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Pretender

M –44
Spring Hill, Florida
United States

 
 

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Brand New Starter:

By Pretender

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Sherri's starter keeps going out. Fourth one since 2000. So I decided to buy another starter, only this time have it beefed up inside. So I purchased a New Heavy Duty starter on February 18, 2014 and had Joey Speed in Hudson install it. Purchased a Proform Hi-Torque starter for Pontiac & Olds. engines first - but it did not fit properly. Kept tweaking and hitting oil pan. (Part no. 66257 @ Performance Center Port Richey, Fl.).

Happy August 15th - 2013 Everyone!!

By Pretender

Just got back from Kustom Kars with Joey Speed in Spring Hill, Florida where he replaced the rebuilt [about 20x?] Rochester Quad-Jet Carb with a NEW Holley 650 Double-Pump Carb. and he also replaced worn-out transmission with a NEW TH350 Hydromatic Transmission from Monster Transmission.

Greetings Everyone!

By Pretender

Just got back from Kustom Kars with Joey Speed, where he adjusted the carb. After 3 carb's. later... Sherri has never ran better!! In the process of replacing the worn transmission with a rebuilt one, changing the distributor [again] and replacing the battery. I'll keep you informed. Love to all.

USA Flea Market Car Show 5/13/2012

By Pretender

Hi everyone... Happy Mother's Day to all those wonderful mother's today !!
I spent the morning sitting around the USA Flea Market in Port Richey, Florida showing off the Trans-Am and enjoying this fantastic day !! Loved every minute of it. The car won top 30.
Not a huge feet, but we're just gettin' started. Love you all and wish you all the best. Leonard.

The 403 Oldsmobile Engine

By Pretender

The 403 is back in Sherri again. Sounds great, except for needing a new complete exhaust system which I will be putting in this weekend. Can't wait to get her on the road again!!

403 Oldsmobile Engine

By Pretender

5-2-2011. Putting the rebuilt 403 back under the hood today!!
Adding a new power steering pump and alternator, with a complete exhaust system. Then she should be ready to roll !!

403 Oldsmobile Engine

By Pretender

The 403 is starting to come together, shouldn't be long now!!

403 Oldsmobile Engine

By Pretender

My WS4 Trans-Am 403 Engine, (that was stock and original) spun a main bearing. So I decided to rebuild. Kept and re-used original heads. The heads have been ported and polished.
Melling high output oil pump, all new Clevite 77 rod bearings and main bearings. Stock pistons but with a set of chrome rings. New fuel pump, power steering pump. Painted and some detailing.

403 Oldsmobile Engine

By Pretender

Got the block back from Scotty's Speedshop in Spring Hill and painted it GM Blue. Got a new Crank Shaft, going to install by end of week.

403 Oldsmobile Engine

By Pretender

I also discovered that four of the compression rings were broken.

Rebuilding the 403 Oldsmobile

By Pretender

Well... got the 403 Engine out last night !! Came out with the transmission as smooth as butter. After opening her up discovered she had spun a bearing on the 8th Cylinder.

Rebuilding the 403

By Pretender

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I have currently begun taking apart the Oldsmobile 403 engine so I can take out to rebuild. Do not worry... I will make sure to put Sherri on life-support system while her engine is sitting in the garage to the side. While I was hauling *%# on I-75 toward Ocala I believe she threw a rod. I immediately got sick to my stomach, pulled over and hurled. But do not worry for Sherri, she will be back on her four aggressive steel belted radial's in no time.
Pretender
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