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With the season changing and the wonderful tune up that I did in the summer, trending to a rougher idle, I figured that it was time to revisit the tune.

I jetted down the main jets from 71 to 69 this morning.
Definitely an improvement, but am noticing a hesitation, or kind of flat spot off idle.

I think it is a power valve setting or an ignition quirk.

I want to try and check the MSD distributor to make sure there are no loose connections.

Also sounding like there is a bit of valve train noise happening. Should be able to pull off a valve cover this week and have a look
 

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I decided to try and check out a potential valve train noise.
So far everything looks very good, except for the valve cover gaskets, which of course being an FE appear to be seeping oil (normal)

I am going to change the gaskets (after checking the other side) then button things up again.

Otherwise it seems to run good.
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Not quite as fun a weekend.

Looks like the magnetic pickup died in the MSD dizzy (after 10 years in) so I ordered another one. It will be an interesting couple of days, trying to get the swap taken care of.

From reading, it looks like I have to pull the distributor to change it out.


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So far not so much.
I haven't got it running yet, but maybe a blessing in disguise as I noticed after installing the new MSD distributor, that the engine builder had spec'd a steel gear on the earlier distributor.
I'll need to change the gear 1st before proceeding further
 

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I did get around to being able to change the cast gear for the steel gear, so it works with the hydro-roller cam. Problem is the way the old gear was drilled it is about .06 deeper into the engine than it should be.

Still it was enough to sort out the timing issue and get the car started. I ordered a new steel gear and hope to get that installed by a machine shop pretty soon.

Next after all that will be getting the distributor recurved to match the profile of the original MSD distributor.

Must have been the ignition, because now it idles when it's cold (even without a choke) before it would not idle at all, unless I held it at 1500 rpm.

So progress and happy it's running

 

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Well got the heater going in the garage and finally got back to work. Sealed up the valve cover gaskets, changed the spark plugs, and got started on the oil change.
The underside of the engine was very oily from the leaky (FE) valve covers.
After draining the oil and pulling the filter, I got started cleaning and degreasing underneath.

I got it pretty clean, so just need to clean the top of the engine now, and fill it with oil, before the next stage of finalizing the tune.
 

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I had it running this weekend with the old 830 Holley carb that was given to me by a friend. It ran really well, except for a little choppy off idle and low speed. Tested out my rebuilds. The Street Avenger didn't work at all. I don't know what's up with it. It was the second carb that I rebuilt after the Quickfuel, and much simpler.
The quickfuel fired right up and the bench float settings were just about exact. It got late, so I didn't have a chance to tune and set the idle mixture.
More later on as the holidays permit. I also have a serpentine belt set up to go on and am looking forward to having that installed along with a PS cooler. Possibly it will help get rid of the power steering whine when the engine gets hot.
 

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Polished the whole car and took it for a long cruise on new years day, since the sun made a morning appearance. Unfortunately with the polar bear swims, the beaches were too busy to stop and enjoy (no parking anywhere and traffic jams) but the trip was uneventful. The rebuild on the quickfuel carb made all the difference. The car ran impeccably throughout. Looks like fuel economy was a little better as well except the stop and go traffic jams didn't help.

I decided with a number of days of rain and possibly snow ahead, that it was the time to take everything apart and install the serpentine system. So I got it down to the waterpump last night. I think the hard part will be rerouting the a/c lines and the cable for the alternator, as each of them swap sides.

Ultimately it's a chance to make the a/c lines look nice and clean.
 

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Did a lot more work tonight. Of course nothing is perfect but overall pleased with the progress. I had to trim a boss from the power steering pump to clear the fuel pump outlet fitting. I will need to extend both the alternator wire and fuel pump line. Once the a/c compressor is in there will need to be a complete revamp of the system and lines. That being said I always wanted to change the location of the a/c compressor to the passenger side. Just a cleaner look there.

I think it will be pretty slick when all is said and done.

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Vacuum bled the power steering, topped up the coolant mostly, and completed the rerouting of the fuel line.

Gave it a start and short run to check out everything quickly for any major leaks. Everything checked out so far. I didn't want to make the garage smell like car exhaust so shut it down pretty quick.

Hopefully the weather clears up soon, and I can take it for a test drive.

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Tested out the car with then new serpentine system. The combination of the different power steering pump and power steering cooler has made a definitive improvement with regards to the rack and pinion power steering pump noise that was there before.
Only driving further will really test things, but I am hopeful this will be a permanent solution.

The engine sounds great and I guess at least on this carb, I did a good job rebuilding it :)

 

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Tested out the car with then new serpentine system. The combination of the different power steering pump and power steering cooler has made a definitive improvement with regards to the rack and pinion power steering pump noise that was there before.
Only driving further will really test things, but I am hopeful this will be a permanent solution.

The engine sounds great and I guess at least on this carb, I did a good job rebuilding it :)

Car sounds wicked.


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Looks really good, agree it sounds mean. How did you tackle the routing of the AC lines with the swapping of sides between the compressor and alternator?
 

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Car sounds wicked.


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Thanks, it is actually pretty evil ;)

Looking good are you using the cvf racing serpentine kit?
Yes that's correct

Looks really good, agree it sounds mean. How did you tackle the routing of the AC lines with the swapping of sides between the compressor and alternator?
I have not tackled it yet. I have to change the condenser and I want to put hard lines under the passenger side fender to clean up the engine bay. The alternator was pretty easy I just added a 200 amp breaker,
 
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