O Lord, what have I done?
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Author:  TRX [ May 15, 2019, 3:14 pm ]
Post subject:  O Lord, what have I done?

I'm still cleaning out the shop and storage sheds. Found a bunch of cores and bits to go to the guy who bought the engine rebuilding equipment. Found some more odds and ends to pass on to friends and acquaintances. The rest has been going into the pile of scrap metal, which is bound to attract the attention of Code Enforcement eventually.

In the shed were a Rover 4.0 short block, an Olds 215, and three Buick 215s, in various stages of disassembly. And the Rover EFI intake. And several short FWD-style Buick V6 front covers. Your generic Pile-O-Parts. But I still have access to my old tools...

I also found a shelf full of assorted turbos, and an Eaton M90 supercharger.

Of course, without a transaxle it would be hard to tell how much room I would need to allow for the engine. So I bid $80 for a GM Getrag 5-speed transaxle on eBay, complete with flywheel and clutch bits.

And won. It's on its way now.


I'm still planning to use the 1-liter Geo driveline in the car, but there's no reason I can't leave room for a modest V8 upgrade later...

Author:  RichardSIA [ May 15, 2019, 7:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: O Lord, what have I done?

And several short FWD-style Buick V6 front covers

Ah, and you're still cleaning out, right?
I could really use a couple of those for my 231 into a GT6 build!

Author:  TRX [ May 16, 2019, 1:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: O Lord, what have I done?

I don't think any of them have provision for a distributor, but I'll check if you want.

You also have to do some machining and welding to cover the regulator bypass passage since they're for a Series II engine with the crankshaft-driven gerotor oil pump.

Author:  RichardSIA [ May 16, 2019, 2:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: O Lord, what have I done?

Nuts, I was thinking of the earlier short front drive set-up's that still had a distributor. :BH:
I have a Rover front cover with the crank driven oil pump and no distributor but the boss is easily machined for one.

Author:  TRX [ May 16, 2019, 5:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: O Lord, what have I done?

The shape of the short Buick FWD water pump isn't exactly the same as the Rover, but it might be practical to make an adapter plate.

More than once I've wished for a side-mount pump that would work without major machining.

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