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Old 04-20-2021, 03:44 PM   #1
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Got my converted Chevrolet distributor from Charlie yesterday. A nice job and quick turnaround. Thanks Charlie.
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Old 04-20-2021, 04:52 PM   #2
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At the risk of giving Charlie a big head (well deserved) I must agree with everything you say about the man. Plus, I'd add that he is a great guy on top of his craftmanship.
He's my "go to" guy
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:53 PM   #3
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Charlie's distributors are all I use.
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:22 PM   #4
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His carbs and fuel pumps are great as well.
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Old 04-20-2021, 10:29 PM   #5
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Now that you have this distributor what are you going to do with it? What modifications have been done to the engine in questuin? What carburetor will you nuse? Just what do you expect from this distributor?
Your in luck, Between this distributor and the right carb, you have a mechanical/ vacuum version of an engine management system. However there is one more thing you should buy and thets an AF meter. If you need any help, that's what we're here for.
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Old 04-21-2021, 06:46 AM   #6
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I've had one of Charlie's in my '51 for many years.
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Old 04-22-2021, 12:40 PM   #7
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Got my converted Chevrolet distributor from Charlie yesterday. A nice job and quick turnaround. Thanks Charlie.

What carburetor will you be using with it?
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Old 04-22-2021, 03:33 PM   #8
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I know what I'm having done is probably not right and will be criticized but it's an 8BA block with a Scat 4 inch crank, 3 5/16th Ross pistons, stock rods, Isky 88 cam with Johnson lifters and Zephyr springs, 1.60 intake and stock size exhaust stainless valves with new 1 piece guides. Melling pump, balanced. I probably missed something. I haven't made up my mind on the heads and whatever intake I use will have 2 new 97's. Now tell what I'm doing wrong?
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Old 04-22-2021, 04:03 PM   #9
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Just in case anyone is interested, Charlie can convert a SBC Mallory distributor just like he can a stock GM distributor. He did one for me. Used flathead Mallory's are a lot more expensive used than those for an SBC. I paid $75 for a complete Chevy Mallory flattop about 6 Months ago

They work fine and look cooool!

As far as your current question goes ,isn't an Isky 88 a pretty mild cam? I am sure others will chime in if it is.
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Old 04-22-2021, 04:31 PM   #10
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As far as the cam is concerned I didn't want a real radical cam, I just wanting a fairly smooth running engine for a deuce roadster it'll be going into. The 88 is described as being a 3/4 race cam between the Max1 and 400 JR.????? I've ran this grind before and have been happy with it. I'm sure there are some who will poo poo it but that's life.
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I know what I'm having done is probably not right and will be criticized but it's an 8BA block with a Scat 4 inch crank, 3 5/16th Ross pistons, stock rods, Isky 88 cam with Johnson lifters and Zephyr springs, 1.60 intake and stock size exhaust stainless valves with new 1 piece guides. Melling pump, balanced. I probably missed something. I haven't made up my mind on the heads and whatever intake I use will have 2 new 97's. Now tell what I'm doing wrong?
Sounds good to me!
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Old 04-23-2021, 08:42 AM   #12
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I assume this is a "street engine". I question the use of Ross pistons and 1.6 valves. The Ross pistons require larger clearances and a 1.6 valve would only be beneficial at high RPM. Nothing wrong with these components, just a bad application. $$$$
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Old 04-23-2021, 09:18 AM   #13
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I checked with the builder and he is not doing the big valves but we are doing the Ross pistons which I have done in every FH engine I've had to date with no Ill effects.
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:01 AM   #14
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How can I identify Ross pistons. I have two set of 3 5/16 pistons and need to sleeve one cylinder. All the other cylinders have very little wear.
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:56 AM   #15
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The Ross piston is a light weight forged 3 ring piston used for racing. The piston requires excessive piston to wall clearance to prevent the piston from sezing when up to temperature.. It is possible to reduce this clearance to say .003" however if the engine over heats the piston could seize and destroy the block. It is also very expensive and although it comes with all the stroker assys provide, Not sure why? There are other piston manufactures out there. I just think the APPLICATION is more important.
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Old 04-25-2021, 12:29 PM   #16
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Ron, I appreciate your concern about my choices, but the Ross pistons added only 150.00 to the price of the build and a little rattle at startup never bothered me in the past. I think I'll be OK.
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:48 PM   #17
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Ron, I appreciate your concern about my choices, but the Ross pistons added only 150.00 to the price of the build and a little rattle at startup never bothered me in the past. I think I'll be OK.

Yup they only make noise for a little bit on cold start, then it goes away. Ross makes great pistons, maybe a little overkill for your build but like you said what's another $150 in the grand scheme of things.
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Old 04-25-2021, 10:48 PM   #18
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The issue here is the longevity of the ring job, A cheap Egge piston & rings might last 20k miles more. Remember, this is a "street engine" I know there are better pistons available for this application, but just can't think of them right now, At 88 I chan't remember everything.
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The issue here is the longevity of the ring job, A cheap Egge piston & rings might last 20k miles more. Remember, this is a "street engine" I know there are better pistons available for this application, but just can't think of them right now, At 88 I chan't remember everything.
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I'm not following you on this. Why would you even use a piston if you are only going to get 20K out of it? That's 4 years of normal, fair weather usage. That seems like an extremely poor choice if that's all you get out them.

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Old 04-26-2021, 07:35 AM   #20
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Yup they only make noise for a little bit on cold start, then it goes away. Ross makes great pistons, maybe a little overkill for your build but like you said what's another $150 in the grand scheme of things.
Not sure which ones Gary purchased, but one major advantage of using a piston like Ross is the ability to use thin, metric rings.
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