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Old 07-28-2016, 04:48 AM
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I've always wanted to build my own motor. Anyone ever done it?I've done some research and it seems like a great thing to do and not to difficult with basic knowledge. Thinking of starting with a Dart LS Next block and going from there. Dad and I are gonna build it and there's no time limit, it's something fun we can drop in his camaro later on. It's going to be boosted (thinking twin turbo). We're gonna do a little at at time so we can afford the best. What do yall think?
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What you're really doing is assembling it..machine work is done at a machine shop.
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Ditto; you're doing an assembly unless you have a machine shop in your basement but when I used to restore sports cars I did it all of the time. As long as you take your time and can measure clearances and have good torque tools and keep everything clean it doable. This of course is based on your skill set.

If you're doing it you should consider porting and balancing. Porting should be done before the heads are resurfaced and the valves done.
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Sounds $$$
Who makes the best parts?
Nelson?
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Ditto; you're doing an assembly unless you have a machine shop in your basement but when I used to restore sports cars I did it all of the time. As long as you take your time and can measure clearances and have good torque tools and keep everything clean it doable. This of course is based on your skill set.

If you're doing it you should consider porting and balancing. Porting should be done before the heads are resurfaced and the valves done.
Crucial clearances should be done by the machine shop during the machining. I would also recommend purchasing a set of heads already ported. Currently Mast makes the best off the shelf LS head if you can swing the price.
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Originally Posted by fjmaverick View Post
Sounds $$$
Who makes the best parts?
Nelson?
Nelson doesn't manufacture parts. Best parts are subject to opinion. Good place to start is the Dart block, Callies crank, Carrillo Rods, custom Diamond pistons, Mast heads with custom sheetmetal intake. Valvetrain would be Ferrea with Jessel shaft mount rockers, Jessel lifters and Manton/Smith Brothes push rods.
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You will need a good set of mikes, torque wrench, plastic gauge, calipers and be able to read them. Timing wheel, feeler gauges etc

The next thing will be keeping everything clean. Most blocks after machining still need to be washed down.

Do your research. Turbo engines have a different set of requirements than NA.
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Just because you get a machine shop to set up the bottom end, doesn't mean its right. Double check their work before ordering pistons etc.
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Originally Posted by Ianl931 View Post
Crucial clearances should be done by the machine shop during the machining. I would also recommend purchasing a set of heads already ported. Currently Mast makes the best off the shelf LS head if you can swing the price.
Not to argue but that would depend on how much of this he wants to do himself.
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Originally Posted by CruiseToFish View Post
Just because you get a machine shop to set up the bottom end, doesn't mean its right. Double check their work before ordering pistons etc.
The good shops want the pistons ahead of time to triple check their own work.

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