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Old 09-12-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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So tomorrow I'm going to test drive the parts car. I plan on driving the hell out of it to see if it runs hot under certain conditions or if I can hear any knocking or tapping or anything I know shouldn't be there. It's a 350 with what looks like some new heads and summit racing valve covers and an edelbrock intake and carb, I'm not sure what cfm it is though. Anything y'all wanna add to the list that I need to pay attention to? I plan on keeping my 305 and completely rebuilding fur experience and to have a spare motor if anything happens.
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Check the fluids, all of em. Also, check your tie rod ends and ball joints. Wiggle tire left to right and up and down. If there's any play that blows.... Not hard to change but extra stuff to deal with. You actually keeping the car or just the engine?
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I'm gonna keep the car for the transmission and rear end and a few body parts for when I get the cash to repaint the car but once I've got all I can get out of it it's going to junk. The whole drive train is still good from what they say, I'm going to put it to the test before I buy it
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So tomorrow I'm going to test drive the parts car. I plan on driving the hell out of it to see if it runs hot under certain conditions or if I can hear any knocking or tapping or anything I know shouldn't be there. It's a 350 with what looks like some new heads and summit racing valve covers and an edelbrock intake and carb, I'm not sure what cfm it is though. Anything y'all wanna add to the list that I need to pay attention to? I plan on keeping my 305 and completely rebuilding fur experience and to have a spare motor if anything happens.
I think you're throwing good money down the drain.
Just buy the parts you need to fix your car.
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Well I don't really have spare vehicle. I thought I was going to be able to drive that mustang but when I went to get it I noticed the brakes were gone, and a bunch of stuff was broken but never fixed. I know it'll probably take a week to get my heads back from the shop. I talked to a local shop and they said they can machine them but can't balance them, I didn't know they had to be balanced?
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Do heads need balancing after having them machined?
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I've never heard of having heads balanced.
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So I'm going to assume that if I just get my heads and intake machined I do not have to have them balanced before reinstalling it all on my motor? I've never heard of it but then again I've also never done motor work, other than a complete swap
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I think you're throwing good money down the drain.
Just buy the parts you need to fix your car.
I also agree with throwing good money after bad if you buy a parts car and pull the drivetrain. I'd only buy a complete car if I got a great deal on it or could sell it for almost what i paid for it once I got what I wanted off it. And that's not happening if you pull the drivetrain. I have an 86 IROC and bought an 87 IROC that was running for $1,200. I bought it for the disc brake posi rear end. I swapped the rear ends, speedometer (my 85mph for the 140mph), and the hatch for the spoiler mounted brake light. Mine had the big externally mounted light on the glass. Both cars were black so it worked perfect. And i also swapped the wheels. Same IROC wheels just better tires. Anyway, once I was done I sold the car for $1,300. That only happened because the car was still running and complete. Not sure what kind of deal you're getting, but make sure you're not paying to much for the parts you want if you're scrapping the rest.
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Do heads need balancing after having them machined?
No, heads don't get balanced.
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