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Old 10-08-2016, 10:36 PM   #71
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No install for this weekend. Had to put up a new fence and clean up tree branches. Just got around to cleaning all the leaves twigs and debris from my car.

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Glad to hear thats all the damage you incurred!

Cleaning leaves, small sticks, helicopters, other debris is a daily/weekly struggle if I leave one of mine out even for the night. Have a ton of old "mature" tress in my hood. And with fall being here the leaves are starting to pile up already! Always at least 10-20 leaves now on my cars if left out of the garage. Pretty soon Ill be filling 100+ lawn refuse bags with leaves! Cant wait! I love fall but hate the yard clean up every day I have off!

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Old 10-15-2016, 05:38 PM   #72
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Well, another set back. I found out where my small coolant leak was coming from. It was coming from the heater core hoses going to the firewall from the intake and back of the water pump. Ordered those last week. Got them and went to install them. I know the plastic nipple on the back of the intake manifold is sketchy at best when it comes to breaking off. Well barely touched it to take it off and it broke clean off. Ordered a new Ford PI intake manifold and felpro gaskets. Also ordered a Hitachi brand IAC valve because it is humming and hanging in RPM signs of it going bad. On the other hand it's a legitimate excuse to start cams.

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Old 10-15-2016, 05:54 PM   #73
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sounds like you have a good reason now to start tearing it down for the manifold swap and then get those cams in there! It will be like a whole new animal once you get all that done! Im jealous! I want your cams! Maybe this spring for me, we will see...but probably not. Good call on getting the OEM IAC, from my experience they are the only replacements that will WORK CORRECTLY!! And smart move on getting the Hitachi as they make the Motorcraft ones or so Ive read and their usually cheaper than the Motorcraft ones even tho their the same part I believe.

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Old 10-15-2016, 06:31 PM   #74
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I'll have to do the intake manifold swap to get it in running condition to take it to my buddies house. From there cams would go in

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Old 10-22-2016, 04:37 PM   #75
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Torn down and painted this morning. Got almost everything together. Cold air intake and coolant needs to go in tomorrow. Had to stop today.

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Old 10-23-2016, 10:03 AM   #76
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I was reading through this thread because I'm planning on doing cams and I was interested to see what choice you'd make, then I saw you live in Jax as well! if need a hand you can dm me and I'll come if I'm not busy, I live on Southside so I'm probably not far from you!
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Old 10-23-2016, 11:37 AM   #77
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Hey man! I am in doctors inlet! I went with Cushman stage 2 cams and the degree service. Along with all the supporting goodies. When I do get around to it, I hope it's soon, I'll let you know if you still want to help! Got everything buttoned up today. Burping the cooling system currently. It starts, idles, and drives so much better now. I suspect that coolant and oil from the pcv system was getting into the intake and going into the combustion chamber judging by the amount of crap around the intake manifold gasket. It feels so much better to drive now. Much more pep.

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I used to live in OP on doctors lake, so I know where you're at! but I had to do the intake on mine when I bought it, the crossover was leaking into cylinder 5. I was looking at stage 2.5 blower cams from CMS, I was gonna do the cam first and then the blower after
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Old 10-23-2016, 05:03 PM   #79
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Those are some serious cams! I will help you if you get them as well. I have the special valve spring tool I'll be more than happy to let you use. I just gotta get my cams installed!!

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Old 10-24-2016, 08:24 PM   #80
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Seriously this is infuriating me. After my commute to work on my lunch break I went out to check the coolant level in my car and to squeeze out air pockets. I knot iced a little coolant in the valley between cylinders. Ok no big deal I'll vacuumed it out when I get home. I did after all fill it from the crossover and could have spilled more than I thought. Cleaned all the coolant out when I got home. Let it sit to cool down. Coolant is back in the valley a couple hours later. The crossover is leaking between the plastic intake manifold and the metal crossover. I'm so mad right now. It's a factory defect I assume. Everything was torqued properly and the right sequence. I will call American muscle in the morning and see if I can get a new intake manifold.

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Well another $330 later for a new intake manifold and gaskets again.

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that sucks man! They wont credit you?!

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They will refund the intake when I get the new one. They didn't have another one to swap me. I had to buy from LMR

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Question for people with an underdriven crank damper. I bought a March performance fluid dampened crank pulley. It replaces the factory crank pulley and is SFI 18.1 approved. My question is how long of a serpentine belt do I need. I believe it is a standard 10% underdrive.

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Old 11-11-2016, 05:55 PM   #85
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Well there's your problem. Timing chain guide was broke in 3 pieces on drivers side and broke on the passenger side.

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Valve Springs done. New valve seals done. Chain guides and tensioner almost done.

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Valve Springs done. New valve seals done. Chain guides and tensioner almost done.

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So the people on the Internet have made a cam install seem way way harder than it really is. Cams were done Saturday night around 6. Fired up the first turn of the key. I have video but I can't figure out how to post it. Just finished my first data log for MPT to adjust and get back to me. But I will toot my own horn. The car sounds absolutely nasty. My boss who is a die hard Chevy fan even said it sounded nasty.

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