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Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons Today, 12:24 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,495
Posted By Russell James
Here is an article that explains grinder burn. ...

Here is an article that explains grinder burn. It's basically a lack of quality control and attention to every process detail. Along with core material quality.
And...along with EPA approved oils...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions Yesterday, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By Russell James
Seems to be the same. The one sold as (1) the...

Seems to be the same. The one sold as (1) the front packaging matches Zerex Dex Cool on Valvoline's website. The one sold as a 4 pack has a little danger symbol at the bottom which is different...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-18-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,495
Posted By Russell James
Which is exactly why you see so many failures out...

Which is exactly why you see so many failures out there. Comp junk. So many shops private label their cam packages...but use Comp cams.

Why they can't grind a cam and not ruin the heat treat is...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 01-18-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By Russell James
Check out how this salvage company does their...

Check out how this salvage company does their pallet deals. They sell the entire drivetrain complete...fuel system, cooling system, electronics... everything crated /palleted up and test running.
...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 01-18-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 338
Posted By Russell James
Take the serpentine belt off, and run it for just...

Take the serpentine belt off, and run it for just a very short time <1 min... to see if the noise changes. Also use a mechanics stethoscope around the various components. Sometimes the belt can...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-17-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 336
Posted By Russell James
Call Ted at JRE for some good advice on setting...

Call Ted at JRE for some good advice on setting up a pcv/catch can/breathers on modded LSAs.

I think the trick is to have a catch can/breather that pops off and vents to atmosphere under so much...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-17-2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Russell James
BTR shows the LSA at 119 grams. And the LS3 at...

BTR shows the LSA at 119 grams. And the LS3 at 88 grams. Within a gram of other sources.

https://www.briantooleyracing.com/chevrolet-performance-lsa-intake-valves-12605223.html
...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-17-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Russell James
The valves are stainless steel or some just...

The valves are stainless steel or some just reference as alloy. Depending on the exact content...may be somewhat magnetic.

The best way to identify a valve is by weight. OE and Aftermarket valves...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 01-14-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 735
Posted By Russell James
https://www.lingenfelter.com/PDFdownloads/LPE%20EF...

https://www.lingenfelter.com/PDFdownloads/LPE%20EFILive%20AutoCal%20instructions.pdf

Whoever bought the kit from LPE, must have also bought the $650 tuning kit. Then did other mods like headers...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-14-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 633
Posted By Russell James
yikes, wonder if it has a passage plugged...

yikes, wonder if it has a passage plugged somewhere.
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 01-13-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 474
Posted By Russell James
That comment about the small coolant line is on...

That comment about the small coolant line is on V8s.

On yours or really any engine you can bleed air out this way... start engine cold with the rad cap off. Have a helper hold rpms at about...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-13-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 633
Posted By Russell James
I've seen the thrust bearing rip apart in sheets...

I've seen the thrust bearing rip apart in sheets like that when a trans problem is shoving the crank forward.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-12-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By Russell James
What lift is your cam going to be? .600 and...

What lift is your cam going to be? .600 and under the stock rockers with upgraded trunions work great. And unless porting, flow... determines you need that much lift... .600 is plenty especially...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 01-09-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,459
Posted By Russell James
Are you getting any P0300 misfire codes.?...

Are you getting any P0300 misfire codes.? Misfires will kill cats pretty quick. At that mileage I would do the tune up/plugs before the cat replacement. Maybe put an ad out there looking for used...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 01-07-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 531
Posted By Russell James
I would call Melling tech dept in the am and make...

I would call Melling tech dept in the am and make sure that is the right O ring for that pump and that pickup tube. The green one is the fattest.

Maybe loosen the pump way up and try to watch the...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 01-07-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By Russell James
Along with the scanner, you need the service...

Along with the scanner, you need the service manual, DVOM, injector noid light and fuel pressure gauge. Need to go down step by step in the diagnostic tree for those codes. Without doing that,...
Forum: Ask AL 01-06-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,031
Posted By Russell James
I've had tons of 6 spd cars. Never once driving...

