Thought I'd post up the last project I just finshed. A 446 ci Ford FE engine that was brought to me to help fix some valve train issues. The customer had this engine built by a "reputable" engine builder and for a year, he continued to fight valve train issues, never really getting the engine to run correctly. Finally he was convinced to contact Chris Straub regarding a cam change, and Chris referred him to me since he was here on the west coast, only a few hours away. The costomer was done with the original engine builder who didn't seem to be able to fix the problems and was looking for someone who could. Unfortunately, it turned into a real can of worms, but in the end, it all worked out. Thanks to Chris for the referral, and hopefully another satisfied customer.
The engine is going in a '63 Galexy and will hopefully run in the NHRA Super Street class on a 10.90 index.
Here's what the customer brought to me: 4.09 bore x 4.25 stroke Eagle crank, Eagle 6.800 rods, CP 14:1 pistons, ported Edelbrock heads and a huge solid roller with springs that were 300# seat, 700# open.
Right off the bat there was an obvious problem. Notice how far out the adjuster screws are on the rockers.
Rocker alignment was off a mile:
Geometry was off as well: