New Adventure

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by 79supergasdriver, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. 79supergasdriver

    79supergasdriver Veteran Member

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    Brought a few more big pieces home the other day...
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    T56 Magnum with shifter and throwout bearing, clutch disc and pressure plate, driveshaft and fabricated crossmember. Just needs a flywheel and engine to turn it all
     
  2. 79supergasdriver

    79supergasdriver Veteran Member

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    Got some good and bad news when I tore down the engine. Good news is it's a 4-bolt block with seven tapped holes for trans mounting, provisions for dipstick on both sides, and 2-piece seal. Bad news is #8 piston was missing a chunk of skirt and all buggered up on one side. Also bearings are trash. Looking at complete rebuild now.
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    Got my annual bonus from work the same day these heads appeared on a local buy/sell/trade Facebook group:

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  3. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    Well now you can have it built the way you want .And with any modifications to address any issues .
     
  4. 79supergasdriver

    79supergasdriver Veteran Member

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    Yea
    Yeah, I know it's a good thing in the long run, but for now it just means significant delays waiting on funding.
     
  5. Zspoiler

    Zspoiler Veteran Member

    Its takes a while doesn`t .It took me a long time to build mine.
     
  6. 79supergasdriver

    79supergasdriver Veteran Member

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    Big updates after a long absence:

    Received a 0.30 over Gen 1 SBC donated by my brother-in-law. He told me it was a running engine, and I was able to turn it by hand, but heard some noise under the timing cover. I removed it to find two of the cam bolts had spun loose and were chewing up the cover and the locating dowel was sheared off. Needless to say the cam had wandered forward and the lifters/lobes were trash. Also there was no bolt holding the harmonic balancer to the crank. Repaired easily enough with the Melling "RV" cam kit, timing set, and some gaskets. Threw my accessories and intake on it; now I have what should be a running engine awaiting install. I'll run this one while I take my time building the other engine the way I want it.

    So naturally I thought to mate up the T56 at this point and drop the whole lot in together.

    Dial-indicating the bellhousing was time-consuming but not nearly as troublesome as I thought it might be. I made a huge mess removing the T56 front cover because I didn't bother to check if fluid was present beforehand. The farthest indicated was 0.004 off center. Finding a decently-priced flywheel for the 26 spline, 11" clutch on a 2-piece RMS block was a chore, but I eventually settled on a 31 lb. steel boat anchor. Bolted it on, installed the roller-bearing style pilot, got the clutch aligned and bolted on, got the cast aluminum bellhousing bolted up (had to drill and tap top center hole in block).

    Go to slide the trans onto the bell housing only to learn this particular unit features the slightly longer LS input shaft. It bottoms out in the crank before the trans meets the bell housing. Probably should have measured that before doing all this, but what the heck. I already had all these pieces and wasted nothing but some time in trial and error. In all fairness the guy I bought it from had used a QuickTime adapter housing but sold it separately before I could pick up the package, so he wasn't sure if the cast aluminum piece supplied by Hurst would suit the application or not. So now I'm at a crossroads and going cross-eyed trying to figure out what I need to make this all work together. I've read a thousand different threads and tech articles about this Gen 1 SBC/T56 pairing but can't seem to find any of the various adapters, spacers, cast or fabbed housings, etc people reference. According to the wide world of Interwebs McLeod makes one, Mr Gasket/Holley Parts Group makes/made one at one time, Hayes makes/made one, QuickTime still makes one, and a handful of other brand names have produced these things but the only part I can readily find is the QuickTime version for ~$600 bucks!

    Pics will be added as soon as the Feds decide they aren't porn or espionage and allow the files to download from the exchange server
     
  7. Twisted72

    Twisted72 Veteran Member

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    I feel your highs and lows, everything happens for a reason just have to step back and look before you leap,
     

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