July 2012 Chevy High Performance Q&A

Chain Reactions, Part II

Kevin McClelland May 29, 2012 0 Comment(s)
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Flat Brilliant!

After all the great advice I’ve gotten from you over the years; I have one for you. I just read about your trailer flat tire dilemma. You need to check out Traileraid.com. I have the Trailer-Aid Plus and it works amazingly well. With my 28-foot trailer fully loaded with the Biscayne, the golf cart, Snap-on toolbox full of tools, cabinets full of extra parts, and all the necessities for a weekend of racing, it tipped the scales at an even 12,000 pounds. Yet, it only took about three minutes on the side of the road to change a flat tire. Just loosen the wheel, roll the good trailer tire onto the Trailer-Aid, swap to the spare, roll off the Trailer-Aid, torque the wheel, and hit the road. I’ve had it for three years and used it many times between my friends’ and my own trailers, and it is still in excellent condition. It is a must-have for anyone who owns or tows a trailer. I thought both you and the readers could use this knowledge.

John Kimack
Concord, CA

John, thanks for the great tip. Guys and gals, John and I go back well over 36 years! I met John through his older brother, Bill, and they lived across the street from a gas station that I worked at while I was a senior in high school. I warped both of them into being gearheads from the day we met. Bill currently owns BK Automotive in Tujunga, California, and John works for the city of Concord. John has a killer ’66 Biscayne with a 454 that he bracket races constantly. I think that a little of Bill wore off on his little brother, John, as one of Bill’s first hot rods was also a Biscayne with a 454. This thing thumped for a boat of a car in the late ’70s. Boy, I sure miss those simpler times.

Thanks again for the tip. I went and checked out the Trailer-Aid website, and if you shop around you can pick one of the simple ramps for a little over $30. It sure is a lifesaver when you’re stuck on the side of the road with a dead trailer tire.

Source: traileraid.com

Roller Tappets on the Cheap

Is there a way to retrofit Gen III lifters and holders into a Gen I small-block? I thought I had read this somewhere and can’t seem to find out more about this swap.

I want to keep my 283 short-block, slap on some Vortec heads, and maybe a roller cam. This car would be used as a cruiser to keep me and the kids going to car shows. Thanks for any help!

Somerset, WI

Years ago we did something very similar to what you’re asking. We used the tie-bars from a Gen II LT1 and drilled and tapped the block between the lifters bores to hold down the tie-bars. This was on a 400 small-block case and was for dyno testing only. The block is very thin in this region and isn’t something that I would recommend for a durable street build. We really didn’t care if the thing broke or not as it was a dyno mule.

If you really want to go with a hydraulic roller conversion for your 283 we would recommend going with a set of retrofit hydraulic roller lifters from a reputable company like COMP Cams. You will be dollars ahead going this way rather than risk killing your ’83 block and being stuck miles from home when it decides to fail. You and your kids wouldn’t be happy on the side of the road. Sorry, we couldn’t help.

Source: compcams.com


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