Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Eugene, OR, USA
I just rolled in a new set of rod and main bearings for my 400sbc last weekend with the help from a guy that works at Knechts. Getting out the front top main bearing was the hardest, we started to roll it out by pushing on one side and then pulled it around with this dental like pick instrument. During pulling it out, he slipped with the pick and it hit the crank journal, making small mark. He didn't say anything when it happened he proceeded to get it out, but it has me worried, (This is the first time for me doing any bottom end work) I just put the pan on and sealed it too, but the engine is still on a stand. Any advice, should I be worried? He said that the journal surfaces looked good when we took the other bearings out.
By the way, this is a engine I bought from a guy earlier this year that has less than 3000 miles on it, I wanted to check bearings to see if he was telling truth, bearings had little wear, just scratches due to what we think was from particles or lint/dust.
Sorry long, just worried.