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My E-Body Saga
12-13-2013, 02:42 PM
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Photo My E-Body Saga
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I'm gonna see how this works with the pictures and all before I write my whole life story here. Anyway, this is my baby in what more-or-less is her present state, exterior-wise. Much has happened between the sheet metal since this photo was taken, and I plan to share.

I bought her when I was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. I originally took her apart because I thought there was something wrong with the transmission (it would throb when in motion). While I was replacing the 727, I decided I might as well rebuild the engine.

Years later I discovered that the throb I experienced is caused by a worn out tranny mount. There was probably nothing wrong with the original tranny.

So anyway, a fellow gearhead in my company ordered parts for me (he could get them at jobber prices), and though that included 11.5:1 pistons, he only got stock head gaskets.

Well, I put the motor together and got it back in the car. It ran strong--MAN it was a monster. But the Holley carb started leaking in a wierd place I couldn't fix. I took it to a guy who had done a decent job with the Carter on my Coronet, and he said he could fix it. I called to check on it once and he kept complaining about how bad it was smoking. Smoking? It wasn't smoking when I brought it there. I had broken it in months before. He scared me by speculating that the block was cracked or something. Long story short, when I picked it up, it had a blown head gasket. It has not run again since then.

I've had too many misadventures to list here since then, and rebuilt it twice more. Twice because the bearings I got from some "expert" engine builder were some funky brand I'd never heard of, and after it was together that kept bothering me. SO I asked other gearheads I knew and showed them the box those bearings came in. My suspicions were validated--the bearings were junk. I started taking it back apart with the "help" of somebody who wanted to learn engines and a crank journal got scratched, blah blah blah.

I've made a lot of stupid mistakes over the years and taken some stupid risks--so many it would probably bore and depress you. Although I came from a family of gearheads, none of them were around when the bug bit me, and I had to learn everything on my own; usually the hard way. Every time I do, getting this machine together gets delayed. Anyway, the other pictures I'll show are from the latest build.

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12-13-2013, 02:49 PM
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RE: My E-Body Saga
Well you belong here buddy !!!!

When I die,I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car!!
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12-13-2013, 02:56 PM
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RE: My E-Body Saga
On this latest build, I decided I was gonna do the very best I could and not be a cheapskate/cut corners if I could help it. I violated my own rule later which could have turned disastrous, but I'll share that one later.

Anyway, I sprung for a set of H-beam rods to go with my forged pistons. I had picked up a couple forged cranks over the years and used one of them (the original in '73 was cast shot-peened). I paid Ohio George to balance the rotating assembly. Didn't check the crank closely enough when I got it back and discovered the old scratch was still on the journal when I began assembly. Took it back to him and he accused me of scratching it after the balancing job. Sigh.

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Below is the short block, sans pistons. Yes, I went with a gear drive. I never want to worry about the timing chain jumping teeth. I hope I can live with the noise.

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12-13-2013, 03:12 PM
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Nice! I dumped my Holley on my Barracuda for the same reason. Fucker was a sieve. Went with an Edelbrock, easy to tune and is a one piece unit. No weird gaskets that can leak.

Gonna enjoy watching this progress.

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12-13-2013, 03:36 PM
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RE: My E-Body Saga
Nice story. I had gear drive on my 340 for a little while but I took it off. Noise did not bother me (actually it sounds pretty cool, like you have a Vortech Cenrti SC). I think I still have it actual somewhere in my stock of old Mopar parts. I think it was made by Mildon.

I think you will like it

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12-13-2013, 11:32 PM
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Did you have to do anything special to get oil to it?

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12-14-2013, 12:50 AM
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Now you are testing my memory skills. Was like 20 years ago. But I do not recall that I did anything special for oil transfer. But I kind of remember having to drill a hole and maybe tapping to mount gear drive intermediate gears I think. Sorry

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12-14-2013, 08:09 AM
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Nice! So this is a stock stroke 340 ?

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12-14-2013, 11:49 AM
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(12-14-2013 08:09 AM)daparrothead Wrote: Please Register or Login to view links.Nice! So this is a stock stroke 340 ?

It is. I like strokers, but I happen to think they found the magic stroke-to-rod length ratio with the 273-318-340, and preferred not to change it for my own application.

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12-15-2013, 11:46 AM
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I hear ya, the 340's were some stout lil motors.

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