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    Got the heads out from under the bench, cleaned them up and installed the inner springs as I ended up going full hydraulic roller from Straub Technologies. Chris set me up with a solid valvetrain and let me use the Isky springs I already had. That's great customer service.


    Went over to Shep's with boxes from the big brown truck and the heads and got to work. First we dialed in the cam and verified crank angle to cam lift.
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    Then dropped the heads on. I hate to cover those shiny pistons but I hope i don't see them for years.
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    After mixing up some head bolts because I wasn't thinking, I finished up torquing the heads and installed the checker springs under the retainers on #1. I purchased a Summit valve spring compressor for $44 that threads onto the 7/16" rocker studs and it worked great! The fingers could stand to be straightened out slightly to push the springs down in a flat plane, but overall it was very workable. I read that the morel hydraulic lifters sit higher in the bores and therefore require shorter pushrods so I bought the corresponding pushrod checkers for mock-up. The consensus was somewhere around 7.750" for intake and 8.600" for exhaust. You will also have to add 0.050 if they aren't pumped full of oil. I painted the valve stem with permanent marker, installed the crane roller tip rocker and rolled it over twice. The pic below is the outcome of this process. Pretty close to dead nuts if you ask me.
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    I checked both intake and exhaust twice at .050 increments and came up with the final numbers of 7.750 and 8.6125 respectively. Shep wrote the numbers down, did some math and pulled out his slide rule to verify haha. I re-installed the Isky springs and added the rest of the roller lifters to the valley before calling it a day.

    Here's a mockup of the final product. Still need oil pan/pickup, intake gaskets, fuel pump, starter and some other odds and ends. Summit Racing is going to love me.


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    Any thoughts on which push rods you are going to get? Everyone likes something different. But a fair amount of people like Trend Products and they're in Warren. They are probably not the cheapest. Just something for you to consider.
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    Chris Straub is sending me the set as part of the package I purchased. I'm fairly certain they are Smith Bros.

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    I've heard good things about Chris Straub as well. I forgot I read earlier and some time ago that you ordered a combination for him that allowed use of springs you had.

    So who has or what happened to Shep's Aquacraft? I like those and knew a few people who had them. I think one was on Lake Oakland in the 1970's. Perhaps that's the one Shep has/had.

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    Shep still has it and he finished a 454 for it last year. He had it out once or twice, but needs to put new fuel tanks in it and some other little work here and there. I just don't have the room for two boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkidminoltu View Post
    After mixing up some head bolts because I wasn't thinking, I finished up torquing the heads and installed the checker springs under the retainers on #1. I purchased a Summit valve spring compressor for $44 that threads onto the 7/16" rocker studs and it worked great! The fingers could stand to be straightened out slightly to push the springs down in a flat plane, but overall it was very workable. I read that the morel hydraulic lifters sit higher in the bores and therefore require shorter pushrods so I bought the corresponding pushrod checkers for mock-up. The consensus was somewhere around 7.750" for intake and 8.600" for exhaust. You will also have to add 0.050 if they aren't pumped full of oil. I painted the valve stem with permanent marker, installed the crane roller tip rocker and rolled it over twice. The pic below is the outcome of this process. Pretty close to dead nuts if you ask me.
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    I checked both intake and exhaust twice at .050 increments and came up with the final numbers of 7.750 and 8.6125 respectively. Shep wrote the numbers down, did some math and pulled out his slide rule to verify haha. I re-installed the Isky springs and added the rest of the roller lifters to the valley before calling it a day.

    Here's a mockup of the final product. Still need oil pan/pickup, intake gaskets, fuel pump, starter and some other odds and ends. Summit Racing is going to love me.

    Intake valve could be a little shorter IMO
    Also looks like a lot of sweep on the exhaust.
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    Put it together and fired it up. Runs great! Thank you for everyone's advice along the way.

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    Glad it's still good more space in my garage(that's a joke) put the beast in the boat you'll go 65 mph lol

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    I was hoping for 55!

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    Is that the distributor from my motorhome?

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    Forgot to post of video of the bitch running!

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    4 years later it's still running like a champ and I beat the snot out of it. This was two years ago when it was dropped in the Bahner



    And I recently purchased a blower so we'll see what's next.

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