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Ok. Once again my little projects never end up little. I started because something started leaking oil REAL bad and my truck started smokin real bad. Got out and checked my dipstick, it was bone dry.

So last night I started tearing the engine apart. Pulled the intake/carb off and I've got the drivers side head downstairs on my workbench. Haven't pulled the passangerside head because its 25 degrees outside, and when I couldn't see in my truck's windshied I knew it was time to stop. Gonna pull it tommorow.

But while I was tearing it all apart I was thinking. I want a new camshaft while I'm in here, that of course led to needing (cause you never "want" anything right?? its all "need") <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"> hyrdaulic lifters, hardened pushrods, double valve springs, new hyrdualic rockers (damn Dodge and they're shaft mounted rocker arms!, they're $300 for a set.), and while I'm it might as well home port/polish the heads and install oversized valves. A buddy of mine has a 4barrel intake/carb that I might try and get off him, or I might get a new setup. Also thinking it'd be a good time to get a MSD distributor and MSD 6 Off-Road ignition box too.

So I went from a simple tear down, install new gaskets and valve seals and be done with it to a tear down, clean up, wait for new toys, install new toys, put it back together, adjust everything so it'll work right, and then install MSD ignition then be done with it.

I'm thinking of the Comp X-treme 4X4 216 K-Kit (cam, lifters, springs, retainers, locks, roller timing chain, other misc. stuff...), Comp hyraulic rockers, Comp hardened pushrods, Manley valves (.150 longer and 2.02 intake/1.6 exhaust). Possibly (not sure if I can swing this one) an Edelbrock Intake/Carb combo so top it off, if I can't get my buddies for free/cheap.

Why can't this stuff ever be easy and NOT time consuming?

Its 2:40a.m. and I gotta be at the parts store at 9a.m. to get my gaskets I ordered so I gotta hit the sack.

Later all, and happy truckin <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">

-Chris
 

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When you do the home porting, just be sure to not polish the intake side. its better to leave it somewhat rough. you can go to town on the exhaust though. shine that thing better than your bumper! just a suggestion, dont waste your money on the double valve springs. with that cam you wont be seeing enough rpm to get any benefit and could prematurely wear out your cam and/or lifters.
 
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