Scotty’s getting really close to firing up the 318-cube Chrysler small-block in his VE Valiant ute, but before he can hit the key, the cooling and oil systems first needed to be sorted.
When we started this project, Scotty commissioned our mates at Aussie Desert Cooler to whip up a killer radiator for the VE, complete with thermo fans. The big bertha is a tight squeeze in front of the 318, but thanks to a well-thought-out pulley system and careful mounting, Scotty managed to make it fit.
With the radiator bolted in place for good, the next job was the oiling system. Scotty decided to go with a relocated oil filter set-up on the 318, and Raceworks came through with an awesome kit to get the job done.
With all the AN fittings and lines fitted to the Valiant, the installation was clean and simple, even if there were some bruised knuckles along the way.
The other part of the oil system that got sorted was the dipstick, which, much like the transmission dipstick, required a bit of Scotty’s expert bending to get it to sit where he needed.
Because the exhaust system is buttoned up now, Scotty slid a pair of extractor gaskets between the Pacemaker headers and the Edelbrock heads, so we’ll be able to hear this little Mopar roar without any pesky exhaust leaks.
Now the oiling system is done, in the next episode Scotty will take us through the process of priming this brand-new engine full of oil before hitting the key. Get keen Carnage fans – not long to go now!