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  • #31
    Originally posted by R442 View Post
    Well I guess I should have been more specific and said 300-350hp to the wheels, which is where today's cars measured. If you are talking engines alone on a stand then yes it would be 400-450hp.
    A Toro being front wheel drive is 400 at the wheels LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • #32
      http://www.searchtempest.com/results...min&maxAsk=max

      I'm not 100% on your zip code, but this was a 200 mile radius of 40209.

      http://columbus.craigslist.org/pts/3087505055.html jetboat 455 for 350. I'd widen my search up personally. They're still pretty widely available.
      Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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      • #33
        Just an update. I greatly appreciate everyone's responses, advice, and help. Patience paid off in the long-run. I found a running 455/th400 for a very good price.





        This is the dirty side.





        I made the scratches inside the valve cover, it didn't come off that way.
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        • #34
          Looks like a nice motor... Really clean inside!
          Good things come to those who wait

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          • #35
            Let the FUN begin.
            Drag Week 2012 (wet paint and no transmission but finished) Drag Week 2013 Daily Driver finished in middle of pack (again) Drag Week 2014 #56 of 126 Daily Drivers. (getting closer to the 32)

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            • #36
              looks pretty clean to me!!
              COBEY..... franklin, kansas

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              • #37
                Originally posted by oldsman71 View Post
                looks pretty clean to me!!
                Much cleaner than the 14yr newer 307 it's replacing.

                Thanks for looking guys. Progress may be slow but I will try to update as reasonable.
                http://www.bangshift.com/forum/showt...n-block-wanted

                http://www.bangshift.com/forum/showt...-Blue-Turd(le)

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by 68scott385 View Post
                  Just an update.
                  Patience paid off in the long-run. I found a running 455/th400 for a very good price.

                  Nice score...Out of curiosity, what did you end up having to pay for the combo?
                  FKA Redragtop
                  (formerly known as)

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                  • #39
                    $500 plus about six hours of road trip...made it a father/son day...and he LOVED it
                    http://www.bangshift.com/forum/showt...n-block-wanted

                    http://www.bangshift.com/forum/showt...-Blue-Turd(le)

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                    • #40
                      Thanks, I have been casually looking. They want that much or more for just the engine around here. That's for one that "ran when pulled", but now is partially disassembled. Cool that you made a father/son day of it.
                      FKA Redragtop
                      (formerly known as)

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                      • #41
                        As a follow-up after a long for me fab project. The running engine I bought runs well, has great oil pressure, good vacuum, good compression test numbers, but has either a bad head gasket or cracked head. Other priorities, like its intended home, has kept me from working/diagnosing it. Here's a couple pics for those that enjoy that sort of thing.



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                        • #42
                          Dunno why most guys jump into the " cracked head" or headgasket band wagon..
                          Yes it is possible the head cracks.. But in 25 years of getting motors so hot they don't run no more, I've seen one cracked head and am not sure it was cracked to begin with..
                          99.9% it's head gasket or warped head
                          A buddy had a leaky radiator in his 455 Olds powered FSjeep.. He claims he trained it to run without water...lol drove it several years like that..

                          Edit: nice run stand!!
                          Last edited by Deaf Bob; July 23rd, 2013, 01:28 AM.

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                          • #43
                            Definitely a nice stand!

                            You know how I know my truck is low on water? Heater doesn't work. I've never smelled or heard it get hot, gauge says it wasn't hot... some day I'll find out where the water is going.
                            Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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                            • #44
                              Thanks for the comments on the stand. I have progress pictures of that project if y'all are interested. I do not consider myself to be a fabricator or much of a welder but I try to do the best I can with what I have, and I'm a picky bastard.

                              DB, I have seen cracked heads spray water out of the radiator just like this one did once the thermostat opened. I made a call based on my experience. From my experience it should be one or the other. In a month, because I have a hard time dealing with the heat & humidity anymore, I get back to work on that motor. I've had several setbacks with its new home. I've been fighting the next weakest link for a year or more. The only good thing I can say about that is that we're/it is running out of links to be weak.

                              The cracked head in my scenario was a small Chevy head that for sure was not cracked or not demonstrating its will to evacuate coolant so violently for several months before it "overheated", words used to describe event to me, 3 times on the way home.
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                              • #45
                                its just the good compression and good vacuum that questions the heads. those are the first signs, especially when its cold. you get that spitting from air pockets in the motor too, since the high point is the thermostat. These older engines also have trouble with the intake passages filling up with muck and carbon and not allowing good circulation of the coolant. best you can do is get a little pump for the cooling system. Slant makes them with a ton of other places for 60-80 bucks and you see if the system holds pressure or see where its leaking out of. dealing alot with GM 3.1 and 3.4 its a necessary tool for the intake gasket problems.

                                I can see you have mcgyver in you, so an air fitting to a heater hose stub on the water pump would also pressurize your system enough to find the leak.
                                If the compression is a little off you are dealing with the open cylinders while the engine sat needing to lap themselves back while the surface rust goes away, that should vary the compression a little, but cracked head or gasket should give you a pretty big variance in compression.

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