Hey 65. I came here originally because of the SSEi Bonne. It was getting where it needed brakes and suspension stuf so Ithohgt I'd get on some GM boards to get info. I added the thread on the '63 just for fun. But the SSEi was totalled and we replaced it with a 530i BMW. But I'm keeping the thread going for anyone that wants to see it.
I took more parts down to Tucson and hit myself in the eye taking the head out of the trunk. I was lifting the head and hit back of my head on the trunk lid, which caused me to automatically duck my head down, which smacked right into the rocker stud on the head.
You cab see the rresults. So we decided to have some fun with it.
Anywho. The pistons I am using were bought several years ago for a different 400 project that was never assembled. The set came with taper walled pins for less weight. Over time they've found that the taper walled pins have too much tendency to flex and distort in the pin bore with higher rpm or higher HP motors. So we are getting different pins and the rings were really not as good as what they have now so we are getting a new ring set. We are going with the Helfire ring set.
We talked about getting the cam from the guy that made the ultrdyne cams and my son is still working with Crower on that end. So I'm waitng to see the outcome from those inquiries.
Paul needs the rings to final balance the assembly. I had to take the head studs down so they could final hone the bores with the deck plate. If I can get a cam and the other parts soon I could have the short block done in 2 to 3 weeks.
I have the long main rails welded into the car. I have to fit the back end of the over axle rails and turn them back into the original frame rails and I can weld them in. Then line up the rear end, place the rear crossover that will hold the springs and shocks and start cutting out the original frame and the sheet metal wheel wells for tubing. Going slow but it is going. I was looking at going to a manual trans and picked up a '96 T-56 6 speed. But after weighing all the pros and cons of the t-56 versus the 4L80 I decided to stay with the 4L80. I rlly would love to have that T-56 in here for pure fun and if it weren't for my need to get it to the strip I would stay with it. The turbo just plain loves an automatic. Especially with a trans brake. I'll go manual shift in the auto, trans brake and a lock up converter. So it will stiff be fun. And i won't have to worry about clutch wear, or chatter, or sitting at stop lihghts in gear etc. So that'* where I am at the moment. Thanks for saying HI . Good to see ya here. Mark L