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Old 10-24-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Pully that 454

I have started my winter project.
Objective: Pull the 454 cid engine and rebuild it into a 496cid with hydraulic roller cam. While I'm in the area: new 140 amp 1 wire alternator, new A/C compressor, hydraulic pump, high volume oil and water pump, new hoses, and many more to be discovered.
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down to the cooler draining
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what a mess!
Got to stop at this point to recover from eye surgery for 2 weeks.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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i would assume the new engine has a better manifold design than the 454. Kudos to you! Keep us informed!
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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Great! I'm definitely going to keep my eyes on this thread!

I really like that scoop under your bumper channeling air to the cooler. Great idea.

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Is the motor already fuel injected? The roller cam is a good idea and is a weak spot on these older push rod V8's. The roller cams are one reason modern engines last so much longer.

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I would NEVER go to a one wire alternator in a motor home. You need the voltage sensing ability of a 3 wire system. A one wire alternator is only good for a tractor with a limited electrical system. Go to this link and read about it before you waste your money on a one wire alternator. Brian

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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i would assume the new engine has a better manifold design than the 454. Kudos to you! Keep us informed!
Already have the 'Banks' system on it. The intake may get changed if it's not aluminum. Do plan to re-use the TBI I have on it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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Great! I'm definitely going to keep my eyes on this thread!

I really like that scoop under your bumper channeling air to the cooler. Great idea.

Thanks!

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Looks like the oil cooler is going to be in the way and the scope may get a redo. I have another (trany) cooler behind the right headlight.
after I took the radiator off, I power washed it, the A/C condenser, and the main trany cooler. With all the trash I washed out of the fins no wonder it runs hot.
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I would NEVER go to a one wire alternator in a motor home. You need the voltage sensing ability of a 3 wire system. A one wire alternator is only good for a tractor with a limited electrical system. Go to this link and read about it before you waste your money on a one wire alternator. Brian

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Interesting! Never thought about down steam voltage. May be why the warning lights 'low coolant' and 'water in fuel' are on at times now for no reason.
Well re-think that and complete reading the link at a later date.
I need to go put an ice pack on my forehead now. I hate getting cut on!
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after I took the radiator off, I power washed it, the A/C condenser, and the main trany cooler. With all the trash I washed out of the fins no wonder it runs hot.
what do you like for a cleaning agent on coiled & finned radiators & coolers, etc.?
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Looks like the oil cooler is going to be in the way and the scope may get a redo. I have another (trany) cooler behind the right headlight.
after I took the radiator off, I power washed it, the A/C condenser, and the main trany cooler. With all the trash I washed out of the fins no wonder it runs hot.
My Hi-tech bug collection system for the big trips You would be amazed to see what all you catch...
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Is the motor already fuel injected? The roller cam is a good idea and is a weak spot on these older push rod V8's. The roller cams are one reason modern engines last so much longer.

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Yep, the motor has been fuel injected since I installed it in 2004. One of the best upgrades I've done. Got 30% better mpg and lot more power. With a hydraulic roller cam the duration of the valves can be longer making for better breather, valve open/close faster and a lots less friction.
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what do you like for a cleaning agent on coiled & finned radiators & coolers, etc.?
I just used one of those cheat electric power washer. I've tried a cleaner from my local A/C supply store, but wasn't impressed with it on my house A/C units and guess it didn't work very well on the Silver Bullet's radiator either.
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I doubt I would be surprised at all

I drove from Dallas to Little Rock every weekend for 3-1/2 years and the front of my car pretty much stayed bug covered that entire time .
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Being my face hurts and I'm not to do anything for the next week I've been shopping for a radiator.
Many one know the GM part number? With the part number I hope to cross it to a aluminum radiator....
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