Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: North Richland Hills, Texas
Thanks for the replies guys. Looks like the front 4 bearings are fine. Bill, I'll double check for burrs, etc., on either the cap or the block, and remedy as req'd. I thought I had been extremely clean upon mockup, but I could have missed something. I hope that is indeed the case. The crank was supplied by the machine shop (.010) to fit a block that a friend gave me.
One other question: the bearings halves for 3 & 4 are not flush when inserted into the saddles, but rather stick up a couple of thousanths. The halves in the caps are flush. When torqued down to check the clearance (using the plastigage)the clearnce seems to be ok, as indicated earlier. How can this be?! Is it possible that the bearing half does not seat all the way into the saddle until the cap is installed and torqued down? I can't discern any gap between the saddle and outer part of the bearing. And when the cap is torqued down, the cap seems to be seated properly. It's a mystery to me.
I haven't build an engine for close to 25 years now, and some of it is kind of fuzzy. But boy, I'm I having a great time getting back into the car thing! When I get this finished (as if that could ever happen!) this is what I'll have:
'69 Camaro coupe
355 4-bolt, 9.5:1, Sportsman II heads, XE274, Performer RPM intake, Holley 750 vac., headers, TH350 w/ 2500 stall, 3.73 posi. Should be fun!
Thanks again for replies,