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Old 03-04-2017, 07:33 PM   #29
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Time to upgrade my trunnions!!!

trunĚnion
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noun
a pin or pivot forming one of a pair on which something is supported.
a supporting cylindrical projection on each side of a cannon or mortar.


I bought the BTR kit.... seem alot better than stock to me... I realize there are other options... but with the PD grind... I am hoping I will be good.

REALLY REALLY liked this upgrade... worth every penny and then some..... see for yourself


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PS. My garage is packed! It is my worst nightmare.. lol... but with basically 2 sets of everything other than the short block..... this will be a common sight for a while.
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Old 03-04-2017, 07:44 PM   #30
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**wow.... I was scrubbed the *&^*&^ head/block surfaces for over 5 hours today. I was very sore!!

Time to clean the block and threads...... I used brake parts cleaner, 3m scuff pad and some gasket remover..... it still sucked.

I also cut 3 journals into the stock bolts to chase the threads with... 3 passes before they would come out clean.

Also as Hammdo and others have mentioned.... use a shop vac and tape a small hose to it so you can suck any liquid out of the bolt holes.... and always protect your work. Liquid does not compress as much... you can crack a block with too much/any fluid in your bolt holes.


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Bolt converted to Thread Chase, 3 cuts is Ideal.
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First pass through.... clearly it is worth the time!
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:00 PM   #31
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I am going with the Yank SS 2800 Stall, Pegasus Solid Cradle Mount Bushings and the ADM Fuel Pump w/FPCM....and I am installing NOWEEDS after my "Supercharger Friendly" Kooks HI Flow Cats , so under the car we go!!!


4 Jack Stands and a Transmission Jack... this job wasn't that bad... granted... I could get to the Trans Bellhousing bolts from above since the engine is torn down...made life very easy.


It REALLY sucked dragging the cradle out of the side of the car while balancing it on my 2 1/2 ton Jack..... but I made it work.

Gas tank was nearly on E... it was light as a feather.


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Old 03-04-2017, 08:07 PM   #32
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Looks a lot better all cleaned up!
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:18 PM   #33
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I freaking love these Pegasus Solid Cradle Bushings.... and I absolutely HATE HATE the OEM ones.... haha as you can see I used the Sawzall..... another good workout.... oh and the neighbors came over and fused at me.. apparently sawing and 5lbs sledge hammering was unacceptable that late at night.

The factory subframe mounts are crap..... change them if you are increasing your power, I took great joy in throwing mine away OFFICE SPACE style......





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Old 03-04-2017, 10:11 PM   #34
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So I went back and forth on what options for my timing chain. Did a lot of research and saw a lot of the builders going Katech with LS2 Damper Block.

Im not sure there was anything wrong with my Chain at 37,500 miles... and my tensioner was in great condition.... but I was already in here... and CHain slap / rebound or "whip back" really worried me. SO I went with the LS2 block and Katech Chain.

CALL KATECH DIRECTLY. Summit was advertising a C5R chain... even referenced partnering with Katech in their description... after talking to Katech they were not pleased and quoted to me that the only 2 places that can get the real chain are GM Racing and Katech directly.

I don't know, but I spent the extra 15bux and bought it direct from them

I did drop the oil pan of course and with paper towels in place it was very easy to get the oil pump out.

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Old 03-04-2017, 10:25 PM   #35
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I bit the bullet.... I'm already this far in... I spoke with my tuner and he has seen gains of 20-25rwhp on a N/A setup with the GMPP LS3 ported and polished heads. Even had the dynos from the car before and then after only change was heads.... he quoted numerous others and then reading on here, you get mixed reviews, but I recall ADM quoting decent gains before with these heads. Certainly not the BEST head... but for the Price, and I get the upgraded Intake valves over my L99 heads.... most importantly, I don't have to spend time cleaning or paying for my heads to be hot tanked etc....it just made since....

Put in the BTR Spring kit with Titanium retainers. Bought the smaller spring compressor incase I have do this with the heads on a car...... this was a lot of fun.... ALWAYS more entertaining dealing with Clean parts... that "add" power. I will also have a brand new set of seals and springs to put in my Stock heads if I decide to sell or use them somewhere else, maybe a boat!


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Old 03-04-2017, 10:35 PM   #36
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Don't forget to ck the coolant rivets and coolant plugs on the heads... looks awesome...those heads are great for sure...

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Old 03-04-2017, 10:37 PM   #37
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They Definetly look better than the stock version to me, but what do I know.

I did have to chase 3 or 4 rocker bolt threads, so I checked all the threads in the entire head to be sure.... all the others were good, and 1 pass thru the rocker bolt threads and they were smooth...but just an FYI, I tried to get a picture of the messed threads vs after I chased them with a tap tool.


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Old 03-04-2017, 10:38 PM   #38
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Don't forget to ck the coolant rivets and coolant plugs on the heads... looks awesome...those heads are great for sure...

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I like all this free tech!

I am using all 4 coolant steam vents with a custom hose setup... the threads were good, i checked them!

I assume that is what you meant?

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Old 03-04-2017, 10:49 PM   #39
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Right side head gets a 'plug' since the left side uses a coolant temp sender:



You can take the plug out of the original right side head, clean it, use sealer (teflon) and you can plug it up using an 8MM allen wrench.

Coolant rivet goes in the back of the head:



The steam line in the front are open. You need to plug the holes in the back of the heads or, you'll get a coolant leak ;o). There may be caps you can buy, but rivets are how its done at the factory...

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Time to put the cam in, I have 1000 other things to do....so this is mostly only because I wanted to! lol....

I am a bit nervous with the Cam choice, it is a bit bigger than most any tuner would recommend based on how I plan to use the car. But it is not my daily driver... and as Hillbilly as it might be... I like to hear a lope, and a decent lope... and our 69 had a big rowdy Cam and since that was the first muscle car I had seen and ridden in......As I mature here in my 30's.... I thought the BTR PD Stage 3 grind would be perfect, plus I already owned it as it cam with my LSA kit.

I plan on all the tuners being correct..but I won't dare admit it if they are, not 1 little bit. Haha

Hoping the Yank 2800 and Stock Catback will help keep her tame on the street....and NOWEEDS for the shows!


The Cam went in nice and smooth..... I stopped at each cam bearing and lubed the next section so my hands wouldn't be all nasty and/or wipe some lube off a lobe without knowing.

Oh and my genius Parts guy is converting his L99 to a 3 bolt Cam gear LS3 but somehow he only ordered 1 Cam gear bolt! haha....... I can't fire myself, so I guess we will let this one go and find something else to do.......

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Old 03-04-2017, 11:13 PM   #41
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Right side head gets a 'plug' since the left side uses a coolant temp sender:



You can take the plug out of the original right side head, clean it, use sealer (teflon) and you can plug it up using an 8MM allen wrench.

Coolant rivet goes in the back of the head:



The steam line in the front are open. You need to plug the holes in the back of the heads or, you'll get a coolant leak ;o). There may be caps you can buy, but rivets are how its done at the factory...

-Don
Def did the teflon paste on the plug.....

Went with a 4 corner setup on my steam vents, this is an example, although not exactly what I used...

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/tfs-306sb601
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Old 03-04-2017, 11:41 PM   #42
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Gotcha. The LSA manifold sits higher, but that kind of setup should do well...

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