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NixVegaGT
Nicolas Wiederhold
Minneapolis, MN
(659 posts)

Registered:
10/16/2007 05:30AM

Main British Car:
'73 Vega GT 4.9L Rover/Buick Stroker

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Re: Intakes
Posted by: NixVegaGT
Date: December 17, 2007 11:44PM

I never had the balls to sleeve the 215 I had... It's definitely old school! The way I see it though a pretty mild 289 has got some good numbers for an engine that weighs 320 lbs. I bet it'd work fine if it was a street car. Right? I think most builds are a bit over the top lately anyway. Everybody's always shooting for 500 hp or something. I'll take a warm 275 hp in my 2300 lb. car all day... Yeah?

After lots of fretting I ended up with the Rover block. It wasn't inexpensive but not too bad. Not too plentiful at the time. I just had a little more piece of mind for performance. I was thinking I'd push it a bit too...

I always figured if I did sleeve the 215 I'd also fab a girdle for the main caps. Something that tied in the block skirt. I bet that would help structural rigidity. It's got to...


motormouth
Kris Palmer
Mpls MN
(63 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 03:13PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6, Olds F85 V8, TR8 5-speed 'box Olds 215 V8

Re: Intakes
Posted by: motormouth
Date: December 18, 2007 12:58PM

When I finally get my second 215 in the works (gotta get the TR6 powered by the first one on the road first!), I'd like to hear your ideas about that--the particular design you were contemplating. I have an ace fabricator friend who can make near anything happen--he's an engine builder too, owner of Adelmann Engines.

Come to think of it, one of these years I'd love to take a welding class. Be fun to try some of these mods myself. I got more ideas than skills. :^)


hoffbug
Tony Hoffer
Minnesota
(323 posts)

Registered:
10/15/2007 05:25PM

Main British Car:
Olds 215 EFI

Re: Intakes
Posted by: hoffbug
Date: December 21, 2007 11:58PM

Phil is a great guy. I just talked to him this week.
He is getting old..... his son and daughter in law have tried to inventory all of the stuff he has accumulated over the years. I believe his son is selling stuff to sand racers and truck pullers.


motormouth
Kris Palmer
Mpls MN
(63 posts)

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10/23/2007 03:13PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6, Olds F85 V8, TR8 5-speed 'box Olds 215 V8

Re: Intakes
Posted by: motormouth
Date: December 22, 2007 11:18AM

Do you mean Tom, owner of Adelmann Engines in MN? Or are you maybe talking about Phil Baker, the Seattle-based 215 guru?


hoffbug
Tony Hoffer
Minnesota
(323 posts)

Registered:
10/15/2007 05:25PM

Main British Car:
Olds 215 EFI

Re: Intakes
Posted by: hoffbug
Date: December 22, 2007 02:26PM

Phil Baker


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5885 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Intakes
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: December 24, 2007 11:51PM

Good to hear he's still around. Last time I talked to him was a half dozen years back or more. Real nice guy and knows as much about 215's as anybody around. We'll lose a great resource when he's gone.

Jim
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