Best Tips for Breaking in a New Camshaft
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first few minutes of operation will determine the long-term survival of
your flat-tappet camshaft. More agressive lobe designs, stronger
valvesprings and changes to the additives in modern motor oils makes a
"wiped" cam lobe much more likely than in the days of classic muscle cars.
These are a few very important tips for properly breaking in your high
performance flat tappet camshaft.
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1967 Oldsmobile 403, 780cfm carb, hyd. roller cam and rockers, ported and
flowed 'C' heads, ported intake and one of `Jack Engle's' original cams.
This build was done as a tribute in memory of one our customers by his
father and widow to hand down to his son Andrew.
403 Olds Overview
This is a shot of the 403 Olds in my '84 Cutlass. Propelled me to many
11.50s time slips. Swapped the cam out to something more streetable for
prospective buyers. $3500 with lots included. Less than 50 miles on the
motor...under 100 passes.
1979 pontiac trans am first start.
Pontiac trans am first start since rebuild. All original matching numbers
car, 301 4bbl bored .40 over, small cam, port and polish on the heads, true
2 3/4" dual Exhaust with flow ter 40
series mufflers and high flow cats. (im too young to register as an antique
so I need to pass inspection). Going through full restoration, pictures and
info can be seen here of whole build.
My '79 Caprice (Bought New, Been in the Family Ever Since)
One of GM's last all-new line of full-size cars, the '79 Caprice and Impala
2-doors, with their infamous "bent" window glass, were in the last year of
a body style that was introduced for the 1977 model year.
These "downsized" full-size cars were almost a foot shorter and 700 pounds
lighter than the '76's they replaced. But, trunk space and interior room
stayed the same. In one year, the 350 V8 went from being the smallest
engine you could get in a big Chevy to being the largest.
As big Chevys had been for years, they were traditional body-on-frame
construction, but they were the first cars to be partially designed and
engineered using CAD-CAM (Computer aided design-computer aided
GM's other B-body cars, the Pontiac Catalina and Bonneville, Olds 88, and
Buick LeSabre, and larger C-bodies, the Buick Electra, Olds 98 and Cadillac
DeVille/Fleetwood, also got the downsizing treatment in '77.
Almost a million-and-a-half full-size Chevy sedans, coupes and wagons were
sold in those three years, unfortunately not enough to take back the
number-one sales spot from the mid-size Olds Cutlass.
The universal complaint back then was that GM had made the Chevy full-size
cars TOO small. (In '77, they were only slightly longer than a "mid-size"
Chevy Malibu. How times change;-)
For the 1980 model year, they were mildly restyled, and that basic body
lasted 11 years, until the "pregnant whale" '91-'96 models, which, along
with the Buick Roadmaster, Olds Custom Cruiser and Cadillac Fleetwood
Brougham (all based on the same '77-vintage chassis), were the last
body-on-frame big cars GM would ever build.
This one was bought new by my mom in September of 1979 for (take your heart
medicine now) $7,500.
Thanks to an oil shortage and subsequent doubling in the price per gallon
of gas that summer, sales of full-size cars had fallen off a cliff, so she
had her pick of in-stock colors and options. If you've tried to find a
clean '77-79 Caprice or Impala 2-door, you know it's next to impossible. So
imagine visiting City Chevrolet, a Chicago dealer that was located in a
series of old multi-story warehouses, and riding the freight elevator with
the salesman to one of the enclosed upper-floor new-car storage areas.
There, parked nose-to-tail and mirror-to-mirror, were at least 40 Caprice
and Impala 2-doors, including the rare Landau models. Too bad City
routinely undercoated all its cars. (A side note: City Chevrolet supplied
the City of Chicago with its Impala and Caprice cop cars until the day GM
This one was bought at the now-vanished Circle Chevrolet at 82nd and
Racine. It has very few options: the 305 V8, A/C, a rear window defogger
and AM/FM stereo with 8-track player and rear speakers. Mom had it
Ziebarted a month after she bought it, which partially accounts for the
shape it's in now.
It replaced a green '68 Impala 4-door hardtop with 78,000 miles, a 307 V8,
Powerglide, drum brakes all around and no A/C, bought new by my dad.
In her care, this one's led a pretty sedate existence. Except for a road
trip to Washington D.C. in 1980 and a period of about six months where I
commuted in it to Argonne National Laboratory, no long drives. Pretty much
to the grocery store, to her friends' homes, and to church.
The locking wire wheel covers became necessary in 1983 after the original
wheel covers kept getting stolen.
Also that year, a Metra road crew dropped a load of track ballast on it as
she sat under a viaduct at a stoplight. Allstate (bless them) paid for all
the repairs to the body and the pitted glass and litigated with Metra for
the next seven years.
When she passed on a few years ago, I inherited it. I'm basically keeping
it the way it is. No Corvette motor. No 22's. No thumping stereo. It needs
a little body work (after 28 Chicago winters, what did you expect?), and as
soon as a little more money comes in, I've got to take care of the
windshield wiper motor and find a set of the original wheel covers.
It just got a new brake master cylinder and fuel pump (ouch!), and winter's
coming, so converting the A/C from R12 to R134 will have to wait.
