Who wants to see a '96 Caprice build thread?
Please note: this thread will run concurrent with a thread over at the ImpalaSSForum, so to make things easier, I will pretty much copy and paste verbatim on my progress. Here goes...
Ok, so for those that have been following along, around October of 2007 I broke a valvespring and that put the Caprice out of commission for a while. Then, last summer I finally got the car back to the house to take it apart, where pictures were posted, teeth were gnashed and OMG's were exchanged.
Well, since the sale of a trombone on Fleabay, I now have the money to buy the parts that I've been needing for a long time. I've had parts sitting on the shelf for 3+ years, but no coin for the gaskets and other assorted tidbits. Now that the parts are en-route, I figured I'd start a build up thread.
The theme here is ultra low buck, with performance in mind. I've got a bunch of High-perf parts waiting, but you'll just have to wait and see what.
So, that leaves us here. I will post up pics of where we're at when I get home, but I do have one question. Know this first though, there isn't enough money in the bank to do any machine work, unless I find that it's abso-freakin-luely necessary.
My question is this; If the clearances measure within specs, is it okay to reuse the main, rod and cam bearings? Will it do anything to the bearings to release the clamp load, then retorque? Also, how about reusing the rod bolts? I know it's usually a no-go, but I'd ask how many have actually done it. If no, then which rod bolts to use? I'm eyeing some Pioneer rod bolts right now, P/N# S1035. Kinda looks like ARP's are out of the price range. How about head bolts? I do have head bolts on the way, but can return them if they're not needed. I ordered them because I thought I remembered that stock headbolts are one time use only.
Whew! Lots of typing make me tired. If you only take one thing away from this though, be it that I intend to have this done by June 7th because the Hot Rod Power Tour is cruising through Nashville, and I would love to be in my hot rod to hang out with them.