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Preventive Maintenace

I have put together a preventive maintenance chart that I use. It has both a check list of things to do prior to racing till 24 hours following race day. I also have a PM chart that gives me specific PM tasks and when they should be done i.e. weekly, monthly etc.

I find that both the check list and PM chart keep me honest and prevent me from forgetting what needs to be done.

Bill
 
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Charlie,

Any recommended basic maintence charts / schedules avaliable? By HP Level or something? Might be a nice thing to have on the trailer wall.
 

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dfree383 said:
Charlie,

Any recommended basic maintence charts / schedules avaliable? By HP Level or something? Might be a nice thing to have on the trailer wall.
I don't have any charts or forms, however I do like Bill's idea and maybe he can post something for us.

I do believe that close visual inspection is very important and these engines will tell us a story if they are "happy" or not. We have just got to learn how to read the signs. Everybody knows you can read spark plugs, but also you can read valve seats, and bearings. You can look for signs of unusual wear on valve stem tips, cam lobes, piston tops, pins, chambers and a dozen other places in the engine that are indicators in regards to what's going on.

Hope this helps,
 

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Here's my Simple Race Checklist

I have this on Excel. If you guys want a copy email me at [email protected] and I'll send you an attachment.

24 Hrs Prior to Towing
Check tire pressure X
Fuel up vehicles X
Wash vehicles as needed X
Check and fill all fluids X
All certifications current X
Reservations made if needed X
Food and water purchased X

1 Hr. Prior to Towing
Visually Inspect tires X
Check fuel levels X
Race oil available X
Torque wrench available X
Road tools packed X
Oil pan packed X
Jack and jackstands available X
Rags available X
Water available X
Creeper available X
Tech manual packed X (this is a book of all the car's specs).
Check First aid kit available X
Road hazard flares packed X
Safety cones packed X
Road hazard triangles packed X
License and credit cards ready X
Tech manual loaded

Upon Offload at Track
Check tire pressure X
Check all fluids X
Check hose connections X
Fill fuel cell X
Re-torque wheel lugs X

Prior to Race
Check tire pressure X
Check oil level X
Check trans level X
Check and fill fuel cell X
Inspect parachute remove ribbon X
Turn on Master switch X

Following a Race
Record car temperatures X
Document stats and results X
Check under car for leaks X
Shut-off Master switch X
Install parachute flight ribbon X

Upon On-load to Trailer
Tie down car X
Check Master switch is off X
Check all lighting X

Following Race Day
Check car for fluid leaks X
Place car on jackstands X
Inspect under car X
 
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Excellent list Bill. I also keep a log book to record changes, etc. There is some damn good info on this thread.
 

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This is a fantastic thread, thanks Paul for bringing it back up. I feel that maybe there should be a permanent spot on the forum for vital information that has been posted. One of the issues I have come across is that there is SOOO much great info being posted on here that you cant hardly read them all. Moreover posts such as this should be readily available to find for an awesome reference. Similar to a sticky perhaps or maybe even a sticky. Too often simple things are overlooked or just not known about that make the big difference between having a winning season or not. Even the longevity of the motor for street guys etc.
 

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This is a great thread. I'm definitely going to invest in some tools. I was helping a guy with a pro-stock truck one weekend & he found a bent valve by using the spring tester. Luckily he had another bullet in the trailer, ready to go.
 

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there is a wealth of knowledge to be had here for no charge and this thread is no exception.

for me, a family man that makes only $60,000 a year (from my job) excluding side hustles, spending ~$20,000 just for a motor is a big deal. it behooves me to take all these nuggets and precautions neccessary to have a worth while program.

kudos to charlie and everyone who share their experiences free of charge and without being cocky and indifferent.

460ford.com rocks and rule! 8)
 

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The PM is so true. My brother runs an AMC and uses a System 1 oil filter. After a weekend inspection we seen what looked like some bearing material. Pulled engine and tore apart. Sure enough thrust bearing was cut on a little. We ended making a thicker mid plate because of the load on the back of the crank. The good PM saved the engine. Only put in new bearings and the mid plate,,, problem solved.
 

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Paul Kane said:
Winter 2008: Bump to a noteworthy thread for those of you that should perform some Off Season Maintenance. ;)

Paul
Thanks!

I WANT one of those Buxton spring testers! I wonder if I can adjust the length of the rod connecting to the T-handle so it clears my marine headers when I apply force?
 

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Larry T said:
can some one put up new links as to the spring tester we need?i tryed the old links and nothing came up or was unavalable.

maybe i found it....

htthttp:p://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Proform-67597-Valve-Spring-Pressure-Tester-JEGS_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1638Q2em118QQcategoryZ46093QQihZ008QQitemZ180192886528QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWD1V
http://www.buxtonengineering.com/vst_600.htm
 

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Guys,

Brad Buxton is one of our local boys. I invited him to be a quest speaker at our recent Winter Tech Seminar and talk about valve springs. He was planning to come, however the flu bug is going around, his wife and kids got it first and then he was sick Saturday, so he didn't make it.

Brad used to build NHRA Pro Stock engines, but when that team closed the doors, he started making all of these valve spring testers and etc. Probally each Pro Stock team out there, has his testers. Most likely two of them. A bench mount in the shop, and the on engine tester in the trailer.

His testers are certainly high end products. You can buy them direct from Brad, or you can buy them from me. We're friends and go back a ways and he sorta' made me a dealer. Either way the price is the same, but if I can help you, I'm more than willing.

Hope this helps,
 

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Brad saw my headers and thought it may not be possible :?

He is working on a new tester as we speak. hopefully it will help. I suggested a longer rod from the handle to the base under the gauge.

Charlie, I took the liberty of reposting your original post on Offshoreonly.com
in the technical section as it answers so many questions asked over there as well , I hope that is OK:)

http://www.offshoreonly.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2394436#post2394436
 

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I have the Buxton tester and spring changer both for our C-heads. Definatley a top quality peice, something that you can not do with out.

Travis
 
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