Month: October 2018

Birthday Celebration Continues In Texas!

Barbara & Skip visited Willis, TX on Lake Conroe, to complete Skip’s 80th birthday celebration. We had a super dinner at Papadeaux”s Seafood in Houston, TX. We visited Barbara’s favorite place, Blue Bell Creamery in Brennan, TX. We toured the plant and got to sample all 32 flavors of their ice cream, some of which […]
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Engine Rebuild Tests Are Good!

Monday, after returning from vacation, I did a Compression Test and a Leakdown Test after warming up the engine to about 185 degrees F. I did the compression test first and all of the cylinders were between 210 psi and 190 psi. Will within the 20% tolerance that I am told is good. Greater than […]
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Mr. Skip Celebrates 80th Birthday!

Mr. Skip Celebrates 80th Birthday! Happy Anniversary To Barbara! Family, friends and neighbors helped Skip celebrate his 80th birthday at home. Barbara, who loves to give parties, insisted on a birthday party to celebrate this milestone birthday. Mr. Skip is now a “Octogenarian”! I have so many things to be thankful for, and I thank […]
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Number 3 Startup Is Complete

After many hours of cleaning, inspecting, cutting and grinding, we finally got the header on the left side back on. I had to order a new evacuation system for that side of the engine. Actually a part of the problem was the touting of the evacuation hose. It was kinked very bad down close to […]
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Fire In The Hole! 565 Comes To Life!

Friday afternoon, around 5 pm, the 565 BBC came to life! After 4 months of work determining what the problems were, purchasing the parts, machine shop work and hours of assembly of the engine (and a whole lot of money $$$$), we are finally almost finished. The startup was not without problems. The least of […]
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Almost There!

We have everything ready to go except the carburetor, plugs, distributor and timing (Crank Trigger). Had it not been for respect for my neighbors, we could have started it up this evening. I will shoot for Thursday afternoon.
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The Engine Is Installed!

I was suppose to wait on someone to help, but I woke up Monday morning and said, “I think I will just put the flywheel on and get it ready to swing into the car”. When I stopped, 4 hours later, and two floor jacks, a bottle jack and an engine hoist later, the engine […]
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Would You Believe?

I am done with assembly of the engine. Yesterday I finished the valve setting and got ready for the intake to be put on. I set the valves at .022″ Intake and .024″ Exhaust. The Cam Card calls for .026″ and .028″ for the “Hot” settings. They will loosen up some when the engine is […]
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Slowly

I flipped the engine and started to put the pan on. This is a Gen. IV engine block with a two-piece seal adapter installed. This requires a Gen V gasket that has to be modified to fit the pan. I have always been bothered by leaks. The diaper towels have served to keep the oil […]
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