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I was a Chevy mechanic at a dealership back in late '68 and early '69.
I used to get brand new '69 Z-28s right off the truck! Pretty nice kick for an 18 year old kid to get to be the first to drive these. Throw in a few 396 Novas and even a ZL-1 Camaro (with an all aluminum 427) and it got even better!
I did watch with horror as a delivery truck driver, trying to back a new Z-28 off of the truck, completely trash the clutch in a little over 5 minutes!
HOW??? or do I want to know.

I do not have any "real" mechanical training or work experience. I have just been able to study something mechanical and understand how it works (and not afraid to tear in to something). I just have the right kind of mind for it. I do have my AAS in Drafting and Design and wanted to get in to a mechanical engineering type field but I got in to the Civil engineering field out of the necessity of getting a job and just stuck with it. Now with the realities of life I am stuck doing what I get paid the most to do.

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HOW??? or do I want to know.

I do not have any "real" mechanical training or work experience. I have just been able to study something mechanical and understand how it works (and not afraid to tear in to something). I just have the right kind of mind for it. I do have my AAS in Drafting and Design and wanted to get in to a mechanical engineering type field but I got in to the Civil engineering field out of the necessity of getting a job and just stuck with it. Now with the realities of life I am stuck doing what I get paid the most to do.
The '69 Z-28 had a no-holds-barred factory race engine. The 302 was "factory rated" at 290 horsepower, but it well known that it was easily putting out north of 375!
But, with the way it was cammed, it put out virtually no torque at idle. To back the car from its nose down position near the front of the truck, and on the upper deck, the driver had to really rev the engine and slip the clutch a lot! It just got too hot too quickly!

As for your last statement, don't ever believe that! Otherwise, I'd still be wrenching on other people's cars instead of flying business jets for a living!

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The '69 Z-28 had a no-holds-barred factory race engine. The 302 was "factory rated" at 290 horsepower, but it well known that it was easily putting out north of 375!
But, with the way it was cammed, it put out virtually no torque at idle. To back the car from its nose down position near the front of the truck, and on the upper deck, the driver had to really rev the engine and slip the clutch a lot! It just got too hot too quickly!

As for your last statement, don't ever believe that! Otherwise, I'd still be wrenching on other people's cars instead of flying business jets for a living!
I got ya. No torque not pull out power. Clutches don't seam to like that too well. I had a mustang with a 2.73 rear end. Not the same but still the same outcome on a clutch.

I will add to the end of my statement " in the area that I live in". The wife and I have played with the idea of moving but just cant seem to pull the trigger.

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I will add to the end of my statement " in the area that I live in". The wife and I have played with the idea of moving but just cant seem to pull the trigger.
Hmmm.....coal mine, moonshine, or movin' on- down the line....
I'd vote: movin' on

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Hmmm.....coal mine, moonshine, or movin' on- down the line....
I'd vote: movin' on
There is one more. That is Natural Gas. That is where I am at now.

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There is one more. That is Natural Gas. That is where I am at now.
Ah well, that's different! Just don't ever go down into the ground 'till your time is up!

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Ah well, that's different! Just don't ever go down into the ground 'till your time is up!
With all the greenie's running around it is a falling business. Right now I am pretending to be a GIS (Geographical Information System) Tech. So if I attempt to get a job with a coal company it will be indoors doing the mapping work.

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hey all sorry i didnt post the specs in the first place lol. bike is a 1992 kawasaki vulcan 1500. and i'm guessing that vulcans dont have push rods? lol
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Being a '92 then the timing chains are probably worn beyond service and need to be replaced. It is my finding that when they get that far they accelerate wear and the snowball effect ya know. It is probably due a full top end too. Properly done it would be a real performer again, in fact it would be better than new.

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hey all sorry i didnt post the specs in the first place lol. bike is a 1992 kawasaki vulcan 1500. and i'm guessing that vulcans dont have push rods? lol
Did the oil and temp lights come on and remain on?

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