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Old 03-14-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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I have recently bought a shortblock from Adamo that was built by you with 1000 miles on it. I have a few questions about my latest toy:

1. What do the billet main caps do? Why are they better than the stock cast ones?

2. I have had alot of problems getting the old cam sprocket off of the crank. I had to take the entire crank out of my destroyed engine to try to hammer it off but I still cant get it off more than halfway. Is it supposed to be pressed off?

3. If I replace the oil pump do you usually do any work to it? Will a stock oil pump not be optimal for this shortblock? Adamo didnt give me the oil pump that came with the built engine.

4. One of the oil squirter "straws" were broken off the unit. I ordered a new one today.
i) I just unbolt the old one and put the new one in?
ii) What kind of bolt does it use is it a reverse torx?
iii)Adamo said that it was broken off when he removed the windage tray after 1000 miles(never reinstalled engine) why would this straw/squirter be broken off in the first place?

5. When I broke a rod on my old engine I bent an intake valve and put a few marks into the combustion area of the broken piston. I ordered a new valve and a seal, I have a spring compressor that is appropriate for the head.
i) Can a machine shop just straiten the valveguide?
ii) Do I just install the new valve after the guide is straitened? Should I have the machine shop do this?

6. Tom what are your views on flywheel bolts? Should I go with ARP? Can I reuse my stock ones with some loctite(what I plan on doing)?

The car is coming together great but slowly. I should be able to visit and get a new tune this summer too so I am really excited!!! But most important is reliablility so "only" 1 bar PSI.


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Old 03-15-2006, 04:27 PM   #2
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not to but in but...

1: billet main caps are a necessity if you are going to "hotrod" your engine they are made from much stronger material

2: hopefully you dont have a cam shaft sprocket on your crank shaft... that would be kinda wierd. USe a torch and heat up the sprocket then use a puller and pull the sprocket off.

5: just take it to a machine shop and tell them to fix your head. I work at a shop and nothing is more aggravating than someone coming in and asking you to replace ONE guide, have them check everything thing out and clean up the seats.

6: ARP is the best, if you want the best buy those.

these are just my opinions ...

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