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  1. TroyCo

    Never seen this before....anybody else?

    It doesn't appear to have been apart at all. Head gaskets appear to be the original units. Cylinders still have crosshatch even. The valve cover gaskets weren't cork gaskets. Not sure if that is an indicator of anything or not.
  2. TroyCo

    Never seen this before....anybody else?

    I thought my description was apt enough, but here you go.
  3. TroyCo

    Never seen this before....anybody else?

    So I'm tearing down an RV 440, 1973 block, 213 heads. I noticed the intake springs are single spring units, but the exhausts are dual springs. Any ideas as to why this was done? Was this a normal thing Chrysler did? I've never seen this before.
  4. TroyCo

    Motorhome 440

    The one I picked up very recently is dated similarly. It has all the good stuff - 6 pack rods, forged crank, double timing chain, windage tray, etc. 213 heads on mine. Straight plugs. Also scant info on the upper pad.
  5. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    Cam failure. To be more specific, it looks like the cam is not flush with the front of the block. Is it possible something is off? Does the distributor drive gear help locate the cam? Or is the locating dowel on the cam sitting too far back? IIRC, that dowel sat out further when I originally...
  6. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    Well. Here we are again. Just when I thought everything was good, mechanical issues once more. I was out around the neighborhood driving and dialing in the carburetor, I heard a loud, singular * PING *, and the engine died immediately. Engine spins over quickly, same as before. Something in...
  7. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    I'm thinking the plugs were a key component. Having the carb that * I * rebuilt being another factor. Not to say the other was done improper, but I have no idea either way because I didn't do it. Also, it should be noted that I am in NO WAY or claim to be a carb expert. About that 600, though...
  8. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    It's finally RUNNING! I swapped in a new set of plugs and the 3310 I rebuilt originally. One thing's for sure, this engine really prefers that carb. I still have a few bugs to iron out. The Lokar throttle cable is binding someplace, but that's the least of my worries. Also need to make...
  9. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    All of the above checks out. That's what got me stumped. I've set the initial timing everywhere between 7-15°, seemed to like it best around 10-12°. Having said that, it still ran horribly. It wouldn't make any power above 2000 rpms without stumbling and backfiring. Adjustments made to the idle...
  10. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    Timing light, yes. I was wondering about that as well, but nonetheless, it's worth a shot.
  11. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    At 2:30 this morning, I had an epiphany. The only thing I neglected to check out was my distributor drive gear. I am of the understanding the slot is supposed to be facing front to back at TDC on the compression stroke? Anyhow, I pulled the distributor out, and here's where it's pointed...
  12. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    I chose to advance it because it was running this badly the first time I put it together. I thought I made a mistake the first time I installed the cam, so I took it apart to verify by degreeing, so what harm could it do? The dots on the timing gears lined up the same no matter how many times I...
  13. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    I am at a loss. No matter where I set the timing, it runs really rough. It will barely idle without backfiring through the tailpipe or the carb. Eventually, it will not even start at all. I then have to come back after an hour and do it all over again. What am I missing? Here's what I do know...
  14. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    I thought I prepared for that by leaving everything as it was as much as I could before I disassembled everything. But those are the telltale signs. Didn't bother to check. Ran out of patience for today.
  15. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    Could not get that engine to run at all. Timing seems to be way off, won't do anything else other than backfire through the carb. Every time I just about get it to run, the battery goes dead. So I stepped away from it. Decided to see what's going on inside my "new" 440. A shitload of...
  16. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    Lots of room for activities.
  17. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    Oil is draining, everything else is buttoned up. Tomorrow after work, I'm lighting this candle.
  18. TroyCo

    1966 Polara 880: The Build So Far, or "Bring Money".

    Yes, but I won't be using it. I have a Lokar cable set up on the other engine when I swapped to a 4 bbl.
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