TA 0291110 Buildup by slimfromnz

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TA 0291110 Buildup


Compliments of slimfromnz @ www.v8buick.com


2-26-2013


Hi all,

I have deleted my previous build thread as things had changed and it got messy


Ok,

555cui TA455 block - 3" main , 54mm cam, etc

Crower 4.350" stroke crank

GRP 7" rods

JE 4.5" pistons 12.9:1 comp

Solid roller .625"-266', 110' LS cam

One off, tapered pushrods

Custom steel pan 3" deeper - factory position oil pump - custom TA pickup

TA front cover

Mezeire 55gph water pump

Stg 2 TE heads - 11/32" 2.260" valve set. PAC roller springs. 1.60:1 roller rockers (I am sure I have posted the flow sheets enough)

CFE custom sheetmetal tunnelram with polyethylene adaptor/heatsheild (4500 to 4150 style)

Twin 840cfm E85 Prosystem carburetors - enderle linkage kit

Custom ICE 7amp 2step ignition system with custom billet large cap distributor

2" custom 4 into 1 headers

RobMacc Starter with snout girdle

Internal balance SFI balancer

SFI flexplate


Mike estimates power in the 800-900hp range. The cam is somewhat small, but will give me some driveability on the street.

I have also ordered a stg 2 TH400 from Jim W complete with a 9.5" 3500rpm stall.


The best news is;

tomorrow I will be picking up the shortblock from the shipping yard to see it for the first time 


I will post pics when I get it all unwrapped. The shortblock is complete ready for the heads, tunnelram etc then starting.

Cheers


2-27-2013


Before I release the pics, I just want to thank Mike, Sherri and the crew at TA Performance. It was definetly worth the wait.







Now just have to get the trans, fuel pump, bracketry sorted then I can start it

Cheers


3-7-2013


Hi all,

You have seen pics of the motor mocked up, now its time for assembly.

I had to send the heads off to a machine shop to get the spring locators and retainers machined down to fit into the head pocket and fit inside the larger springs. He also supplied new billet locks and assembled the heads for me and charged me $220. This guy is actually a crew chief of one of the top running Top Fuel teams here, and was impressed with the motor and wants to dyno it when im ready.

Ok, here is the head stud kit TA supplied me


Here are the heads back from the shop with new PAC racing springs installed, 225lbs seated, 600lbs open.


Shortblock ready for head studs


Head gasket by TA. Never seen em like this before.


Studs in and gasket installed. I have to say these things drop right on with fitment to the locating dowels.


Head on. Same here, the heads drop on with ease with a slight fist tap to locate on the dowels.


Other side ready


Cheers




Heads all torqued down in stages as per TA. Its been a while since I have torqued heads down 110ft/lbs geez it was hard work


Ready for these


All in.


Time for my super duper tapered pushrods. I wondered how I would oil these without getting my hands all over them.  Cut the top of the bag open and poured oil into it 


Pushrods installed


These have been soaking for 12 or so months.


New shafts as I struggled to stop the old ones going rusty. Yes I tried everything. We live right on the beach 


One side installed


Covers on before I bag(plastic) it up for tomorrow


Cheers


3-16-2013


Had a few minor setbacks. Mike warned me the sump would be to big. I said it would be fine. I was wrong 

Got it fixed up no problems. It now sports some wings ;)

Got the rest of the motor assembled, rockers set, timing set, manifold on, carbies on. Now working out alternator and vacuum pump brackets. Think I'm on top of it. Will fab out of 6mm ally plate and 13/16 ally round bar.






Also got to get some better length HT leads and trim the silastic from the chopping board once it dries. There was a fairly big gap under the manifold at the ends of the valley too, otherwise the ports and gaskets lined up PERFECT!

Glad I went with the TA Buick rocker covers too

Cheers


4-5-2013


Hi all,

More progress.

I have made brackets for the vacuum pump and alternator. The only concern I have is the belt contact on the alternator. I can run a second belt from the crank pulley to the alternator pulley if it becomes an issue.


Here is the CAD(cardboard aided design) template I started with. The alloy round bar is for the spacers. And I used 6mm alloy flat bar.


