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Old October 6th, 2018, 01:00 PM
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thanks kennybill i printed out the instructions from pontiac street performance taken from that link .
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Just want to mention that method works "ok" for most hydraulic cams but the eoic method is the best. Depending on the grind some cams actually are starting to open at tdc. With the eoic method you can be sure you are on the bottom of the lobe. If you have the intake off it doesn't matter because you can look at the cam to see if the lifter is on the base circle .
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thanks bill yes the intake is still off so it should make things easier . i will read up on this eoic method
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'Exhaust Opening Intake Closing.'
another thread, plus if you have a Chassis Service Manual you can read up on it.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...1WF3Ksnwo43GEp
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so im finally back at this build after taking some time for deer season and the holidays. Got the rockers adjusted, installed my mondello windage tray ,installed the intake. Placed the valve covers and carb on for looks.Need to get some accessories so i can try to get it hooked up on my engine run stand. along with some plugs for the intake and carb.not sure what ill use for exhaust when we break it in but i got time to think about it.if anyone sees something im missing or should do differently im always open for suggestions .
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ill try some pics here something changed while i was away


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Old January 11th, 2019, 07:37 AM
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ill try some pics here something changed while i was away

Hey, that run stand looks familiar...



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Old January 11th, 2019, 08:28 AM
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Joe I remember a little write up you did when you got yours and thought it would be a good idea the price was right !! Can’t wait to try it out
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One change I made recently was that I swapped out the casters for taller ones from Harbor Freight. I got really tired of having to jack up the run stand so my engine hoist legs would fit under it. That makes life a lot easier.
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I think that it’ll be the plan for me as well . What size wheels did you end up buying?
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The tallest ones they had in the store. I think it was these 8" ones, but I got two caster and two fixed.


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I’ll look into them thanks
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Old January 11th, 2019, 05:26 PM
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Hey Joe, did you ever end up hooking up the original switch and gauges on your run stand ? Im at a loss as to how its all wired there was no diagram that came with it
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Where did you get the engine run stand ? What price range is it ?
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Hey Joe, did you ever end up hooking up the original switch and gauges on your run stand ? Im at a loss as to how its all wired there was no diagram that came with it
Yeah, I ended up having to do a lot of continuity checking and trial and error to get it to work. The switch is cleverly not labeled. I had to use a continuity tester to figure out which terminal was which. I'll try to get you a photo.

The gauges were especially troublesome, as they are faintly labeled on the back, but mine were completely wrong. I had to switch the wires to get them to work. A friend of mine got the same stand and his gauges were labeled correctly. I finally got real gauges for mine (Autometer).

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thanks joe pics would be great! OLDSter Ralph i got it at walmart for around 300 there are some things that could be better but its pretty nice and a fraction of the cost of some stands i looked at.
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ive been right at it the last couple days making some progress should be ready to fire in a week or two. got the key switch and gauges figured out and wired ,rigged up a cooling system ,fuel lines and carb.i found my 72 starter complete with the brace in a box of parts so will use that for now(how many of those braces got tossed?)
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Yet another setback, spent several hours getting exhaust manifolds ready and gathering the parts to make it work only to bolt them on and then realize im using my toro oil pan (against the advice of others)needless to say the crossover pipe won't work .so its either ditch the pan and reinstall another, or wait and buy the headers i intend to use in the 80 cutlass .i doubt anyone will read this entire post but maybe will learn from my mistakes ,(or say f-that not getting involved with a build at any rate ill be back!
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Seems like a good excuse to get headers. Thatís not a setback. Headers are worth the effort
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I planned on it in the spring anyway but it’s a major expense . Got a big snowstorm coming this weekend maybe earn some quick cash plowing
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to keep moving forward i cut an old crossover pipe and added a length of 2 inch flexpipe .now i have a universal crossover pipe! of course this is only for break in.ive looked into headers for this engine in an 80 cutlass the best fitting options ive come up with so far are ARH or Dick Miller both north 1000 dollars .
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to keep moving forward i cut an old crossover pipe and added a length of 2 inch flexpipe .now i have a universal crossover pipe! of course this is only for break in.ive looked into headers for this engine in an 80 cutlass the best fitting options ive come up with so far are ARH or Dick Miller both north 1000 dollars .
If you can live with shorties, these should fit. Unpolished https://www.ebay.com/itm/66-67-Oldsm...IAAOSwUQ5buk8N
Polished https://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-1968-H...IAAOSwv6Fbukop
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It’s a good price not sure what I would lose between them and long tube headers ?
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