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Nov
07

Oil galley plugs

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Looking for oil galley plug information, and this is the best I've found so far. For reference this is for an LA 318 with Magnum heads. Rebuilt approximately 6 years ago, maybe has 2500 miles on it.

Issue 1. Under heavy acceleration, I notice smoke coming from the passenger side. I cannot accurately tell of its coming from the exhaust or externally somewhere on the engine. When I turn the car off however, I typically can see oil on the backside of the passenger head near the bellhousing....

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Nov
02

360 Magnum Build Ideas

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Alright, I think Im going to bite the bullet and yank the 318. Its running stronger now than ever, but I've got a leaky oil galley plug and REALLY dont want to pull it just to reinstall and yank 2 years later.

Im thinking of a stock bottom end rebuild, thin head gaskets, using the heads from my 318 (also magnum heads, but already freshened up) and doing what I need to do in order to accept a higher lift cam, a bigger roller cam, keeping the M1 Magnum dual plane intake, and headers. Im up...

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Oct
28

Oil galley plugs

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Alright, next on my offseason list is to tighten the leaking oil galley plugs. The one I know of, is on the passenger side of the block.

So, what's the easiest way to get to it? I'm still deciding on either hooking up a chain hoist in the garage, or borrowing an engine hoise (dad sold the one we had) or finding a transmission jack. Eventually I'll have at least one use for all 3 options, but surely getting to these plugs will be a bit more complicated than that.

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Oct
06

Front shocks

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Looking for info for new front shocks. Long story short, got under the car this morning and while giving everything else a once-over I noticed the drivers side shock isnt even hooked up. Not sure how long it's been like that, but I figure while I'm addressing it I'd might as well put something better in it.

Ultimate goal, something that feels/handles like a new car. I've already got plans for the steering box (Steer and Gear is an hour from me) but beyond that im pretty much lost.

I've...

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Sep
16

Winter list

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Alright now that the axle swap is done and the engine is running strong, it's time to get serious about getting this car where I want it. Heres what I've gotten built up on the list so far
  • Finish hanging lights in garage
  • Find/fix trans leak (coming from cooler/radiator area)
  • Pinion shims
  • Tighten oil galley plug
  • Figure out why I still have no working speedometer
  • Rewire gauges (again)
  • Replace sending unit in fuel tank (along with new straps)
  • Repaint wheels...

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Jul
08

8.25 open diff axle

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Pulled from my 86 AHB, no issues with it, just upgrading. The brakes were rebuilt about 5 years ago. I also have a set of lightly used gabriel HD shocks and a driveshaft that can go along as well.

Located in Ohio, pickup is preferred

Shoot me a reasonable offer. I know what I gave for both SG rears in worse condition that this one.

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Jul
24

Budget Suspension Rebuild

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Alright, now that I've got brakes back under the car and the dash back together..its time to start focusing on the next phase of the build:Rear axle/suspension.

I've got another 8.25 sitting on a bench, this one with SG and a set of 3.54's in the cabinet. Im going to have someone rebuild the axle for me, with the gear change being done in the process. To the best of my knowledge, nothing on the rear suspension has been touched since it was new aside from a set of rear shocks (5 years ago)....

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