Re: "Sortof" a Camaro inline six question...
I just now finished mocking the bottom end up to see exactly where the pits would fall in relation to the piston rings. Only the oil rings will travel over the pitted area, so I guess the compression will not be affected at all. I just worry that the rings might break because of this, and lunch the whole block.
Suprisingly, Clark still supports this Planeloader. When I started the restoration, I inquired about a service manual and parts breakdown. I didn't really expect to hear back from them, but they called and asked for the spec plate. One week later, I got a 250 page service manual with OEM part numbers AND current Clark numbers...for free. They had many of the trans parts I needed, and yes, +020 and +040 pistons. The parts manager also gave me the required Federal Mogel and TRW part numbers.
The only parts I am having trouble with, are all of the military fitments. They placed all the ignition and hydraulic parts in stainless vaults. The turned case for the coil's (yes, two ignition systems) must weight 35 pounds. Pretty impressive, but rounding up the missing connectors double braided stainless hydraulic hose is almost impossible. Areoquipe told me that stuff was obsolete by 1946.
Thus, boring to oversize is a possibility, but the machine shop would not make a comment either way. I found that odd, as I rely upon their expertise for many decisions.
Clark has been excellent. I wish my local Chevrolet dealer was that accomodating. I went in last month to order a few 12 bolt posi parts, and the counter guy told me that unless I had the part numbers, he can't help me. Then he looked at the guy next to me and said "Can I help you?" To this *I* replied "Am I dismissed?" To this he replied "Unless you can pull those part numbers out of your ***". I think this was his attempt at humor, but I didn't find it amusing. I ordered the parts online, and will think twice about going into that dealership again. Makes me really appreciate those businesses that stress customer service. Clark was so helpful with everything, it made me want to order from them, even when I found parts cheaper from the OEM list that THEY supplied.
Far to long. Thanks for your opinion. I do appreciate it.