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  1. PurpleBeeper

    440 Valley Cover for Stock Six Pack (Dual Plane) Intake?

    Does anyone know where I can get a valley pan cover that will clear a stock dual plane 440 six pack intake manifold? Am I stuck with a "trim my own" made out of a factory type intake bath tub gasket? I have iron heads on the engine now & will hopefully be switching to the original open-chamber...
  2. PurpleBeeper

    Oil Pan Sealing Problems - Big Block ???? What the Heck?

    70 Roadrunner 440 with a Milodon "hemi" pan & matching Milodon 1/2" oil pickup tube (I think this is a repro of a 71 hemi e-body pan), running stock windage tray. Old school Direct Connection chrome timing chain cover w/paper gasket & running cork oil pan gaskets. Hughes rear main seal cap...
  3. PurpleBeeper

    440 Rear Main Seal - Cap Side Seal Adhesive?

    I've read the sticky & links. I've got a 440 and am replacing the rear main seal with a viton main seal & the silicone side seals in a Hughes "cap". As many of you know, the silicone "cap side seals" really want to slide out while you're pushing the cap up/in (engine in car). Is there an...
  4. PurpleBeeper

    Dents on Windage Tray - Rod Clearance? Stock Stroke

    I have dents (aka "witness marks") on my stock (Felpro?) windage tray right in the area of cylinders #3 & #4. It looks like maybe the rod bolts are touching the windage tray on those two cylinders. I've never seen this before. It's a stock stroke motor. What do I do? The only thing I can...
  5. PurpleBeeper

    8-3/4" Pinion Snubber - TIGHT Clearance - Suggestions?

    I've got a '70 Roadrunner 8-3/4" rear end '489 pumpkin with SS springs & a pinion snubber and 2" lowering blocks. My pinion snubber-to-floor clearance is VERY tight. I've shortened an old Direct Connection (?) box-style adjustable pinion snubber & trimmed down the rubber bumper and it's down...
  6. PurpleBeeper

    8-3/4" 489 Pumpkin Pinion Seal Replacement?

    I've got a couple questions about replacing the pinion seal on a 489 pumpkin 8-3/4" rear end with the pumpkin in the car. 1. Does replacing the seal mess up the pinion/ring gear lash? 2. Is there a tool you can buy to hold the pinion yoke in place while you remove the large pinion yoke nut? I...
  7. PurpleBeeper

    Re-Sealing End Header Bolt 440 Iron Heads - Any Tricks?

    I have an iron head 440 I built many years ago in my car now. I have exhaust manifold studs except for two holes which I installed header bolts (driver front bolt/passenger back bolt). About 2 weeks ago I started getting a little drip from the passenger/back header bolt. fyi- I don't seem...
  8. PurpleBeeper

    Removing Lifters With Intake/Heads Still On - Big Block

    I want to pull a couple lifters from my 440 without removing the intake manifold. I only want to take off the valve covers & rockers/shafts. The lifters are pretty low mileage, so I don't "expect" any of them to be mushroomed at the bottom. I saw this tool on ebay. What do you guys suggest...
  9. PurpleBeeper

    How Loud are Adjustable Rocker Arms with Hydraulic Cam?

    How loud are adjustable rocker arms with a hydraulic cam? I haven't driven this car enough lately to know for sure, but mine is "sounding" like a solid lifter cam. Background: 440 with Isky ductile iron rockers & Isky pushrods Mopar "purple stripe" double springs Just set the valve lash (3/4...
  10. PurpleBeeper

    Champion Plugs - RS12YC vs. RJ12YC

    I've always had good luck with Champion plugs. I went to install a new set of plugs (actually old un-used plugs I had in my garage). I noticed I have 4 plugs that are Champion RS12YC and 4 plugs that are RJ12YC. What is the difference?
  11. PurpleBeeper

    Free Online "Brand X" Factory Service Manuals???

    I'm working on my father-in-law's "Brand X" car ('64 Chevy II Nova SS 283 2bbl.). It has no spark & I'm baffled. The car is 99% stock & is still running the original points ignition. Does anyone know a website I can find a '64 Chevy service manual? (or at least an ignition diagnostic method)...
  12. PurpleBeeper

    Cracked Head? 440

    So, I've got the valve covers off & just adjusted the valve lash. I notice that there is some coolant "weeping" out of the rear/lower valve cover bolt hole on the passenger side. Is that a cracked head? I'm "hoping" those threads just run really, really close to the head cooling jacket & I...
  13. PurpleBeeper

    Weird Driveline "Clunk" - Ideas?

    70 Roadrunner 4spd car --> I've had a weird sound in my car after I shut it off. Everything seems normal once it's parked & turned off, then "clunk"...…………………"clunk"...……………."clunk". It seems like it's under the car somewhere & sounds like a metal-on-metal sound which repeats about 4-5 times...
  14. PurpleBeeper

    "Truck" 440 Taller Valve Covers - More Baffle Clearance?

    So I bought a set of "taller truck valve covers" for a big block motor pretty cheap. They are supposed to be a little taller than car valve covers. Do I get any extra oil baffle clearance? I'm trying to clear some Isky ductile iron rocker arms. I may end up stacking 2 valve cover gaskets...
  15. PurpleBeeper

    Can Anyone Identify This A-833 Transmission?

    Any idea what year/make/model this transmission came out of?
  16. PurpleBeeper

    3.55 Gears $100+shipping for 489 Case 10-Spline Pinion

    SOLD (SORRY IF I POSTED IN WRONG mistake) I have a good used set of 3.55 gears from a 489-case 8-3/4" rear end. They have the stronger 10-spline yoke pinion. $100+ shipping.
  17. PurpleBeeper

    Question About BB Valve Cover Baffles

    My current motor is sucking oil through the motor somehow (70 440 w/stock valve covers & baffles removed). I don't believe it's the rings, but it could be the guides/seals, intake, or valve covers. I will be working on checking the intake fit as soon as some "wax rope" shows up. Anyway, this...
  18. PurpleBeeper

    Stock Rocker Arms - Limits? Inspection?

    I'm building a "budget, low-rpm, highway cruiser" 440 & I'm trying to use some used stock rocker arms. 1. What are the limits of a stock rocker arm? I mean, are they limited by spring pressure, cam size, or what? What are those limits? 2. When re-using stock rocker arms, what exactly should...
  19. PurpleBeeper

    Are These Springs OK for My Cam?

    I got a deal on some E-Street Edelbrock heads (part# 5093/84cc ). They cam with these springs (Edelbrock part# 5792). Edelbrock recommends the Performer RPM #7194 cam for these heads, BUT I'm considering running either the Comp Cams XE274 or the XE274HL (leaning towards the XE274HL). This...
  20. PurpleBeeper

    Machining New Intake Angle - 440 Engine in Car

    My engine is sucking oil from the intake valley into the intake ports (440 six pack cast iron). I've struggled with this issue for years. I "think" the block was milled .040" & I "think" the heads were milled .020" (going from memory only 20+ yrs. ago). I do not "think" the intake face of the...