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Anyone know who made this dump bed hoist?

18 February 2018 - 05:11 PM

Anyone on here know who might have made the dump bed hoist, there are no tags or plates on it and I would like to buy another cylinder as the one on the passenger side leaks, there is only a little bit of a sticker left in one spot which I believe the colors are black, red, white.

These photos are the best I can do, I have been to a couple hydraulic cylinder places and both could only rebuild what I have at $500/$600 each and another $300.00 to R&R the cylinder, I really don't want to put $600. into a cylinder when I can just keep putting fluid into the reservoir every once in a while as I don't use it but maybe once a week at the most.

Here are the photos I have of it.








What is left of the sticker :(


What is the best type transmission jack

20 December 2017 - 06:22 PM

As the title says, what is the best type transmission jack for on the ground, they make a couple different types and I am getting to old to lift them 5 speeds up in there with my arms, I can't get it off my chest anymore once I get it on my chest.

There are 2 main types, hydraulic like a floor jack, and a scissor type which appears to be the cheapest but doesn't show up on searches.

Has anyone here used both types and which did you prefer?

These are the 2 types I was looking at right now.






What will my compression ratio be?

01 October 2017 - 05:21 PM

OK, so I have a Z20 block(it just says Z20) I got it out of a 1981 510 wagon as I recall, I had to take it to get the 2 shortshaft 5spd transmissions I wanted to buy(package deal), so I tore this engine down to get rid of it and when I pulled the head I could hardly believe what I was looking at, flat top pistons, so I started measuring and it has 152.5 rods(long rods), I listened to this engine run, it ran good in the shop.


So I have the Z20 tore down to a short block, the flat top pistons are less than a mm from coming flush with the top/deck, when I put a straight edge on the deck and run the piston to the top I can just get a .010 feeler gauge in there, that is .254mm, I cleaned the top of the piston and block to make the measurement.


I have a few heads around here, first is a closed chamber W53 with fairly large valves and the intake ports opened up to match the 1 1/2" SU manifolds, this one has a mild cam(RV), this head is a fresh rebuild, what would the compression ratio be for this head on that short block?


The second one I have is another W53 head that is open chamber(yes open chamber), it also has fairly large valves(same as the other one), it has the stock intake ports(1 1/4") and likely has brass seats and has not been rebuilt, it appears to have a stock L20b cam(SSS cam), what would the compression ratio be for this head on that short block?