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Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: March 23, 2010, 01:12:32 PM »
Tis true, 383 RB engine

Tech- - Engine / Getting the RB 383 back
« on: March 23, 2010, 07:45:17 AM »
Ok, so I'm starting to get stuff back. The cylinders were tapered, so they have been bored 20 over. Now my question, I'm looking for new pistons. Does anybody have any suggestions as to which pistons I should get? The new bore is 4.050, and all I can find are Ford, but nothing close to the 3.75 stroke. HELP!!! LOL!

Tech- - Engine / Exhaust Manifold options
« on: February 25, 2010, 11:56:08 AM »
Cool. I'll start looking into stuff. My main concern is, if I go for something like a Hooker header, will I need to do any modification inside the engine bay (ie. the firewall or steering column) This is what I am looking at right now:

Thanks for the tips!

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on my '59 Toga
« on: February 23, 2010, 06:13:41 PM »
Well, as of tonight, engine is 100% apart. Everything is out, and stuff is set aside to go to the machine shop as soon as I get the new lifters, and gasket set in. On to the pics!

Hopefully I'll be able to start getting it back together in the next couple of weeks. The weather has been nicer out here in the Northwest, and I've been wanting to cruise....oh well. It will be worth it when it's done!

Tech- - Engine / Exhaust Manifold options
« on: February 22, 2010, 10:53:35 AM »
Hello all. I just had a quick question to ask some people who would know. Do I have to use the stock exhaut manifolds on the RB 383 out of my '59 Saratoga, or are there some different aftermarket perfomance options? I'm trying to look at different options for when I have my exhaust made.

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on my '59 Toga
« on: February 20, 2010, 04:56:25 AM »
Flipped it over last night and did some work to the bottom end. Well...took off the oil pan and took out the oil screen. Wasn't feeling the best after supper, so the pics are a little delayed:

There is quite a few years of sludge built up in the oil pan, but I was expecting that. As you can see in the last picture here, and the same angle from a couple days ago, I had to clean up some...I completely forgot that the block holds coolant too, so that went EVERYWHERE.

Side question: Is it important to have the engine at TDC and timing marked out when tearing this down? Since the crank and cam are coming out anyway, I'm unsure if this needs to be done. Thanks for the help and comments guys!!!!

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on my '59 Toga
« on: February 18, 2010, 05:50:02 PM »
Thanks for the advice Dana!!!! I was able to get the heads off tonight. Almost ready to flip it over and finish this up! Onto todays progress pics:

Drivers side:

Passenger side:

Head on block:

What I did to celebrate/ relax:

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on my '59 Toga
« on: February 17, 2010, 05:43:13 PM »
Tonights update: got the cover off the top, and I THINK all the bolts from the heads, but they don't want to come off. Can anybody tell me if I got all the bolts? There were 8 along the bottom on the outside of the head, and 4 down inside the head in between the valves for each cylinder. Thanks!

Onto the pics of how the engine sits now:

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on my '59 Toga
« on: February 16, 2010, 04:58:57 PM »
These are the newest pictures as the engine sits tonight. My son (4 years old) and I tinkered for about 15 minutes, got the intake manifold and the valve covers off.

And I had to test fit the valve covers :D The dang things have 2 extra holes on the bottom corners. Nothing that a dremel can't fix though. I like em!

More to come. I'm planning on having it all torn down by the end of the month, the block, valvetrains and crankshaft into the shop for machining in March, and start reassembly in April, for a very hopeful "unveil" at the Cruise-in on memorial day weekend. I have some brake work to do, and get the ventilation working again (maybe some new audio too) Thanks for the comments!!!

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / Update on my '59 Toga
« on: February 16, 2010, 07:36:55 AM »
Well, it's been a while since I've been on here. My friend and I tore into my 59 Saratoga the past couple of weeks, and I wanted to post some pictures along the way, maybe get some input from people who have done a lot more work on these cars than I have! LOL!
Couple of weekends ago, prepping. Draining, taking off what I could.

Yesterday, ready to come out...or so we thought. There was still one transmission bold that was hiding from us, we got it though.

IT"S OUT!!!! Freakin beast!

As it sits now. I'm going to be taking apart little by little, hopefully have the block, valves, and crank into a shop for machining next month :D

Any tips, suggestions, or heads up on things to expect would be great!
Also, got these to go on when I'm putting everything back together:


Tech- - Engine / Engine rebuild tips
« on: July 27, 2009, 06:23:05 PM »
Eh, I was thinking of shooting for a little more power. Right now I'm just thinking of rebuilding it and sealing it all off engine wise. I'm sure the leaks all around the block aren't helping for power :D (by leaks around the block I mean just the gaskets and such. Being a california car was good for the body, bad for the seals)

Tech- - Engine / Engine rebuild tips
« on: July 26, 2009, 02:24:27 PM »
Hello. As most of you know, I have a 59 Saratoga with the 383 V8. This winter I'm planning on tearing down the engine and rebuilding it. I'm thinking about upping the compression a little bit with new pistons, but I'm not too sure. Does anybody have any tips on what will need replacing? Here is my plan(ish)-
New gaskets, rings, seals, all that jazz
Potentially higher compression pistons, definitely new pistons at least
Port and polish
machined block
new carb and intake manifold
New exhaust (if anybody can give tips on different exhaust manifolds that would help to.

Thanks for helping someone who is half the age of their car! :D

« on: July 13, 2009, 04:32:59 PM »
Gotcha. No more in this section. Will post further in the tech sections :D Thanks for the help!!!

« on: July 13, 2009, 08:14:24 AM »
My bad. There is no play, it's just really easy to turn. I didn't know if it was too loose or anything. Not that I'm complaining, I was just wanting to make sure it's normal :D
Also, there was a floor A/C in the trunk, but it's from a mark far as I knew, these had the AC that came through the dash vents, and I'm suspecting that someone had thrown this in rather than fix the old one (There are NO hoses run to the heater core, nothing coming off the AC compressor) Can someone verify this one for me too? Sorry for all the questions. I will be ordering the shop manual on CD in a couple of days.

« on: July 12, 2009, 04:16:19 PM »
Well, I spent the week cleaning glass, polishing chrome, putting 2 of the 4 wheel covers on, and the brakes went out again...I think they just need a really good bleed. She's been a blast to drive. She'll be in her first show next Sunday. I don't care how bad the paint is chipped, I'm still showing her off! 

Does anyone have any pointers on how to stiffen up the play in the steering, or is that just an older car thing that I'll have to deal with?

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