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  1. Nice dedication to one of the finest yet unappreciated of American luxury muscle cars.
  2. I talked to a few friends about the issue, John Csordes & Pete Majestic who offered good troubleshooting suggestions. I was really bummed out and they encouraged me not to take apart just yet. Talked to Mike T. at TA Performance today and told him about my issue. 0 pressure in #5 and he said it sounded like one of the valves was not closing. Pressure checks BEFORE/AFTER VALVE ADJUSTMENT 1.200 2.203 3.200 4.204 5. 0/192! 6.205 7.190 8.195 I will fire her up tomorrow and see whether we can get her to run right.
  3. After running well for about a week, I am seeing telltale signs of coolant leakage. TA Performance recommended some coolant sealer which I will try. It will not run for more than 10 seconds then acts like there is a short in the system. The only thing I can think of is moisture in the cylinders and the MSD trying to compensate. It's weird but that may have been killing our MSD's over the years. This sort of problem may be solved by Bars Leaks on a normal engine but a boosted racing engine may not take to the idea. Last year, I was at the 1/8th mark when there was an engine explosi
  4. Pro Tuner Bob Ream of Imagine Injection synced into the FAST software and tuned the motor as she ran. He adjusted the choke and monitored the fuel values. Now she starts up with a key turn where it used to be a five key turn deal and see saw rpms till she warmed up. Now she starts up high, about 1,500 and goes down to 700 then stays steady at 1200. Other work includes fixed leaky proportioning valve, re-bled the brakes, rewired part of the electrical system and wrapped it with heat wrap to protect against header burns, got a new yoke with longer spline engagement for the new 3.5 0.
  5. Just oil primed the motor and adjusted the oil pressure. It was about 70 and I bumped it up to 80psi. The turbo boost will cause greater loads so it's safe to add a little more pressure. TA Performance recommends 10-15 psi per 1000 rpm. She has billet rods and will rev to 7 grand but I hold her down to 6,500rpm. Thats 65 - 97.5 psi. Too high an oil pressure can cause excessive pump drive forces which in turn cause excessive distributor gear drive wear. The cam gear drives the distributor and it drives the oil pump. We will fire her up, probably Saturday afternoon, after heat wrap
  6. Installed starboard header only to find the a .006" feeler gauge slipped past the copper gasket "seal". So, there was no seal and that is a non-starter for a turbo motor. It takes hours to align those headers and get the bolts into the soft aluminum head without damaging the soft threads. The new gaskets should seal better than the copper by a long shot. The gaskets are thicker so 1" long by 3/8-16 SHCS were used to secure the headers to the heads. In the mean time I am trying to slow down and do it right!
  7. Electra weight savings. I am not too worried about her est 4,855lb curb weight, in fact the record holder was 4,700lbs so I didn’t want to be under that! Anyway, I did make some weight savings that affect the front of the car. 1. Aluminum heads -64lbs. 2. Mini-starter -10lbs 3. Modified cross member -7lbs 4. Headers -5lbs 5. Driver -20lbs 6. Removal of Gear Vendors OD -40lbs this is is about 146lbs that will help with the weight transfer at launch. As power is applied the body will rotate to place more weight on the rear tires, the benefit is added tr
  8. Thanks Mr. Earl. Here is Faithful Pursuit's inspiration my prized 1:18 scale model of the Tuskegee Airmen's first Red Tail fighter escort, the massive P-47 Thunderbolt, the "Jug". The Jug's large radial engine and rear mount turbos, mounted like ours, required a substantial ducting system that made her fuselage deep, giving her body an old fashioned milk jug appearance. Now Mr. Earl, myself and others of our generation remember the Milk Man delivering those bottles early morning, replacing the empties. My baby brother was born in '64 and I would get the bottles with mom or dad from
  9. Hello all, Mocked up the intake install. The grade 8 bolts "dished" the washers on the last installation, rendering them ineffective. We had water getting pulled into the motor and coming out of the exhaust. A lot of mist would come out under full boost, from I suspect the blow off valves. The fix is to use 7/16-14 x 1.5 Grade 8 flanged bolts thus eliminating washers. A thin layer of 500F capable silicone will be applied to the 0.070" gaskets, already pre silicone glued to the manifold. This should give me the seal I need around the water passages while giving us the a
  10. Back on track after a 14 month cylinder head oddessy. My thanks to TA Performance for getting the job done after 2 other outfits lost their ability to do the job. Thanks Mike T. And crew!
  11. Back on track after a 14 month cylinder head oddessy. My thanks to TA Performance for getting the job done after 2 other outfits lost their ability to do the job. Thanks Mike T. And crew! Heads were torqued last week and they took about a week to do! The Cometic .080” thick gaskets had to be drilled for additional cooling passeges, separated, deburred, & re-silicone sealed. The torque fun began there...30ft-lbs, wait 8 hrs; 50ft-lbs, wait 8 hours; bolts 1,3,&5 to 110ft-lbs and the others to 100. Wait 24 hrs and re-torque wait another 24...well you get the point!
  12. Having trouble getting my heads done. The best people around here have been booked up for months; I need to send the heads and parts back to TA for them to build the heads. Just wasted 3 months while they sat in shops around here. The good news is that the inspection at our local shop turned up "dings" on the TA valves as though they had been dropped. I get the heads back today and will look into it. Anyway, Tim at TA said they can turn them around quickly. Here are some photos to enjoy...https://www.pinterest.com/michaelajoseph3/1969-buick-electra-225-electra-gran-sport-electra-/
  13. Twas the Night Before Christmas.... 'Twas the night before Christmas and in the garage, No trace of Ford, Chevy, or even a Dodge. The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit, So I figured I'd mess with the Electra a bit. I popped the release and I lifted the hood, When a deep voice behind me said "looks pretty good." Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick, And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick! We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say, Then he said "don't suppose that
  14. Its always great to connect with people who saw her years ago, thanks for the contribution! Here is a photo of me and GT PERFORMANCE FORD president Gary Tyler. He builds the 9” racing rear ends.
  15. I took out a loan for $5,000 and had Joe Wilcox Racing Transmissions in PA custom build a Turbo Hydrmatic 400 for my application. It is considerably stronger than my past racing transmission. It has the SFI rated Superbell, 34 element sprag, aluminum drum, Redline competition clutches, tranny brake with reversed valve body. ACC Torque converter is 3,800 stall and 3,200 hp capable.
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