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Awesome stuff here Mr. 3V! I do remember chatting at Waterford Hills a few years ago, awesome to see your car getting back together. I especially like the intake tube, and your approach to the front control arms - more front-end adjustability is something I've wanted to play with, and cool that you're making that happen (never thought of making the LBJ adjustable like that)

Definitely hope to see you at Waterford/Gingerman/Grattan next season!
 
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Alright, so this post is to bring us up to date on the build. I started this engine swap in February of 2021. As I mentioned, it was supposed to be a simple swap, just replacing camshafts and valve springs. And in the end turned into a complete engine build and swap, which, between low parts availability and just the way things go sometimes, it took me about 7 months.

So anyway, about a month ago I had everything all wrapped up within reason, had a few break-in miles on it and it was time to dyno tune. The night before, I changed the oil and cut the filter apart to inspect for any metal or debris. To my delight, it looked immaculate.
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Magnet in the finger of a rubber glove picked up nothing in the drain pan. I also strained the oil through a paint filter as it came out of the oil pan, and it was spotless as well.
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I did a string alignment to get it drivable.
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The 3v is taller than the 2v and required me to cut a hole in the hood. I made a paper template that would lay around the engine, then I closed the hood and did my best to tape it to the bottom of the hood. From there I used a hole say to mark the corners of the opening from the bottom side, then transferred the template to the top and finished the cut out. I would have liked it a little tighter fitting but this is all getting cut out and covered with a nice louver from Race Louver's anyway.
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And cleaned it up with a carbide burr and some sanding rolls.
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Then it was dyno day-
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Dewayne Logan does amazing work and really knows mod motors. Some of you guys who've been in the scene for a while probably remember Logan Motorsports and the 3v swap kits they used to sell. He is reponsible for all of this, tbh. (The yellow lines in the graph are from my old 2v dyno run)
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He was able to squeeze 352hp and 350lb. ft. out of it. I was thrilled, but curious what I could make with the FRPP intake and a bigger throttle body. Having to adapt a Cobra throttle body I chose the Accufab 60mm unit. Same CFM rating as the 62mm BBK, and with less complaints on the internet, haha.
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I took it out for some abuse last night and can definitely tell a difference. It really wants more revs. Currently the limiter is set at 6800 and I was hitting it a lot because it didn't feel like it was time to shift, it was still pulling and making power. And also definitely need a shift light or a tach.

Over the weekend, I also pulled the plugs, boroscoped the cylinders and did a compression test. Cylinders looked good, spark plugs look good and the compression readings were great.
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This weekend, hopefully, I'm going to head back out to Dewayne's and we're going to see if we can fix some issues with the idle and put it on the dyno again to see what this combo puts down.

Here she sits. This winter I'll be getting to work on modifying the rear suspension, adding a panhard bar, and installing a roll cage and harnesses. Looking forward to spring when I can get it out on the track and start working on the biggest issue this car has...ME! 😆
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Awesome stuff here Mr. 3V! I do remember chatting at Waterford Hills a few years ago, awesome to see your car getting back together. I especially like the intake tube, and your approach to the front control arms - more front-end adjustability is something I've wanted to play with, and cool that you're making that happen (never thought of making the LBJ adjustable like that)

Definitely hope to see you at Waterford/Gingerman/Grattan next season!
Thanks, sir!! Grattan is a must next year. Waterford is a given and planning on doing a couple of events at Gingerman. That track is so much fun.
 
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Very, very nice, I really miss my TIG welder...
Thank you, sir. It's the TIG200 unit from Eastwood. I've wanted one for my own shop for years and picked it up when I started my Falcon project and it's been invaluable. It doesn't have any of the fancy bells and whistles that a lot of the machines have. But it only cost $700 and welds AC/DC. Comes with a finger trigger control and a foot pedal. It's not the rocker style foot pedal which has taken some getting used to, but it works.
 
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Took some time to make a quick prototype of a hood bump that would allow me to get up over the engine high enough to get some louvres on there. Just laid some welding wire across and taped over it. So, the final product would obviously not have the points in it where the tape changes direction over the wires, but this is sort of a start. The original idea was something like an M3, hence the sort of bubble design. I think I want to extend it in all directions to get it blended into the shape of the hood better, though.

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After I spoke with AJ and the guys at RaceLouvers, I was hopeful that they had a vent that would essentially eliminate the low section of this hood with a center louver. Unfortunately, there is only about 1/4" between the hood and the intake as of now, and the throttle cable bracket is actually above the highest plain of the hood. So I do need to lay up some kind of bump to raise the center of the hood in order to get the louver to fit there. Good winter project.

Speaking of winter projects:
- Rear suspension modifications
>Three link
>Lower control arm relocation brackets
>Panhard bar
- Torsen diff
- Roll cage
- Harnesses
- Race seats
- Stiffler like bracing
- Shift Light
- Terminator gas tank (or I may add baffles to this tank myself)

I'm going to have a very busy winter 🙃
 
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Looks like the Falken 660s are hooking up quite well?! Will be interested to see how the hood comes out, but you might check with Jonathan Blevins at Chicane 23 on one of his hoods, as they might give you enough clearance? Doesn't hurt to check ( chicane23.com ).
 
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Looks like the Falken 660s are hooking up quite well?! Will be interested to see how the hood comes out, but you might check with Jonathan Blevins at Chicane 23 on one of his hoods, as they might give you enough clearance? Doesn't hurt to check ( chicane23.com )
They definitely are. They're 275's and this was the second of three little burnouts so they were nice and warm.

Thanks for the link, those are awesome looking hoods! I always wondered where Matt James' (@Regularassmustang) hood came from. His car is a huge source of inspiration for my build. I don't think I can swing $1200 for a hood right now, especially with all the other stuff still left to do to the car. The build is more budget minded than I and most would like, but it should hold it's own when it's done. As for my hood bump, still lot's of tweaking to do yet but I'm hopeful it will be exactly what I want.

Brad
 
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@blacksheep1 Nice! I like that design and was thinking something similar at first. I may go as far as re-positioning the radiator to make something like that work one day. The intake tube is too close to make it work as is.
 
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As the snow began to fly here in the lovely midwest, I got the car nestled into the garage for some winter mods. The list has dwindled substantially as my ambitions and wallet have come more into alignment, haha. But, it's still a good list and should really improve the car.

So, tonight I got the interior out and bought some 2x2 tubing for the though-floor subframe ties. The car already has Kenny Brown connectors underneath. They're the shorter length style so I think I'll cut them off and run full length tubing once the through-floor connectors are in. The frame rails are really crushed and crinkled from all the years of jacks and jack stands, so there will be a lot of straightening out to do there._J2_0006-3.jpg_J2_0011.jpg_J2_0015-2.jpg

Aside from that, I finished up another YouTube video last week on my Cylinder heads. It was my first attempt at grinding my own valve seats and they came out great.


As always- thanks and more to come!
 

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