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I put my rebuilt engine with the flattops in this weekend. Got the engine in on Saturday, finished up all the electrical, cooling and misc by Sunday afternoon, sat in the drivers seat around 5:00pm and said a little prayer... Then I turned the key.

The engine cranked over just four times and instantly fired into life! Man, what a beautiful sound! All I can say is it runs great! It runs better than great! I am way too excited about this, and my wife thinks I'm crazy, but after all the bad luck I had with the first rebuild, this is euphoria! The engine runs very quiet, little or no valvetrain noise, mostly I hear the fan, which is really loud as it pulls air through the radiator, then the distictive sound of the exhaust coming through the header and the sound out of the end of the exhaust. I can also hear the injectors, hardly any valve clatter. It sounds GREAT!

Just thought you'd like to know

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Let the good time roll!

> I put my rebuilt engine with the flattops in
> this weekend. Got the engine in on Saturday,
> finished up all the electrical, cooling and
> misc by Sunday afternoon, sat in the drivers
> seat around 5:00pm and said a little
> prayer... Then I turned the key.

> The engine cranked over just four times and
> instantly fired into life! Man, what a
> beautiful sound! All I can say is it runs
> great! It runs better than great! I am way
> too excited about this, and my wife thinks
> I'm crazy, but after all the bad luck I had
> with the first rebuild, this is euphoria!
> The engine runs very quiet, little or no
> valvetrain noise, mostly I hear the fan,
> which is really loud as it pulls air through
> the radiator, then the distictive sound of
> the exhaust coming through the header and
> the sound out of the end of the exhaust. I
> can also hear the injectors, hardly any
> valve clatter. It sounds GREAT!

> Just thought you'd like to know

> Steve Graber

I'd like to welcome you to Paradise Steve. Hopefully you'll be here for many years to come.

Have fun with your new toy.

Chris Behney
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Re: Let the good time roll!

Please do one thing somthing that I could not do
hehe thats break the engine in it was just rebuilt so it has alot of new parts and if you run it hard they are not going to like that
but like I said I could not run it easy I would have to floor it =)

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Gimme some break in tips pleez

What's my break in schedule supposed to look like? I know that I need to run the car for about 20 minutes taking care not to go over 3,500rpm and then adjust the valves hot. Do I need to run it no-load for a period of time before driving it?
I wanna make sure that everything is by the book, but I've never gotten this far before so anything you can tell me will be helpful. hehe

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Re: Gimme some break in tips pleez

The cam only takes about 15-20 minutes to seat and it is good to go. You should let the engine cool when adjusting valves until it can be touched without burning the living sh#$ out of you. The rings are the big thing and take a little longer to seat. Most people would say 500 miles and you are good to go, if proper machine work was done. 1000 to be on the safe side. My last motor, I was boosting 15psi on the first day. Probably not to smart. You want the rings to seat so that imperfections in the cylinder walls do not break a ring under high rpm. Hope this helps. To make it simple, don't get on the throttle for about a week and make sure to warm up the car before driving during that same week.
 

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A toast to new engine

Glad to hear the good news Steve. I am having a cold one to celebrate the installation.... Joe
 

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> I put my rebuilt engine with the flattops in
> this weekend. Got the engine in on Saturday,
> finished up all the electrical, cooling and
> misc by Sunday afternoon, sat in the drivers
> seat around 5:00pm and said a little
> prayer... Then I turned the key.

> The engine cranked over just four times and
> instantly fired into life! Man, what a
> beautiful sound! All I can say is it runs
> great! It runs better than great! I am way
> too excited about this, and my wife thinks
> I'm crazy, but after all the bad luck I had
> with the first rebuild, this is euphoria!
> The engine runs very quiet, little or no
> valvetrain noise, mostly I hear the fan,
> which is really loud as it pulls air through
> the radiator, then the distictive sound of
> the exhaust coming through the header and
> the sound out of the end of the exhaust. I
> can also hear the injectors, hardly any
> valve clatter. It sounds GREAT!

> Just thought you'd like to know

> Steve Graber
May your burnouts be long and smokey!
 

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>Now it is your duty to post a message to all of us that are attempting the same project for the first time and let us know all of the mistakes you made and all of the short cuts you found. I am just waiting for the good ole tax return so I can have a few extra bucks for mishaps and my 82 engine will be in my 762+2.Congrats and good luck.
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> I put my rebuilt engine with the flattops in
> this weekend. Got the engine in on Saturday,
> finished up all the electrical, cooling and
> misc by Sunday afternoon, sat in the drivers
> seat around 5:00pm and said a little
> prayer... Then I turned the key.

> The engine cranked over just four times and
> instantly fired into life! Man, what a
> beautiful sound! All I can say is it runs
> great! It runs better than great! I am way
> too excited about this, and my wife thinks
> I'm crazy, but after all the bad luck I had
> with the first rebuild, this is euphoria!
> The engine runs very quiet, little or no
> valvetrain noise, mostly I hear the fan,
> which is really loud as it pulls air through
> the radiator, then the distictive sound of
> the exhaust coming through the header and
> the sound out of the end of the exhaust. I
> can also hear the injectors, hardly any
> valve clatter. It sounds GREAT!

> Just thought you'd like to know

> Steve Graber
Just so you know next time there is a break in process for rebuilt motors using different RPMs for lengths of time Consult your rebuilder next time it might save your motor
 
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