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Old June 29th, 2020, 05:16 PM   #81
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I wouldn't have been able to do it myself without total and complete access to Dave6666's data plan.
Oh - you mean all of his broken Photobucket links that he refused to update, or actually make ATTACHMENTS of, instead of links?
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Old June 29th, 2020, 05:20 PM   #82
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Old June 29th, 2020, 05:35 PM   #83
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I like that laser setup. I use a couple $7 lasers for my alignments.
My bracket base is parallel to the centerline of the car. Toe measurements are consistent because my reference stays the same. Bump steer like I just did takes forever, but that doesn't happen very often.

Most racecars have jigs that pin to hardpoints on the chassis, and hang monofilament down each side. Indycars use dial calipers to measure toe and ride height.
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Old July 6th, 2020, 05:15 PM   #84
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The short block is almost done, but I noticed something wrong - it only has 8 piston assemblies installed. I sat down with the builder and said he has a math problem because he can only count to 8 and there's 10 holes. He laughed and said its because 2 of the bearing sets were too tight (mislabeled boxes) so he's waiting for new ones.

He had to hone the main saddles because Clevite didn't have the half-size he needed in the series he ordered. So, he made a little more clearance for the standard sizes. FYI, the Viper's mains are a whopping 3" OD! His used stones would not reach the diameter he needed, so he bought another fresh set to get all the way to 3.125".
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Old August 3rd, 2020, 06:02 PM   #85
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It's been a month waiting for valve guide material to be identified, sourced and machined from malleable iron. My guy competes with Prefix and didn't want to call them for help. Now it's in and the head prep is underway.

My builder also has been concerned about oil return to the stock pan, so I copied "deyan's" (VOA site) top plate config from his former VRL car and we feel better about oil return and control. He got the short block all finished today!

It may actually happen this month!!!
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Completed short block. Missing oil sender and balancer. There's a reason some people put a strut on their Viper engine stands. The CG is wayy out there!
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