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  1. 2010 Camaro SS

    The track has a good way of making people question dyno numbers.
  2. We'll see. The newest goal is 5.99 in the 1/8th. I'm not sure if the blower I have now will do it, but I can keep porting until it does.
  3. I'm not sure if it's been found with power. There are full weight (4500+lbs) cars that have been 8's on a stock diff. The most common failure is carrier bearings, but that can happen even with stock power. When the bearing goes bad usually it ruins the gearset also. I tore into mine when I had it out and the bearings looked fair (pics below). I have a spare diff I bought that needs a carrier bearing and I have a whole set of bearings and seals for it. I'll rebuild it soon and sit on it in case I need it down the road.
  4. Yes, to plug them. I have a factory cover that has the gaskets. But I was told that they can and do leak, so plug them also.
  5. I'm almost finished with the fuel system, rear suspension rebuild, control arm modification and Carlyle brakes for the 15" wheel conversion. I wire brushed, sand blasted and painted all the steel parts to remove the minor rust from northern VA winters. I'll put the new struts up front this weekend and bleed the brakes. Maybe I'll get to go to the track Tuesday night to start refining the tune on the new motor. .
  6. This wasn't some big master plan kinda build. It's just how it all came together. If I hadn't had someone wanting to buy the LSA, I probably would have just built that block or possibly sleeved it.
  7. The biggest advantage to selling the LSA motor was $6500 in my pocket for a complete running longblock. Otherwise I would have used the block and crank, sold the heads and thrown the rest away. The second advantage to the 5.3 block is more meat around the mains and the darton sleeves (6.2 sleeves are very thin and some crack at low power). Total including the block, sleeves and machining, the block cost me about $3500.
  8. It should allow me to run more timing on 93. I thought the compression was going to be closer to 10:1, but the machine shop didn't deck the block as much as I thought. It may not help as much on 9.5:1, but it should help regardless. I think it's usually used more with flat top pistons and higher compression. Basically it gets rid of all the quench area and funnels the charge to the center of the chamber as the piston hits tdc.
  9. To sum up that engine build. 377 cubic inches (6.2L) Gen IV aluminum 5.3 block with Darton dry sleeves with a 4.070" bore New GM LSA crank Wiseco 11 CC dish pistons with upgraded thick wall S718 pins, 9.5:1 compression assembled Callies Ultra H beam rods Clevite H series main and rod bearings ARP mains LME CNC Brodix BR3 heads, hollow stem stainless intake, inconel exhaust ARP CA 625 head studs GP tuning 2.5 cam Johnson 2110 lifters Manton 11/32" pushrods LS9 head gaskets BTR shaft mount rockers I figure the shortblock is good for 1300hp. I'm sure I'll be there one day. Right now I'm guessing it will make 800rwhp and hopefully run 6.0x and maybe 5.9x in perfect weather.
  10. Then I cleaned it all up and assembled it. Degreed the cam The heads are Brodix BR3's ported by LME with inconel exhaust valves, chamber softening and I had them cut off the 6 bolt tabs because "stock block for life". Since this block doesn't use oil squirters, I moved down to a melling 10296 pump that I ported. I put an improved racing baffle in a used stock oil pan. I used BTR's new shaft mount rocker system with their new rockers on the exhaust and new LS3 rockers on the intake. I bolted the heads down with ARP CA625 studs and LS9 gaskets. At this point I ordered custom length Manton 11/32 pushrods because I'm using Johnson 2110 lifters. Slung it in the car. And last Tuesday night I fired it up. I'm going to drive it a couple weeks and cut the filter open to be sure nothing is wrong. Then I'm putting my 15" wheels and brakes on, rebuild the diff and do some preventative stuff to the fuel system.
  11. It's done and I've been driving it to work to break it in. I had been gathering parts to rebuild my shortblock for a couple years, but since it was fine it was hard to justify tearing it apart. A coworker had been interested in purchasing my complete motor for a while, so once I knew he was serious I started looking to build a new motor. I already had 4.070 bore stock stroke pistons, so I had to stick with that. I found an aluminum gen 4 5.3 block. Back in February, I took it to Shackletts to have it re-sleeved with Darton sleeves cut to 4.070, and line honed for new ARP main studs. Old motor was sold from valve covers to oil pan as I bought all that stuff new. The only things I re-used on the new motor were the cam and balancer. Shacklett finished the block in mid July. I have an "office" in my basement that is air conditioned and cleaner than the garage, so I covered the carpet with cardboard and assembled the shortblock in there. I used a new stock LSA crank, A mix of standard and +.001" Clevite H series main bearings to get .0024-.0026" main bearing clearance. https://www.ctsvowners.com/cdn-cgi/image/format=auto,onerror=redirect,width=1920,height=1920,fit=scale-down/https://www.ctsvowners.com/attachments/6fd53203-3617-43a3-924b-d17a8d91d3c8-jpeg.152485/ I used Callies Ultra I-beam rods and Clevite bearings to get .0025" rod bearing clearance. The rings were fit to .0026" top and .0028" second. Then I pulled it all back apart for deburring, cleaning etc. Matched the oil feed holes to the bearings. Deburred all the casting flash to help with oil drain back. And drilled and tapped the afm towers
  12. Random thought thread

    I don't know if any of you guys remember this, but... Same people from the recent plane crash. My wifes family is all very curious how this will play out as far as the church is concerned. We're hoping the truth will come out about this "cult". https://www.wsmv.com/news/plane-with-7-passengers-crashes-into-percy-priest-lake-all-presumed-dead/article_03eb9268-c0a4-11eb-8275-2344565cd3b1.html?block_id=665570 https://www.wsmv.com/news/remnant-fellowship-members-share-memories-of-seven-plane-crash-victims/article_ecb95fd4-c32e-11eb-a6c9-3f211d481a70.html?block_id=994460
  13. 2 Post Car and Truck Lifts

    Assuming that is a Square D homeline panel, the lowest 4 single slots on each side can hold tandem breakers and like Candle Fondler said, you only have 2. You can buy a couple more tandem breakers and move 4 single pole breakers on one side into two tandems, creating a new 2 pole breaker space. The tandem breakers are about $9 each and the 2 pole depends on what you need for the lift, but still relatively cheap. Running the wire will be the highest cost and depends on how far it needs to go and what is between the panel and where you want the outlet/lift. I just did this to create a space to power my welder in my new house. That same outlet doubles as a generator input. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Square-D-Homeline-15-Amp-1-Pole-Tandem-Circuit-Breaker/1086809
  14. 2010 Camaro SS

    Possibly. I'm about to go out of town for a few days. Text me next week and I'll see what I can do.
  15. LS Engine parts

    I've found a block to use to build a spare shortblock for my car. I'm using everything but the rods. Those are still for sale. I lowered the price for the locals to get these gone. They're $620 plus tax ($675) from summit and currently out of stock. $575 cash for brand new, still in the sealed plastic bags.