Starting tomorrow, I’m going to begin reassembling the J2000's engine. Its in my dad’s garage, so while I was over there for dinner I went through the boxes of parts to better see what I have and don’t have.

I was happy to see the oil pump, since that’s a $125 or so part, and the associated cap for the remote oil filter...that saves me from having to buy a new remote filter setup since I’ve got the hoses and everything. I’ll need to replace the oil cooler, but that’s fine. I also found a custom welded alternator bracket, which is important because with my carbs the alternator would never fit in its stock location.

I hadn’t really given the cam box a look except to see that I had it, so I took a look at that and found interesting stuff at both ends:

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The name you can just about read there is Iskenderian, for Ed Iskenderian of Isky Cams. About the only number there I can use is the 112, which is likely the lobe separation. My buddy and I thought the 329 might be duration (which would make it a god damn monster, stock duration is 201), but I think that may be a part number since I’ve seen stuff like Z60 on other Isky cams. I’ll probably assemble the cam box onto the head and see if I can measure the lift and duration, I wouldn’t mind knowing that stuff for when I’m tuning it.

Speaking of tuning, there’s an adjustable cam gear. Its an interesting one in that it seems to have a number of presets rather than just a gauge like modern ones. The cam and gear are probably 15-20 years old, so that’s not a surprise.

Stock rating on this engine is 84hp with a TBI setup and emissions junk on it. There’s a version of it on the Opel Rekord that made about 113hp. I think with the cam, header, ported head, dual carbs, flat top pistons and decked block I should be above that figure. I was originally just hoping for 100hp, but I’m thinking now 125 isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

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Tomorrow I’m going to clean the block up and (probably) paint it Pontiac Blue, though I’m told there’s a snow storm coming so maybe not the best day to paint? Alternatively, its the PERFECT day to paint because Sunday I’ll have time to get the crankshaft in there if I paint tomorrow.

Regardless, engine progress will be made this weekend in some way.

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