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Old 10-04-2012, 09:56 AM   #26
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Which parts go where? That was answered with the take pix / vids comment.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:06 AM   #27
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Also, I see blocks of all sorts everywhere, but I don't see many heads around. New, built or otherwise…My tuner said I should take care of that while I'm at it. Why are heads so much more scarce?
Mostly because head work is incredibly expensive without a whole lot of benefit unless you're pushing a lot of power (500whp+)

Cams are nearly $1k alone. Most decent cams have enough lift to require new valve springs, that's another $4-800. Aftermarket valve springs means new valves (unless you want to risk snapping a stock valve in half from the higher seat pressure), that's another $3-500. New valves means a valve job for another $200 or so. New valves/cams means new buckets, that's another $400. So far we're up to around $2500 and we haven't even ported the heads yet. Unless you're pushing a lot of power, there is much more you can do with that $2500 than do cams. There are low lift cams that don't require new springs/valves, but they're not really going to do anything for you versus the stock ones, so for the most part they're just a waste of time/money.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:52 PM   #28
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Ok, got the engine stand today, have the car jacks and stands creeper etc. it seems that harbor freight has just today stopped carrying the engine lift/crane. Ay other ideas of where to get a reasonably good one that won't break the bank?

Also, could someone direct me to the measuring equipment I should get/need? Car will be towed here tomorrow and if I had that damned engine hoist work could commence
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:10 PM   #29
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wow, when did HF stop carrying the hoist? that sucks
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:11 PM   #30
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Autozone has them. Picking it up tomorrow
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:11 PM   #31
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Anything is possible with enough time, patience and discipline. HOWEVER, the small things that are learned, and not actively shared can make a big difference. This is what sets apart people who are known engine builders, from the rest.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:57 AM   #32
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Definitly.. experience is a plus. tricks of the trade.. so take your time on the first build and your on the road to the addiction of engine building

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #33
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I ran into very few problems my first time doing shortlbock work. I.E. I didn't put rags on my connecting rods and scratched a cylinder :|

It will definitely be a learning curve.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:08 PM   #34
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fwiw I'll throw my $.02 in also.

When I built my 1st motor (a complete 351C built from a 4 bolt block on up) I hired a dealer's mechanic to help me. The problem with doing it on your own is not even knowing the questions to ask - do you know what plastigage is and what its used for? I didn't.

If you can find a local Subie mechanic to come over for an hour or 2 every few days and pay him for his time to guide you, I think it would help you a ton and maybe save you some serious regret time & $$$

I think its great that you are tackling this - life is all about learning!
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