You're going to over heat. Ask me how I know
Seriously, we were worried about power steering pumps and electric gremlins in our effort - but we ended up losing a battle with heat and blew a head gasket. (Before that went - we were also in to change thermostat and intake gasket while chasing down the problem.) Eventually, the damage from oil mixing with water took out the oil pump with 40 minutes remaining.
When we worked our budget - I left room for gaskets all around, and good oil. Man, the good oil really helped save the engine when things got tough.
Cut a hole in the hood behind radiator to extract heat and make radiator flow better.
We've actually already got a vent aft of the radiator/fan shroud, just for this issue. Due to the motor being so tall, there are going to be a LOT of holes in the hood to clear the intake, dizzy cap, and alternator.
It has been a while, but I wanted to give you all an update. The race is the first weekend in October, and the car still doesn't run! The good news is, we're " " this close to getting her fired up!
Motor, tranny, and driveshaft are all in. Got the 2 into 1 side exit exhaust finished up yesterday, as well as our engine and computer grounds.
It has been a long road, with a lot of ghetto-fab work going into it, but it should be a solid vehicle! The hydraulic clutch works good, as well as out custom-made throttle cable.
I'll need to get under the car and snap some pictures of all the work, and post them up here for your perusal.
Heres a rundown of what we did:
1987 speed density HO motor, home cylinder clean-up and new rod and main bearings, and rings.
Added baffles into stock oil pan.
Stripped all accessories except for the alternator.
'93 mini hi-torque starter.
No-name King Cobra HD clutch.
All of our stock stuff is sold which helped cover the costs, and having the motor and whatnot just laying around made it affordable. We may end up over budget, but we're not in this race to win, just to have fun. If it all stays together this race, we'll most likely end up upgrading the harmonic dampener and radiator, and looking at ways to cool the engine oil and diff as well.