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AFR 235cc Eliminators, Comp-ported, 80cc Chamber
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Finally arrived. Inconel Exhaust Valves, Ti Retainers

AFR 235 Intake Ports w/Vane
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Just add boost!

80cc Fully CNC'd Chamber, 2.125"/1.60" Valves
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The exhaust valve is Inconel for high boost, sustained use.

Valve sweep witness marks
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Trying for perfection at mid-lift

NEW: Valvetrain fully installed and under pressure
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The T&D Shaft Rocker kit has 1.7 Intake ratio and 1.8 Exhaust, for net lifts of .704"/.702"

Right Side: Smith Bros. .125" x 3/8" Pushrods
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With ~720# open spring pressure, these are good insurance for valvetrain stability

New: Laser Graphics on Valve Covers
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I designed the flame font, adapted the Ghost-with-Bag graphic, then etched on the EPILOG @ TechShop

NEW: Oil Cap Logo Etching
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I did this on the TechShop's EPILOG Laser and created the graphics from scratch

NEW: Oil Cap Etching - Disinformation :O
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I did two of these caps for Saturday night fun and confusion!

NEW: 421 Graphics Complete
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Doing the graphics and learning the laser was a lot of fun!

Closeup of Embedded NOS Spraybar
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2-Stage NOS setup attaches - fuel in the rear, nitrous in the front. Tape still on bar here.

New: Me shooting the powdercoat
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Clear goes on as white powder so you can see what you are spraying and the coverage

New: Before removal of the plugs and masking
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The silicon plugs and special tape can survive the baking with being damaged

Custom JE Pistons, Tuff-Skirt & Ceramic Coat
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For the new, high-boost 421" motor
Howards Cam Forged Billet Rod
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Will handle well over 1000HP

421" Painted Silver & Clear
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I decided on Aluminum color so I could see any oil or rubber dust.

421" after painting
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With some creative coatings on parts, this should come out sano

Dart Little M Billet Steel Main Caps
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The inner main bolts will be replaced by ARP studs.
Piston Oil Jet Installation Fixture in Place
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Oil jets will be positioned at the base of each cylinder to spray across the piston crown and pin.
The BLP Bit through the hole feeding Cyl. #3
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Holes for Cyl #1-#7 drilled and marked
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Next step, cutting the channels
Cyl. #1 Oil Feed Channel Cut
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Next steps, finish all cuts, then tap for jets
Piston Oil Squirter Jets Installed
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After drill/tap/channel cutting, washed block then installed the jets w/blue Loctite

3.875" Stroke 4340 Howards Cam Crank
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Forged and machined in the U.S., with a big block snout & double keys to handle the blower.

Ring seating fixture made by Tom for 4.155" bore
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2" cutoff of 5" Aluminum stock for $30 at the local metal shop, brought it to Tom. Done by 5PM!
Checking the ring gap during the filing process
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I took notes that let me speed up the process by counting the # of turns...
Custom JE Piston assembly with 2 snaprings/side
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I spec'd the snaprings as I find them reliable and easy to use.
All pistons installed for 1st time
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File fitting the rings took me 16 hours total. The rod/piston/ring setup only took 6 hours.

Shortblock getting close!
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I have parts at the plating shop being anodized, including the front timing cover.

NEW: Blower Pulley Drive Adapter
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Custom spacer centers crank trigger, pulley & adapter to crank. Steel dowels handle power in shear.

NEW: Cutting the Blower Bracket on the FlowJet
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This took about 8 minutes to cut from 1/2" 6061 plate.

NEW: Primary Blower Bracket under construction
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NEW: Cog Belt Guard Mocked-up
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Still needs polishing, welding then anodizing

New: Almost Done
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Still need to disassemble, polish, weld, then prep for anodizing

New: 3 Planes of Reinforced Strength
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I really wanted a rigid structure to avoid expensive belt issues. Will also handle a 10-rib belt.

1987 Buick Grand National - GM Connect & Cruise LSA E-Rod Install Section:

New: 14", 6-piston F&R Wilwoods
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Left: 6-piston Forged Narrow Billet SuperLite Calipers, Monsters on Right: 6-piston W6A/ST Calipers

The LSA Connect & Cruise E-Rod and its future home
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Got Shoehorn?

Starts to Appear
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Supercharger Unit Removed to Pull Heads
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Heads got sent off to West Coast Cylinder Heads for CNC porting

ARP Head Studs in Place
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Cheaper than replacing head bolts after each use, and stronger

MAST Oil Pan & Pickup
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Fits the G-Body chassis better with no clower clearance issues

The Only Sticker I Want on my Car
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10 years ago no one could have conceived of this...

Uncovered and on the way out
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Nicely CNC'd
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Testing the fit of the front accessory dressout
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This is a mix of LSA and LS7 parts, to get the Alt and PS up off the steering box

Fl2
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