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By drronaldf20719687, Jul 15 2016 11:03PM

If you have ever worked on a car or any other major project; you know what I'm going to tell you is the truth!

We are doing the final work on a very nice 1927 Chevrolet Capitol Coupe. We had done some head work (replaced a couple bent valves) and tried to reuse the old gasket. Of course the gasket failed. The oil pan gasket was also leaking quite bad, leaving a puddle of oil wherever it sat.

Luckily, the owner already had a complete gasket set! He mailed it to us and we began to replace the head and oil pan gaskets.

Here is where the fun began.

Once we got the head off, we noticed the #3 spark plug was white, while the rest showed the normal black soot. This would explain the rough running and popping. We also noticed the rocker arm shafts were quite dirty and not moving as smooth as they should.

Then we took off the oil pan. Here we found about an inch of thick sludge on the bottom. The oil pump pick up was plugged with sludge. The oil filter housing was filled with sludge.

The water pump shaft was loose........

You get the picture.

A simple gasket swap has now exploded into a complete engine refresh and cleaning!

And, of course, since everything is now nice and clean, we just has to paint everything.

Jordan spent a few hours, cleaning, polishing, truing mating surfaces, lubricating and rebuilding just about every moving part on the old motor.

He did a fantastic job! Check out the pictures below. Can't wait to hear how much better it will run now that everything is cleaned up and repaired. Stay Tuned!

1927 Chevrolet Head Removed
1927 Chevrolet Head Removed
1927 Chevrolet Engine Gasket Set
1927 Chevrolet Engine Gasket Set
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arms
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arms
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arm  Assembly
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arm Assembly
Spark Plug Not Firing #3
Spark Plug Not Firing #3
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Water Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Water Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Head Refurbished
1927 Chevrolet Head Refurbished
1927 Chevrolet Head Reinstalled
1927 Chevrolet Head Reinstalled

By drronaldf20719687, Jul 5 2015 10:18PM

We put on the final finishing touches, cleaned and polished everything and got the car ready for dilivery.

A 100+ mile "Shake Down" cruise to deliver the car to its owner went fantastic. The Z28 has great power and acceleration, Cruises very well at 70mph at just over 1500 rpm. It was a pleasure to drive!

Everything worked well, and the owner was very happy to see the final product. We did need to re-tourque the lug nuts at arrival (very common with aluminum wheels).

With this project complete, it was time to clean up the shop and get ready for the next projects coming in next week. A 99 GMC for some rust repair and a 1972 Blazer for assembly and wiring. Stay tuned for updates!

Chekc out the before and after pictures of the 86 Camaro below:

1986 IROC Z28 Before-Need Paint and Engine Build
1986 IROC Z28 Before-Need Paint and Engine Build
1986 IROC Z28 After- Paint and Engine Build
1986 IROC Z28 After- Paint and Engine Build
Doc and Roger- Car Builders
Doc and Roger- Car Builders

By drronaldf20719687, Jun 17 2015 09:05PM

Can't believe it has been a month since my last post. Been busy in the shop!

Our latest and current project is a nice 86 IROC Z. The car was put in storage 10-15 years ago when the owner began having kids. His son was told at age 5, he could have the car when he is old enough to drive. Well, he turns 15 this year and will be getting his license soon.

The car was scheduled for an engine rebuild and a basic paint job of the original bright red color.

Everything seemed to be going well. We found a few very minor rust spots, and new metal was welded in. The body is in fantastic shape and priming and painting went very well, very straight!

When we opened the car up, the first problem became very evident!

Mice or other rodents had taken up residence in the headliner and used the carpet and seats as a restroom. It stunk!!! Letting it sit in the sun and daily spraying of OdoBan have made it tolerable.

The engine turned over fairly easily but did not start. Upon inspection, we noted the gas tank was half full of some of the nastiest smelling varnish that used to be gasoline. Ethanol in gas attracts water, so this tank is completely rusted and unusable. A new tank, fuel pump, strainer, filter and significant cleaning of the fuel lines has been done. The injectors were soaked in a cleaning solution for a couple of weeks. Hope they are still good.

The engine was pulled, tore down, cleaned, honed, heads rebuilt and ported, and finally reassembled. Once dropped back into the car, it fired up quite well, had a great sound. We replaced the oil pan, due to the original being severely rusted. Unfortunately, we were given the wrong pan and the exhaust will not clear. This means we will have to find a new replacement oil pan, pull the motor up and swap out the pans. This will set us back a week.

Till next time....

1986 IROC Z28
1986 IROC Z28
86 IROC Rust
86 IROC Rust
Patch Panel Welded In
Patch Panel Welded In
86 IROC in Primer
86 IROC in Primer
86 IROC Bright Red
86 IROC Bright Red
86 IROC Body Painted
86 IROC Body Painted
86 IROC Engine Bay
86 IROC Engine Bay
Engine Installed in 86 IROC
Engine Installed in 86 IROC

By drronaldf20719687, May 5 2015 01:24AM

It's been about a month since I got the Blazer running. Had a little issue with what I thoght was an oil leak. turned out I missed a block plug above the oil filter. That hole gets full pressure oil and it definitely has plenty of pressure as within seconds of starting up, 3 quarts of oil poured right out.

With the hole properly plugged and the crankcase refilled with fresh oil, the 4.3l started easy and ran smooth right away. I gave it a quick test run of aboutr 4 miles after reaching temperature. No leaks of oil, fuel or coolant.

I let the wife take it the next day. She was excited to get her car and freedom back!

I finally had the chance to drive it while taking a trip for the Chevy club we belong to (VCCA). Smooth acceleration, nice firm 1-2 shift. Was able to go from 55 to 65 qucikly with only moderate pedal and not cause the trans to kick down. Very pleased with the outcome!

I'll be changing the oil out next week as the break in should be done by then.

With the Blazer done and the shop cleaned, work on the 81 Camaro Front Suspension began. Stay tun ed for updates!

1981 Camaro
1981 Camaro

By drronaldf20719687, Apr 7 2015 11:26PM

Taking my time working on the 95 B lazer , but the finish is getting closer. The replacement block was boiled out and bored 0.030 over. Cam Bearings and frost plugs installed. The heads were rebuilt, valves replaced and valve seats resurfaced.

Took about 6 hours to assemble, turns very nice and smooth!

Transmission was completed while the machine work was done on the block.

Dropped the engine into place, lifted the tranny up from underneath. Took a while and an extra pair of hands, but we got it all in. Only took 4 hours.

Spent the last week reinstalling the exhaust, replacing the rear pinion seal (which lead to hand forming and replacing several brake lines) See Story Here

Hopefully I'll get all the accessories, brackets, radiator and wiring done this week. I'd like to let the wife drive it this weekend.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Building 1995 4.3l egine from Chevrolet Blazer
Building 1995 4.3l egine from Chevrolet Blazer
4.3l Chevrolet Engine 0.030 oversize pistons
4.3l Chevrolet Engine 0.030 oversize pistons
Assembled 4.3l short block from 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
Assembled 4.3l short block from 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
1995 Chevrolet 4.3l ready for install in Blazer
1995 Chevrolet 4.3l ready for install in Blazer
4.3l Engine installed in 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
4.3l Engine installed in 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
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