My Current 67 Satellite Build.

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Ran into one little problem while cleaning the last 4 pistons. #3 was hard to get out when disassembling the engine. I don't know if I cracked the skirt, but needless to say it's broken. Finding a standard stock piston proved to be a challenge. I finally found one. John at Hilltop Auto had two NOS pistons so that is now at the machine shop being pressed on the rod. I took another piston and rod for comparison of weight when done. Maybe I won't have to have the rotating assembly balanced. What do you guys think? The new piston has absolutely no wear and the other 7 have 91K miles on them.
I say the only way you will know is to measure them and see.
 

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With good results on the piston/rod weights, I proceeded on with the engine. For posterity I got pictures of all the numbers.
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Dove into putting it back together. One bank in, done for today. The heat index reached 106.
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On the other end of the project
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You can't tell much, but the Satellite lower body argent silver was applied. It will look better when the clear is on. It will cure to Monday and then we will reverse tape it and the outside body will get color.

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Being the engine is awaiting cam kit, it's in the bag for now. The bottom end is as built as it can get right now.
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The attention is back on the paint. We worked through some issues I had with a few things. A fender got replaced and some issues with the top were worked with.
The fender I replaced although it appeared straight required pulling out on the lower front wheel well to look right. If I had used it the fender brace that ties to the bumper bracket would have had to hold it in place. The replacement fender eliminated the need there.
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The top although it appeared straight, when wax and grease remover was applied showed the impression of the front roof brace. This appeared to be the result of the media blasting. Another 30 hours of work to get that straight. With all that corrected the car got based Monday.
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It was cleared today.
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Looking forward to some pictures outside when you can do so. :thumbsup:
 

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really interested in your results! Im looking at this cam for my 440. Keep us posted!
 

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Looking forward to some pictures outside when you can do so. :thumbsup:
A few dry spots in the clear, and I'm wet sanding with 1000 wet/dry and will put on a few more coats of clear. Then will go back with 2000 wet/dry and buff.
 

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really interested in your results! Im looking at this cam for my 440. Keep us posted!
I'm looking at late next month on the cam kit. You will gain information on when they are in stock first, then some more details on the engine. I can't say when it will be running and driving as I'm old and slow, plus I'm trying to make it the best I know how.
 

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I'm looking at late next month on the cam kit. You will gain information on when they are in stock first, then some more details on the engine. I can't say when it will be running and driving as I'm old and slow, plus I'm trying to make it the best I know how.
Jerry, you might be old and slow and i might be young and fast but the knowledge you possess will have your progress flying past mine because I have no knowledge and have to spend so much time reading to understand what I’m supposed to be doing!
I have to admit its been pretty tough trying to learn just enough to try to get by to build my first big block.

Currently trying to learn Cam/valve train compatibility. Its tough to find the info i need to understand what factory parts i need to replace to work with a higher lift Cam. I was hoping to save some money by not replacing factory valve train but apparently to get the kind of HP I’m looking for with .480 or bigger lift i have to replace everything?
So im trying to find someone elses build info with the Cam i like, to find the info of what factory parts they had to change and what they could keep.
 

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Jerry, you might be old and slow and i might be young and fast but the knowledge you possess will have your progress flying past mine because I have no knowledge and have to spend so much time reading to understand what I’m supposed to be doing!
I have to admit its been pretty tough trying to learn just enough to try to get by to build my first big block.

Currently trying to learn Cam/valve train compatibility. Its tough to find the info i need to understand what factory parts i need to replace to work with a higher lift Cam. I was hoping to save some money by not replacing factory valve train but apparently to get the kind of HP I’m looking for with .480 or bigger lift i have to replace everything?
So im trying to find someone elses build info with the Cam i like, to find the info of what factory parts they had to change and what they could keep.
A little explanation of what I'm doing. I selected this cam as a matched set. Lifters, valve springs, valve seals, and timing set all included. This takes care of most warranty issues as far as compatible parts. I ordered new push rods due to the unavailability of 67 style lifters. The car has no power brakes and is a 4-speed, so vacuum and choppy idle are unimportant. I think this cam may make enough vacuum for power brakes, but I'm not sure it will be suitable for an automatic transmission without changing the torque converter to one with more stall. It's not over 500 lift, so there is no worry about piston/valve clearance. I will be having 1.74 exhaust valves installed over the stock 1.60 and a little pocket porting done and retain the 516 heads. I'm thinking that this should put the HP in the range of a stock 440 and be as reliable as stock. I don't plan on putting it on a dyno to prove anything. It's not a race car, it's just going to be a show/cruiser that will light the tires a little.
 

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A little explanation of what I'm doing. I selected this cam as a matched set. Lifters, valve springs, valve seals, and timing set all included. This takes care of most warranty issues as far as compatible parts. I ordered new push rods due to the unavailability of 67 style lifters. The car has no power brakes and is a 4-speed, so vacuum and choppy idle are unimportant. I think this cam may make enough vacuum for power brakes, but I'm not sure it will be suitable for an automatic transmission without changing the torque converter to one with more stall. It's not over 500 lift, so there is no worry about piston/valve clearance. I will be having 1.74 exhaust valves installed over the stock 1.60 and a little pocket porting done and retain the 516 heads. I'm thinking that this should put the HP in the range of a stock 440 and be as reliable as stock. I don't plan on putting it on a dyno to prove anything. It's not a race car, it's just going to be a show/cruiser that will light the tires a little.
Im looking at the Voodoo 703 cam and it goes over .494/.513 so im assuming i need to upgrade valve train. Im not sure if i have to change all parts or if i just have to upgrade springs and rocker arm. I also dont know if i need shorter pushrods or not. Not sure how to measure that.

I wasn’t wanting to get into cams that lift so high that i had to upgrade valve train and stall, but apparently i need a bigger cam to get into the 400+ hp ballpark.
Thats why im trying to see other peoples 440 builds to get ideas and specs and results.
 

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Just out of the paint booth today. Two coats of clear went over the base colors. It was wet sanded with 1000 grit. Today 4 more coats of clear went on.
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Monday it will be wet sanded again, with 1500. I will let it sit sanded for a few days and then buffing will begin. After that, I may be able to roll it outside for some decent pictures.
 

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Just out of the paint booth today. Two coats of clear went over the base colors. It was wet sanded with 1000 grit. Today 4 more coats of clear went on.
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Monday it will be wet sanded again, with 1500. I will let it sit sanded for a few days and then buffing will begin. After that, I may be able to roll it outside for some decent pictures.
It looks unbelievable now. You better wear sunglasses outside to look at it.
 

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That color kind of gives the photos an old sepia tint quality.
 

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That color kind of gives the photos an old sepia tint quality.
It will look completely different outside, I think. Even though I have one of the best phone cameras, it leaves a lot to be desired. There is a lot of metallic in this color and it is a copper, very dark. Photos make it look chocolate with glitter.
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Here is a random picture that was taken with a flash.
 

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That really looks nice. I think I remember that color back in the day, of course they didn’t pop quite as much back then with the old enamels.
 

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It will look completely different outside, I think. Even though I have one of the best phone cameras, it leaves a lot to be desired. There is a lot of metallic in this color and it is a copper, very dark. Photos make it look chocolate with glitter. View attachment 1320610
Here is a random picture that was taken with a flash.
I have seen one 67 b body that colour, a 67 Charger.
 

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I have seen one 67 b body that colour, a 67 Charger.
I don't think I will see myself coming to often. Ofcourse anytime you do something that's different, then there will be many. I'm just glad that's the way it was originally.
 

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