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V8 Thumper
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posted 10-20-2002 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sakes alive, talk about PUCKER

I made my own stud-mount compressor, took the check valve out of a compression tester hose and put in an inline regulator & gauge, pressurized each cylinder (70 psi) in firing order sequence (at about 15* ATDC) and swapped valvesprings. Took almost 3 hours (my knees and back are killing me ). Is there an easier/more productive method?

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-20-2002 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes there is Todd. LSM Machine makes some very trick valve spring compressors which do not require the used or any type of valve hold. They are expensive and not really cost effective unless you change your springs minimally as often as I do. (every 40 runs) or as often as Pro Stock/Comp teams (every 3-6 passes).
Othewise, your method si the most common and widely accepted.

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Moneymaker
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posted 10-20-2002 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They have a website. It's either LSM or Logan Smith Machine .com or something.

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Alex Denysenko
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NHRA/IHRA/SRA member and licensed Superstock driver
MCA member# 53321
NHRA and IHRA SS/LA National Record Holder '00, '01, & '02
Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28
Professional Manwhore
The Barry of BarrysGrrl

Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"

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V8 Thumper
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posted 10-20-2002 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, cool

Thanks

Ok, so I followed Comp's recommendation and removed the inner 16 springs for break-in, have been easy on it for almost 500 miles. I just put them back in, thus the spring swap.

Alex, you've got mail. Time for some Royal Purple

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V8 Thumper
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posted 10-20-2002 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops You've got mail again

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