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- Jason -
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Hey guys.

Thought I'd start a thread for my new daily cruiser project. 

Goods include: Vortec head 350, performer, Q-jet, HEI, TH350, stock converter, 3.31 gears in a weak 7.5 cone posi. Engine has manifolds and 2 1/4 pipe with Flowmasters. It's lowered, on 17s with a fat front sway bar and stock rear bar. She corners awesome!

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Here's what I've been up to since I got it little over a month ago. First week I had it I was driving at night to a friend's when the right front tire hit a pot hole and bent the wheel. The wheels are so close to the tie rods the bent lip hit every revolution. I was able to bend it back with a propane torch and crescent wrench after taking bald tire off but decided to get new wheels since I needed tires anyway.

 

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While I had the tires off the brake were checked. The pedal went down a ways before grabbing. Found the master empty for rears because cap deal was folded in. The fronts were rusty and 50% so decided to replace the rotors and paces with drilled n slotted rotors and ceramic pads. Rear shoes were coming unbonded, they are cheap so on they went. Blead the system with my vacuum bleeder and had a nice pedal again. The rear drums are aluminum so will look good through the wheels after a good clean.

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The new 17 inch front wheels and tires are on but the rears are on back order. Here is the new look. Too bad the right front tire rubs, I may need to raise it 1 inch Damn it.

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How do you like it?

 



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454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




- wondah whooooaman-
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Looks like a fun little thing to beat on everyday!



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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Looks like a nice clean car! Can you cut the fender edge to clear the tires? Raising it would be a shame, I like it low.

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- Jason -
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Brettd85 wrote:

Looks like a nice clean car! Can you cut the fender edge to clear the tires? Raising it would be a shame, I like it low.


 I will try. The metal fender lip has been rolled under but the plastic inner fenders are shallow so the previous owner notched them for clearance but there are some jagged edges I need to trim.
I will check into it when I can. I like the stance it has also.



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69 Chevelle SS 
454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454



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Cool man, nice little cruiser! Always liked the G bodies, they're a good performance platform, but very reasonably priced, and I think they look good too, I actually think they're a closer comparison to the fox body moose than the Irocs.. have fun!

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- Jason -
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SleepernSeattle wrote:

Cool man, nice little cruiser! Always liked the G bodies, they're a good performance platform, but very reasonably priced, and I think they look good too, I actually think they're a closer comparison to the fox body moose than the Irocs.. have fun!


 Thanks man, it's a fun little car. Wish I didn't have so many projects now though. Hope to be cruising it soon.



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454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




- Jason -
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Last weekend I got my long awaited rear wheels and tires on. They tuck in nicely and the fronts don't rub if I'm driving alone.

The engine needed some tuning, it had a big hesitation cold and a flat spot in the primaries when warm. I took the Q-jet off and opened it up. The float was set too low for one thing. The primary jets and rods looked to be in the right size range at .074" jets and .041" rods with a .026" tip but after reading my Q-jet performance book I found the primary air bleeds .110" instead of.070" which meant the jets needed to be around .077". I took some .069 jets from a doner carb and driller to .077 and put it back together. Lastly adjusted the choke and fast idle. The engine ran much better. Now on to timing.

The distributor is an MSD HEI. I found the vacuum advance hooked to ported vacuum. Base timing without vacuum was 14* so I advanced the timing until it pinged and backed it down a little. Also I changed the vacuum source to manifold. I ended up with 20* initial and 36* total and with vacuum it's about 50* at 2500 rpms which is perfect. Idle vacuum was 12 now it's 14 with the changes. Now she runs awesome and sounds great. Can't wait to see the MPG compared to 12.7 my first week driving it.

Here are some shots of the new wheels and tires.

235/45ZR17 Front, 255/50ZR17 Rear on MB OLD School wheels. Thanks for the tip Mr. Parker I love them.

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454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




- Mike -
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You bet, looks great!

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Sweet car! Stance looks great.  I bet the paint would buff out nicely if you care  



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Brettd85 wrote:

Sweet car! Stance looks great.  I bet the paint would buff out nicely if you care  



-- Edited by Brettd85 on Thursday 25th of May 2017 09:11:43 AM


 Thanks. A buff job is on my list of things to do.



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69 Chevelle SS 
454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




- Jason -
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A while back I got the paint buffed out. Its not perfect but looks much better. Check out the before and after on the hood.

