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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: August 23, 2017 01:33PM

And the Balance Tube is ready to go.

Thank you, Seth.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: August 23, 2017 01:34PM

Whats this donna you speak of, did you order it or find it local. Need one to clean engine parts on weekends LOL

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: August 23, 2017 01:46PM

Donna has made an unbreakable contract with me. You will have to go to some great lengths to find one quite as special as this Lady. She doesn't mind parts cleaning, tearing apart and reassembling cars, yard work and oh yeah taking care of me and loving me.

Good luck in your search.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: August 23, 2017 02:21PM

And finally finished the stabilizer rod. New bushings in shopping cart list.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: October 02, 2017 05:32PM

I got the clutch release lever cleaned and painted. Not much but still a little progress. Hope to do more this week on the larger shroud pieces this week. Next week is prepping for Maggie Valley.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: February 12, 2018 01:15PM

I haven't shown much on this engine build, as I have been busy on the Camaro and Greenbrier. But some parts have been acquired or cleaned and painted.

Here is a shot of the engine shroud parts that are ready.

When I get the engine painted parts bin out again, I'll take a shot of all the newest items that have been cleaned and painted.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: ang1sgt ()
Date: February 13, 2018 03:09AM

Al,
I'm recently back into Corvairs after a many year lay off. Later this week I should have my Corvair in my yard and loving it. Sounds like the engine you are building up will be very similar to what I would like to have in my 64. I've chatted with Tom on his heads, and have been looking at Ted's EFI now for a few months. I want and need something very reliable, efficient and solid.

I wish you luck with the build and I await to see the driveability of the engine as well as a good dyno run.

Chris

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: February 13, 2018 03:48AM

Chris:

What you want is what I am building with a little more horsepower. Just got to get my 68 Camaro back on the road and my Greenbrier running and put up for sale.

Little by little things are being done on this engine. Parts being acquired/stored or cleaned/painted for the day I can put it together.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: ang1sgt ()
Date: February 14, 2018 07:19AM

Al,

Pretty much that is for sure. Reliability is the other aspect of this too for me. I sure don't want or need a monster motor, but I see these heads and the work being done on them. I feel anytime you can IMPROVE on what the factory did and gain something that is a great thing.

The Heads for sure will be on mine some day for sure. I just have to figure out if the 1.52 or the 1.72 valve size heads would be better for my application.

I also like the Brown EFI Swap out also. I like the idea of a car starting quickly and then also keeping it as efficient as possible. I also like that this kit replaces many of the pieces that could go wrong in my 1964 Corvair. Things like a wonky distributor, bad coil, carbs that are off from one another.....

While I have very good mechanical skills, and I will be rebuilding the carbs soon, it's been like 30 years since I've touched or rebuilt a carb! I stopped messing with them in the 1980's when the computer controlled ones came out.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 08, 2018 03:24PM

Here are the parts I have done and missed posting a photo.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: April 08, 2018 03:26PM

And here is photo of remaining parts needing cleaning and painting. Could be other small items I missed, but I hope not.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: July 14, 2018 03:59AM

Built up a good distributor for this engine yesterday. Installed a NOS cam, and following new parts:shaft wick, cam wick, lead, lead grommet, points, condensor, rotor, cap and vacuum advance actuator boot. A good points protector was used. Lubricants will be applied when used.

Pulled out engine block to start working on missing head studs. Also to apply Lubri-bond 220 to head studs shanks.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: July 19, 2018 03:01PM

Just completed installing the missing lower head stud. Also wire brushed and sanded all head studs. Applied Rust Fix to studs and over-coated with Lubri-Bond 220 dri-film lubricant.

Rebagged block until next time I can work with it. Then it will be to clean it thoroughly again and start Crankshaft and camshaft installs.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: October 19, 2018 03:34AM

Received NOS rockers, nuts and grooved balls from John Sweet. The only used critical parts left are the hydraulic lifters, but they have been checked out by Tom Knoblauch.

I have 2 sets of lifters I got with the Greenbrier. They are in bags of 12 each with some oil. Is there anyway I can tell if they are good Vair lifters, or lifters that should be avoided?

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: March 06, 2020 02:05AM

A while back I bought a set of NOS push rod tubes. So no marred or dented tubes will be on this engine.

Yesterday I was putting together a list of engine hardware and engine shroud (sheet metal / tins) hardware for a friend. I decided to go through the hardware on this project to confirm the list and make sure the project had all its hardware. Right now the list is 50% complete. List includes sizes of all the hardware used on the engine package and any special notes on the hardware are included.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: March 06, 2020 08:04AM

Al, your documentation will be a great resource!

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: March 06, 2020 10:21AM

Could be later. I finished the basic engine hardware about an hour ago. Getting ready to start the engine tins section. Only doing it for the LM, but most engine hardware will be applicable.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: March 06, 2020 04:24PM

Only got 7 items on the list of about 25 shroud items done today. It was a simple one to do on seal retainers, so I made good progress.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: March 07, 2020 06:08PM

Completed engine & Sheet Metal hardware list today. My Big Valve Engine project has all the needed hardware except for the aluminum oil pan bolts. I will order those before taxes are applied.

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Re: 110 Engine Big 1.72" Valve Mod Project (Bill Thomas Tribute heads)
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: July 23, 2020 06:09PM

Took a drive down to San Antonio on July 8 to Top K's place to drop off my Big Valve Heads for installation of the ceramic coated exhaust tubes. He called me a few days later and said they were ready. We picked them up on July 16. Headed home to Georgia on July 21 after getting transmission fixed on truck. Heads are sealed up until needed. Oh yeah, we visited with Donna's son and family while there.

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