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Old 12-10-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Finally breathing fire!

Sadly, my son gave up the ghost here a while back and has lost complete interest in our project. Really bums me out to no end, but I don't want to completely drive him away by trying to force him to do it....So I've been doing this with my buddy Jeff.
After fighting all the little crap that always haunts a project, My buddy and I tried to start the car on Friday night. It cranked over, but with heavy effort. When we installed the adjustable rockers, the instructions seemed odd..It seemed that it had us tighten them down really tight...but ok, that's how they wanted it. But once we heard it crank over, we both looked at each other with the same thoughts...rockers! Really late in the night, we called it quits. Last night we tore off the valve covers and literally loosened all the valves until just zero lash...regardless of cam position. Put it all back together and it fired right over. Granted, it ran like crap because none of the valves are properly adjusted, nor is the timing right yet...but IT RAN! It's so loud with the side pipes! I can't WAIT!

Question though. One of my other buddies just happen to drop by after we got it started and asked if we did the cam break in. (1500 RPM's for 30 MIN) He says it hardens the cam and breaks it in proper. I've never heard of such a thing. Anyone else?

I'm hoping to have it drivable before Christmas. But there are some little things to be done still. Like moving the water temp sensor, installing the oil sending unit(long story), installing new plug wires....stuff like that. So we'll see.

I mocked up the side pipes so when we started it, it didn't shoot crap all down the side from the headers.... Mmmmmmm....
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New Cam and lifters? YES you need to do a cam break in!! Very important and you need to run break in oil. If not you will see a very short life of your cam and valve train. Get the valves adjusted and run the engine at 2300 for about 20 min. That was my break in you should call your cam vendor and ask them what they suggest but it is very important....
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I'm running breakin oil with an additive along with it. That's always been standard for new engines. Just never heard of that! Cool...I'll check into it. Thanks.
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Cool yes your cam vender will have procedures for you to follow. Please let me know how it goes and if you need any help. I rebuilt the top half of my engine a year ago in the car and replaced the cam and heads and valve train and intake and carb. Here is the link to the thread if you are interested.

http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=128460
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great thread. Thanks. I see you ran into the same kind of issues on that rear vacuum fitting as I did.
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Yes and now I have put on a Demon Carb and the back bowl does not allow me to even use the low profile fitting you see in the thread. I had to plug it and use the main port on the carb for all my vacuum needs.
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I had the same problem with my Qjet. I had to install that spacer. Works perfect now.
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