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I keep wanting to flare my car, but then I stop when I realize the work involved. Then I forget, and start all over again lol.

I need to work on fender clearance on my car as is, but I really would love to square a set of 315's just like you plan. I can only imagine how much of an improvement in front grip it provides.
 

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I keep wanting to flare my car, but then I stop when I realize the work involved. Then I forget, and start all over again lol.

I need to work on fender clearance on my car as is, but I really would love to square a set of 315's just like you plan. I can only imagine how much of an improvement in front grip it provides.
The front is going to be a ton of work to get them to clear but worth it in the end. I drove this car in the link below this weekend at an autocross and was surprised how much grip the car had.

http://forums.corral.net/forums/member-build-up-projects/1995018-89-hatch-streetable-cone-racer-cheap.html

Unfortunately on my third run a power steering pump seal failed and blew power steering fluid all over in the engine bay. I was bummed since he didn't get a chance to drive his own car.
 

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Ahhh that mockup looks familiar.

That car you drove to pieces is fixed, degreased, and even got the interior vacuumed.

I apologize for shorting you 2 runs. Hopefully when it's my turn to drive your car, I can break it within a single lap! ?
 

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Ahhh that mockup looks familiar.

That car you drove to pieces is fixed, degreased, and even got the interior vacuumed.

I apologize for shorting you 2 runs. Hopefully when it's my turn to drive your car, I can break it within a single lap! ?
Yeah when you mock them up you can start to really tell how bad they fit. Its going to take some work to get them mounted right.

It was such a weird failure to have I've never had that happen before. I felt so bad when I opened the hood to see the huge mess that was made. No worries about the runs it was just a blast to get a chance to drive it. I didn't realize the car had that much grip in it. When its done you will definitely have to drive it.
 

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Did some more work on the flares last night. I mocked them up on the rear of the car to start getting an idea of what I'm going to have to do to get them to fit right. I can see now its going to take allot of work to get these things to fit nice.





I think I'm going to end up cutting off the bottom part of the flares right at the bottom of the molding. That part doesn't do anything and it seems like the part that fits the worst. Then I'm going to use some 3M panel bonding and rivets to attach them to the body. Before I really dig into it I will have to get some tires for mock up. I'm going to wait until the beginning of April to get the tires for the car. No need to get them now since I have plenty to do on the engine and interior.
 

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Got some more work done on the engine this weekend. I got the cam installed and the degree set. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be to setup. It took me longer to get the cam thrust set.



Then I had to stop on the engine I need push rod length checking tools which I have on order and should be in next week. Since I couldn't go any further on the engine I decided to move on to the interior of the car. I got the passenger seat for the car so I test fitted it to the car.



It might be bit on the tail side but it seems to work fine. The driver seat is coming in on Monday. I already got the mounting bracket but it was wrong or something went to put it in and nothing lined up.



The bracket is way to big so I will have to return it. I'm going to look at getting a planted bracket for the car. I did get some work done on the door panels I got the driver and passenger side laid out started working on the driver door but my drill bit broke.





I might have gone a bit overboard with the rivets. I spaced them 2 inches apart I probably should have done 3 inches. I really hope nothing happens in the door which causes me to have to take the panel off it will suck to have to remove all those rivets. I'm going to get a some new drill bits tomorrow and hopefully complete the door panels tomorrow night. This week I'm hoping to have more of the interior done and the push rods on order for the engine.
 

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I finished up the doors last night pretty happy with the way they turned out.





the window crank holes didn't line up perfectly but I kind of expected that so it was no big deal I had to open them up a bit but you can't tell since there covered up by the handle. I have a few more things to do on the front part of the interior then it should be done. I have some stuff I needed for the motor so I'm going to move back to working on that tonight. I need to figure out my push rod length then work on piston to valve clearance.
 

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I got some work done on the motor over the rest of this week its starting to look like something. I figured out the push rod length and the piston to valve clearance. I got the heads installed and torqued down.



Then I got the all valve train setup.



Everything is looking good so far I need to start pulling a few things from the motor in the car like the valve covers and intake so I can make sure the factory valve covers will work with the roller rockers. Plus I want to clean them up there look a little beat up. I'm hoping in the next few weeks I can pull the old motor out of the car and get the new one installed.
 

