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Old 08-28-2008, 11:34 PM   #1
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I am happy to say that after fighting an uphill battle with my SSEi for the past 1.5 years, I can now drive it again with a smile on my face! It feels totally different...especially the trans.

I orginally took my car to Dave Norris at TripleEdgePerformance.com (he'* Trannyman95 on many 3800 boards) to get a set of L32 heads, ported, polished and installed. I ended up getting that done along with getting my current "performance" trans rebuilt properly (Omar...whoever you are..you suck at building transmissions! :angry7: ), a partially collapsed flex 3" DP replaced, leaky fuel log fixed, my GenV machined (inlet and outlet) and a tune.

Dave was the upmost professional and was great to deal with throughout the process. He ran into serveral issues and worked through all of them without cutting corners.

Just before I left with the car, Dave started to show off a bit. He went and grabbed a torque wrench to double-check the lugnuts before I drove back to Chicago.

Here'* some pics of his work:

L32 Heads







Coolant Passage Opened Up (thanks Turbocharged400sbc for the tip!)


GenV (thanks Willren for the Secret Formula! It actually works! I'm a believer!)



Getting it Back Together



I hope that I'll finally hit my goal in the coming month to be the first non-sponsored 2000+ Bonneville to run 12s in the 1/4. We'll see.
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Those are some very pretty parts that went together to make a very nice looking engine. Hows it sound and move?
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Looking great Tom. I am sure you will be pleased with Dave'* work. Heard nothing but great stuff about him.

Did you change gear ratio as well?
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Did you get any flow bench numbers on the heads?

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Looking great Tom. I am sure you will be pleased with Dave'* work. Heard nothing but great stuff about him.

Did you change gear ratio as well?
Hey Bill - Long time no talk! Here'* the specs on the trans (I had the geaing changed back in the old build over a year ago.):

Triple Edge Peformance Build
Upgraded Torque Convertor (stock size and stall...but all the goodies on the inside)
3.29 gears (single chain drive)
TransGo Shift Kit
ZZP Input Shaft/ZZP Pump Shaft/ZZP Gun Drilled Output Shaft
Trans Cooler
SFPHQ HD Axle Shafts

How'* your car been?
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Did you get any flow bench numbers on the heads?

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I was waiting for someone to ask. The answer is no. Dave doesn't flow bench his heads. All I can say, is there is a remarkable improvement. I'm hoping to hit up the dyno next weekend.
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It sounds the same. It moves a bit faster too. The trans is leaps better than what it was.
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I was waiting for someone to ask. The answer is no. Dave doesn't flow bench his heads. All I can say, is there is a remarkable improvement. I'm hoping to hit up the dyno next weekend.
Please report back as to any gains after you hit the dyno.

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Please report back as to any gains after you hit the dyno.

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Hey Ed - I dyno'ed the car last week (9/8 ) and with my street tune (93 octane, 16* of timing, ~12lbs boost w/ 2.8 pulley, 11.6AFR). The car put down 316whp/306whp (STD/SAE). Unfortunately, I only got one pull in before the dyno controller broke.

My last dyno was ~282whp before the heads.
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Nice gain from the heads
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