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454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




- Jason -
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Last night I loosened the secondary air valve spring on the Q-jet a half turn. Power gain was noticeable, may need to go more now that the primaries are rich enough. Also need to install an adjustable vacuum advance can on distributor. To much timing at light throttle cruise causing rattle. Timing all in with vacuum is 50*. Idle is 15, total mechanical is 35*.

Next I need to adjust the vacuum modulator on the TH350 to extend part throttle shifts and I want to tune the governor weights to tailor full throttle shifts. Almost forgot shift kit really needed.

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69 Chevelle SS 
454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454



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Nice car Jason

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Brandon1984 wrote:

Nice car Jason


 Thanks Brandon. Sorry about the problems with yours. Hopefully soon you can take the Insurance $$$ and start over.



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454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




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JBSS396 wrote:

Last night I loosened the secondary air valve spring on the Q-jet a half turn. Power gain was noticeable, may need to go more now that the primaries are rich enough. Also need to install an adjustable vacuum advance can on distributor. To much timing at light throttle cruise causing rattle. Timing all in with vacuum is 50*. Idle is 15, total mechanical is 35*.

Next I need to adjust the vacuum modulator on the TH350 to extend part throttle shifts and I want to tune the governor weights to tailor full throttle shifts. Almost forgot shift kit really needed.


 Saturday I checked the timing for the first time since I got the car and advanced the timing, only to find that there was no mechanical advance when I revved the engine, it stayed at 15*

I took the dist. cap off and found the advance plate stuck. So I pulled the distributor and disassembled, an MSD HEI. I had to WD40 the advance plate and work it back and fort with pliers to get it off the shaft.

The advance plate was rusty so I had to polish the shaft and hone the advance collar with a round wire wheel drill attachment. Lubed everything up good and reassembled.

Now I'm back to having 15* idle and 35* total mechanical with another 15* vacuum advance for 50* at cruise RPMs. I installed an adjustable vacuum advance can in case 50 is too much.

I had pictures but my cel phone died right before the test drive. Now I can finally replace the crappy LG G4 I never liked.

On the test drive she's running great. Besides more power I can't wait to see if gas mileage improves.

A nice productive day.



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454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454



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That should help!

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Got a bad batch of fuel yesterday.... furious

This past weekend I got the 79 Malibu running really good by fixing the rusted stuck mechanical advance plate in the distributor.

Yesterday after work I filled the tank with 92 premium from the Shell station in Bothell and headed home via North I5. The engine was down on power and pinging badly. Got home and let it idle in the driveway and it was smoking and smelled like Diesel fuel. What bad luck. The tanker guy that filled the premium tank must have put Diesel in also by mistake and then filled the rest with premium.

Called the station this morning and reported the incident, now I need to go down during lunch and fill out an incident report.
Hopefully they pay to have my fuel system drained and flushed and filled with good fuel (from another station).

Hope I don't get the run around.



-- Edited by JBSS396 on Tuesday 29th of August 2017 10:43:54 AM

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69 Chevelle SS 
454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




- Jason -
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Yesterday I went back to the Shell gas station in Bothell and filled out an incident report. Their district manage was notified and they ended up testing , at least the 92 octane tank I complained about.
The district manager called me back about 5:30 pm while I was still at work and notified me their tests indicated the fuel is contaminated and they will be making arrangements to get the bad fuel out of my car, flush the lines and replace the filter. We will see what happens. He said the company will contact me soon.

In the mean time, I drove by there on my way home yesterday and was surprised to see that they are still selling fuel from their pumps. Those greedy bastards are playing the odds that most people won't complain.
They said I was the only one that complained about their tainted fuel.



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69 Chevelle SS 
454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




- Jason -
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Good news. smile Talked to the District Manager and he said they will cover the cost of draining the tank, flushing the line and replacing the fuel filters.

 

Now I need to get an repair estimate and send it to them. The repair check will take about a week to 10 days though. confuseno



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454 10.4:1, Engle HFT cam 244/260 at .050", .570 lift, 850 Mighty Demon Carb, TH 350, 10" TCI 3500, 12 Bolt 373's, 28x10.5 slicks 

Best Time at Pacific 6/20/2014, 11.96 @ 110 mph.

79 Malibu: 350 with Vortec heads, Performer Intake, Q-jet, TH350, 3.31 gears

Tow rig: 82 Chev C20 Scottsdale 454




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At least your getting something out of them, good for you!

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