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Post  Athlonia on June 2nd 2018, 11:18 pm

Hello All,
I will start off by saying that I am still learning and this is my first BBF build.
I purchased someones incomplete engine build and will list the components I received with my purchase. All parts are brand new and have never been run. What I would like to know is what I need to change to meet my goals before assembling the engine. I realize that many of the components are overkill for my goals, but it was a deal I could not pass up.

Goals: A streetable 523 that will go in my 1973 Mustang Fastback. The care weighs about 3400 lbs. I would like to have 600 or more hp on 87 octane. Before I get blasted for my fuel requirement, it is not driven by money, it is driven by the crappy fuel (and will only get worse) in my area and the desire to be able to fill it up anywhere. I will be running a G-Force TR3650 5 speed transmission, the rear end gear is not selected yet as I do not have my rear tires selected and will match the gear to meet the engine needs. The car has AC and I am planning to run FITech EFI and cruise control. Feel free to let me know if you see an issue with my goals or other detail I omitted.

Current hardware I receive with my purchase:
Forged Scat 4.3 crankshaft, 6.8 H beam Scat rods, custom Diamond pistons with a 26cc dish, fully machined block with a 4.400 bore, pistons are 0.010 in the hole, Kaase P51 heads with hydraulic roller springs (new untouched heads), hydraulic roller camshaft from Kaase . Trickflow Mafia Dominator intake manifold, Kaase oil pump, Innovation West damper, full ARP studs for mains and heads. The current static compression ratio is 10.6.

The previous owner was planning to run 89 octane, but I want to validate with the experts on here if it is a sound build plan. If it is not, what would you recommend I change?

Thank you in advance.
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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  rmcomprandy on June 2nd 2018, 11:53 pm

Have the piston crowns "step cut" for more cc volume to about 40 cc's.
A 10.6/1 compression high performance engine, (which you now have), will have a difficult time running 87 octane gasoline at normal street type running temperatures; even with a big cam.

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Post  Athlonia on June 3rd 2018, 12:00 am

rmcomprandy wrote:Have the piston crowns "step cut" for more cc volume to about 40 cc's.
A 10.6/1 compression high performance engine, (which you now have), will have a difficult time running 87 octane gasoline at normal street type running temperatures; even with a big cam.


Thank you. Would you run the camshaft I currently have with the deeper dish piston? If I take the dish to about 40cc, that should yield about 9.5, correct?
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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  dfree383 on June 3rd 2018, 8:08 am

I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said. May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating

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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  Lem Evans on June 3rd 2018, 8:40 am

dfree383 wrote:I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said.  May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating


Why would he port the heads? He said he wants over 600 HP...stuff he has should make over 700 hp as is.

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Post  jasonf on June 3rd 2018, 8:46 am

Where do you live that they only have 87 octane fuel? You are going to spend tens of thousands of dollars building a nice car and you are going to build it around the cheapest fuel you can find?
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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  Athlonia on June 3rd 2018, 9:12 am

jasonf wrote:Where do you live that they only have 87 octane fuel? You are going to spend tens of thousands of dollars building a nice car and you are going to build it around the cheapest fuel you can find?


I live in central Iowa. I didn't not say that 87 octane is all that you can find here, but anything above 87 is getting more difficult. For example, both Kwik Stars in my area recently switched their pumps to 87 only. And as I stated in my original post, the fuel requirement is not a money driven goal, it is purely a convenience goal. I don't know why that is hard for people to understand. I do not want to worry about where I need to fill up, I am not after maximum hp from my engine, I want a solid reliable, fun to drive ride with more than enough hp to get me in trouble. Is 600 hp a reasonable goal on 87 octane with the cubes and heads that I have? Thank you for your question.
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Post  Athlonia on June 3rd 2018, 9:33 am

Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said.  May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating


Why would he port the heads? He said he wants over 600 HP...stuff he has should  make over 700 hp as is.


Lem, would you suggest running the camshaft I currently have if I have the piston dish enlarged and get the static compression in the 9.5:1 range? I am open to changing whatever parts I need to in order to have an efficient and planned engine. Thank you.
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Post  dfree383 on June 3rd 2018, 9:48 am

Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said.  May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating


Why would he port the heads? He said he wants over 600 HP...stuff he has should  make over 700 hp as is.

With the lower compression and less than optimal cam timing it will make things easer. He ain’t running premium fuel and wants a bunch of power
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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  rmcomprandy on June 3rd 2018, 9:58 am

Athlonia wrote:
rmcomprandy wrote:Have the piston crowns "step cut" for more cc volume to about 40 cc's.
A 10.6/1 compression high performance engine, (which you now have), will have a difficult time running 87 octane gasoline at normal street type running temperatures; even with a big cam.


Thank you.  Would you run the camshaft I currently have with the deeper dish piston?  If I take the dish to about 40cc, that should yield about 9.5, correct?  

Personally, I would not run a Hydraulic roller set-up in a street engine with the engine having a stud type valve train.  It's done often however, I would pay close attention to the valve guide clearances.

The cam is about the right size though.


