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Opal's Revenge

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  • Opal's Revenge

    It has been a long, long, long time coming...

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    The Opal Opalescent '96 has been with me since 2006. Many times it has subbed for the Blue Flame whenever called upon... at the track or at a car show. It has played second fiddle for so long it was past due to show some love.

    And so shall it be.

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    JP

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    The block is a special piece that was somehow sourced from Shelby. Like many of the details of the engine build, it is shrouded in mystery.

    The heads are purportedly Navigator heads that were worked on by Fox Lake and finalized by the builder, Kroyer Racing Engines.

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    Other parts included a Bryant billet crankshaft, CP pistons and Carrillo rods.

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    The cams were special grinds that I was never able to get much detail on.
    JP

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    • #3
      And so it came to be, a project literally years in the making was finally taking form.

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      After long last, the intake manifold... which I believe to be an MMR piece with billet runners.

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      • #4
        Some finishing touches before the engine dyno...

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        • #5
          The dyno results were pretty spectacular in my opinion...

          >>>Click link for Video: https://photos.imageevent.com/drille...2423091870.mp4 <<<

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          • #6
            That engine dyno session was over a year ago.

            Meanwhile, the Blue Flame had just had a major rebuild, so now the question was what to do with this unicorn of an engine. We decided the engine stand was not the answer. So we packed it all up and took it with the '96 up to Rodeheaver's Hot Rod Shop and dropped it off.

            Out with the old...

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            That was the easy part.

            The basic supporting mods were already in place. Stall converter, driveshaft, gears and trac-lok. The fuel pump needed upgraded and a set of Kooks headers went in with the installation of the new engine. But the real work was the necessary changes required to convert the quasi-OBD2 '96-only computer, harness and tune to the true OBD2 '98 BTC0 powertrain control module.

            But it proved to be worth the effort...

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            The next few weeks/months should be exciting. I have some tidying up to do under the hood along with some much needed cleaning/detailing. There's a few other details I need to address. I also plan to install a Terminator bumper from Temple Performance and shop for some new wheels.

            I'll update the progress on "Opal's Revenge" as we move forward.
            Last edited by driller; 03-11-2018, 07:26 PM.
            JP

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            • #7
              Hmm I was wondering where that cobra intake manifold might be ?

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              • #8
                Holy smokes, JP! Congratulations!

                Mike

                The Mark - 98 LSC Generously Modified

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                • #9
                  Sweeeeetttt!
                  98 LSC Torreador Red
                  "This fire's thrills per BTU are off the charts!"

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                  • #10
                    Beautiful job!

                    Bill
                    1994 Deep Jewel Green 183,142 miles
                    1997 White LSC 135k miles
                    1998 White Collectors Edition 175k
                    1994 Black (#2) 100k miles
                    1993 Deep Jewel Green Convertible

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                    • #11
                      Very nice, too bad most of the nice machining and work gets covered up.

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                      • #12
                        that engine had just peaked, need to keep spinning it.
                        navi heads are good for the rpm, big big runner volume, especially ported.
                        1996 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Opal Opalescent on grey, 276/287
                        1995 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Indigo Lights on black
                        2002 Ford Focus SVT Sonic Blue on black

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                        • #13
                          is this still a 4.6?
                          very respectable NA numbers through an auto/IRS car.
                          1996 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Opal Opalescent on grey, 276/287
                          1995 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Indigo Lights on black
                          2002 Ford Focus SVT Sonic Blue on black

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                          • #14
                            It's a 4.6L block sleeved and stroked to 5.3L displacement.

                            Revs were limited to 7,500 on the chassis dyno to be safe (as I was told there was a 300 rpm lag on this particular dyno). The build sheet specifically called for max revs to be 8,000 rpm, "limited by the wet sump oil system".
                            JP

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                            • #15
                              i saw the sleeves, and i figured it'd be a stroker.
                              but i thought i'd check anyway.
                              1996 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Opal Opalescent on grey, 276/287
                              1995 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC Indigo Lights on black
                              2002 Ford Focus SVT Sonic Blue on black

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