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Re: Whites Performance Chevy 540 BBC

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Took me 7 month to get my parts I ordered from them all I got was lied to every week saying it's on the way ......I'm done dealng with folks out of state if they ain't local or few hrs drive away I'm not dealing with them I cant see why its so hard to just be straight its easier then playing games

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If you look on Ebay it has a lot of feedback buyers can learn from.

In addition there are more than one "White's" in Tennessee.

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SWAMPHUNTER45 wrote:If you look on Ebay it has a lot of feedback buyers can learn from.

In addition there are more than one "White's" in Tennessee.
And they both have the same reputation hahahahah
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I still won't escort any family member running a whites let alone some fool attempting to put high rpms to it!

Better off with a dog that catches vs a false pedigree that turns out to be a shitzu

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Prototype wrote:Better off with a dog that catches vs a false pedigree that turns out to be a shitzu
That's for sure, give a man a fish vs. teach him to fish and all that. The shitzu will feed the family for a day but the catch dog keeps on feeding.

Editor's note, eating dogs is now illegal in Florida. WTF, why do we need that rule? They don't all turn out to hunt.
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Well, I’ve heard some things in my research and reviews about some problems. The problems with the engines I’ve heard of have seemed fairly minor. None have Grenaded that I’ve heard of. Mine is in route, too late to back out now so, we will see.

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We wish you the best with it and will be waiting for you to post a review and some updates as time goes by on the engine.

I would hope if these folks knew it was going to Alaska that they would have given it a little extra attention and time on the dyno to ensure you were getting off to a good start. Not sure about your experience with car motor boats but there are little tricks to keep hardware from falling off due to vibration. Keep after it making sure every few hours, learn what may have a tendency to loosen up. Obviously keep up on the fluids and be sure your using the right oil weight and formula for the engine and climate. Not knowing the clearances that builder uses, I would give the engine plenty of time to warm up before putting much power to the prop.
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So, the motor is in and I have made a couple runs with it. It seems to have great power especially when compared to the 454 I was running last year. It came with the jw wheel like was requested. It spins 3 - 81” S blades at 4800 with a 2.3 belt box on the 2 mark. The boats fuel economy got way better went from 15+ gph to 9 gph. The boat cruises nicely at 3000 at 25 mph. 31 mph at 3300 rpm. It gained substantial push on the ground which I’m not surprised since I was running 7 degrees of pitch with the 454 and am now running 15.5 degrees. I ran with only breathers first run and developed an oil leak which I assume is due to crank case pressure so I added a pcv and a catch can and it appears to have dried up. So far I am happy, the sniper Efi seems to be doing its job and running crisply. The boat wants to take off immediately when adding throttle. It’s refreshing. I am now hoping for longevity. I will post updates as things develop. I have 6 hours on it so far.
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That's good to hear that it is meeting your expectations. Will be following your periodic reports and updates.
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Dang that's a beautiful place

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dodobird wrote:Dang that's a beautiful place

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Very happy. I am floored by the economy numbers.
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I know this is an older post must felt I should reply.

MAJOR WARNING!!!!
I gave Whites Performance and Machine a $4K deposit July 8th 2019 to build a 550 hp 406, was told 12 weeks, I started calling the first week of Oct, no answer, no call back, no e-mail reply no text!
Finally got ahold of the owner Paul Reinhart, he told me he would not be able to give me the motor or refund my deposit. Sad story but he has run the business into the ground and cannot deliver what he has promised, luckily my deposit was on my CC and they covered the $4k, now I'm with Dave at Waterthunder.

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So much for the warranty !!!

Glad you got your money from the Credit Card grievance

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From what I’ve heard I have to assume there is no warranty. I have mine on the boat and running... I guess I should feel lucky? Image

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Trick or Treat even from a once good builder as Whites! Probably will feed back to the transmission end also?

Legacy is a dying art of anything that does not involve gamer thumbs or china drywall. Anybody tested a whites internals from china?

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Looking underneath the oil pan I don’t see the Chinese parts people are talking about. Arp hardware, eagle rotating assembly, mahle pistons, dart heads Howard’s lifters, Melling high volume oil pump, king bearings msd pro billet dist, double roller timing set... no metallic color, flake or material In the oil. Cut the oil filter and found nothing of concern. Where are the junk parts supposed to be? Compression 180-190, 55 hours in so far so good.... what else should I check? Reading on here you would think it might have lasted 55 minutes... maybe.

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Prototype wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:06 pm
I still won't escort any family member running a whites let alone some fool attempting to put high rpms to it!

Better off with a dog that catches vs a false pedigree that turns out to be a shitzu
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Prototype wrote:
Prototype wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:06 pm
I still won't escort any family member running a whites let alone some fool attempting to put high rpms to it!

Better off with a dog that catches vs a false pedigree that turns out to be a shitzu
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Doesn’t really answer my question of where else I should look for the Chinese parts...

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Eagle parts are chinese

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BGREEN427 wrote:Eagle parts are chinese
Are they known for poor quality???

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Eagle is Chinese but if your only making 650 hp it's fine for what your doing.

I used an Eagle BBC rod in my Branch 542 and sprayed it with NOS no issue at all.

There are fake ARP bolts out there but I really think your OK

If it is at 50 hours run time with no defect and not making metal you should be fine.

Just be reasonable with how much rpm you twist. Personally I would suggest you stay below 5,500 for longevity.

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I suppose they could be fake arp bolts, they do say arp, that could be faked too I guess. You won’t see me spinning over 5000! And at 5000 it is 604hp.

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If you are not having a problem leave it alone!

The people who have problems generally think that they bought a Whites ebay engine for $12,000 that can turn up like a $35,000 Nelson (NRE).
No disrespect to the Whites this comparison is an apple and an orange. A couple guys up around Crystal River have had a good relationship with Whites and talk highly. It appears your going to have a favorable experience as well.

If this were at the Branch shop he would pull a few caps and inspect bearings since your that deep and pan is off. If your not experienced at that task it may be best to leave things alone but this is the time if you have concerns. Keep us updated.

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