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by 78 granada
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Valve Train Install
Replies: 7
Views: 1306

Re: Valve Train Install

1/8 " shorter pushrods are probably OK. The big deal is to make sure that your rocker adjusters are threaded in plenty far. I put the adjustable rockers on my 78 250 with the ball and cup rod length that was 'recommended'. They were way too long and I could only get about two threads of engagem...
by 78 granada
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Visible Moisture Between Head and Block?
Replies: 8
Views: 1882

Re: Visible Moisture Between Head and Block?

I did actually chase the threads and finger threaded the bolts snug to the head without washers to be sure I wasn't bottoming out. I also retorqued the head. The ARP studs would be a good idea thought - I totally ignored my cheap conscience both time I reassembled the top end! Sure appreciate all of...
by 78 granada
Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Visible Moisture Between Head and Block?
Replies: 8
Views: 1882

Visible Moisture Between Head and Block?

Have any of you experienced a small amount of moisture visible between the head and block where they come together on the driver's side of the block? I noticed this the first time I assembled my motor. Not a lot and not running down the block - just visible. I had to pull the head because I managed ...
by 78 granada
Mon May 22, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Best gasket/sealant procedure for cast valve cover
Replies: 20
Views: 3654

Re: Best gasket/sealant procedure for cast valve cover

Felpro VS 12692 R is the rubber gasket.
by 78 granada
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 10 grade head washer
Replies: 3
Views: 1039

Re: 10 grade head washer

I bought hardened ones from Fastenall off the shelf after I milled the head. But then I used the original bolts too! Don't know if that would work for your application?
by 78 granada
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Ignition Timing debacle?
Replies: 5
Views: 1106

Re: Ignition Timing debacle?

Mine is a 250 and I had my initial set at 16 or more - just by ear. It loved it. But when I set the total advance at 38 at 3000 rpm, the initial settled back in at about 4 degrees at idle! Starts Ok and it loves the 38 degree total - Seems too me 4 degrees advance at idle is low but as a starting po...
by 78 granada
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Priming hydraulic lifters
Replies: 4
Views: 969

Re: Priming hydraulic lifters

If you are not using adjustable rockers I would submerge them and pump them up. If, however you are using adjustable rockers you may find that the lifters do not all pump up the same. When it comes time to "feel" the push rod lash while adjusting, it can get a little subjective. We have al...
by 78 granada
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: New 200 Build - No Oil Pressure
Replies: 36
Views: 4973

Re: New 200 Build - No Oil Pressure

Pikesan, With a good electric drill you should definitely feel it load up and have visible oil to the top end with the cover off. With my used stock oil pump I get 60 psi on my mechanical gauge. I wonder about the prime. Not sure if these pumps come apart but I have always used Vaseline to prime mod...
by 78 granada
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Pushrod conundrum
Replies: 13
Views: 2049

Re: Pushrod conundrum

Boy your thread sounds familiar!! I bought adjustable rockers and went with a new set of pushrods the same length. Once installed they were way too long and the adjusters were only engaged into the rocker by two or three threads. I measured up what I needed and RAU made me a set. They were perfect. ...
by 78 granada
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Idle temperature with rebuilt head
Replies: 20
Views: 2711

Re: Idle temperature with rebuilt head

I think its air Kevin. Not sure how many times you have run and filled since you got it back together but when I did mine I drilled a very small hole in the top (up) side of the thermostat flange to help with the fill when it's closed. At least I think that's why I did it, there may have been beer i...
by 78 granada
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Weber Carb Question
Replies: 23
Views: 3551

Re: Weber Carb Question

My Weber 38/38 is awesome with my DUI. It is the perfect package for those that don't need the original look. Very simple to work with and responsive too. But, hood clearance is a problem.
by 78 granada
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:17 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

Funny, I have the steel gasket I took off it sitting right here. Pretty cruddy but I cleaned it with a pad and oven cleaner. Almost sprayed it with copper and used it again but didn't have the guts, Ha!! I would sure like to tackle this, one potential cause at a time, so I can say precisely what the...
by 78 granada
Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

Just to be clear the HT900R will fit my 78 250? Neither Jegs nor Summit show them as an application?
by 78 granada
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