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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  Athlonia on June 3rd 2018, 10:00 am

rmcomprandy wrote:
Athlonia wrote:
rmcomprandy wrote:Have the piston crowns "step cut" for more cc volume to about 40 cc's.
A 10.6/1 compression high performance engine, (which you now have), will have a difficult time running 87 octane gasoline at normal street type running temperatures; even with a big cam.


Thank you.  Would you run the camshaft I currently have with the deeper dish piston?  If I take the dish to about 40cc, that should yield about 9.5, correct?  

Personally, I would not run a Hydraulic roller set-up on a street engine with an engine having a stud type valve train.  It's done often however, I would pay close attention to the valve guide clearances.

Thanks, how about from a cam profile perspective?
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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  Dave De on June 3rd 2018, 10:46 am

Going back to the 87 octane decision.
Are you aware that in a few years the lowest grade will likely be 95 octane? That being the case do you still want to drop the compression all that way to build around 87 octane?

http://wardsauto.com/engines/automakers-pitch-higher-octane-future
https://www.autoblog.com/2018/02/11/premium-91-octane-gas-fuel-economy/

This is necessary to meet the CAFE goals in 2025 that are at 50mpg.
Just looking forward, if I was you I'd make it set on the ragged edge for 93 octane and do a little de-tuning until the good stuff arrives. Aside from that, low compression, big cam builds equal an obnoxious exhaust smell that permeates your clothes. This is not street car friendly but EFI will help.
Considering that you live in Iowa I am surprised that you dont step up to E85 that allows you to raise the compression above 13. If you did that you could run a SFT cam and still make more power while reducing the cost of the build.

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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  Lem Evans on June 3rd 2018, 12:19 pm

dfree383 wrote:
Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said.  May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating


Why would he port the heads? He said he wants over 600 HP...stuff he has should  make over 700 hp as is.

With the lower compression and less than optimal cam timing it will make things easer. He ain’t running premium fuel and wants a bunch of power

Dillon's 528" boat engine made 707 @ 5,900 rpm. 10.0/1...not 10.7/1....actual measured 10.0/1.

Unported SCJs with back cut intake valves and unported Victor intake [Freelander reject :-}].   He's got a better head with a bigger intake valve and a lot better intake manifold so, if his engine has 1/2-2/3 point less compression ratio it should still make the same or more power as Robert's jetboat engine.

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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  cletus66 on June 3rd 2018, 1:42 pm

Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:
Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said.  May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating


Why would he port the heads? He said he wants over 600 HP...stuff he has should  make over 700 hp as is.

With the lower compression and less than optimal cam timing it will make things easer. He ain’t running premium fuel and wants a bunch of power

Dillon's 528" boat engine made 707 @ 5,900 rpm. 10.0/1...not 10.7/1....actual measured 10.0/1.

Unported SCJs with back cut intake valves and unported Victor intake [Freelander reject :-}].   He's got a better head with a bigger intake valve and a lot better intake manifold so, if his engine has 1/2-2/3 point less compression ratio it should still make the same or more power as Robert's jetboat engine.

What kinda cam in that thing?
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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  Lem Evans on June 3rd 2018, 3:38 pm

cletus66 wrote:
Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:
Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said.  May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating


Why would he port the heads? He said he wants over 600 HP...stuff he has should  make over 700 hp as is.

With the lower compression and less than optimal cam timing it will make things easer. He ain’t running premium fuel and wants a bunch of power

Dillon's 528" boat engine made 707 @ 5,900 rpm. 10.0/1...not 10.7/1....actual measured 10.0/1.

Unported SCJs with back cut intake valves and unported Victor intake [Freelander reject :-}].   He's got a better head with a bigger intake valve and a lot better intake manifold so, if his engine has 1/2-2/3 point less compression ratio it should still make the same or more power as Robert's jetboat engine.

What kinda cam in that thing?  

Custom deal I did. 260*/270* @.050"...not big at all. Solid lifter roller style.

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Re: New 523 Project Component Selection Questions

Post  cletus66 on June 3rd 2018, 3:41 pm

Lem Evans wrote:
cletus66 wrote:
Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:
Lem Evans wrote:
dfree383 wrote:I’d do a mild port job on the heads and with your octane constraint is definetly follow what Randy said.  May want to consider some custom cam timing and some piston / combustion chamber coating


Why would he port the heads? He said he wants over 600 HP...stuff he has should  make over 700 hp as is.

With the lower compression and less than optimal cam timing it will make things easer. He ain’t running premium fuel and wants a bunch of power

Dillon's 528" boat engine made 707 @ 5,900 rpm. 10.0/1...not 10.7/1....actual measured 10.0/1.

Unported SCJs with back cut intake valves and unported Victor intake [Freelander reject :-}].   He's got a better head with a bigger intake valve and a lot better intake manifold so, if his engine has 1/2-2/3 point less compression ratio it should still make the same or more power as Robert's jetboat engine.

What kinda cam in that thing?  

Custom deal I did. 260*/270* @.050"...not big at all. Solid lifter roller style.


Thanks. Cool
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