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I'll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CaveBlazin, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. CaveBlazin

    CaveBlazin 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    Ok so after a looooong wait I should be firing the new 383 tomorrow. Do any of yall have suggestions on or some do's and dont's before I kick this pig over. The engine is Carburated FYI...
     
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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    I'd dump some Marvel Mystery Oil down in the cylinders tonight and let it soak the rings. Also spin the oil pump to make sure you get good pressure right before you try to start it tomorrow. Go ahead and try to spin her and hopefully listen to her purr.
     
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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
    If I can remember everything I do........
    If distributor is already installed, find TDC on #1.
    Pull it and prime the oil system as stated above and make sure you have pressure.
    Keep a clean towel around just in case your 180* off on the distributor and start shooting flames out /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif.
    After you fire it up, keep it at about 2000 rpm for 15min.
    Have a timing light ready to check timing and get it close.
    Let it cool down completly.
    Check for leaks etc.
    Fire it back up, set timing etc. and run around the neiborhood with open headers and no hood /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
    Good luck! It's always fun to fire them up. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
    (Someone correct me if I missed something please)
     
  4. big83chevy4x4

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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

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    and run around the neiborhood with open headers and no hood

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    i do that too often /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    There isn't any other way!!
     
  6. CaveBlazin

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    run around the neiborhood with open headers and no hood /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif


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    It will be running open headers until I get the pipes adjusted cause Im going from Manifolds to headers WOOHOO
     
  7. CaveBlazin

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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    Didnt get the chance today spent most of it trying to figure out how the hell to mount my power steering pump?? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif I went ahead and did other things up till now which is almost 2am /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif
    So can anyone post a pic of your mid 80's power steering pump and how and where it is bolted up??? HELP!!!!
     
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    i can't take a pic till tomorrow, buy one bolt on the water pump, the bottom left hole in the head and a braket off the top right hole and teh first exhaust manifold bolt.
     
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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    I suggest pulling your thermostat and throwing a big box fan in front of your radiator. I haven't had very good luck preventing engines from overheating during cam break-in.
     
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    mine got hot (not too hot), i shut it down, put the shrowd in and it cooled down quick. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif thats with the stock clutch fan /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

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    mine got hot (not too hot), i shut it down, put the shrowd in and it cooled down quick. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif thats with the stock clutch fan /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

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    Shutting an engine down during cam break-in is definitely not recommended. I have had to shut them down before too, but by then they boil immediately.

    Also, do NOT break an engine in with antifreeze in the radiator. If for some freak reason you have an internal leak anywhere, it will wipe your bearings clean of oil and you will be back at square one. PURE WATER ONLY for break in.
     
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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    If you can't run the stock bracket for AC or don't have it, I used a PS bracket from a 70 Chevelle and it worked just fine. Found it in a juck yard for $20. Let me know if you still need a picture.
     
  13. CaveBlazin

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    Yes please pics!!
     
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    Re: I\'ll fire the beast up tomorrow!!!!!

    my BBC got hot during break in as well but upon inspection I found that the thermostat was stuck shut. The motor wasnt even warm to the touch but the water around the temp sensor had pegged the gauge! Driving with no pipes make neibhor happy!!!
     

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