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Old 03-09-2010, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default Hammer's Aluminator Project

First things first...A big thank you to my technical
advisor BruceH. BruceH answered all of my questions
and offered some really excellent tips along the way.
Also, thanks to the forum for providing a great place
for people to share information.


For those interested, here are a few pics of the build,
along with the current status.

http://home.comcast.net/~cookpaging/...ild/build.html



Current Status:

The project is complete and the engine is holding up well.
As far as how the Aluminator feels on the street when not in
boost, it feels just fine to me.

At 250 miles, I put her on the dyno. I consider the car broken
in for the most part and now it's time to enjoy the fruits of my labor.


I think that this is definitely a DIY job, for those who have a garage
or a shop to work at. Even though I read and read and read some more,
there was a point during the build where I felt I bit off, more than I
could chew. If you are a non mechanic like me, line someone up on
the side who will be your go-to-guy, incase you run into trouble or
just have questions.


Good luck and have a great build!
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:46 PM   #2
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Awesome man!! Looking foward to you completing the project and seeing how the compression drop effects you break-in horsepower with the same whipple tune. Are you going to run the same pulley size as you had before on break-in?
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Old 03-09-2010, 01:01 PM   #3
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thanks and i will be running the same pulley
for breakin, 3.375 (gen I, 10psi). i too am
really interested to know how it feels on
the street, with the 8.7:1 and the stock
whipple tune.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:33 PM   #4
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First things first...A big thank you to my technical
advisor BruceH. BruceH answered all of my questions
and offered some really excellent tips along the way.
Also, thanks to the forum for providing a great place
for people to share information.

http://home.comcast.net/~cookpaging/...ild/build.html

I still think you knew more about the motor before you started than I did after doing mine.

Anyhow I'm glad I could be part of it.

Keep the pics coming. You're almost there.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:48 PM   #5
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Nice build.

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Old 03-09-2010, 06:56 PM   #6
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Wow, please keep us informed and pics would be great. I have been thinking about adding this as part of a saleen sc upgrade and I am mostly worried about the total cost of adding both. I would really like to add the aluminator but I'm still on the fence. Mainly thinking about all the work and costs for install.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:05 PM   #7
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as always....stickied. I think you have gotten the most stickies by far. You always tackle those projects that others might do but dont show how!
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:53 PM   #8
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thanks stealth!

brad281, no need to do both the s/c and shortblock
at the same time. enjoy the s/c for a couple of years,
then maybe upgrade the engine, if you feel it
necessary.

thanks matt, i had no idea that it would receive such a
warm welcome, it's an honor.

and bruceh, some more questions are right around
the corner.....maybe next week.....

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Hammer, aka Mr. Sticky!

i will have some questions for you in the future about your build, bc mine will be similar.
congrats on the build!!!
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:06 PM   #10
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thanks one, i've seen some of your posts around
the forums and i was getting the feeling you are gearing
up for a build of your own.

nothing better than a good build thread and i look
forward to following yours.

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Old 03-09-2010, 09:27 PM   #11
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Cool! I know hammeron you've been wanting to do your own engine build for a long time. I'm glad to finally see it's being done. I love build threads like this.

What made you go with the Aluminator?

Do you plan on putting the Hot Rods back in? What about boost, plan on cranking it up to crazy amounts?
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:09 PM   #12
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thanks SirKnight and those are some
excellent questions....

truth is i wanted to do a build where i could
install the crank, rods and pistons, but in the
end i just didn't feel comfortable with it. i
think i can be satisfied though, if this one turns
out ok.

don't know what the future holds for the HR's, they
may go back in, after i get this engine broke in.

i'm leaning towards 12psi and calling it a day for engine
mods.



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What made you go with the Aluminator?

Do you plan on putting the Hot Rods back in?

What about boost, plan on cranking it up to crazy amounts?

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Oh I'm sure those hot rods will go back in. No one can resist that sweet lope.
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something tells me you are probably
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i'm leaning towards 12psi and calling it a day for engine
mods.
I really doubt you will be satisified with 12psi, you will prob be slower than where you were at with the stock motor and 10psi. With that low compression, you will have some room to play and still be able to run pump gas.
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honestly at this point i'm not sure where
i'll end up boost/power wise. for me, this
build is about minimizing the chances of
catastrophic engine failure. having said
that, i won't rule out the possibility of
someday running the steeda belt drive,
with a 16psi pulley.....



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thanks for taking the time to document your work. very informative!
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you are most welcome hiltsy845. i think
looking at other peoples project pics, gives
us the confidance to say, "hey maybe i can do
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Even though it's too late for a lot of it, I was thinking it would have been cool to have videos of this build process. "Hammeron's HOWTO Build a 3v Engine in your garage!"
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He could always tear it back down for us and then video the build back up... j/k
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