I've had tons of 6 spd cars. Never once driving them did I wish it had a 7th speed.

It's all in your head that 7 is better than 6.

If you had a diesel that did all it's work in a 1000 rpm...
Forum: Camaro Issues / Problems | Warranty Discussions | TSB and Recalls 01-06-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 30,244
Posted By Russell James
Squeal is a high speed metal on metal itch. Find...

Squeal is a high speed metal on metal itch. Find the offending itch point, clean it lube it, use OE pads with the damper roller-skates = zero squeal.

Performance brakes require more attention to...
Forum: Engine | Exhaust | Bolt-On | Drivetrain Modifications 01-05-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 839
Posted By Russell James
Very possible for cat debris to damage an engine....

Very possible for cat debris to damage an engine. A 4 cycle engine has some reversion. And if a cat get's plugged...massive debris reversion.

Exhaust valves... who knows. One would have to...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 01-02-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 558
Posted By Russell James
Sounds like the PCV and intake are sealed well. ...

Sounds like the PCV and intake are sealed well. The only thing I can think is to keep trying to locate the sound with a stethoscope. Maybe something funny has happened inside the intake. All...
Forum: Camaro Fest VIII Discussions 12-31-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 6,937
Posted By Russell James
High 8s. It's a big tire '69. Not a...

High 8s.

It's a big tire '69. Not a street car. Works best if it can run with other fast cars on slicks when the prep is still fresh.
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 12-31-2017, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 558
Posted By Russell James
I would use a mechanics stethoscope and see if...

I would use a mechanics stethoscope and see if you can pinpoint it. Generally a vacuum leak will set a code.

I've seen intakes get runners dislodged internally and start making weird noises.
...
Forum: Camaro Fest VIII Discussions 12-31-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 6,937
Posted By Russell James
Ok, please move me to bracket then. My '69 is...

Ok, please move me to bracket then. My '69 is solid axle.

Bracket - 1st gen.
Forum: Camaro Fest VIII Discussions 12-31-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 6,937
Posted By Russell James
Is class 1 unlimited really going to be - forced...

Is class 1 unlimited really going to be - forced induction IRS? If it's any gen Camaro, can it just be - any Gen Camaro unlimited mods. Not too many highly modded 1st - 4th gens will be IRS.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 12-31-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 6,144
Posted By Russell James
I don't think I would turn stock pistons 7500...

I don't think I would turn stock pistons 7500 regularly. I've seen too many rip the pins out of the bottom of the pistons when spun that high.

For the OP, with that much money being spent on...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 12-25-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By Russell James
I wouldn't over think it. It takes 10 qts. ...

I wouldn't over think it. It takes 10 qts.

If you drained it good with the engine level. Refill with 10 qts, run engine, shut it off with car level. Come back a half hour later. Scribe where the...
Forum: Camaro Fest VIII Discussions 12-24-2017, 06:09 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 6,937
Posted By Russell James
Thanks. Please put me down for Class 1...

Thanks. Please put me down for Class 1 Unlimited.

'69 Camaro
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 12-24-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
Posted By Russell James
Was it flashed with your VIN? The configuration...

Was it flashed with your VIN? The configuration for all that stuff on or off is tied to the VIN.
Forum: Camaro Fest VIII Discussions 12-24-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 6,937
Posted By Russell James
Is there a heads up unlimited class for any gen...

Is there a heads up unlimited class for any gen Camaro? Is class 5 unlimited only for 5th/6th gen? Thinking about bringing my 1st gen big tire car.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 12-23-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By Russell James
... if ... cam base circle is stock, heads or...

... if ... cam base circle is stock, heads or block not decked, stock head gasket, stock rockers, stock LS3 lifters... then can use the stock LS3 length of 7.400.

Most stage 1 or 2 ish cams with...
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