If you can call working multiple church projects and all the work around the house, easy. Then it’s been very easy. The most fun I have had is ordering engine parts and new, upgraded, tools and measuring instruments. In case you don’t know it, I love working with, and owning, good instruments and tools. The right tool can make a world of difference in ease of completing a job and time to do the job. Safety is a big + also.
When I purchased my T&D stand rockers, I thought it was a bolt on project. Having NEVER worked on any stand rocker system, I had no idea what is involved. Along with help from Reggie and Mr. Van Johnson, I have been taught a lot. Lots of instructions to read and measurements to take. It has been fun and I am learning a lot.
Right now I have the 4 right side exhaust valves complete with springs, rocker stands and washers, rockers, push rods and lifters. Due to having to reconfigure the spring installation tool and the rocker installation tool, I am going to complete the lest head exhaust valves before I work on any of the intake valves. First step will be to install the rocker stands and check the valve and rocker geometry. This is another time consuming operation, but will be much easier this time now that I have the right tools.
With all this new stuff in the engine, I should be making a little more horsepower. This 565 CID configuration has never been Dyno Tested. I have guessed at around 900 HP. I want to get this one too the dyno so I will know for sure. I also need to know a few other things that you can only see in the dyno data sheets. I have seen results from several other racers engines. Some of them had good data, most of them had incomplete information. One of the big things that effects what you get is, how well prepared you go on the day you do your testing. I plan to have my two carburetors with lots of jets, lots of racing fuel and I want to make pulls with, and without, a air filter. When I get done, I should know everything.
December 3, 2021