Updates: 10. My Machine 390.. Everything is machined ready for me to clean and assemble.. still. 53. dcheek45: 427 stroker. Short block assembled. Fabbing up a combo alternator, external oil pump bracket. Need to work on the heads. Here is a shot of the water pump mounting and the Crank trigger mounting bracket.
I am trying to talk Stickshifter in to making up some Crank Trigger Kits like this to sell if there is enough interest.
8. 390/401 Jeep Guy. Rods done, crank turned, ready to clean and assemble. need to get the heads done. 54. NEJoe's390#2: At the machine shop. #1 priority for Chuck 55. MySC/360...360. At the machine shop. 56. team5050... 426 stroker street engine. Crank sent to the machine shop (RO-DY). RO-DY has 8 AMC cranks to off-set grind (4 are for me) 57. javtwotone 383 stroker: Crank sent to the machine shop... the second one. Block at the machine shop. Pistons in house. 58. Jeep401: Block, crank, pistons at the machine shop. 59. toms71javelin 360. 360 block w/343 pistons and late heads to end up between 9 & 10:1 compression ratio. 60. 67RogueXCode: 343 block, 360 crank: #2 priority for Chuck. 61. DW401: Wants a basic street driver. Crank is machined, block and pistons at the machine shop. 62. 401_1974_Javelin_: Solid lifter 401. Block needs to go to the strip tank. Crank is at the machine shop. 63. JTruck383: Pistons in house crank is at the machine shop. Need to prep a block 64. BC390: 68 390 street engine. Nothing started. 65. GT401: Gremlin street/drag car. Wants a 401 built. I don't have anything parts for this one yet. 66. NEJoe's390#3: Another pile of parts to build a engine out of.
My goal would be to provide a comple bolt on kit. OK, I am NOT a Wirehead like Stickshifter is so I copied this description from the net. To me, even a daily driver would benifit from it.
""Crank Triggers... Why? It's been known for years that a crank triggered ignition system can make more horsepower than a distributor triggered system. A crank triggered system can often make more power and produce more consistency due to its inherent timing stability. A crank trigger system is typically composed of three main components: a trigger wheel, pickup, and a pickup mounting bracket. Although the triggering components in a distributor or Pro Mag generator are very similar, there is one major difference - they are connected to the crankshaft through a series gears, shafts, belts, and other drive assemblies. Typical power transmission components include, but are not limited to, the cam drive (gear or belt), camshaft, and an offset magneto drive that also utilizes gears or belts. From the instant the throttle is opened to the second the chutes are pulled, the engine operating conditions are changing. Although the driver may never lift off the throttle, engine and drivetrain harmonics can wreak havoc on timing stability. Torsional vibrations in the camshaft and subsequent drive assemblies can combine to produce staggering fluctuations in ignition timing. Having described the shortcomings of a conventional ignition trigger system, it should become apparent that the crankshaft is the most logical place to obtain a stable trigger signal. With the emergence of RacePak's new software that can actually monitor engine timing, this fact has been proven once and for all. ""
Update... 10. Actually got the core plugs and cam bearings in my Machine engine tonight.. on a mission to get that thing done. Of coarse #4 cam bearing was too tight so, I had to get the emery cloth out. I am using the Scummit 8601 cam out of the Rot Rogue in this one... because I have it. NEJoe needs to get his ass in gear on a pair of Carters for me. He has the headers done. 8. 390/401crank Jeep Guy: picked up the '71 heads from Chuck tonight... not often he is impressed and not often that he doesn't have to put valve guides in but these didn't need it. New valves, springs, keepers, retainers, bowels opened up and performance valve grind... sweet. Secretly, he likes working on "My AMC shit" prolly cuz if he says that it needs it, I say do it. 53. dcheek45: 427 stroker.. need to pick up the pace on this one. Going to take a mocked up engine over to javtwotone's to figure out the hose arrangement for the external oil pump and gargantuan remote oil filter. He has the means to make up any sort of hydraulic hose/fitting combo required. I need to get this done so that I can put the dam oil pan on. 67. MN401: A dude called me from Minnesota and wants me to build a 401 for him.. He has all kinds of race car/race Jeep parts and engines but he wants a street engine built for his early AMX. He has a IH Binder engine that he wants built. I mentioned that Bulltear can do it and is local but, he wasn't interested. There is some past history there I guess. Whatever. Sounds like a road trip for both of us. 54. & 60.: NEJoe#2 & 67Xcode: Talked with Chuck on priorities and he said "Hell, why don't I just do both at once as far as boring and machining" I said sounds good to me! So hopefully in the next two weeks he will get something going on these.
I thought that you just insulted my silly ass, now you are exaulting my silly ass!!?? Should I be offended by that?? Hey, when I am caught up I will call Mr. RO-DY and he will poop out some cranks for me and one of them is yours. He has to work the "AMC Shit" in between all the extreme high dollar race car stuff and and redicules Harley race shit. You know, stuff that he actually makes money on..
10. My machine Engine: Crank, rods and pistons installed. The Mains plastigaged at .00175"/.002". The rods plastigaged at .00175". Rings gaped at .020" Nice. I am kinda picky on the core plugs that I use. Some of the engines that I build are really rusty and pitted so, I like the to use the really deep ones with a little RTV. I order them from NAPA, the stamped part number is 1510C.
I actually degreed the cam on this one by myself. It seems to measure as advertised so I installed it as is.
I am torn on what to do with the Machine after I get the engine built.... I like the battle scars but, I have a new fresh painted sheet metal on the front. Paint don't match etc.. I need to consult javtwotone over a few (dozen) labatt Blues..