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Old 12-21-2018, 09:32 PM   #276
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Haven't pulled it but Im pretty sure a rod hit it.

Going to upgrade the cam to the 228/230 .585 cam(sloppy stage 2) and Im stepping up to gen 4 5.3 guts in a gen 3 block. Got two shortblocks(1 gen 3 5 3 and a gen 4 5.3) for $300 from a buddy.

Im bummed about the oil pan too... not cheap. I agree though, these SBE are so strong and cheap it doesnt make sense to forge one of these engines. I will probly go with new headgaskets and head bolts this time though. Just so I can put more timing in it in the midrange without pushing a tiny amount of coolant like I was before.

Here's a few photos of damage. Got both heads off. One piston completely gone. Cam may have been hit. Reached in and grabbed a few pieces through the bore lol


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Old 12-22-2018, 05:01 AM   #277
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If you have a gen 3 block with the late model guts I mayyy have a full set of speed master studs I'll send you. I'll have to check when I get back home
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:55 PM   #278
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Oh man that would be amazing! I really want studs now that Im leaning on it a bit more. I'm pretty sure I could easily get away with another set of single use bolts and new gaskets but studs would be great with new gaskets.
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Old 12-22-2018, 04:11 PM   #279
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Yeah, I'll be back Monday so I'll look and see what I can round up!
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:34 AM   #280
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any word on the cam yet?
Cam is toast. Big nicks in it from the rod. I might be able to clean up the heads. Entire shortblock is junk.

Its not like I need to go faster anyway lol. I think between the displacement bump and cam upgrade I could pick up 30whp at the same boost level. If I add the billet 7875 center section that should give me another 30-40whp too.

I'd like to hit 9.6-9.7 @ 145mph next while driving there and back. Hell even consistant 9 second passes would be really cool
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Old 12-26-2018, 06:25 PM   #281
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bummer on the cam. the ol' disappearing piston trick, eh?
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:07 AM   #282
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bummer on the cam. the ol' disappearing piston trick, eh?
I Houdini'd that bastard lol
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:22 AM   #283
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More carnage photos. Got the motor pulled today. Been lazy about it because I don't have the spare engine at my house yet and still need to buy the cam and oil pan.





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Old 02-21-2019, 12:58 PM   #284
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Ever able to get the new short block and oil pan?
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Old 03-07-2019, 03:15 PM   #285
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Got the new short blocks, new pan is coming soon, new cam is already in the garage.

Plans for 2019 are 6 point cage, 15x8 wheels, billet 7875, gen 4 rods and pistons with a gen 3 5.3 block/crank, bigger cam(228/230 sloppy stage 2).
Goals for 2019 are 9.5's at around 145mph.

Building a buddy's car first. It's Chevy Caprice with a gen 4 rods and pistons with a gen 3 5.3 block/crank, s475, th350, with a microsquirt on e85. Should be a fun street cruiser. I need to get his car out of my garage before I can really move on mine.

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Old 03-14-2019, 09:15 AM   #286
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I need to get his car out of my garage before I can really move on mine.
this has been the story of my life for the past three years
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:13 PM   #287
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Ok... so...

Got my buddies car out of the garage.

Got the "new" gen 4 5.3 guts in the "new" gen 3 block along with the sloppy stage 2 cam(228/230)

Motor went in without issue. New bigger cam and a bit more displacement and the engine fired right up on the old tune. Excellent oil pressure on all old bearing, doesn't burn ANY oil even with re-used rings from a different engine.

Drove car around tuning it a bit to get the fueling right after whacking the whole map with 8% of fuel to make sure it was safe. Fueling was coming in great and car is absolutely making more power than before.

Rolled into around 60mph, boost came in hard, car spun a bit around 80, pedaled real quick, got back in it, car spun a little bit again around 100mph, pedaled it, car hooks up and I let off around 120 or so. When I let off the engine just drops straight to idle even though I'm still in 3rd gear.

After a couple seconds 3rd gear re engages and a few second after that the trans starts making a gawd awful noise while in 3rd... great lol Limp the car home in 2nd which is still quiet. So I pull the trans the same day and get it dropped off at my trans builders house.

He pulls it apart and find a broken as hell sprag lol. Upgraded 36 element sprag just showed up to his door today so hopefully I can get the trans back either tomorrow or Saturday so I can race on Sunday.

We'll see though! Never a dull moment haha
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Rolled into around 60mph, boost came in hard, car spun a bit around 80, pedaled real quick, got back in it, car spun a little bit again around 100mph, pedaled it, car hooks up and I let off around 120 or so. When I let off the engine just drops straight to idle even though I'm still in 3rd gear.
I can't even comprehend what that would be like. Glad to see this back to being one of the fastest cars on here.
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Old 06-04-2019, 01:59 PM   #289
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I can't even comprehend what that would be like.
It's a LOT of fun lol Especially coming from a 300whp AWD Subaru as my previous "fast" car. Just keep in mind the road was cool and only around 60deg or so. When it gets hot out or after a few good solid hits on the road the tires hook up much better. I can usually do a 60 roll and have it hook up and just moves out with very little drama involved.

