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    Cool Hello from Pennsylvania!

    Hey everyone,

    New member here. I used to frequent LS1Tech and CamaroZ28.com, but haven't been active on those forums for a few years. Figured that this would be the best site for current LTX stuff.

    Anyway, I have a 1995 Z28 which I just cam swapped over the winter. Unfortunately a few recent dyno runs to 6200 RPM either revealed a weakness in my stock 67,000 mile bottom end, or a weakness in my ability to successfully perform a cam swap...made 356/362, but I have some nice "shiny" oil as a result. Going to be dropping the engine/trans combo here soon to find out exactly which bearing decided to start destroying itself (I'm leaning towards a cam bearing).

    It's forced upgrade time, and I'm definitely not going to go with the majority of the crowd and just LS swap. I'm planning for a 500-550 flywheel hp N/A 383. I will try to post some updates as I proceed with tear-down, machining, and reassembly. I have an "in" with a great local automotive machinist, and I'm excited to work with him throughout the process and expand my knowledge along the way.

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    Welcome to the forum! LTX and Pennsylvania...I think you've found a home here

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    Same as everybody else...350 small block, double hump heads, 3/4 cam

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    Welcome to the family man... make sure u start a build thread with lots of pics.

    We are a simple people and pics make us happy.

    LTXtech.com is my drug...


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    1985/1996GS clone: SOLD

    1996 Impala SS H/C, LT, with true dual exhaust, 4.10s, lowered, with CPT trans, many cosmetic mods, and a whole lot more to come...

    2002 Caddilac EscaladeL CAI, lowered, 6.0 , AWD..





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    Quote Originally Posted by LTX Nick View Post
    Hey everyone,

    New member here. I used to frequent LS1Tech and CamaroZ28.com, but haven't been active on those forums for a few years. Figured that this would be the best site for current LTX stuff.

    Anyway, I have a 1995 Z28 which I just cam swapped over the winter. Unfortunately a few recent dyno runs to 6200 RPM either revealed a weakness in my stock 67,000 mile bottom end, or a weakness in my ability to successfully perform a cam swap...made 356/362, but I have some nice "shiny" oil as a result. Going to be dropping the engine/trans combo here soon to find out exactly which bearing decided to start destroying itself (I'm leaning towards a cam bearing).

    It's forced upgrade time, and I'm definitely not going to go with the majority of the crowd and just LS swap. I'm planning for a 500-550 flywheel hp N/A 383. I will try to post some updates as I proceed with tear-down, machining, and reassembly. I have an "in" with a great local automotive machinist, and I'm excited to work with him throughout the process and expand my knowledge along the way.
    That's always a risk taken when you open up a motor. Sorry it had to happen to you. I'm about to take the same chance with my car that it almost turn key ready again.

    What are your motor plans? 500-550 flywheel isn't unrealistic for a goal.
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    I would try to work my neck muscles but I'm not invited to the LS guy parties.

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    Thanks all! And I will be sure to take many pictures along the way. I tried to take as many precautions as possible. Cleaned all of my parts and followed the instructions (when given), took advice from reliable sources, took lots of measurements and followed all torque specs. I’m really curious to see if my cam swap caused the failure, or if maybe a main or rod bearing was on the verge of going. I don’t have any knocking, but I have a squeak on startup (it stops after a minute or so) that I thought was a pulley. Took the belt off and the noise was still present. Listened to the water pump and Torqhead sensing unit, but no noise from them. Finally drained the oil and saw really fine bronze colored shavings, and I had already changed it since break in.

    So far, plans are (subject to change) forged pistons and rods, probably a forged 3.75” stroke crank, studded 2-bolt mains, either AFR 195 or 210 heads, LE ported trickflows, or 200cc ported stock castings if AI would ever respond to my emails...

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    Btw, where in PA are u from?

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    1985/1996GS clone: SOLD

    1996 Impala SS H/C, LT, with true dual exhaust, 4.10s, lowered, with CPT trans, many cosmetic mods, and a whole lot more to come...

    2002 Caddilac EscaladeL CAI, lowered, 6.0 , AWD..





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    Quote Originally Posted by popo8 View Post
    Btw, where in PA are u from?

    LTXtech.com is my drug...
    I'm in South Central PA. York County.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTX Nick View Post
    I'm in South Central PA. York County.
    Oh cool, I'm in Berks County near Reading.

    LTXtech.com is my drug...


    Our BIG MOMENT @ the 2012 LTXshootout

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=521756391174175

    1996 Camaro Z28: RIP 09/25/2016

    1994 Trans Am GT: SOLD 05/2017

    1985/1996GS clone: SOLD

    1996 Impala SS H/C, LT, with true dual exhaust, 4.10s, lowered, with CPT trans, many cosmetic mods, and a whole lot more to come...

    2002 Caddilac EscaladeL CAI, lowered, 6.0 , AWD..





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    Quote Originally Posted by popo8 View Post
    Oh cool, I'm in Berks County near Reading.

    LTXtech.com is my drug...
    Yea, you definitely aren't too far away from me. Who knows, we may even run into each other sometime!

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    Welcome aboard! Great group here with tons of knowledge. Never be afraid to ask any questions. Your new build will be plenty fun on the street and at the track. Iím from PA also, Blair county area. Keep us posted on your build.


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    Stock bottom end, Impala head gaskets, Stock heads w/stage 2 port polish Comp beehive springs, Crane 1.6 RR's, Thunder Racing cam, Cloyes Billet True Roller TC, Long tubes, custom true dual 3" w/X-pipe, Ported intake with 58mm TB, 36lb injectors, PCMforless chip, Tick Performance stage 3 M6, Strange S60 4:10's True Trac 35 spline axles, MSD complete Ignition system, Summit electric water pump and a ton of other upgrades.

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