Sort of jumped the gun with photos. Here is the finished product. The adjuster is a sbc one I bought and cut all the crap off it.




This spacer connects to the adjuster. I made it an interference fit which seems to have worked great.





I also have the -12 welded to the rocker cover and a breather welded into the other for the vacuum pump. I will take some pics and post.

We are looking at Dyno time in the next week or two. They havent finished installing the dyno yet.

Cheers


4-14-2013


Hi all,

I received my fuel pump last week. Its a Product Engineering 310gph model. Just have to make a bracket for it now.


Cheers




It is so close to running on the dyno now. I have an issue with flexplate to starter clearance that I am trying to resolve. Its a JW flexplate and a RobbMc mini starter.

Anyway, I have had some fittings added to the rocker covers for the vaccum pump. The vacuum pump will also be plumbed to my brake booster resivoir tank to help with the brake pedal.


I also made an aluminum bracket for the race coil.



I thought I would throw these in here too. This is my diff setup.



Till next time

Cheers


4-25-2013


We are going to braise up some jets and drill them at 0.025"

If they don't give me the oil that I need at the top then I can drill them a bit more

Cheers


Mike,

This is a bit of a plug for you. All the way from Australia.


Again



I have an open day coming up for a friend of mine who is a coach builder/metal magician and I will be starting the motor for the first time then, hopefully. No load, just starting it for the first time. Then I will remove it from the car and put it on the dyno. It means I can delay $1000.00 + a day of charging for work.

I will start posting some pics of the car even though not Buick, soon to show the progress and what this motor is going to drive!

Cheers


5-13-2013


Nearly there






Friday for the first fire up. Can't wait.

I will have someone video it and get it up as soon as I can 

Cheers


5-17-2013


Well it runs........holy ****.....this think is angry. It is incredibly responsive with this ignition. I do have a vid but it is crap quality and only shows it idling. I set the rev limit to 6k and it gets there bloody fast.

We ran it for about 10mins first up at probably 2k then started to rev it for another couple of mins and used 25L of e85 

Taking it to an event tomorrow and a couple of the guys have gopro cameras, so we should get some nice vids. I do have vids of it revving but the camera distorted under the noise 

We are extremely happy with the engine and can't wait to drive it. 

Cheers


5-18-2013


On the way to its first public screening, albeit unfinished




Cheers


5-20-2013


Here we are running it at the open day I attended. Had some pretty impressed people come and see me after 

Let me know if this doesnt work

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/d...ps4957849e.mp4

Cheers


5-27-2013


Here is another video I took warming up the oil for an oil change

I fixed the thread in the block for the starter motor and its nice and tight in there now

Did I mention, I love the smell of the E85 

Cheers


6-23-2013


Finished up the full exhaust. Really happy with the result, as it has quietened it down considerably. Hopefully my engineer will agree.

I fired it up inside the garage so outside it will be a bit quieter also.

Still have the thumpity thump sound as well.

Cheers


8-28-2013


Had a slight setback last week.



TA to the rescue. Thanks Mike and Sherri




It alive again and the awesome smell, burning eyes, running nose, coughing is fantastic!!!!!!

Cheers


9-6-2013


Well,

its finally off to the dyno on Tuesday.  hope everything goes ok.



We will be bolting it up to the dyno Tuesday afternoon and then spend Wednesday running it up.

Cheers


9-26-2013


Yes mate. Just got back. Have an issue with the pan mods I did, as the drain back hole above the pick up is not enough and we run out of oil above 5700rpm. We will rectify though.

I am so happy with the results today, oil issues aside, we made 4 runs to 5700rpm before we decided to stop as it wanted more fuel and spark.

When we first fired it up he said the air/fuel was of the scale, so he changed the air bleeds and then the jets.

He got it where he was happy to start making some pulls.

First pull was to 5500rpm, 30' total advance, made 730hp and 750ft/lb torque.

Here is that clip

The rest was to start putting more fuel into it and run it up to 6000rpm. This is when we found the oil issue. And stopped making changes, as we tried to locate the problem.