But other than that, it runs like a top, and the interior's in almost
perfect shape. And on sunny days, it's great to pull off the cover, back it
out of the garage, and drive one of the last of GM's big cars. After
zipping around in my Fiero, it's like driving a Cadillac (I used to drive
my uncle's '79 Coupe de Ville, and the ride wasn't much smoother than this
As with the Fiero, master GM mechanic Dave Armstrong keeps it running
right. If you're in the Chicago area, get in touch with him at
(773)282-1444. He'll keep your car on the road or get it back on the road
if it isn't.
77 Trans Am Special Edition - Rare 403 Engine Auto - Cam Break-in
This is Demp's 77 Trans Am that we are just about ready to finish up within
the next couple weeks for him. Gary and Dylan started it today for the
first time since we started on it last summer for him. Breaking in the Cam
and making sure all is good with the engine. Finishing a complete
Frame-Off restoration. It is a Rare 77 TA, with the Special Edition
Package, and was one of the few 6.6 Liter cars of that year to get a 403
OLDSMOBILE 455 W-43 EXPERIMENTAL HEMI AND OTHER EXOTIC ENGINES - THE JOHN BELTZ YEARS PHOTO TRIBUTE
John Beltz was Oldsmobile's chief engineer in 1964 and one of the prime
movers of the Toronado and 442 project. Beltz was promoted to Oldsmobile
general manager at age 43 in 1969 when Harold N. Metzel retired. Beltz
passed away in May of 1972 from cancer at the age of 46.
John Beltz is leaning on a dual fan 455 Olds and posing with other
experimental Olds engines that never saw production.
Here are descriptions of these engines:
1. The 0W-43 all aluminum 455 with 4 valve per cylinders, four overhead cam
Weber engine. With a redline of just under 8,500rpm it was originally
conceived for CAN AM racing. At 3,000rpm it put out 300hp and at 6,000rpm
registered over 600hp. The top output recorded for this engine in the
Lansing Dyno facility
was 700 real hp at 6,800rpm. Tests were run with both carbueration and fuel
injection. The block was cast from Reynolds 356 alloy and fitted with
pressed-in dry steel cylinder liners for the Forged-True 12.20to 1 pistons.
Billet steel connecting rods by Carillo was used along with a forged steel
crank. The engine weighed in at 50 pounds lighter than the production 455
motor! It was developed at the same time as the ZL-1 Chevy 427 motor.
2. The W-43 4 valve per cylinder 455 developed by JOHN BELTZ , LLOYD GILL ,
JOE JONES AND FRANK BALL. Rated at 500-550hp with a single Rochester
Quadrajet on an aluminum manifold. Constructed with both cast iron heads
and block and with aluminum-alloy block and heads 75 pounds lighter than
the conventional 455 production engine. Engine featured four valves per
cylinder with narrowed angles for a super efficient combustion chamber
design, central spark plugs and could easily be adapted for chain for gear
driven overhead camshafts. 455 engine had 4.625inch cylinder centers, a
4.125 bore and 4.250 stroke. Making use of the 3inch main bearings and 2.50
inch rod journals, the engine was fitted with a specially prepared cast
crank fitted with SAE-1140 forged steel rods, forged 10.20-to-1 pistons
which rode on Morraine 400 bearings. Four bolt main block boasted 2
additional 5/8inch drain holes. Four valve heads featured 1.750inch intake
valves (SAE-8640 steel) with 22 degree stems and 1.375 Exhaust (214-N stainless steel) with 15 degree
stems, special Stellite seats, bronze alloy guides, o ring plug tubes, 14mm
spark plugs, 3/8 inch pushrods and aluminum rocker arms. (Of all the
experimental Olds engines, this one came the closest to production and
there are photos of this engine in street gear. MAY 71 HOT ROD MAGAZINE
features some of these engines and the sadness of the Olds engineers of
that time of how they would never be released.)
3. 455 dual turbocharged CAN AM ROCKET
CHALLENGE. 659hp @ 6250rpm. 554lbs torque @ 6,250 rpm. Alloy block with 4
bolt mains. Forged steel crankshaft. Forged True pistons with 8.5 to 1
compression. 3inch main journals. 2.499inch rod journals. Carillo billet
steel rods. alloy heads. 2inch intake valves. 1.625inch Exhaust valves. Crower roller camshaft with
555inch lift and 320 degrees duration. Dual TRW-375-E-10 turbochargers with Boost Wastegate 10and 1/2psi. Lucas fuel
injection. Olds alloy intake.
Competed with big block Chevy Mclarens and Porsche Panzers in CAN AM racing
This video is merely a couple of old magazine pages strung together with
the exception of that blue 455 hemi which was found on the internet. Thats
BRUCE MCLAREN in that green can am race car which is Olds powered. AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO JOHN BELTZ IS POSING WITH SOME ENGINES FEATURED IN
THE JULY 1969 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE AND THE BLUE OLDSMOBILE 455 HEMI
WAS FEATURED IN THE MAY 1971 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE. The incidental
music I overlayed onto this video was muted by youtube.
Olds 403 firing
"79 trans am with built Olds 403. Still haven't had the timing light on in
it and the carb jetting is completely off being that I bought it used off
of eBay, but hey it got it to run. Hasn't been on Dyno yet but guessing 550hp when
Valve Lash Adjustment Video - Engine Building Car Repair DVD
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