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  • Pete
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    That’s a fancy kid hauler!

    Pat K
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    Just went through the thread.

    Looking forward to seeing this upclose after it’s gets stacked with all those sweet parts.

    Is that a vintage speed exhaust?

    P11 carbs?

    We will build it if it comes.

    Pete
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    Thanks!  The long block may have shipped today, or it might go tomorrow (or the next day, or the next….don’t get me started 😉 ).  Anyway, you and the engine should arrive at KCW around the same time.

    Yes, exhaust is Vintage Speed.  Bosch goodies are NOS, as is the Fram F3-P.  I’m not sure on the carbs.  Franz floated selling me some P-11’s and a Porsche shroud/linkage, other option are 36 DRLA’s (which may be more tunable with this engine).  We’ll see….I’m up for the Solexes provided they can work well on this setup.

    John Jones
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    going to be a cool Vintage motor for sure…  I could go for a low light again… 😎

    Rustabus
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    I know somebody who has a few in his side lot!!!’ 😉

    Franz
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    Talked with Joe yesterday about delivery and break-in. He recommends strait 30 castrol oil all the time. (even in summer)

    I’m a penngrade guy. I’ve had great success running it in everything. Joe says he has no experience with brad penn, so he does not recommend it.

    What do you want me to do Pete? I don’t want to cause an issue with warranty(not that you’ll need it). But I feel like a zinc additive is almost necessary. Penn grade is the best oil.

    Pete
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    I’m not a huge fan of Castrol….go with Penn.

    Did he say if he actually shipped the motor yesterday?  I was hoping to wake up to an email with tracking info…and nada.

    Franz
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    “going to”

    Scott Sain
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    What weight will you use Franz?

     

    Vwsarent4hippies
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    I put together one of Joe’s long blocks last year and used Brad Penn, too. I’m surprised he doesn’t use it

    Jdawg
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    do you guys use penn all the time or just for break in? if so what weight?

    Franz
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    Penn Grade all day everyday.

    They make strait 30 “break-in” that I flush out immediately after running the first 15 mins. They say its acidic.

    10w40 frost-thaw
    20w50 all summer/spring/fall

    Right now I’d debating whether to order more 10w40 because I know all the cars I put it in are going to run this summer.

    Pete
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    ^^^That all sounds good to me.  Those are same weights I’ve been running in the current motor.  I’ve never had any luck finding Penn in local stores (usually just Lucas for high zinc oils) but can easily pick it up on Amazon or Summit.

    Johnny Barndoor
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    <p style=”text-align: center;”>Pete the car looks awesome you’ve defiantly givin it the love it deserves, been watching your build and can’t wait to see how this motor performes, any ideas on hp output when done?? And are you gonna dyno it??</p>
    looking awesome

    Scott Sain
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    I was told to run 10/30 in my street cars and the 20/50 in my race engines. I just bought a case of the 10/30 from my supplier. Pete I have a distributor that has it semi locally. Let me know when you need more.

     

    Pete
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    Thanks Johnny.  I tried for a while to convince myself to build a 1914 or 2276 dressed up vintage and just couldn’t do it.  I like these old 36’ers.

    Shin Watanabe had his 1397 build in HotVW’s a few years ago (I’ll see if I can post the articles here – EDIT, the PDF’s won’t post).  His dyno’d at 69.5 hp with the Speedwell 1.25 rockers, and around 65 hp with stock 1:1 rockers (I’m told he runs stock now b/c the Speedwells were noisy).  Our motors are nearly identical except I’ve gone with larger 35mm intake/33mm exhaust (the WW kit is 32/30 as sold I believe?) and slightly higher compression.  I currently have 1:1 rockers but am considering the AA Performance 1.15 slight ratio rockers for a little more kick.  Shin uses the Speedwell intakes and Weber 40 IDF’s, and the WW 69.5 crank and .345 lift cam, just like mine (my carbs will be DRLA’s or Solex P11’s).  I’m hoping mine will make 70+ hp.  No plans to dyno since Shin’s #’s are available but I could be persuaded.

    Pete
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    I was told to run 10/30 in my street cars and the 20/50 in my race engines. I just bought a case of the 10/30 from my supplier. Pete I have a distributor that has it semi locally. Let me know when you need more.

    Interesting….I’m surprised with your stroker motors, and the heat here during the summer, that you stick with the 10/30 year around.  Your rides have a track record of being pretty damn reliable, so I guess it’s hard to argue against it.

    Are you getting Penn locally, or Lucas (or something else)?

    Jdawg
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    Penn Grade all day everyday. They make strait 30 “break-in” that I flush out immediately after running the first 15 mins. They say its acidic. 10w40 frost-thaw 20w50 all summer/spring/fall Right now I’d debating whether to order more 10w40 because I know all the cars I put it in are going to run this summer.

    cool thanks for the info Franz.

    Pete
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    Long block shipped yesterday, scheduled to arrive at terminal in GJ on Wednesday.  Where’s that damn happy dance emoji when you need it? ??????

     

    John Jones
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    Oh man….. Sounds like a cool Franz project coming up soon!!!!! 😎

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