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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry clayton View Post
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    I'm not much on U Tube videos for analizing sound of engines running as the recording capability and then my playing the sound over cheap PC moniter speakers don't do it justice----------but I will tell you what the change of the exhaust sound is the result of (in my opinion) and its hard for me to be forward and state this as the info about what is on your set up is difficult to believe ( I am not saying your fibbing) because I can't see it and you haven't proven it--------the sound change that your hearing is coming as a result of changing timing and mixture complicated by tuning length of exhaust headers as they reach tuned rpm length and same as you back out of it.

    On a small block chevy, if the builder used roller rockers, he probably also upgraded the entire valve train to where it should easily be capable of 7000+ rpms------again , as your talking 5000 rpm I think some timing curve, carb tuning and utilizing tune length of the exhaust should make things sound better and rip on up to a much higher number.
    could you go in more depth about what you mean by "the sound change that your hearing is coming as a result of changing timing and mixture complicated by tuning length of exhaust headers as they reach tuned rpm length and same as you back out of it." i dont understand what you mean by the tuning length of exhaust headers or what tuned rpm length is.
    also about the rpm issue, it may be able to go higher then the 5000 i shift at. I have never been in or around another car like mine in real life so i have no idea what it should feel like when driving. I was just always afraid to go higher then 5000 rpm because of 2 things. 1 the tach red zones there (now that tach is for the stock 305 that would have been in it) and 2 its sound and feeling changed when you got to that higher rpm. its hard for me to explain but thats the best i can do. and on top of all that im the one tuning the carb because the only garage around me says that they don't know how. and because i self teach i took what i knew about some engines and some info i got from the web and did the best i could to tune it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tie-355 View Post
    The fuel pump is an efi fuel pump. its running a regulator further up the line to bring the pressure down to a usable amount (i believe its set to 5 psi but its been awhile since i looked at it)
    and as for the questioning if the motor is a legit 350 "This kid has a warmed over 305 with a flat tappet Thumpr cam" i just wanted to restate that it was indeed a 350 punched to 355.
    and keep in mind that its in Canadian funds which is around 7k U.S. also remember that the shipping on the parts would hae been more, our taxes here, etc... there is a stuff you guys down in the us may not know money wise when building up here in canada. I was just saying what the bill i was shown was.
    Good morning Tie, let's try to have a meeting of the minds here if we can.

    First off, I never called you a liar, that was not in my mind at all. What was in my mind was that you had been taken advantage of, like many of us were taken advantage of in our youth and I was trying to help you find out exactly what the motor was/is. You still don't know what it is. You're stubbornly clinging to what the buyer told you and I'm very sad about that. Perhaps you really don't care to know the truth and that's my fault for trying to push you to know what the motor really is, so please accept my apology.

    I don't care what the motor is, it has no importance to me beyond trying to help you determine if you were "rooked" or not. I think you were, but if you won't cooperate with me to find out the truth, then there is nothing else I can do. Wishing you a nice life, son. Stick around and learn from the other fellows and gals on here if you wish, they're a very knowledgeable crowd and all of us enjoy teaching. There are several build threads going on here all the time, so there is plenty to see.

    Oh, one more thing. This is your statement from another post....
    " I cant get numbers because the motor barely fits in the engine bay of that car so there is no way to get the numbers to prove it was originally a 350."
    Tie, please, do you think you're dealing with children here? The numbers are easy to get off a small block motor sitting in a .........aw hell, you've deleted what car the motor is in, but it seems like it wasn't an Isetta or Sprite or something like that where it actually would be a tight fit. I'm trying to remember that it was a Firebird or something, which has room for 2 small block Chevies. And again, I see now that you are not interested in finding the truth, so this is the last I will contribute to this thread. You are, of course, welcome to hang around and learn if you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techinspector1 View Post
    Good morning Tie, let's try to have a meeting of the minds here if we can.

    First off, I never called you a liar, that was not in my mind at all. What was in my mind was that you had been taken advantage of, like many of us were taken advantage of in our youth and I was trying to help you find out exactly what the motor was/is. You still don't know what it is. You're stubbornly clinging to what the buyer told you and I'm very sad about that. Perhaps you really don't care to know the truth and that's my fault for trying to push you to know what the motor really is, so please accept my apology.

