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  • waterlogged882
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    Originally posted by WhiskeyTango View Post

    I used conventional 10w-30 and Lucas brand zinc break in additive at the guidance of the guy that built the long block. It’s a roller cam but he said the zinc was good insurance.
    Same here for a new Ford engine I installed for a fellow this past year. Flat tappet but the same 10W-30 and Zinc additive.

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  • WhiskeyTango
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    Originally posted by bret View Post
    Did you use straight 30 weight for the break in oil? Just curious.
    I used conventional 10w-30 and Lucas brand zinc break in additive at the guidance of the guy that built the long block. It’s a roller cam but he said the zinc was good insurance.

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  • bret
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    Did you use straight 30 weight for the break in oil? Just curious.

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  • Ironhorse
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    I had a 72. Those trucks are bullet proof. I think that may need to be sprayed to match the boat!

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  • WhiskeyTango
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    Originally posted by RDahler View Post
    My first Truck looked just like that one 1974 chevy standard cab regular bed.
    It’s a good truck. Almost ready to turn 75k original miles. My grandpa bought it new in 1977. We pulled it out of a field a few years ago and I went through it to get it back on the road. My son ran a mowing business with it until this past fall when he moved to college. It’s a keeper...

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  • RDahler
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    My first Truck looked just like that one 1974 chevy standard cab regular bed.

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  • waterlogged882
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    truck rules

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  • WhiskeyTango
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    Well, it ran for about a half hour today for break in. A few problems I need to look into:

    1) A minor tick or two that seemed to subside some as it ran.
    2) The prop spins in neutral, just like it did before I rebuilt the transmission. Need to get it in the lake and see if this is a problem or goes away with some resistance. Also need to look into the shifter valve to see if it is scarred and leaking past, which I would think would cause this.
    3) Some amount of missing and stuttering early, but this may have been as the Sniper was “learning” since it seemed to get better as time passed.
    4) A minor water leak from the strainer; need to check the gasket.

    Good things:
    1) No electrical issues. It charges and starts fine.
    2) No oil or gas leaks yet.
    3) It runs! Great milestone.

    Lots more to do. May go see my engine guy and get a bit of help with diagnosing and tuning.

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  • neil.anderson63
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    Finish line in sight and it looks fantastic! ..I semi expected a K State themed shift knob

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  • waterlogged882
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    Looks good.

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  • WhiskeyTango
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    Wiring is complete, with the exception of some courtesy lights and fixing a minor issue with the automatic bilge pump.

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    Dash wiring was very time consuming but everything works well. Not the prettiest part of the boat…

    Stereo wiring includes amps, head unit, dash remote, 4 speakers, a sub, and speaker lights.

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    I wired this boat with a house / deep cycle battery and a starting battery on separate circuits controlled by one switch. This will allow isolation of all accessories from the starting circuit.

    Shifter is cleaned, painted, and greased and seems to work appropriately.

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    The Holley Sniper initial setup was super simple. With a few gallons of gas, priming the system several times, priming the oil pump with a drill to lubricate surfaces and ensure I had oil pressure, and then a final check for leaks and problems, I got as far today as test firing the engine in the shop. Stuck an impeller in it and as soon as it’s warm enough outdoors, I’ll try to get it running steady on the hose.

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    Next step is to run it for initial break in and to let the Sniper self tune, then change the oil and filter. I’m sure there will be lots of de-bugging along the way.

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  • WhiskeyTango
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    Originally posted by bturner2 View Post
    Your boat is looking absolutely incredible. Hope you plan on passing it down to a family member someday.
    Yeah, I’m guessing the kids will be takers if it turns out okay. But hopefully I’ll get some good use out of it for a while first. I’m not quite ready for the glue factory yet.

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  • bturner2
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    Your boat is looking absolutely incredible. Hope you plan on passing it down to a family member someday.

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  • Ironhorse
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    That fit well! Great job!

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the detailed thread. I have enjoyed following along.

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  • WhiskeyTango
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    Getting the Fusion components hung on a new panel on the underside of the bow.

    This consists of a hidden receiver / head unit, amps and speaker lighting controller. And some of the required wires.

    This is a very cramped space and was never intended to house a stereo, which limits the opportunity to make it neat and pretty. But it should work.

    Happy holidays to all.

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