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Everything posted by madkaw

  1. There was a QC sticker provided on a separate piece of paper with an explanation of why it wasn’t on the damper, because the damper needed a protective coating, BUT be assured it was inspected. I will say they were very apologetic and sent a return label immediately. Customer service was good. Full review when I get another one
  2. Well another set back or two. After staring at my valve train I realized my lash pads for the exhaust were to deep in the retainer putting the rocker too close to the edge. So I ordered a larger size and will sacrifice a little on my desired wipe pattern , but should gain more clearance for my rocker . Also, my BHJ damper came in , but had defects so I had to send it back. Check your parts closely guys ( didn’t sound right did it -lol). When you are paying serious $$ for performance stuff it shouldn’t have defects. 😡
  3. Shadow line ? The mirrors work good! Turbo Vitalonis
  4. Picked my car up from body shop prison. Just did touch ups on rocker panels and rear valence. STOKED !!!!
  5. I was just trying to clarify your statement - not playing semantics. We started the thread talking about straightening ( flattening ) the head. I wanted to clarify you were referring to cutting the head on both sides and not straightening both sides. The last head I had done for someone I had 3 sides cut. Some early heads have some corrosion ( pitting) along the mating surface of the intake and exhaust can use a nice shave. It can get expensive when you start doing 3 sides . Anytime there is warpage on the head , both sides needs to be checked for sure. Yes the head has to be torn all the way down to cut the cam side of the head , but that’s just the way it goes if the cam don’t spin freely
  6. Do you mean to say - machine both sides- Charles?
  7. This was all part of the welding process to close the chambers on some of the heads . Again, I would only consider this process if I had a head that I had a lot of money and mods in and was trying to salvage it after it was warped by overheating . Shaving is the a better alternative if you have the room for P2V clearance - IMHO. Heads are plenty enough still, so unless you can straighten heads yourself, the expense of straightening is not worth it.
  8. I attempted this with a head that was .035 warped. My problem was having the correct fixture to bolt the head down . Since I was just playing around I used a cut up L24 block as the fixture . The block surface was also warped in the opposite direction, so it worked well for this instead of shimming a flat surface . I heated all this is a pottery kiln. 350 degrees for 2 hours worked well. There was rebound effect that made it difficult to predict . The next try my buddy forgot the head was in the kiln and cooked the head . That was my last attempt. With what little you are doing I would shave it . Hell, I could have shaved the .035 and been alright , but I wanted to play with trying to bending the head. Make sure you slow cool it and don’t bang on it until it is fully cooled. Don’t want to loosen any seats . The head I was trying was a e31 that was a head I didn’t care about . Some guys here said I was crazy for thinking this would work, but it’s right there in the How to Modify book.
  9. Sorry , I missed your post. Stock Felpro - so 1.25mm. Head has probably .025 shaved. .090 ex .120 intake
  10. These posts have come up before . Google 200 RWHP Hybridz and read so,e of those threads . 200 hp is much more realistic and if you haven’t driven a Z with 200 you don’t have the objectivity to ask for 300. 200 would be a hand full for a street motor. People that have ridden in my 155 rwhp car swear it’s much more. Gearing will help with the fun factor . The advice above is realistic. These engines aren’t cheap to get that HP goals . Cams, cam gears, harmonic balancers , pistons , valves , port work, hardware, engine control( ignition and fuel) , triples or EFI , $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  11. Okay- we’ll lash pads are available in most sizes . I wouldn’t modify any lash pad myself, I would just get the correct size .
  12. So what size do you need? The lash pads are available . Have you done a wipe with stock pads?
  13. Why would I remove material? I figured the size I needed and ordered the correct ones
  14. Lash pads installed ! .525 lift and still room for the valves and pistons to share. Waiting on a adjustable cam sprocket and still debating on the balancer . Thinking about spending the $$ because I want to use it on my L32 eventually . Also waiting on some hardware to finish buttoning up things .
  15. Well my 190 lash pads arrived yesterday so I am chumping at the bit to get going on assembly, trying to take a deep breath before start. Don’t want to rush this . Biggest thing to check now is piston to valve clearance . All other projects are put on hold until this thing is assembled ! Also think I snagged a G-force t-5 trans to mate up with this. For those not familiar it is the Nissan T-5 from the ZXT that gets its guts ripped out and replaced with WC T-5 guts. Larger main shaft and tougher gear sets . Pro- tower shifter , hydraulic TOB! The beauty is that you get a trans that is good for 600 hp , better gear ratios and it just bolts up!
  16. Who me ? Why would I be the expert ? I would be curious how a non matching numbers car does . It looks like he has the money in it, but modified , so he needs to call it a resto mod. The 70 in my shop will be a resto mod because it won’t have original drivetrain . Value would be based on interest , but he should get his money back
  17. So my outlook is bleak . Dropped my car off at the paint shop 4 weeks ago and it’s still not done . Just some touch up work . I was told it would be done this week - but nooooo. Wasnt looking forward to the heat, but didn’t even notice the indoor venue before . That would be nice !
  18. Actually moving forward again on the motor. The big cam arrived and I can start doing lash pads . Should get lucky and have just two sizes , and I have a set for the one size. Short block is just where I left it - all assembled under the bench. Things should roll pretty fast now. I was hoping for this high drama push to put the big motor in at the last minute to make it to Z con- but reality just kicked my arse again. Be glad to take the 2.4 !
  19. I haven’t had much luck because I’ve messed with Nevada , Arizona cars where the rubber seal is now hard rock. Nearly impossible to cut with a cutter knife- at least the outside part. I couldn’t imagine any rope trick would touch the last one I did. Any delaminating gives way to cracks . If you manage to save the glass on removal, don’t guarantee you haven’t weakened the glass. I do have some success stories, but I lost the last two on removal.
  20. You got to learn to laugh at yourself. Your standard of workmanship probably does t see too many mistakes like this , but it will happen to the best of us. I’ve done many dumb things like this , but I do learn - until I do something different dumb - lol. I would still like to have your skills for efficiency and class of work any day !
  21. Now that’s funny
  22. Timing ! We all make the mistakes . My latest project my Nissan 720 I put the dizzy 180 degrees out on my brand new rebuild . Just wasn’t paying close enough attention . But wait - still wouldn’t start, just sputtered . Find out later that my carb adapter was not tight - AT ALL! Sucking a little too much air . After that engine fires right up
  23. I would think .080 head thickness reduction would be difficult at best to maintain proper valves timing without shims. First you would be slotting your chain guides to slide them over enough to make up for the serious chain slack. I wouldn’t trust doing it without shims unless I could degree the cam. The cool part of that p79 trick with the taller valves is I believe you don’t have to mess with lash pad adjustments ( Guy can verify ) if you keep the stock cam or a slightly modified cam. I currently run my E88 with .050 cut off with no shims. I did degree my Isky cam . I am actually running 8 degrees advance on the cam .
  24. I assisted with painting my car that was done in a garage. It all went well with the base coat, it the clear coat turned into a nightmare . Our ceiling exhaust fan filter decided to come apart while painting the clear. Picked crap out of the paint and shot more clear over the holes to blend the clear. Winded up with using a gallon and a half of clear. Made for fun color sanding . So kudos to you for getting those results in a garage !
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