    I don't care what the motor is, it has no importance to me beyond trying to help you determine if you were "rooked" or not. I think you were, but if you won't cooperate with me to find out the truth, then there is nothing else I can do. Wishing you a nice life, son. Stick around and learn from the other fellows and gals on here if you wish, they're a very knowledgeable crowd and all of us enjoy teaching. There are several build threads going on here all the time, so there is plenty to see.

    Oh, one more thing. This is your statement from another post....
    " I cant get numbers because the motor barely fits in the engine bay of that car so there is no way to get the numbers to prove it was originally a 350."
    Tie, please, do you think you're dealing with children here? The numbers are easy to get off a small block motor sitting in a .........aw hell, you've deleted what car the motor is in, but it seems like it wasn't an Isetta or Sprite or something like that where it actually would be a tight fit. I'm trying to remember that it was a Firebird or something, which has room for 2 small block Chevies. And again, I see now that you are not interested in finding the truth, so this is the last I will contribute to this thread. You are, of course, welcome to hang around and learn if you like.

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    i went back out and checked again to see if i can get that casting number you want but i cant. there is just no room to see it. there is about a 2 inch gap between the motor and the car and there is wires, the distributor, wiper motor and more wires clogging up that little bit of space. i just cant see the ledge that has the casting number on it. i dont know what else to say

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    No big deal Tie, have a nice day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tie-355 View Post
    i went back out and checked again to see if i can get that casting number you want but i cant. there is just no room to see it. there is about a 2 inch gap between the motor and the car and there is wires, the distributor, wiper motor and more wires clogging up that little bit of space. i just cant see the ledge that has the casting number on it. i dont know what else to say
    It will be a pain, but no more difficult than the 350 in my 76 Vette. You need the code from the pad from behind the left head and the suffix code from the pad in front of the right head. Example: 3970010 left pad= 1969-79 350 2 or 4 bolt mains car,truck, Vette V1001 CKX= 1976 Corvette 185 horsepower or L 48
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    Tie-----first to clarify some terminalogy--tuning a carb doesn't mean turning a couple idle screws---------the mixture changes with throttle opening, seconaries opening, power valves, venturi velocity/pressure/vacume changes, fuel level in the float bowls---------timing changing occurs from varying vacume from throttle opening causing changes in carb and manifold vacume which changes timing in the distributor. Also, centrifucal advance in the dist causes change in the amount of timing related to rpm----when you apply or let off the throttle as in your video , this varies from one EXTREME to another with total range variance of components.
    Headers are created to tune the exhaust flow pulses to help vacate the spent gases out of the cylinder (and helps pull in more new unburnt on the overlap) and they do create a HIGH FLOW range according to the RPM pulse tune length.
    Now add the header tune to the carb/ignition and you should see what I'm talking about

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    try cell phone photo of those areas

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    Tie, the numbers on the back of the block are big, ~3/8" tall in a string 2.5" to 3" long towards the back of the block. No one is saying that they are easy to see - you may need a telescoping mirror and a good bright flashlight to read them, and they may be covered over in grime. The casting number is generally biased to the drivers side off of center, but on some crate engines it's biased to the passenger side, just off center. You may end up laying atop the engine to get the angle to see them.

    My ZZ4 has Made in Mexico and GM 5.7L on the drivers side, and 10243880 off center towards the passenger side, seen easiest from just above the right rocker cover rear. The pad up front is stamped ZZ4. You can read the casting numbers if you want to bad enough, but it may not be that big of a deal for you. The suffix number up front could have been machined away if the block was decked.

    As for taking the engine into the 7000 plus rpm range, you'd probably be fine, but for me I'd want to know what's inside before I went much above 5000 to 5500. You can build a SBC to turn 10K, but pushing one too far without knowing what you've got is a crap shoot at best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry clayton View Post
    Tie-----first to clarify some terminalogy--tuning a carb doesn't mean turning a couple idle screws---------the mixture changes with throttle opening, seconaries opening, power valves, venturi velocity/pressure/vacume changes, fuel level in the float bowls---------timing changing occurs from varying vacume from throttle opening causing changes in carb and manifold vacume which changes timing in the distributor. Also, centrifucal advance in the dist causes change in the amount of timing related to rpm----when you apply or let off the throttle as in your video , this varies from one EXTREME to another with total range variance of components.
    Headers are created to tune the exhaust flow pulses to help vacate the spent gases out of the cylinder (and helps pull in more new unburnt on the overlap) and they do create a HIGH FLOW range according to the RPM pulse tune length.
    Now add the header tune to the carb/ignition and you should see what I'm talking about
    so if im understanding correctly the sound is caused by the headers when the fuel goes from flowing wide open to being cut off to almost nothing. (extremely watered down just want to make sure i got the jist of what your were saying about the sound) as for tuning it is like i said i have a very very very basic understanding of it, mostly just what i know of small engines. so i just set the screws on the carb to the point when i idled it sat low (can't remember what exactly but i think it was 6 or 700) and when you punched it it didnt fall on its face.
    But thanks alot for the info you shared i will need to look over it more in depth later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rspears View Post
    Tie, the numbers on the back of the block are big, ~3/8" tall in a string 2.5" to 3" long towards the back of the block. No one is saying that they are easy to see - you may need a telescoping mirror and a good bright flashlight to read them, and they may be covered over in grime. The casting number is generally biased to the drivers side off of center, but on some crate engines it's biased to the passenger side, just off center. You may end up laying atop the engine to get the angle to see them.

