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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Date: May 29, 2016 06:49AM

Very nice, Al. You have to be very excited. Although "life" is more important, most of us do this for fun. Keep pushing, you are doing great.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: May 29, 2016 06:54AM

It will be a nice engine in a good Vair.

Right now while I am waiting on Rick, I want to get the wheels, tires and brakes finished up. Just have to install bearings/races in the hubs/axles, reassemble everything and mount on the car.

Surgery next week will limit me to my left hand/arm. I am right handed. Donna will be a great help as we move through these next 4 weeks.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: June 02, 2016 08:30AM

Small progress with only one hand/arm. I got the case bolts I am going to use cleaned up.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: June 15, 2016 03:25AM

Finished up with the case bolts.

Shanks and threads lightly coated with Lubribond 220. Lubribond 220 is a spray-on lubricant which is used a barrier material to keep dissimilar metals apart. This a product we use in numerous places on Gulfstream aircraft.

Used high temp silver VHT paint on heads and nuts.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: July 28, 2016 03:33AM

Received my pressure plate and flywheel back from balancing. Another item checked off the To Do List for this engine rebuild.

Thank you, Ken.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: September 29, 2016 06:04PM

Spent time cleaning and painting parts for the engine. Fan pulley I selected has pitting in the belt groove, so back to my bins to see if I have a good one. Photo shows parts I have worked up.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: reidmier ()
Date: September 29, 2016 06:29PM

Looking good. Wondered how your project was coming along.

Reid M.
HACOA
Vegas Vairs
Washington, UT
65 Monza 110 PG

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: September 29, 2016 06:40PM

Slow, trying to make progress on 4 major projects is very trying along with doing needed home items also. Retirement coming up in 5 weeks, if all goes as planned. Then I will have more time for these projects. Greenbrier needs to be completed to get it back running again. Once it is safe for the road, it will be driven around with For Sale signs.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: November 29, 2016 02:34AM

I have spent time in last couple months, cleaning and painting parts for this engine.

Blower fan, rear housing, top crankcase cover, fan pulley, oil filler adapter, rear mount adapter, rear mount closeout cover, oil cooler closeout covers, vent tube and 90° oil filter adapter. Parts are now boxed up to protect them.

Out of all the pulleys available (9 each), I have 3 great ones I have wire brushed, bead blasted, Rust Fixed, primed and painted. I also found a A/C Pulley in great condition, so it got the same treatment.

I also cleaned up the top cover baffle. No cracks in it. I will look into the mod to prevent the cracks.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp





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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Shaker455 ()
Date: April 20, 2017 05:22PM

Hi Al,
How about an update cause I got a surprise for you!
Jeff

Jeff
Granite State NH

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 20, 2017 06:14PM

Well, Jeff, slow progress. Having lower back surgery slowed me down for 6 weeks. Now the yard needs final clean up of leaves. 3 rattles in last couple weeks moved yard to top priority. Seems my yard equipment decided to have issues which took up time. Therapy and numerous to town for appointments bust up a day where little gets done.

I have been cleaning engine hardware for my Corsa & Greenbrier engine reseal projects. So at the same time, I am cleaning all the engine hardware for the Big Valve Engine (BVE). I figured if I have the hardware out, I can do three sets of hardware as well as doing 2. I can also match head stamps on the bolts as I go.

I am also assembling shrouds for all three engines in prep for cleaning & painting. Shrouds for the Corsa and Greenbrier were easy, since I took them off the engines. The Monza BVE is getting shrouds off the LMs I dismantled. Lower shrouds and exhaust heat shield had to be obtained from CC as none of mine were usable. I am also identifying and gathering shroud hardware at the same time. Removal of the shrouds resulted in tossing in plastic buckets.

Assembly of the BV engine won't start until I get all the peripherals located, cleaned and painted. Having some new parts and hardware for the Monza does cut down on some of the cleaning time.

Since there is so many parts involved, I am keeping a spreadsheet for all parts gathered and whether or not they are ready for installation.

I'll post some photos of the hardware painting later down the road. Along with some more of parts when they are done.

Sorry about the novel. Much has been done though it doesn't look like it from a project update outlook.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 21, 2017 04:29PM

Jeff:

Here is a photo of all the bags of engine hardware I have finally got cleaned for my three engine. They are now ready for a light coat of paint. Color of paint will be for the location the hardware is going.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Shaker455 ()
Date: April 21, 2017 05:38PM

Al,
At first glance I thought it was bags of money you've been socking away!...lol

You must have seen my new post by now...

Jeff
Granite State NH



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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 21, 2017 05:50PM

I wish it was legal tender, but I am not that lucky. Still lots more to do with prepping.

Yes, I did see your post. I will be following it with great interest to see what the dyno shows.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: April 21, 2017 05:52PM

Look at all them bags! grinning smiley I guess I am lucky to have entire LM cars memorized, I just toss everything into a bucket, and dump it back out for cleaning on reassembly and bolt it up! smoking smiley



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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 21, 2017 06:21PM

Yes, Dave. But you have been tearing apart and rebuilding Vair's for how many years now? Is it 50 or 60? spinning smiley sticking its tongue out I have 7 years with these unique cars. Tearing apart 7 engines and cars helped. Being a novice and working 3 engines at one time, I don't want to miss anything as I reseal and/or rebuild these project engines.confused smiley

Might get lucky and get more done in next month.drinking smiley

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: April 21, 2017 06:59PM

About 46 years, built my first engine with Pops at age 8, do the math! drinking smiley



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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 21, 2017 07:28PM

That is a bunch of experience you have. I sure wouldn't mind if you came east for an on-hands tech session of building a Vair engine. But I'll get it started once all parts are cleaned and painted.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 29, 2017 04:33AM

Here at SpringFest this weekend. First time ever. Progress on this engine was a big jump forward while being hear. The BVE was waiting for a lot of shrouds to be painted. That goal is almost completed. I found 90% of the shrouds for the BVE at Springfest. All powder coated and ready to put on. Going back to try and find the last 3. Front heat duct panels and the mount close out panel. If not here, not a big deal. I can do those in my blast box and paint them up.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe, 180 hp 4 Spd
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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