Finishing up my 55 engine swap and engine bay cleanup. Swapped the 327 for a stroker 396. Hope to start the engine in a couple days. Then I'll paint inner fenders and install front clip.
Since I have a Howard's cam I went with Howard's lifters. But I found out I could have saved $50 by going with Melling as it seems they supply lifters to Howard's. Of course I was in a hurry to get the engine fixed, and back together, and did some searching while waiting for my parts to arrive.There is a ton of sub par parts being supplied to the public & it only seems to get worse when I put my buddies 350 roller motor together I was looking for a decent price on a set of roller lifters & pushrods I bought Elgin lifters & pushrods as the brand name has been around for years.They were noisy from the very beginning & I readjusted them twice & still had noise even adjusting them to a full turn which I never do usually 1/4-1/2 turn & after finding the worn out valve guides on the new Pro Max heads I really felt likely the guides were the source of the lifter noise. If so it was from the very beginning & I decided not to trust them & replaced them with a new set of Delphi rollers on my dime which now is completely quite. I also checked all the pushrods & replaced 3 that weren't straight one likely from what happened.
Any reason you couldn't just pull the hub off the passenger side and replace the two studs to make it OK?I am trying soooooo hard to get my last steps done for my first run to the inspection lane with my '57 Panel. There have been so many delays from last Fall into now.
Last night I was able to get lug nuts on all 6 lugs on the driver front wheel so it does not fail for that, but 2 on the front pass side are going to have to go through with the tips broken off. I'm hoping they'll give me a T tag and a slip to go get them fixed.
I have so much stress about running this thing through the inspection lane. You can either get a real enthusiast, or, a real POS
Was almost an FE, but 130s phased them out so I ended up a RO on C2 platforms (or assault systems that needed a RO...kinda Spooky...that Spectre still lingers).Of course, I forgot to mention that we are ALWAYS working on the A-26. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It took 22yrs to go from 8 bazillion pieces to flyable.
17yrs ago when I joined the group. Our first home at Wiley Post airport in Okla City, until 2009, when we moved (in pieces) to Guthrie, OK.
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I'm working on restoring one of the fuel cells, after we moved to Guthrie.
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Our first engine about 11yrs ago.
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Getting ready to start up the engines for the very first time, 3yrs ago
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Our VERY FIRST airshow appearance in Greenville, TX, Nov 6, 2021. Me and a very dear friend at a Govt contractor for the USAF.
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Our second home in Guthrie, OK for 12yrs.
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4wks ago we moved to our new home (HOPEFULLY permanent) in Ada, OK.
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Third test flight---------------VERY SUCCESSFUL!!! But still LOTS of little things still to be done.
Go to full screen and turn up the volume.
As flight engineer, I'm sitting behind the co-pilot on our flight out of Guthrie en-route to the new home in Ada.