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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:45 pm 
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Got an order from one of my customers on the island of Malta to build a 408 Cleveland for a Land Rover project of his. He is going to be doing some off-roading and wanted something that many do not want......gobs and gobs of torque at very low rpms.

The build will consist of a Scat crank/rod combination with a set of Racetec pistons. Block has been align honed and is currently being set up to be converted to a one-piece rear main seal and then we can get on to the cylinder and deck work.

I ordered the cylinder heads today, a pair of CHI 2V heads, along with Ferrea 2.07/1.65 stainless valves.

Camshaft is a hydraulic roller, with a whopping 215/220 @ .050" duration, on a 114 LSA, with .500" lift.

Intake will be an Edelbrock Performer RPM Air Gap.

I recently did a 408W setup pretty much the same. It was built with RHS cylinder heads, a Weiand dual plane intake, and similar camshaft. It will be interesting to see the differences. The CHI heads move a TON more air at lift than those RHS heads.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:12 am 
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Hah, my folks were Maltese.
Didn't think there would be much call for Cleveland gear on that island!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:36 pm 
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Brent what kind of torque are you expecting and where ?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:58 am 
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It should make around 500 lb-ft at peak, somewhere in the very high 3000 rpm range or very low 4000 rpm range. But the torque curve should be flat and have a great amount right off idle.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:10 am 
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I just did a very similar build for a Pantera customer a couple of months ago. Mine made 535lbs/ft torque 511HP using the TFS 195 runner head.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:48 pm 
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Haven't posted much on this one, been busy playing catch up since I whopper jawed my finger.

Anyway, this is Jonathan Borg's 408C.

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Dyno'ing next week......

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:26 pm 
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I have that same thermostat neck on my 359. Same gasket too. Still had to put Permitex Grey to keep it from leaking. I have never been able to get the thermo to seal on either Cleveland. What does everyone on here use to seal theirs?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:30 pm 
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Also, what timing pointer you gonna use? I just have a stock one on mine. Any aftermarket companies "not in Australia" making one for the Cleveland? Is the stock one good to use or is an aftermarket one recommended?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:00 am 
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I stay away from the thermostat housings with O-rings. Never had one seal up. The factory style ones have never given me any problem though.

As for the pointer, I see no reason to not use the factory ones. I always verify TDC with them and if necessary, drive the dowel pin in so that I can rotate the pointer or shape it as necessary.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:09 am 
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Brent,do you order the heads set up like that from CHI or do you do your own thing in the valvetrain?


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