I can't wait to get the trans back in the car. Just got word from my buddy I should get the trans back tomorrow and then I need to install it and get the car up and running again by Saturday so I can drop the car off to my other friend and have a 4 point roll bar put in for safety.

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Man, your car sounds like a monster! I need to pick your brains a little bit before I start my swap.

Fun fact though, if you Google Map Kenly, NC, the street view is set to a white 240 parked at a Dairy Queen haha. I just thought that was funny.
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Picked up the transmission last night. New clutches, steels, bushings, internal seals and an upgraded 36 element sprag(broke the stock one all to hell). I found a deal on the sprag($336 shipped) and he only charged $500 for all other work completed.

He let me know that my trans is now built identical to the one in his nitrous LS S10 that's been 5.42@132 @ 2900lbs on the footbrake in the 1/8th. He hasn't burnt up any clutches or broke the 36 element sprag so I'm very confident I'll be fine with my power level(about 250whp less than him). I'm still in the slow category IMO with a 6.5 @ 113mph lol

Going to thrash tonight after work to get the trans in and car back on the ground. There's been some **** talking on the local 1/8mile page about some street cars. I'm gonna try and quiet a couple people down a bit on Friday night. We'll see though lol

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Man, your car sounds like a monster! I need to pick your brains a little bit before I start my swap.

Fun fact though, if you Google Map Kenly, NC, the street view is set to a white 240 parked at a Dairy Queen haha. I just thought that was funny.
PS my personal best was actually ran at Coastal Plains in Jacksonville. It's one of my favorite tracks to run at bc they are lax on safety but have really good track prep. Drove an hour and a half home after that run to "prove" my street car status lol.

That's pretty cool. The local track(Wayne County Drag strip) is only 8 min from my house. On quiet nights I can hear them racing. It's where I do the majority of my testing.
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:00 PM   #293
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Filling the gap with some photos
Old transmission damage



New Poly Bushing in torque rods. Old ones were destroyed.

Adj Panhard to center the new wider 15x8 wheels

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Garbage ass original 1991 glad nut didnt want to come out. I won though. Bastard. Yes this was with a chisel, hammering, penetrant, and MAPP gas heat.


New idle. Slightly more aggressive than before. I love it.

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Old 06-05-2019, 09:54 PM   #294
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And after picking up the trans yesterday night. The car is ready to have its wheels put back on and be driven again. I love the way the engine sounds.
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Picked up the transmission last night. New clutches, steels, bushings, internal seals and an upgraded 36 element sprag(broke the stock one all to hell). I found a deal on the sprag($336 shipped) and he only charged $500 for all other work completed.

He let me know that my trans is now built identical to the one in his nitrous LS S10 that's been 5.42@132 @ 2900lbs on the footbrake in the 1/8th. He hasn't burnt up any clutches or broke the 36 element sprag so I'm very confident I'll be fine with my power level(about 250whp less than him). I'm still in the slow category IMO with a 6.5 @ 113mph lol

Going to thrash tonight after work to get the trans in and car back on the ground. There's been some **** talking on the local 1/8mile page about some street cars. I'm gonna try and quiet a couple people down a bit on Friday night. We'll see though lol
still a steel drum? I've had great luck with the 34 element setup from 4L80's
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Sounds absolutely amazing bro. Maybe I've worked with only trash people in the past but your Trans guy was pretty quick on tackling that haha.

I've lived in this city on and off for 11 years and I still haven't gone to Coastal yet and my house is no more than 10 minutes away, just never been around long enough to finish a build to bring out there.

Next time you head out to any of the tracks let me know, I would love to see this thing move.
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Sounds absolutely amazing bro. Maybe I've worked with only trash people in the past but your Trans guy was pretty quick on tackling that haha.

I've lived in this city on and off for 11 years and I still haven't gone to Coastal yet and my house is no more than 10 minutes away, just never been around long enough to finish a build to bring out there.

Next time you head out to any of the tracks let me know, I would love to see this thing move.
I might be running at Nahunta Friday night. About an hour and change from Jacksonville.

Yeah he is very good and knows how to setup a trans.
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still a steel drum? I've had great luck with the 34 element setup from 4L80's
I'm not 100% sure but I think the 34 element 4l80e drum only fits in the th400 and not the th350 that I have.
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Got the car running and drove it to work, even got lunch with it. I really did miss driving the car.


Nice shot of all important info while driving down the road at about 60mph.


Was able to take it to the local 1/8th mile track and I did a new personal best ET and 60'. Really wasnt expecting that as normally this track does not hook well at all.


Turbo is out of breath for sure. 21psi is giving me 230 IAT's. Luckily e85 and my air temp correction table kept me safe but that's why the mph is low. Most of my passes I was commanding 14ish degrees and was only getting 8-9ish after air temp correction. Those 5-6 degrees account for a BUNCH of power being left on the table. Probly 3-4 mph in the 1/8th at least.

1/4 track and not pulling timing this would have been the 145mph pass I was looking for lol. Gives me hope for the rest of the year as the temps drop.
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Got a good video from some friends that where there.
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