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1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby docrocket1967 on Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:48 am

79elky454ss wrote:Lookin' good, If you switch the walve covers side to side it will be easier to add oil.



Ahhhhh very observative my friend. Never thought about it. If it ever gets a valve cover gasket leak Ill swap them then. She doent use any oil so I very rarely have the cap off except for changes.
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby dogshit on Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:05 am

Very cool. Overdrive electric fans & AC to! You can check out my pics for info on a simple inexpensive solution to the hood. Ever take her down to test n tune night at the local 1/4 mile track to see where she is at? Or see what kind of mpg she can get on the highway? What gears does it have?
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby 79elky454ss on Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:31 pm

docrocket1967 wrote:
79elky454ss wrote:Lookin' good, If you switch the walve covers side to side it will be easier to add oil.



Ahhhhh very observative my friend. Never thought about it. If it ever gets a valve cover gasket leak Ill swap them then. She doent use any oil so I very rarely have the cap off except for changes.



Those valve covers wont need gaskets. they have an o-ring sealing them. I got the same covers on ebay.
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby docrocket1967 on Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:04 am

dogshit wrote:Very cool. Overdrive electric fans & AC to! You can check out my pics for info on a simple inexpensive solution to the hood. Ever take her down to test n tune night at the local 1/4 mile track to see where she is at? Or see what kind of mpg she can get on the highway? What gears does it have?



The best I have seen is 16mpg. As far as the strip I have never takin him down there. As for rear gear is has a posi unit but I'm thinkin a 3.08. I think it needs a 3.73 or 4.10 hahaha.
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby docrocket1967 on Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:07 am

Those valve covers wont need gaskets. they have an o-ring sealing them. I got the same covers on ebay.[/quote]


Actually the motor has had some work done to it. The guy I got it from bought the engine brand new and then went through it and beefed it up even more. Originally I think you are 100% correct but now it has really thick cork gaskets.
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby Tuggy24g on Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:40 am

Looks good man! not to many big block el camino.
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby dogshit on Sat Oct 02, 2010 6:10 pm

16mpg out of a bbc is very good. Probably would be 12ish with a 3 speed.
In the muscle car era if it had a small block it was your moms car. When you turn your car on does she return the favor? Life's short enjoy your ride. Hybrid burns gas & rubber. Check out my photo album.

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87 Buick Grand National, Tuxedo Black w Chrome 275/50 drag radials on 15x8 GN wheels, 231 Buick V6, TE-60 turbo, Stretch intercooler, 42.5lb injectors, 3" downpipe, 3000 stall lock-up converter, Meth/water injection, 3.42 posi 8.5, 22 mpg hwy, original owner ~ Goal for both cars 11.8 ETs / 115 mph in the quarter reliably on pump gas

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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby nawlins-tim on Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:55 pm

79elky454ss wrote:Lookin' good, If you switch the walve covers side to side it will be easier to add oil.

The hole is the same for both valve covers!!
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby bawazir on Wed Oct 06, 2010 10:12 pm

docrocket1967 wrote:Finally had the time for the pics guys and here they are

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sick sick motor man 454 now that is an engine i would like to have one day
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Re: 1978 El Camino 454 Big Block w/pics

Postby 79elky454ss on Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:46 am

nawlins-tim wrote:
79elky454ss wrote:Lookin' good, If you switch the walve covers side to side it will be easier to add oil.

The hole is the same for both valve covers!!

Not the oil fill hole!
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