    My ZZ4 has Made in Mexico and GM 5.7L on the drivers side, and 10243880 off center towards the passenger side, seen easiest from just above the right rocker cover rear. The pad up front is stamped ZZ4. You can read the casting numbers if you want to bad enough, but it may not be that big of a deal for you. The suffix number up front could have been machined away if the block was decked.

    As for taking the engine into the 7000 plus rpm range, you'd probably be fine, but for me I'd want to know what's inside before I went much above 5000 to 5500. You can build a SBC to turn 10K, but pushing one too far without knowing what you've got is a crap shoot at best.
    K thats where i thought the casting number was on the block (that little ledge where the tranny and motor meet on the drivers side). the mirror idea is genius tho i will have to give it a shot next time it warms up because its -18 here and the garage isn't heated. as for the suffix number i could see it have being machined off if they had to deck the block when they put the edelbrock heads on it for some reason. and as for rpm that was the reason i shifted at 5 grand, i knew it wouldnt blow no matter what at that!

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    I just want to add that the fuel pump could very well be an efi type pump. Keep in mind tbi engines never see over 11psi stock and if the overage is returned to the tank, there wouldn't be an issue and the stock in tank fuel pump could be retained. Tie355, nice car and welcome to CHR! I for one am glad to see a young man working to earn and build his ride. Not something you see very often or get much credit for these days it seems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 40FordDeluxe View Post
    I just want to add that the fuel pump could very well be an efi type pump. Keep in mind tbi engines never see over 11psi stock and if the overage is returned to the tank, there wouldn't be an issue and the stock in tank fuel pump could be retained. Tie355, nice car and welcome to CHR! I for one am glad to see a young man working to earn and build his ride. Not something you see very often or get much credit for these days it seems.
    thanks man!

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    Subjectively speaking, Tie, your engine sounds pretty good to me, nice gurgle and growl to it . It obviously has a relatively healthy cam in it, probably coming into it's power band in the RPM range of 2000 to 2500 and running out at somewhere around 7000 to 7200. With the headers being tuned to a specific range, when the engine gets into the power band, some will call this "getting up on the cam", it will tend to sound like it smooths out, thus the change in the sound of the exhaust note. Depending on the combination of components in it, it will sound different at different RPMs.

    Here is a link to a Wikipedia writeup on early (First Generation) Chevy V8s; pretty good basic info.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevro...l-block_engine

    From it, you can see that there have been a lot of iterations of the same basic engine design, from 1955 all the way to 1992. Because of this, one could build a 265 cubic inch engine from 1955 for example, with the right combination of parts, and it would sound and look just like the one in your car, and from an external point of view, only a person with a very intimate knowledge of the genre could likely tell the difference from the one you have. That 265 could be passed off to the uninitiated as just about anything. This is why you need to find out the "numbers". Read up on this, ask cogent questions, and if I were you, I'd not mess with that engine too much, unless you can definitively say there is something wrong with it.

    One more thing: a few of us on this board have been messing with Chevy V8 engines since they came on the scene some 60 years ago, and have seen and done just about any and everything that can be done with them. We are getting somewhat long in the tooth - that means "old", at least in years, and often times, us "Old Guys" are somewhat short on patience with young folks; it's just the nature of the beast. Think of some of us as if we were your Grandfather; I'm 74, and have grandkids from twelve to almost twice your age. So if you get barked at and it bothers you, back up and take a look at what happened, and come at it a bit differently. We're not really old ogres, we just sometimes forget what it was like to be young and impetuous.

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