Thanks for remembering those posts and passing them along to me. We might be on to something. Although my lifters weren't white box, they can in a Hylift Johnson branded package, I have noticed a difference in valve train noise that is not consistent. Very quiet but different just the same. I have t...
by 78 granada
Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

I wonder if I can use a different rocker tower bolt for the oil feed end to reduce the amount to the top end or maybe it is restricted enough by the stock one? I guess if I tear this down I can get the HT 900R lifters and a new pump. Forgot to thank you for the advice!
by 78 granada
Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

The drilling I did on the top end was to each rocker as recommended in the falcon handbook? I was not sure as to whether I really needed to because the rockers came presumably ready to go. But when I saw that I was just enlarging to the size of the stock rockers I though what the heck, give it a try...
by 78 granada
Sat Sep 24, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

Just changed the filter to a Wix and added the oil I lost in the old filter. Then added 1 extra quart. Warmed it up good and took it down the road increasing to 4K RPM. Oil pressure dropped out completely to zero. Shut her off and coasted into the driveway. I need to wait until I cool down, but I do...
by 78 granada
Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

I could drive this car like it ought to be drove all day long and there would never be a problem. But when I started the project I was looking to build a cute little bracket car. 1/4 mile will have it see 4K but probably not much more. To be honest 4K sounded like a 'tractor' motor gone wild! Still,...
by 78 granada
Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

The oil is 10w-40 conventional. Priming with a drill holds 60 psi steady. The oil filter isn't a fram but it isn't a premium like a Wix either. The first filter I pulled after the break in dumped out perfectly clean - no metal, as did the oil in the pan. When the car is going down the road at 2500 r...
by 78 granada
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

Here is what is weird too. Both times this happened, which are the only two times I had the revs up, I had to prime with a drill to get the pressure back even after it sat for a while. Now I am not saying that if I had let it run the pressure wouldn't have eventually come back - didn't want to risk ...
by 78 granada
Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 78 Granada Axle Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2970

Re: 78 Granada Axle Question

Always good to learn more. I appreciate the scoop on this. thank you big time!
by 78 granada
Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

Re: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

All good stuff. I did the top end only and added adjustable rockers without the bleedback on the shaft. Milled the head .060. No PCV just breathers. Oil pump is original with 44K on it. Oil is Driven 10W-40 and about 1/2 quart high. I am not familiar with the style of overpressure valve the pump may...
by 78 granada
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil Pressure Frustration
Replies: 47
Views: 4697

Re: Oil Pressure Frustration

I just started a new post because my issue is slightly different than yours but just about as frustrating. At 4000 rpm I lose all oil pressure! this just happened and so I parked it and let it sit to drain oil back down if that was it. Just started it and zero pressure. Also my top end does make noi...
by 78 granada
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: No oil pressure at 4000 rpm
Replies: 28
Views: 4070

No oil pressure at 4000 rpm

So the old Granada is back together and purrs like a kitten - no leaks, no misses, all good. The other day I had enough time on the new top end so I decided to run it up to 4000 rpm. Oil light came on and the top started knocking loud. Pulled the valve cover and the distributor. Everything looked vi...
by 78 granada
Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 1978 200ci build.. Go...
Replies: 27
Views: 4227

Re: 1978 200ci build.. Go...

Our pleasure harris4d! We were lucky to find this forum weren't we?! If it wasn't for all these guys I would still be trying to get the cam wrestled out of my block!! Ha, humbling, and great help all the way around. Have fun and keep the updates coming.
by 78 granada
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 1978 200ci build.. Go...
Replies: 27
Views: 4227

Re: 1978 200ci build.. Go...

Just built a '78 250 so there is a little difference with the longer stroke but hopefully this will help you in general. My cam is 264/264 with 110 lobe center. I love it but it is borderline at an idle with my stock converter - but sounds very lopey and awesome! The carb is a Weber 38/38. I milled ...
by 78 granada
Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Break in oil recommendations.
Replies: 13
Views: 2251

Re: Break in oil recommendations.