All that aside, this motor is so smooth in its attitude, where previously I thought it was really cranky. Bill said this will pull nice and smooth off idle on the street.

Cheers


9-27-2013


Thanks Tuna.

It sounds great. Am really happy with it and spoke to Mike T about it yesterday. He was impressed with the tq figures to date.

The difference it made from the first run @5500rpm to the second run @5700rpm with more fuel, 40hp shows us there is a bit more left in this.

Mike T suggested I put a sight glass style tube on the side of the pan to see if it actually runs out or we have a problem with pickup.

Here is a clip showing it first running an setting the timing

Cheers


9-29-2013


Ok, I think I'm on top of it now

Found I had too much oil and that my pickup needs to be lowered by 1" 

Also put some more drain holes in my baffle




Hopefully once I drop my pickup deeper into the pan it will be ok

Cheers


10-17-2013


Ok, I decided to take a different tack with the oil pan. I was going to get Steve Reynolds to make an alloy pan for me, which he was happy to do, but not till the new year.

I want to get the motor back on the dyno, so my research started with help from buickstage1.

I had some 16g folded up to my dimensions, bought another pan gasket and 5/8" pickup tube from TA.

Here is the start of the new oil pan with cut outs for the front



Plenty of room



One side is bigger than the other to allow for the starter. Here are the fillet plates tacked in



I also bought a Canton Race Products windage screen kit, which was pretty easy to install




I made this baffle to put in the middle from left to right




Then I put these bevels on the holes to promote oil flow in one direction, to the back



Then I made an enclosure for the pickup I made. The idea was to trap oil in the back where the pickup is.



Then I beveled the top of each opening to promote oil in



Here it is mocked up. You can see where the pickup is located. It actually sits on the floor with a 3/8" high foot holding the screen off the floor. I made the pickup out of some 2"x 2" box and cut a 3/8" bottom piece out of it but leaving the end to create a foot. I then drilled 95 holes (count them if you like ) in a plate to act as a screen.




Steve Reynolds look away now!!

Here is what is left of my old oil pan



I had to make these as straight as I could so it would be easier to weld together




Sorting out the front



Here it is tacked together. 



This project gave me the excuse to by a TIG and give it a go. Here was one of my last welds.


Found that the 2 surfaces have to be so clean. Had to dig out a few contamination bubbles ;)

Cheers


10-20-2013


Nearly finished it. I removed the baffle plate and box I made around the pickup and started again.


Here is the race and forward trap door



Here it is mocked in position looking from the back



I also lifted the front of the floor to assist with oil runoff to the back



Looking from the front



Here you can see the side trap doors



Put this plate over the top to stop it running out the back under acceleration



Next I needed to make a piece to fill the front. This took me a while because I wanted it to fit nice and snug so I wasn't welding big gaps with the TIG







Looking from the back showing the front plate welded in


Here is the back plate



Cut to fit



In position



Here is my tiny workshop. All my tools are in view. Wish I had a guillotine and pan break 



I will finish the rear plate tomorrow morning, then take it in to get sandblasted to remove all internal welding scale, then I will check for leaks with some solvent, weld the trap door, race etc in position then powdercoat the exterior ready to go back on.

Cheers


Nearly finished it. I removed the baffle plate and box I made around the pickup and started again.


Here is the race and forward trap door



Here it is mocked in position looking from the back



I also lifted the front of the floor to assist with oil runoff to the back



Looking from the front



Here you can see the side trap doors



Put this plate over the top to stop it running out the back under acceleration



Next I needed to make a piece to fill the front. This took me a while because I wanted it to fit nice and snug so I wasn't welding big gaps with the TIG







Looking from the back showing the front plate welded in


Here is the back plate



Cut to fit



In position



Here is my tiny workshop. All my tools are in view. Wish I had a guillotine and pan break 



I will finish the rear plate tomorrow morning, then take it in to get sandblasted to remove all internal welding scale, then I will check for leaks with some solvent, weld the trap door, race etc in position then powdercoat the exterior ready to go back on.

