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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #30 on: June 14, 2020, 08:38:50 AM »
First road trip. Drove to Dirty South Gassers race at Alamo City Motorplex. I didn't run the car at the track. It's not quite ready yet.


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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #31 on: June 14, 2020, 08:17:07 PM »
Congratulations itís on the road

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #32 on: June 14, 2020, 10:16:51 PM »
Thanks! You don't know how many times I just wanted to give up.

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2020, 11:22:44 AM »
I can only imagine I have a couple of long term projects and sometimes I just wonder what am I doing lol

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2020, 12:54:42 PM »
From roller to road worthy in seven months. That's fast. Congratulations. My builds take years.

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2020, 11:39:22 AM »
Thanks all. I had a small grease leak. Fixed that today. Also had driveshaft cut down a inch. The yoke was to close. I added some small Dynamax  Mufflers to the collectors. It's still loud but not so shrill. Going to drive it some and see what else comes up! :)

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #36 on: June 21, 2020, 10:55:38 AM »
Did some sanding work today. Time to clean it up some. :) Made in the USA!

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #37 on: July 18, 2020, 11:46:05 AM »
Scored a small journal 327 today. It has about  .125 forged dome pistons and a set of chevy 186 heads. This should work good with my CB4 intake and solid cam. :)

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #38 on: August 02, 2020, 01:56:49 PM »
Tore the 327 down this week. It's in very good shape. Standard bore, crank, all in great shape. Factory steel forged crank , rods and pistons. It's the L79 short block. It had a Lunati solid lifter cam in it. I called Lunati to id it but they couldn't find the lobe profile or didn't want to look.  The numbers on the gear side are DPA2, 320, 112. The back side has D294. If anyone has a old Lunati catalog, maybe you can find it. I'm sure it's at least 30 years old.
Took the 186 heads apart and sent to machine shop to get blasted and checked for cracks. If they are good, I'll pocket port and use them. I'm sure they will need new valves and guide work.   

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #39 on: August 18, 2020, 11:31:17 AM »
Got the parts back from machine shop. Heads were good but, needed all new guides, valves. Block was tanked and new cam bearings installed. I cleaned all the threads today and honed the lifter bores. It's almost time to assemble it.

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #40 on: August 18, 2020, 09:15:13 PM »
Is it a Chevy II L79 block if it is, itís worth some big bucks

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2020, 11:55:01 AM »
Looking good:) Doesn't appear to be a Chevy II v-8 block, they all had a recessed oil filter mounting flange cast into the block.

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Re: 61 Falcon
« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2020, 04:07:17 PM »
Is it a Chevy II L79 block if it is, itís worth some big bucks
The id pad has some numbers on it. I looked at all the block id sites. Couldn't find the number/letters that mine has on it. Someone might have decked it and re-stamped, not sure. It does have all GM parts in it.

Have most of the engine put back together. Stopped here today.

Itís not a Chevy II block I can tell by the oil filter boss.  Looks like a good find though