A local race engine builder here for generations and with a huge name locally uses Driven oil with all their builds. It is high dollar, but with a few thousand and a lot of work into my motor, it seemed to be cheap insurance to me. Driven has a whole line for various applications. Originally I wante...
by 78 granada
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: 144 Ignition Problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1904

Re: 144 Ignition Problem

Possible there is not enough juice to energize the solenoid but maybe enough to hold it there after the initial jump. Looks like the key switch to me. Let us know what you find!!!
by 78 granada
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Fuel pressure regulator info?
Replies: 4
Views: 842

Re: Fuel pressure regulator info?

Thanks for the responses guys! At times I move the adjustment screw in and out and there is no change in the very low reading on the gauge. New gauge but could be wrong? I doubt if the mechanical pump has variation in its output after it warms up, but last night I fired it up and the pressure was wh...
by 78 granada
Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Fuel pressure regulator info?
Replies: 4
Views: 842

Fuel pressure regulator info?

Not sure if I have a defective redline fuel pressure regulator? How do you set the pressure? Plug the outlet and adjust or at higher rpm or idle? I thought I had this thing dialed in for my Weber 38 but returned from a shakedown run and the pressure was reading way low, maybe 1.5 psi. The car ran gr...
by 78 granada
Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 78 Granada Axle Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2970

Re: 78 Granada Axle Question

It's looking that way Bubba! Darn. I know there is a limited slip 3.50 out there somewhere - all I have to do is find it!! The local axle shop will build me a drop in replacement in 9" for $3200.00. little overkill but they don't do 8". Hope not to have to go that route but right now the g...
by 78 granada
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Transmission & Drivetrain
Topic: 78 Granada Axle Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2970

Re: 78 Granada Axle Question

Well we got the old 78 Granada put back together and running great last weekend!! Thanks to everyone that helped me through my 6 banger learning curve!! Now back to the axle situation. Here's what I know and maybe some of you guys can make sense of it. The wheels are 5 lug. The diff has the stamped ...
by 78 granada
Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Oil leaking from rear main still
Replies: 7
Views: 1330

Re: Oil leaking from rear main still

Gosh, with three seals on a 'fresh' motor you must be pulling your hair out. The plugged breather certainly isn't good. If it wasn't a new motor I would look at some serious blow by. Just for grins, I wonder what a compression check would show? I had a similar experience that turned out to be broken...
by 78 granada
Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Prime/Pre-lube/Pre-oil L6-250 after rebuild
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: Prime/Pre-lube/Pre-oil L6-250 after rebuild

Best break in oil is 'Driven' by Joe Gibbs.
by 78 granada
Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:25 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Prime/Pre-lube/Pre-oil L6-250 after rebuild
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: Prime/Pre-lube/Pre-oil L6-250 after rebuild

Yes just the lifters. I was swapping pushrods and the suction pulled one of the lifters out and its down there laying on its side! I can not get it back. So, because I have to pull the head and I had a couple lifters that wouldn't seem to quiet down with adjustment, I decided to put a premium set in...
by 78 granada
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Prime/Pre-lube/Pre-oil L6-250 after rebuild
Replies: 16
Views: 1836

Re: Prime/Pre-lube/Pre-oil L6-250 after rebuild

I used this method and it worked fantastic. You can feel the pressure and watch it as it lubes the top end. Question: Now that I pre lubed and ran the engine, is it necessary to pre lube it again when I install new hydraulic lifters? Will they pump up quickly or do I risk popping one out of there???...
by 78 granada
Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Watch that 250 pushrod length!
Replies: 15
Views: 1891

Re: Watch that 250 pushrod length!

Gary over at RAU just sent me a set of rods he cut down for me at no charge to get this thing straightened out. Awesome guy Gary! They are at 9.1" now. That with the fact that the cup end is slightly deeper will give me a lot more adjuster thread to engage in the rocker.. .200" plus. Now j...
by 78 granada
Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Compression Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 1502

Re: Compression Issue

Sounds like you have all the pieces. Curious, did you calculate what the dynamic compression was going to be when you thought the chambers were 56?
by 78 granada
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:42 am
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Lifter magic anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Re: Lifter magic anyone?

