Commando1...don't bother...he'll just get defensive, claim you're a "stock numbers matching guy" and tell you to "bite me" like above.
Brags about the expensive stainless rockers, then demands a cheap solution to his heat issues and he's not even running a thermostat. I'm having flashbacks to the downfall of the C Body Drydock.
I have no time for that crap.
Not at all, I'm open to suggestions. The "Expensive" rockers weren't, same cost as the aluminum ones. I went with them for a) being able to correct/compensate for the shaved heads/block decking (also saves shipping time & expense of custom push rods) and b) reduced friction and c) cost. Powermaster products are lower tier of performance, entry level if you will. I read reviews before buying, and their aluminum roller rockers reputedly don't live long. Factor in the weight and a rev limiter is needed to prevent valve float.
The lack of a thermostat was to see if that was truly the issue. It wasn't, and I haven't gotten around to reinstall it yet.
Yeah a low cost solution looks desirable, money wise. I don't have deep pockets, but I can save up and buy quality when and if it's merited. I could have splurged and got the better coated TTI headers, but at the time I was in a time crunch, I had to get the car rolling and legal to drag it with me to Texas, and it would have meant neglecting other more important issues like brakes, suspension, u joints, steering, etc. Cheap Chinese headers got it running so I could focus on other issues. They aren't a permanent solution. They're bound to rust out, if the motor mounts don't sag or break and the headers grind and puncture first.
It's priorities. Get it running. Make it safe. Make it last. Make it fast. And look good the whole time too. It runs good and it stops and handles good. Aside from the upholstery, it looks good too, on the outside anyway. Now I'm working on longevity. Address the little things I let slide from the beginning. Like nagging heat issues. Front end alignment and tires (done). Better exhaust hangers. Replacing all the 'Edison' filiment bulbs with LEDs. Stuff like that. Building a hot rod on a budget is a time consuming task, but if done properly, there's no reason why you can't enjoy it along the way.
Commando1 offered good advice. Back to basics is sound. Because sometimes it's the little details that trip us up. Do the fans work? Is the block or radiator clogged? Is the thermostat sticking? Is air going around the radiator instead of thru it? Stock or modified, they all play by the same laws of physics.
Chill out Mr. C, try to keep an open mind. Try not to be negative. You'll enjoy life more that way. There's more than one way of looking at things and sometimes more than one solution to fix them. Sometimes the only thing we have complete control of is how we respond to stuff. And that can make you or break you. Either way, it shows what you're made of.
Go forth and be awesome my friend. I welcome any and all input. Even yours. You may have experience or a perspective I haven't considered yet. I know a lot, but I don't know everything. But I am willing to learn.