View Full Version : Well, let the fun begin!

04-20-09, 03:26 AM
The car was always fun. I did a lot of suspension mods, did quite a few bolt ons to the engine, did car audio...etc. It was fun, handled awesome, sounded awesome, had decent power. But I got a little bored with the power after all these years (best time was a 14.0@98mph). Along with some losses, I figured it was time for a little rebuild.




The car as it sits now:



04-20-09, 11:27 AM
What pistons your running in that?

04-20-09, 10:48 PM
How are the rear end on those? what tires you running?

04-20-09, 11:50 PM
What pistons your running in that?

Stock dish. Kind of hurts my compression with the aluminum heads. I had the heads milled down a bit, and got a thinner head gasket to keep compression up. I'm still leaving a lot on the table. You can run 11:1 compression on 93 with those heads. Stock is 9:3:1, I'll be around 9:5:1.

How are the rear end on those? what tires you running?

They came with 9 bolts and 10 bolts. The 9 bolts are much stronger than the 10's. Except my 9 bolt has 2.77's and parts are rare. I'm just going to ditch the whole rear eventually. I'm running Z rated performance tires. Those will be replaced by Nitto DR's once the engine is done.

05-28-09, 02:03 AM

05-28-09, 01:11 PM
Adding all that aluminum will reduce weight big time. Any idea of about how much horsepower you will be adding?


05-29-09, 01:55 AM
I'm shooting for around 400 at the fly wheel.

05-29-09, 11:32 AM
Thatís respectable, those roller rockers will reduce internal engine friction big time. I hope that black box to the right in the picture has new push rods in it.


05-30-09, 01:40 AM
That’s respectable, those roller rockers will reduce internal engine friction big time. I hope that black box to the right in the picture has new push rods in it.


That has the new lifters in it. :) I ordered an adjustable pushrod so I can see what length will give me correct valve train geometry. Then I will order what size I need. I hope to have her running in a few weeks. I know someone who was running the same exact setup as me, but with a slightly smaller cam, and he went 11.9@114mph.

05-30-09, 06:58 AM
Sharp. :D

06-22-09, 01:48 AM
Getting there:


06-23-09, 07:41 AM
You have taken excellent care of that car! And doing some fine upgrades! Good job! :)

07-02-09, 01:58 AM
All done.


07-03-09, 08:16 PM
Nice quality video. What did you use to record?

07-03-09, 09:13 PM
Thatís a serious upgrade, I bet it has a nice seat of the pants feel.

07-04-09, 01:33 AM
I used my mothers Cannon Powershot A710 to record the video.

Roundeye, it feels great. It is running on the stock tune for now, which thinks I have 21lb injectors when there are 32lb injectors in there. So it runs very rich. I also need a much more aggressive timing curve. My custom chip is coming soon. There is a lot of room to gain more power, but on the stock tune, it ripppppppppppppps! I need to raise my shift points to 6000 rpm. It is shifting 1000 rpms to early because the tranny is still setup for the stock 5000 rpm shift.


07-04-09, 11:23 PM
My expertise lies in motorcycles, carburetors, some ignition mapping and reading spark plugs. But I would say to watch that rev limit, you do have the chance of spinning up the crank too high and throwing a rod right out the bottom end. Keep in mind that is the weak link, its still stock.

07-05-09, 04:27 AM
The stock bottom end can handle 6000 rpm shifts. When you get to 6500 you're starting to push it. All my valve train is good to 6500 easily, which I would never spin it to though.

07-09-09, 02:14 PM
:cool: Cool :cool:

As long as you are aware of what the weakest link of the motor/drivetrain is, you can subject the motor and drivetrain to that using those parameters as a limit.

11-23-09, 02:47 AM
Cool car bro and the set up, it's great..:thumb::thumb:

Hmm how much does it cost?

11-26-09, 03:17 AM
The whole head/cam/intake swap, along with the little things (pushrods, gaskets...etc) was about $4900. The heads alone were $1400.