BUILD THREAD 1987 Olds 442 Project Build

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I do love the cool factor. I have seriously considered the dual quad with dual Street Demon carbs. Dual Edelbrock carbs scare me and the Offy intake is a terrible design. The rarer Edelbrock 065 dual quad is a better intake. With the big block there probably isn't enough clearance for 1" Phenolic spacers, otherwise with the Edelbrock/Carter hot start issues it is a good idea. The wheels look awesome by the way.
The dual quad is definitely for the cool factor. I have a Torker on the shelf if I ever get serious about getting down the road.

Hutch
 
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Hutch can take pics when he gets them; they're already boxed up.
Woohoo! On my porch when I got home!!
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Thanks to Fleming442!

Hutch
 
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Someone has used these on a high lift cam motor? Really worried about especially the top one. My Olds stamped covers without the clearance indentations barely ticked in a few spots with my “shallow” home made baffles requiring those thicker Permadry-s.

Love the look though if you can make them work? Have them on the completely stock 425 in my 67 (for absolutely no reason other than to try and trick people that it has a 400 in it like it should). I’m liking the 425 fine though 👍🏻

I know, where’s the burn out video?
 
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Someone has used these on a high lift cam motor? Really worried about especially the top one. My Olds stamped covers without the clearance indentations barely ticked in a few spots with my “shallow” home made baffles requiring those thicker Permadry-s.
I'll have to do a side by side pic. The BB VC I just got are flat across from intake to exhaust side (= taller), where the stock "Oldsmobile lettering" covers slope down almost immediately from Intake to exhaust side. It looks like the indentation for the A/C and Power Brakes ends up being the same slope as the stock VC.

Again...:worthless:

I'll put something, pic wise, up tonight or tomorrow showing what I'm talking about.

Hutch
 
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Here's what I was talking about. I think a thick gasket and I might be OK :unsure:

Non recess side. Way better at the top all the way across
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Recess side. Looks like it's not much worse than the stocker.
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Top side shots
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I'll have to do some fitment later. Between the Stock, BB, and Tall covers, I'll get there.

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Checking my wheel backspacing and mocking up the brakes for a clearance check.
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I have a .030 gap between the front caliper bracket and the wheel. Too close?? I posted in "Brakes" to see what the experts think.
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Assembling my SSIII Billet wheels. This is a little nerve racking. If I screw it up, it's a pain getting it back apart. Here I go anyway.

I first had to make a jig to mount my centers. It had to be at the correct backspace (4") and be acceptably level. I ended up buying an aluminum decking plate cut to my specs. They guarantee it is flat to within 0.015 of an inch. I found it to be dead flat. I next had to come up with something to hold the center in place. I used a 1LE Camaro rotor as the base, and then a bolt on wheel spacer to get the exact height I needed.
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I made multiple height checks all the way around the fixture. I had about a 0.004 variance. My understanding from people in the field is that an acceptable runout can be as high as 0.035. I think I'm good.
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Next thing to do is put the center in the freezer for 3 hours or so. At the 2 hour mark, I put the hoop in the oven set at 400 degrees. At the three hour mark I pull the center and bolt it to the fixture.
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Then I run and use the oven mitts to carry the hoop out and lower it on to the center.
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Obviously this is a pic demo, as I have to be quick installing the the two together. Once I have the hoop valve stem hole lined up where I want it, I go take a beverage break (for a few hours) When I come back, the center has warmed up and the hoop has cooled down. They are now press fit together and ready for TIG welding.
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That's all for now. I've been gathering parts for the 442 to get going on some more progress (TH400 Trans, Pistons, Rods, etc). More to come.

Hutch
 
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Just did one more tonight. I'm doing one a day it seems. I do an all over polish of the center and hoop before they go together since it's easier to get in the mating edges.
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It's sitting there "tinking" like exhaust cooling down.

Hutch
 
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That is so cool you build your own rims!
 
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