Its worth a try for sure!! The top of the lifter is lying over beneath the next pushrod hole so that will be the challenge - how to get it with the magnet and somehow stand it up where I can come back in the next hole and drop it in. Boy I wish I had taken my time, right? Thanks a bunch guys!!
by 78 granada
Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Throttle cable for aluminum head with 4bbl
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

Re: Throttle cable for aluminum head with 4bbl

That's the one. I replaced it with a bracket I made that mounts to the old engine hanger and tranny kickdown mechanism location over on the passenger side of the head. Out of the way and nice and neat! Not sure what mount locations there are on that aluminum but it sure would be a NICE problem to ha...
by 78 granada
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Lifter magic anyone?
Replies: 6
Views: 1174

Lifter magic anyone?

Yep...I'm that guy. got in a big fat hurry swapping pushrods and the suction pulled the lifter right out of the bore and flopped it over laying on it's side; waaaaaaay down in there! The heads got to come back off doesn't it?! Has anyone ever had any luck getting one of these back in with some kind ...
by 78 granada
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: SpeedDaddy Header
Replies: 11
Views: 1665

Re: SpeedDaddy Header

I don't know who actually manufactured the header I got from Does 10s but Will did me right on my 78 250. Quality gasket and doughnuts and it bolted right up perfect - went right past the starter and tranny cooling lines just like it was made for it!! No interference whatsoever.
by 78 granada
Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Throttle cable for aluminum head with 4bbl
Replies: 6
Views: 1260

Re: Throttle cable for aluminum head with 4bbl

Just installed a Lokar universal myself. The carb end came with a clevis and ball joint with set screw - either or, and the pedal end was a direct mount but had another piece for other styles as well. I just cut it to length and fabbed a new bracket to hold a few inches out from the carb linkage. Th...
by 78 granada
Fri Jul 08, 2016 8:01 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Push rods
Replies: 9
Views: 1782

Re: Push rods

Thank you bubba! I think that might possibly save me and extra step after its back together. I will try that this time.
by 78 granada
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Push rods
Replies: 9
Views: 1782

Re: Push rods

I was reading this older thread and it got me thinking. The CI site instructs that the valves can be adjusted by having cylinder #1 at TDC fire and adjusting half of the valves, then one rotation to #6 at TDC and adjust the remaining valves. Is this a fail proof method regardless of cam configuratio...
by 78 granada
Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Watch that 250 pushrod length!
Replies: 15
Views: 1891

Re: Watch that 250 pushrod length!

The ones I have in there are 9.300 which is essentially the length of the stock rods I took out. There may be a margin of error going to the cup configuration I suppose. Looking at going to a 9.100 length which will give me a lot more thread all things being equal. What would be cool is if someone o...
by 78 granada
Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Carb Selection for Built 250
Replies: 5
Views: 873

Re: Carb Selection for Built 250

I used the 500 Holley for two consecutive 304 V8 builds I did and LOVED them! But they were more displacement so lower rpm was not a concern. I am using a Weber 38/38 on my 250 now and it is very responsive. But my large log head is a milder build than yours. So many options!!
by 78 granada
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Watch that 250 pushrod length!
Replies: 15
Views: 1891

Re: Watch that 250 pushrod length!

I'm a humble guy because there is always someone out there far more knowledgeable than I and probably more interesting too! The geometry on this valve train is beautiful. Rather than say that my pushrods were too long, I might have said that perhaps they were perfect and the rocker adjusters are too...
by 78 granada
Tue Jun 28, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Watch that 250 pushrod length!
Replies: 15
Views: 1891

Re: Watch that 250 pushrod length!

I couldn't fine one of those cup end adjustables but probably didn't know where to look. If the set that comes in doesn't have me on the valve right where I want to be I will consider making one. This "package" was supposed to be tried and true. The new rods are going (that's the plan anyw...
by 78 granada
Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: 144-250 "Small Block" Six Performance
Topic: Watch that 250 pushrod length!
Replies: 15
Views: 1891

Watch that 250 pushrod length!

I can stare at this fresh build of mine all day and it doesn't change the fact - The pushrods are too long! The adjustable rockers from RAU only thread in a couple of threads when properly adjusted and that leaves way too much unused (weak) adjuster. I should mention that I only milled .060 off the ...