- RustabusParticipantApril 5, 2020 at 10:41 amPost count: 1900
Frame is WAY more simple and cleaner than before!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Tires are AWESOME!!!!!!!!! 🙂John JonesKeymasterApril 5, 2020 at 1:05 pmPost count: 6439
When my Pamper motor was originally built… It had ratio rockers .. 1.25’s and steel pushrods. Eddie built. I broke a rocker stud once.. and another time I noticed my valve covers were getting hit by my adjusters.. and LEAKING!!! (Ratio’s have the adjuster on the opposite side of stock rockers). Soooo… I put stock solid shaft 1.1 rockers on last time I went through it, but left the steel pushrods. The last time I changed my oil and checked my heads… I was eye balling my rockers while off, and noticed these shiney wear spots on the ends…. humm… Looked like I probably needed longer push rods for less rocker angle at zero lift while my valves are closed… So… I measured and ordered some slightly longer pushrods from Smith Brothers.. out of Oregon I think… They sell the best pushrods on the market.. IMO… My steel one’s were pretty much stock length, I ordered 11 3/16″ Overall length, and 3/8 aluminum tube… ball end….
Well… While doing the swap today… I had to add some shims under my rockers.. I got to thinking about it… and I think my rocker angle is more dictated by the swivel feet adjusters I have… and I don’t think I made the angle any better… But what I did notice, is that the ball is shaped differently and slightly longer.. allowing more clearance at that valve closed angle…..
some pics to help describe what I was attempting to fix..
The top one is stock, the middle is my steel manton’s, and the bottom, black one, is more like the smith bros… (although it is a empi steel kit) You can tell in the push rods up top how the smithbros looks..MikeKParticipantApril 6, 2020 at 9:26 amPost count: 232
With the swivel feet adjusters you definitely have to raise the rocker assembly. Sometimes more than others.
Here is my WBX with 1.25 ratio rockers and swivel feet:
I’ve found that it’s a matter of trial and error to get to the ideal pushrod length and correct rocker geometry. Put some shims under the rocker block, install an adjustable pushrod, put a dial indicator on the valve retainer to find the middle of the cam lift, then ensure that the rocker/swivel foot is perpendicular to the tip of the valve at 50% lift. This may take more or less shims and adjustments to the pushrod. Once it’s where you want it, measure the length of the pushrod and cut to size. Another critical thing to be aware of is the oiling hole for the swivel foot adjusters. Make sure the groove is lined up with the oiling hole on the rocker or it won’t lubricate properly. This may involve clearancing the bottom of the rocker. I like to set mine up so that over time, when the seats sink a bit and valves stretch, the oiling hole is still going to line up properly. In other words, I align the top of the groove on the adjuster to the oiling hole so that as I back out the adjuster over time, the oiling hole is still properly align.
All this fiddly work; aligning oiling holes in bearings, cam end play, distributor drive shaft end play, surfacing oil pumps and covers, lapping cylinders into heads, deburring cams, in addition to all the other measurements you need to be concerned about, is the reason that it’s difficult to build motors for a reasonable price. Very few folks want to pony up the bucks for a blueprinted motor. If you’re a machine shop who does nothing but engines all day and a large volume, you can be sloppy and take back the few that have problems and deal with it, think GEX, but it’s work that most people can do on their own and the results are better longevity and less engine pulls. It takes me longer than most to assemble a motor, but I generally don’t have to mess with it once it’s completed.WillyModeratorApril 6, 2020 at 11:22 amPost count: 1063
Damn! The KCW Orange Glo rail looks great!WillyModeratorApril 6, 2020 at 11:22 amPost count: 1063
Damn! The KCW Orange Glo rail looks great!Scott SainParticipantApril 6, 2020 at 1:12 pmPost count: 264
Do you have pics of the windshield down bar modifications you did? I can’t believe someone would bend those up like they had them.John JonesKeymasterApril 10, 2020 at 4:19 pmPost count: 6439
Do you have pics of the windshield down bar modifications you did? I can’t believe someone would bend those up like they had them.
