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4/29/2005
00:26:50

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If anyone is out there that has considered modifying, swapping from a 318 to a 360 or just dress up here are a few hints that I have learned and I am sure that few others have a few hints of their own.

When going to the new Edelbrock Assembled aluminum heads pay close attention to where your rocker arms are positioned on the valve stem before torching the rocker studs. The valve guides can be way off. This makes the geometry of the heads look way off if not addressed. All you pros I'm sure know this.


Mopar Performance aluminum valve covers: when using ARP valve cover studs and not bolts you must shave the AC/accessory bracket for clearance or the valve cover won't fit onto the studs.

MP aluminum valve covers need grommets use the Morosso that accomidate a ventalation system or any aftermarket breather kit

ARP Bolt Kit for a Magnum 360: Forget about it! They don't have one. Use the LA 360 kit and you'll have pletty pretty bolts left over to show your friends, but if you feel like spending 200 on bolts they are great. Intake (M1), alum valve cover, and motor mount bolts must be baught seperately. Although you can't use the bolts as labeled, you will have enough for the oil pan, exhaust, thermo housing, crank sensor, dist. bracket, water pump and timing cover, dipstick, and they are all 3/8 socket.

With an M1 intake use a thermo housing gasket from an early 70's or so 340, and you will need to eliminate the whole corner of the AC compressor.

After 12 years of owning a gen II I have plenty but I am interested in hearing other lessons learned by the viewing audience.



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4/29/2005
10:31:16

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After all these decades of modifying street cars and trucks, here's my #1 hard and fast rule:

There's no such thing as bolt on.



OBIO3
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4/29/2005
21:38:37

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Nobody but NOBODY can tell you what's wrong with your auto on the phone OR a forum > You can speculate all day long > What you hear or see and what I hear or see are rarely discribed the same way > At the same time you can learn procedures that never crossed your mind > Most likely not what your present problem is but nice to file away for that special day >



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4/29/2005
22:58:40

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my two best friends in installation process... 5 LB sledge hammer, and a die grinder with plenty of carbide cutters. NOTHING will go easily. ALWAYS plan ahead, figure out how much time you think it may take, then multiply by ten, expect that you may be with out your vehicle for that much time in case something goes wrong. bolts will break when its the worst possible time for them to do so... and they will always break flush with the engine block. bloody knuckles are the sign of a job well done, and a beer well earned!



Dakula
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5/01/2005
19:19:56

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Here's a rule I drive by. You can only do as fast as you can afford to.

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5/04/2005
15:58:17

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OBIO3, I disagree. I was asked this question a couple weeks ago over the phone by a teenage girl: "I was driving down the road the other day and I head a loud bang. The right side of the car seemed to drop down a little bit and as I drove on, sparks started coming out from under the right side of the car." I diagnosed she had blown a tire, and low and behold, that was indeed the problem.



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5/05/2005
19:59:29

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Ok lol > I over stated > But I'm more right then wrong > Worked on these things all my life > My shop > And I'm here to tell you people got strange ways of describing what went wrong > Bigest proble is there are tons a things that go click.crake,pop,bang,squeal,squak and the list has no end > Telegraph is a huge problem lots don't understand > One thing for sure > It keeps the shop man rolling in bucks laughing all the way to the bank > No > not all are dishonest but all can laugh



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5/09/2005
16:24:39

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I know where you're coming from. Someone will say I've got a miss. What's causing it. Before you figure it out, you have to find out what they mean by a miss. Could be a surge caused by slipping tranny, rearend, etc, but they think it's a miss because it hesitates. The first thing you have to figure out is if they even know what they're describing.



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