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Now that I'm starting to get far along in the build of the new engine there are a few things I need off of the old motor so last night I decided to start tearing it down to get it ready to remove in the next couple weeks.



I was planning on using the stock valve covers but found out last night they won't fit. I'm starting to look into options now which ever way I go I'm probably going to have to raise my upper intake to clear they which I didn't want to do but I should have enough clearance to the hood. I looked at a set from ford but I don't think there going to be any better. I also looked at spacers LMR sells but there $149 I can get a set of Holley or Anderson motorsports valve covers for that much.
 

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Now that I'm starting to get far along in the build of the new engine there are a few things I need off of the old motor so last night I decided to start tearing it down to get it ready to remove in the next couple weeks.



I was planning on using the stock valve covers but found out last night they won't fit. I'm starting to look into options now which ever way I go I'm probably going to have to raise my upper intake to clear they which I didn't want to do but I should have enough clearance to the hood. I looked at a set from ford but I don't think there going to be any better. I also looked at spacers LMR sells but there $149 I can get a set of Holley or Anderson motorsports valve covers for that much.
Definitely only go with a heavy cast aluminum cover. The sheet metal ones LMR sells leak worse then a 350 SBC. I would run the spacers. I'm committed to my OEM covers haha
 

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Definitely only go with a heavy cast aluminum cover. The sheet metal ones LMR sells leak worse then a 350 SBC. I would run the spacers. I'm committed to my OEM covers haha
I'm with you I really wanted to use the factory valve covers on the car. I saw how good you made the ones on your car look so I was planning on keeping mine. I'm going to look at the spacer route 1/2 inch spacer should be plenty of clearance for my car. I'll just have to add a 1/2 spacer to my intake.
 

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What exactly keeps you from running them? Was it the baffle or just simply they run into the cover? I cut my baffle out and die grinder the china wall out of it, smoothed the corners out and boom, went on without a hitch.
 

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What exactly keeps you from running them? Was it the baffle or just simply they run into the cover? I cut my baffle out and die grinder the china wall out of it, smoothed the corners out and boom, went on without a hitch.
I'm going to dig deeper into them tonight. We had already modified them to run the rockers I had in the old motor so I was hoping they would just fit. I also ran a really thick valve cover gasket which also helped.
 

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Get the Mahle steel gaskets for $13 a set from Rockauto. They are just like the metal ford gaskets that Ford put in the later cars. Get a few sets and put two or three of them on each side. I have done this many times and they don't leak.
 

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Wondering about what cam you used?

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The cam I ended up using was from CHP it was based on there 347E cam. I was having a hard time finding a good 347 cam that was smog legal so I contacted them since I knew they had a 347 they sold that has a CARB number. The cam is on the mid to mild side its really not that aggressive since I want the car to blow clean so I can smog it. I might go a bit more aggressive in the future but we will see.
 

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With the milder hydraulic cam, and the long runner Cobra intake, the motor will be a low rpm torque monster. I had a similar motor (342", Holley intake, Comp hydraulic) in my car before the current configuration. First gear was basically useless, and second was still mighty squirrely. Huge fun factor though.

At the track, my short runner (4barrel style intake), and aggressive solid roller are better suited to open track usage, not sure how it would work out for autocross, as I've never done that. I'll be interested to hear your experiences once she's up and at it!

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With the milder hydraulic cam, and the long runner Cobra intake, the motor will be a low rpm torque monster. I had a similar motor (342", Holley intake, Comp hydraulic) in my car before the current configuration. First gear was basically useless, and second was still mighty squirrely. Huge fun factor though.

At the track, my short runner (4barrel style intake), and aggressive solid roller are better suited to open track usage, not sure how it would work out for autocross, as I've never done that. I'll be interested to hear your experiences once she's up and at it!

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Its one of the things I wanted the car to have is good low end torque. Allot of autocross can be low speed tight corners its good to have something that pull really good around 2500-3000 rpm. You and me both i can't wait to get it up and running I still have allot to do but I'm chipping away at it.
 
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