Early 1958 430 rebuild

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Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by RocketdyneF1 » Fri 16. Mar 2018, 14:22

After searching for a good camshaft for a long time, i´ve finally found a good one!
The cam is Falcon Performance #CM-184, a new reproduction of a stock cam, at least they say so. I couldn´t measure its duration, but i measured the valve lift at about 0.440", so its probably a reproduction of the early style stock cam i was looking for.
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After I installed the new cam, valve lifters and timing chain, I disassembled both rocker shafts. I guess they´ve never been serviced and the dirty, muddy scab on them was 60 years old.
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I cleaned and inspected them, wich was a good thing, because some oil passages were almost full of crap. I also cleaned all 16 pushrods.
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I also cleaned and painted the oil pan and refurbished the oil pump with a rebuild kit.
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The valve train and oiling system are complete again.
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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1958 430 MEL V8 without car

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Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by RocketdyneF1 » Fri 23. Mar 2018, 14:02

Today I assembled the valley pan, ignition distributor, timing chain cover with fuel pump pushrod, flywheel, valve covers and the Tri Power system. Finally it looks like an engine!
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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
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Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by RocketdyneF1 » Sat 24. Mar 2018, 15:08

A few more pics of the progress:
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I hope I can start it up soon!
1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1958 430 MEL V8 without car

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Re: Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by Chris430 » Sun 25. Mar 2018, 21:22

Are there provisions in a 58 Ford to bolt up your early 58 block without the side mount bosses?

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Re: Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by RocketdyneF1 » Mon 26. Mar 2018, 05:09

Chris430 wrote:
Sun 25. Mar 2018, 21:22
Are there provisions in a 58 Ford to bolt up your early 58 block without the side mount bosses?
Sorry, I dont know that. But a beautiful 58 Ford with this big engine sounds good to me!
Too bad I dont have one. Actually I dont have any car for my MEL engine. When I bought the engine, I planned to by a car for it, but I ran out of money. So I´ll store the engine when its completely rebuildt. Or maybe, if I get a good offer, I might even sell it.
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Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by RocketdyneF1 » Thu 17. May 2018, 05:34

Today, I finally started up the engine for the first time in years. It only ran for a few seconds, but damn, it has a really loud and brutal sound! No wonder, it has absolutley no exhaust system on it except for the manifolds. I also havent bought a radiator and cooling fan for it yet, so I cant let it run for longer periods of time. I´ll post a video of it running when I am done tuning the carbs and ignition, and the cooling system is complete.
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1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1958 430 MEL V8 without car

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Re: Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by Theo » Thu 17. May 2018, 06:40

WoW!! Very nice (Y)
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Re: Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by Chris430 » Sat 19. May 2018, 08:08

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You should let me store it in my pick-up till you find a suitable car.

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Re: Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by Theo » Sat 19. May 2018, 13:15

Holy cow. That I call music
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Early 1958 430 rebuild

Post by RocketdyneF1 » Sat 21. Jul 2018, 10:30

I finally made a video of it running.



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