I looked at where it had been modified and cut out the extra piece’s.. It had been raised up like 4inch’s or something.. I couldn’t stand the big ass seats…. so I went completely opposite with a tiny bench…. 😎
Got the engine mocked up.. here is what I have… There are a few things I do not like.. like the header being right behind the fan… sucking in the hottest air it can…. 8-( and I don’t like the waste gate way the fuck up there either… I reckon I should attempt to put this in the rail now before I make any changes…. 😎John JonesKeymasterApril 10, 2020 at 4:26 pmPost count: 6439
Maybe a heat shield between the header and fan shroud???? 😎 Just move the waste gate down…John JonesKeymasterApril 12, 2020 at 1:04 pmPost count: 6439
Franz helped me get the engine in.. what a PITA!!!!!
Found me more awesome set of peddles in trailer… 😎 😎 I haven’t “bought” anything since I started assembly!!! 😎Critter1ParticipantApril 12, 2020 at 1:52 pmPost count: 223
I’m sure it would take many bends to just reroute the whole header system away from the fan intake.
Justin..... that's Justin in Spanish.CorporateModeratorApril 12, 2020 at 2:29 pmPost count: 835
I love going on adventures in our bus!!!WaynerParticipantApril 12, 2020 at 5:16 pmPost count: 133
Damn JJ, that rail is looking awesome! When you get it out to the dunes, I would love to join! I really miss camping with you guys!John JonesKeymasterApril 14, 2020 at 1:27 pmPost count: 6439
Damn JJ, that rail is looking awesome! When you get it out to the dunes, I would love to join! I really miss camping with you guys!
You can count on it being posted here when and were I will be taking it!!!!!!! 😎
I have been staying in the house for the most part…. 😎 I got my sand rail almost as far as it can be taken at the time being, till I spend some money on a trans and some key engine parts…. and I’m really not trying to spend any money at the moment…. soo…. What have I been up to?? Drinking loads of coffee, smoking lots of weed and Reading… if you can believe that… 😎 😎 😎 and let me blow your mind.. It’s a Jane Fonda book…. 😎 Yup… re read that… You read it right… 😎 Been a good read… Corporate and I are both reading it…. Kinda fun!!! 😎 😎 I enjoy having my wife around ALL the time… 😎 😎 She’s probably about over it though…. 😎
Sweet fuchin picture…. 😎WAY2COOLParticipantApril 14, 2020 at 7:08 pmPost count: 208
awesome sand rail.That thing’s gonna be a hoot !
Do you guys listen to audio books ?
I’ve just finished listening to Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography,read by Springsteen himself.
Man ….what a life journey
Test Pilot @ Submarine AirwaysColeBModeratorApril 16, 2020 at 7:58 pmPost count: 1517
Saw this in the Ace Hardware parking lot todayOmarimosParticipantApril 17, 2020 at 12:55 amPost count: 1
Hello JJ and crew. Been logged off the page for a few years now and I’ve returned to find out the day of slammed VWs are gone! Everything has plenty of ground clearance nowadays and JJ even has a sandrail?! 😎 Rail is looking good!John JonesKeymasterApril 18, 2020 at 10:33 amPost count: 6439
Hello JJ and crew. Been logged off the page for a few years now and I’ve returned to find out the day of slammed VWs are gone! Everything has plenty of ground clearance nowadays and JJ even has a sandrail?! 😎 Rail is looking good!
I love sand dunes!!!!! I can’t wait to hit the sand in my new rig!!!John JonesKeymasterApril 18, 2020 at 11:21 amPost count: 6439
Yesterday I kept thinking… “My whole life, all I wanted was to have the time to work on my stuff… Now I have the time.. and I am not utilizing it.. 8-( ” Work is actually caught up… There is actually space… and I am not utilizing it… Then I get to thinking… well.. right now I am supposed to be staying inside… and reducing my exposure and staying healthy. It’s like I have been given a valid excuse to be LAZY.. 😎 😎 😎 I need to get off my rump…. 😎
I’m waiting on a trans at the moment… so… I think I will start wrapping my head around my T trailer…. 😎 Starting with a double wide jet ski trailer.. 😎 With colorado title!!!!
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