BUILD Shawns 1971 Impala Donk

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You're going very conservative on power IMO, so probably not needed. But, if you want to turn up the wick, might as well. It's only money.
I know myself and like most dudes that go turbo or blower it’s never enough, right lol. I have enough pump and injectors to go up to 800ish to the wheels.
 
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I know myself and like most dudes that go turbo or blower it’s never enough, right lol. I have enough pump and injectors to go up to 800ish to the wheels.
Then it's probably wise to make the necessary changes, as going stop light to stop light in a 550rwhp car is fun, but doing it in a 800rwhp is even funner!
 
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Brian has built some boost LS engines for local friends he's definitely knowledgeable. Did he promise some sort of turnaround?
Yup, I've talked to other friends of mine who use him as well and the only bad thing I hear leads me to your question.
No he didnt and from what I've heard from multiple people, I need to stay on his ass or I will get lost in the shuffle. If he were to only install the cam and heads, imo it should only be a few hours of work with my motor on a stand. If he has to regap the rings, then I would think 2 days tops and in reality he should be able to do that in a day. I stripped it down to the bare block for him and delivered it on a stand.
 

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I have nothing to report over the last 2 days. This is why I fucking hate with a passion relying on other people to help me. This is why I stopped doing shit that I need help with and just paying shops. Dude whos shop/lift I'm using and who is helping me has made an excuse the last 2 days to not go into the shop and get shit done. So I'm just standing here with my dick in my hand when we can get everything done prior to my motor being ready. That way we just drop it in, bolt on the blower, run hoses etc and be done. We could be putting the fuel pump assembly in the new tank, mounting the new tank, plumbing the whole fuel system to the engine bay. Swapping out the master, booster, mounting the intercooler, trans cooler and catch can, and plumbing that shit to a point. I was hoping to take it down to Miami for MLK weekend next month, but at this point I dont see that happening. After the blower is done, I need to get to an exhaust shop, need to get to Joliet for my Ford 9" install and then get it tuned.
 

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Good luck hope you can get it to that show.

For Brian I suggest you lock him into a deadline, none of what you need to do is hard for him and should not take a ton of time.
I shot him a text today as thats what we prefers. I politely told him, that I'm tying up someones lift and need my motor back asap. He hasnt responded yet.
 

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Welp, just stopped by Brian's shop (motor guy). He was showing me my rods and said they are the early style and at 550-600whp I would really be pushing the limits. Also a few of my rings werent the greatest, which explains my last 2-oil reports (high chrome) So I gave him the okay to build the bottom end (rods/pistons), there goes a nice chunk of my X Mas bonus FML. That sucks as I had no intentions of doing so, but in the same breath I guess its a blessing in disguise. I would be fucking pissed if I shot a rod thru my motor at 550-600whp. He said it woulda been almost a guarantee if I turned her up even higher. Pay once, cry once, he said even on the stock crank, I could push 1000-1200whp, which I will not be doing

Oh and the best part, he wont be done till mid January FML even more
 

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Welp, just stopped by Brian's shop (motor guy). He was showing me my rods and said they are the early style and at 550-600whp I would really be pushing the limits. Also a few of my rings werent the greatest, which explains my last 2-oil reports (high chrome) So I gave him the okay to build the bottom end (rods/pistons), there goes a nice chunk of my X Mas bonus FML. That sucks as I had no intentions of doing so, but in the same breath I guess its a blessing in disguise. I would be fucking pissed if I shot a rod thru my motor at 550-600whp. He said it woulda been almost a guarantee if I turned her up even higher. Pay once, cry once, he said even on the stock crank, I could push 1000-1200whp, which I will not be doing

Oh and the best part, he wont be done till mid January FML even more

The delay for a built bottom end will be worth it. Having that peace of mind that you're not going to send a piston to the moon will make the car a lot more enjoyable to own and drive.
 

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The delay for a built bottom end will be worth it. Having that peace of mind that you're not going to send a piston to the moon will make the car a lot more enjoyable to own and drive.
Thats kind of how I'm approaching it. I'm for sure not making Miami next month and now this delay puts World Of Wheels in doubt.
If Brian finishes no later than the 2nd week of January, I should make it to WOW.
 

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You need rods, pistons, bearings, rings etc. Is he honing the block, are you going with stock bore pistons?
Yes he is cleaning (tank or whatever its called) and honing the block. As far as pistons/rods, I didnt ask him the specifics as he would be speaking a language to me that I dont understand. He said pistons, rods, rod bolts rings and bearings would be about $1800 in parts. I told him, I'll go to the bank today and drop cash off tomorrow morning. He might have mentioned something about dished pistons, but cant remember what he said. I'll get details tomorrow.
 

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I could push 1000-1200whp, which I will not be doing
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You need rods, pistons, bearings, rings etc. Is he honing the block, are you going with stock bore pistons?
Just stopped in to drop money off.
Flat top pistons either 5 over or 30 over pending a measurement he needs to take on the heads. Grabbed my timing cover, might as well paint that too. It’s currently orange.
Showed me my cam, 4 lobes had some scoring on them caused by the lifters. He said something was going on with my lifters.

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Where did you get this engine from? Sound like it had a few issues after being stripped down
I got it from IZZy IZZy but in no way, shape, or form would I blame him or accuse him of selling me a POS. He never opened it up.
The guy who did the swap also did the cam, oil pump, lifters, had the heads worked etc. So yes the lifter issue is probably on him, rings might not have been noticeably bad at the time. Izzy had no idea it had the early shitty rods. I just chalk it up as its a part of the game, and disaster avoided (hopefully). Not if, but when I turn her up to 800ish to the wheels, at least I know the bottom end will support it and then some.
 

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Something was going on with your lifters?

Yet your oil sample was clean?
Well as mentioned the cam had score marks on 4 lobes caused by the lifters
See my last report, you probably understand it better than me
Did he think some 'trash' went through the engine?
He didnt say, he just said something was going on with my lifters. He said the cam is still totally useable, but recommends the guy I'm selling it to get new lifters.

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I got it from IZZy IZZy but in no way, shape, or form would I blame him or accuse him of selling me a POS. He never opened it up.
The guy who did the swap also did the cam, oil pump, lifters, had the heads worked etc. So yes the lifter issue is probably on him, rings might not have been noticeably bad at the time. Izzy had no idea it had the early shitty rods. I just chalk it up as its a part of the game, and disaster avoided (hopefully). Not if, but when I turn her up to 800ish to the wheels, at least I know the bottom end will support it and then some.
Yeah I had no idea there was early shitty rods and better later rods. Like you said it no one’s fault and at least it’s getting taken care of. Btw that oil report doesn’t look great. You got some high wear metals in there and the lab is just looking for a downward trend. I tend to agree that some trash went through after the cam was installed.
 
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