Cheers


10-23-2013


So close to finishing up the sump

Went thru and welded up some of the longer runs as I will have about 15kg of oil sloshing around and want to minimise the risk of stress fractures

I made up some anti-surge plates for the front and rear of the windage screen



Here they are installed. These will stop the oil trying to get thru the screen under accel/decel.




Trapdoor assembly welded in place



All I have to do now is the scraper and cut an access for the pick up to pass thru the screen

Cheers


10-29-2013


We have finished moving house so I took the opportunity to finish the scraper and pickup cutout

Had to work out how to get around the pickup tube





Now to clean it up and get it powder coated, back on the engine, back on the dyno 

Cheers


11-9-2013


Yes a lot of hours gone into this wee project. Probably put 5 solid days into it, with all the changes I had to make to get it right.

Here it is painted and ready to go back on.



Once I clean the internal parts of the oil pan and assemble, I can drop it on the motor and then work on getting it back on the dyno next week. Hopefully with better oiling.

Cheers


11-10-2013


Thanks Steve

Always good to hear positive feedback from the pros

Well almost there





One last look at all the goods




Good to go


Cheers


11-11-2013


Yes Michael I do.

Mike allowed a small relief in each of the affected main caps for the pickup tube to hug the side of the pan.

Not all that easy to see with the bottom end wrapped in plastic




TA made the pickup with a standard round type pickup head, to which I cut off and made my own so I could incorporate a foot to stop it bottoming out on the floor of the pan.

Cheers


11-14-2013


Here is the only dyno sheet I could get coz Bill's printer ran out of ink


Not very clear but it's a nice progressive curve

Cheers


11-17-2013


Got it done though. Fark, I pity someone who wants to steal the motor and box 

It was a bloody mission, but it's done.





Cheers


11-17-2013


I will have fun Jim, neighbours probably wont. We have been in this place for just on 4 weeks, and the neighbours all seem very friendly and most of the guys want to come for a ride when I get it running. Whats the bet they will just want to watch once they hear it LOL!

Cam specs

@.050 254.5' I and 265' E

Here is the flow sheet


If I had more plenum/carb and bigger primaries, only running 2", we think it would kept making power to 7000. But I like it where it is. I dont have to push it hard to get the power 


Michael,

I am probably not going to run the vacuum pump at this stage, not until I drive the car to get a feel for the brake pedal, and then make a descision. I did however buy a TA's smaller crank pulley just in case.

Cheers

Cheers


11-23-2013


Had to utilize the heater and bypass ports on the water pump. I basically cut the barb fittings off, drilled them out and taped them for 1/2" NPT. I jammed a vacuum cleaner up the water pump inlet to catch all the swarf





Cheers


2-26-2014


Hi all

Since it's not a Buick car I thought I would post these pics in my engine thread

Just had the glass cut and installed. All I need is my driveshaft then I can drive it for the first time 




I've got 4 weeks till our powercruise event where I can have a go at this



I think I have the power right, just don't know how the car will react ;)

Cheers


12/8/15


Not sure if I had posted these or not, so I thought I would add some new material anyway.
These are the pistons we took out




These are the new Diamond pistons going in





And the new Callies Rods. These are BBC rods. Increased from 7" to 7.1" long




I have also removed the chopping board polyethylene tunnel ram spacer and put a new top on the plenum with 2 x 2" phenolic spacers under the carbs






Short block is back together, heads are assembled, just waiting for a new windage screen for my oil pan.
Will keep you updated.
Cheers


1/12/16

Getting close.
Just have to drop off the oil pan (once I get a new windage screen fitted), distributor, manifold, carbs and headers. Then Dyno time!!!!!

Cheers


1/5/17

Quick update.
Since changing to a 5400rpm stall, this engine is waking up nicely. I have taken the diff head out and getting 4.11:1 gears installed. This will get the blood pumping again.
Here are a couple of clips of us racing on a non prepped goat track 1/8' mile. wouldnt even hook up so I put on a smoke show for the crowd. A fellow hotrodder with 300hp less bet me to first place 



It was quite scary in the breaking area even at 107mph!!!!
Cheers