1. I read the startup article, but had a question.  It says start and run for thirty min at 1500 steady rpm.   Tightened head and manifold bolts.  The go 30 mph acceerate to 50, then back off quickly, and redo ten or so times.

QUestion.  Should i wait till engine cools after the 1500 rpm initial test, the tighten and then do the driving aspect, or after the 30 minutes of 1500, tighten and then do rest of break in?

I had intended to crank w valve pans off to make sure oil is bubling up through the rocker arms,   would that be wise?  Otherwise to get to some of the head bolts, ypu would hv to redo the valve pans to access the head bolts under them.  Yes or no?

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 Put your oil in the engine

Pump oil thru the engine thru the dist shaft you should see oil at the rocker arms after that 

Put some additional oil on the rocker arms and put the valve covers on 

If they are off they will make a mess with the fan blowing the oil around —you 
Have your dist lock down bolt wrench handy 

After cranking the engine ( someone else ). and the engine fire by slightly moving the dist find the place that the engine runs best —by feel at this point and lock down the dist there 

The person behind the wheel will have to keep the engine over 1500 RPMs while you are adjusting the dist at cranking start up for the car to keep running ( you cannot do both at that time )

Discuss hand signals so the person understand how you want the RPM to be sounding at around 1500 

Do the run up for the 1/2 hour and keep the engine running over 1500 RPMs as best you can no need to be exact about RPM at all — just in the ball park 

Let engine cool —-then go over all the bolts you can torque down again —- removing the valve covers  and torquing down the heads again-  best with engine warm but not to hot so you can work
Tighten as many exhaust manifold bolts as  is possible 

These engines take a long time to cool off 

You want to adjust your timing after you start the engine—- for the second time 

Then button up the engine  again and take it out staying blocks away from your home in a circle so if you have any issues they show —- VERY close to home !

The pertronixs  ignition SB fine as it is for start up —so no issue there 

Then get the car on the road up to 30 MPH and 50 MPH and put a little time on it stopping and checking the engine bay from time to time ( looking and listening to the engine ) 

Looking for leaking hoses - gas lines — vacuum leaks  etc 

Do remember you SB burning a bit more oil than usual until the rings seat - keep an eye on that and keep some with you for longer drives 

Do your first oil and filter change after 1000 miles to remove any debris  that may be in the oil from the break in period 

Put miles on the engine to complete the early break in  and enjoy you new great engine 

Sometimes bugs will show themselves even with the best mechanics so be looking for things that may require you attention —- if any 

A video of the engine would be great—- when you have time for that 

After this you will be a first class driveway hobby mechanic—--no matter what anyone else has to say —- as I see it !

EXCITING TIME !!!

Enjoy 

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