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  1. #21
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    Good stuff.

  2. #22
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    Nice bit of progress, keep it up

  3. #23
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    Rods now fitted to pistons, What sick bast*rd invented Spiro locks. Had a good fight with them....blood all over the pistons as the ends dug in my fingers!

    Found the most boring job in the world....filing piston ring gaps.

    Top ring and 2nd ring gap set at 0.028" oil scraper gap 0.017". These seem quite big gaps but its whats on the chart for a motor running a 150-300 shot of nitrous.

    I will de-bur the rings before final installation.
    Just need to order a new set of bearings for a BBC rod (2.2") not a Ford!!!!
    Last edited by fabphil; 01-01-19 at 12:37 PM.

  4. #24
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    Got some time in the garage on Sunday afternoon.
    Finished filing burs off piston rings, checked rod bearing clearances, fitted all rings and used new ring compressor to fit. How easy was that...just drop the piston in ,place in the bore and tap with a hammer handle no fuss, slid straight in.
    I'm using Comp Cams engine building lube on the shells. Each rod bolt has to be tightened individually and stretched 0.065" so they are all equal, none of this torque wrench stuff . Then fitted new woodruff key and lower cam timing chain sprocket.
    Just trying to source a bronze cam thrust plate. Found one in the States but the seller id being funny about posting to the UK....

























  5. #25
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    Nice to see some real progress, great feeling when stuff starts to go together and the pile of parts reduces. Next step start up

  6. #26
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    dats purty...

  7. #27
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    Quote Originally Posted by malamute john View Post
    dats purty...
    And its a Ford

  8. #28
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    Declared a 'snow day" on Friday so got some garage time.
    Thermals on, wood burner on, happy days.
    Made piston stop tool to find TDC.


    Degree wheel fitted, couldn't afford the nice big one!


    After some tooing and frowing,calculations came up with 106.5 degrees center line.


    The cam card says 104 so 2 degrees retarded, was able to used the adjustable cam sprocket and advance 2 degrees to get to 104.5.


    Checked valve lift, open, close etc.


    Then fitted the other six pistons.(Forgot to take a pic)
    Took a while as each rod bolt (Eagle ARP2000) had to individually be measured before and after stretching. Got 0.065" on each bolt so they should all be equally tight.

    Got oil pump and pickup mounted. The Ford Racing pump is made by Melling and was $20 cheaper than the Melling equivalent.


    The flange to the pump does not line up so required some modding on the pickup bracket.



    Just got to enlarge hole in gasket to the block.
    These pumps have a habit of cracking through the mounting neck to I will also be making a brace from the pump to the front main cap to steady things.
    Last edited by fabphil; 02-02-19 at 05:36 PM.

  9. #29
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    Nice build!

  10. #30
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    All that precision equipment and a CLAW HAMMER Noooooo!

    Coming along nicely

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