both once you do youll wonder why you ever attempted the job without those accessories, without the swivel hook the engine constantly wants to swing back to one location, it fights you constantly, the tilter makes clearing and indexing the engine angle so much easier buy the 1.5-2 ton rated hook for your engine hoist and grease the swivel center pin on the hook http://www.mfrexpress.com/alloy-swivel-hoist-hook-crane-hook-safety-latch-15-ton-p-699.html adding a swivel like this between the leveler and crane GREATLY AIDS THE ENGINES REMOVAL, DON,T GET STUPID or CHEAP, GET THE 3000lb-3500lb rated one not the 1200lb size (REMEMBER YOULL BE UNDER THAT ENGINE SOMETIMES) the picture above can be used as a teaching aid, this guys got the engine tilter he needs but its mounted with the tilter too far above the carburetor, limiting the distance the engine can be lifted above the fenders there should be about 2"-3" between the carburetor BASE MOUNT ON THE INTAKE, tilter at most,with the carb removed and the intake opening duct taped closed and lower edge of the engine, intake carburetor mounting pad and having the distributor still installed is still a small risk, that, is best avoided as it could be damaged, its best removed for safety, but the picture also does not have the swivel,hook, and hes using it with the crank handle at the wrong end as it will hit the wind shield in some applications while cranking in that location, rather than having the crank face the crane like it should http://www.mfrexpress.com/alloy-swivel-hoist-hook-crane-hook-safety-latch-15-ton-p-699.html I think youll find a properly installed swivel hook increases the cranes lift distance as the hook loop can be supported by the bolt thru the crane beam or a screw link and hooked directly into the engine leveler,either option is likely too be shorter than the current few chain links, IN ANY CASE ITS AN OPTION ALMOST ALL MY FRIENDS, AND I , NOW SWEAR BY AS A MANDATORY ACCESSORY if you get a spare $20 or so, and have the time to order one, I think youll find its money well spent.
  10. while price alone is not always a good indicator of quality its usually a good bet that the smaller and cheaper engine stands with the smaller wheel bases, like this http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb-engine-stand-69520.html?hftref=cj ARE less stable, with the identical engine mounted on them, and that the slightly more expensive stands, that have a larger and wider foot print, like this http://www.harborfreight.com/2000-lb-foldable-engine-stand-69521-8970.html?hftref=cj are harder to tip once the engines mounted, due to simple leverage and physics and that every engine stand Ive seen for sale for under $300 has had really crappy low quality and small diameter casters, and few have caster roll locks, the main point I was trying to make here was that upgrading the casters to the larger size, and better quality and selecting an engine stand with a wide stable base to convert to the use of those larger swivel casters makes it far less likely to be effected by running over minor trash, or floor seams.
  11. BTW,how many guys own basic machine tools like a decent welder and drill press , air compressor , etc/ http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=10392&p=43018&hilit=miller+252#p43018 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=24 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=970 heres a darn impressive and logical custom welding project, I found posted on a different site and finding an older flex-plate or flywheel and a spare starter and gear for use with the engine stand as a gear drive and adding some custom crank handle, makes the stand more useable. now I don,t know why I didn,t think of this, its a rather simple modification with easily obtainable components that would make using an engine stand easier. the pictures, showing what needed to be done is rather self explanatory the more I look at this work/shop bench, the more I want something similar, built,in my shop! and Im sure most of us that have room in the garage could sure use a good solid work bench, OH yeah! its just a pipe dream at this point ,as my finances won,t currently allow it, but I,d like ideas from you gentlemen, on how to make the legs have at least some minimal adjustment, to compensate for a floor location that might be just a bit less than exactly level,obviously you could just stuff a shim or two under the legs if required, but having to stuff shims if required is really a less than ideal solution, that a well designed bench should be able to cope with. (as I,m sure most guys realize most poured concrete floors are not always perfectly level, over the entire shop floor surface) Id also like to have a few pull out drawers , added to the design, to keep welding clamps and supplies in and maybe a slide out rack to hold a few tools. plus some kind of parts list and cost to build something similar. and having a well braced top with at least a 3/8" steel top surface seems desirable obviously theres a great many options available and you might want to build it so its easily disassembled for transport?? having the legs bolt in place would allow you to insert washers as spacers on the bolts to adjust the effective leg length IF IT WAS PROPERLY DESIGNED Id think basic dimensions should be 4ft x 8 ft so you don,t need to cut a sheet of 3/8" steel plate as the top surface, and leg height , made from 3" square 1/4' thick square tube of about 36"-40" seems about right?? IM sure some of you computer geniuses,who far exceed my meager computer skills , could post a detailed exploded diagram of bench plans with those features shown?????
  12. having done some thing rather similar a few years ago , and knowing the time and money it cost to do it, all i can say is this is a job best avoided if possible but still your works darn impressive!
  13. your missing the point here! NO engine stand design that is safe too use should have a tendency to tip simply because it has a caster wheel roll over a dropped wrench, or hit a floor seam or some other common shop floor hazard, a properly designed engine stand with decent size swivel casters easily takes that type of obstacle in stride, it should remain stable and have no tendency to tip over. its just not that expensive or difficult to select a decent engine stand and go to the minimal effort required to install decent size and quality casters, that make moving the engine stand with the engine mounted far easier and safer and with far less of a tendency to tip even if it does hit some object on the floor. yes It does take some extra effort , or expense to buy and install the larger casters or select a engine stand design with a wide base that is far more stable to begin with. yes we all make choices and price is obviously one factor, but saving $100 or so and working with an engine stand thats inherently unstable is in my opinion a poor choice adding these caster wheels to all my engine stands made a huge improvement to the shops engine stands http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-cushion-tire-swivel-caster-with-brake-46819.html each of us is free to make our own choices , but having an engine fall and potentially injure me is one I can most likely avoid
  14. http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=10485 look over this link if you have the desire, a welder , a good deal of fabrication skill and can measure accurately, theres very little in engine swaps that you can,t do.
  15. frank sent me an e-mail, note to tell me about a near miss, he had and , as a result its finally starting to sink in, that the cost vs value of those dirt cheap engine stands is hardly worth the cost saved. http://www.harborfreight.com/1000-lb-engine-stand-69520.html Frank had purchased an engine stand, like this one ,pictured above, from some auto parts store years ago. well last night Frank was moving an engine mounted on that stand and one of the cheap swivel casters locked up in small flaw in the garage floor, the result was the engine fell, and frank without thinking in that instant, tried hard to stop it from falling , and sprained his arm rather badly and barely missed crushing his foot! every engine crane and engine stand Ive ever seen came with crappy steel wheels about 2.5"-3"in diam. but you have options (yes these adds $80-$100 to the cost of the engine stand) how much do you save by loosing a toe or breaking a foot keeping the cheap crappy casters http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-cushion-tire-swivel-caster-with-brake-46819.html http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200305217_200305217 a decent engine stand with decent casters is a far safer tool, and yes both the engine stans shown below need better casters added, but at least they are semi safer designs than the upper engine stand shown http://www.harborfreight.com/2000-lb-foldable-engine-stand-69521-8970.html BTW YOULL WANT TO MEASURE the engine stand legs and bolt hole spacing in the caster mount plate,AND SHOP CAREFULLY, YOULL WANT TWO OF THESE SQUARE U-BOLTS TO LOCK EACH SWIVEL CASTER TO THE ENGINE STAND READ THESE http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=8443&p=29605&hilit=engine+stand+grade+eight#p29605 http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=3724
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