CORVETTE RESTORATION UPDATES

AUGUST 26, 2008 - INITIAL ENGINE STARTUP

 

 

 

 

   

Well, after about 250 hours of toiling away on my rebuild project, the 454 fired back to life this weekend!

I was pretty pleased with the way things went, the motor fired up without too much effort and after a bit of quick tuning it ran quite well. At an idle speed of 800 RPM the oil pump is making about 40 psi of oil pressure and the engine is developing about 12 in-Hg of manifold vacuum. Oh yeah, and it sounds SWEET!

So, after starting the motor, scrambling around making sure everything was OK during the initial startup, I was able to take a couple of videos for everyone. Click the pictures to watch the videos. Enjoy!

Initial Startup Video (7.7 Mb)

Copyright - Tim Cote 2007

Engine Idling (10.7 Mb)

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Revving Engine (9.0 Mb)

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So what's next? Well I think a trip to the engine dyno is in order. I'm real curious to see how much power this thing will put out!

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Total time spent on restoration to date:

459 HOURS

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