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    Then......



    I know Orange is Chevy or Mopar, but I like Orange and its my car
    The colour is Tractor Orange!
    More to follow....... starting the build.
    Last edited by fabphil; 26-09-18 at 04:38 PM.

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    Quick update.
    All has ground to a halt
    The cam wont fit in the new cam bearings so the cam tunnel needs honing.
    Last week I trapped a nerve in my back so can hardly walk and can't move anything heavy......
    Just as well I'm not in a hurry to finish

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    At least you know what needs doing to the engine. Now all you need do is get better, trapped nerves are a complete bugger and happen when you least expect it so hope your recovery is quick, but as you have probably been told, just take it easy. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabphil View Post

    Then......



    I know Orange is Chevy or Mopar, but I like Orange and its my car
    The colour is Tractor Orange!
    More to follow....... starting the build.
    Orange? On a FORD?!? is that even legal?

    looking good - now get to feeling better

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    Finally got off my arse and got the block to Serdi in Uxbridge to have a look at the cam fitting problem.
    They looked at the block and said sometimes the cam tunnels are under sized so will need honing out.
    Also looked at the bores and said "Have these been honed?"
    Well I paid for a finish hone to 4.390" when the block was sent over.
    After measuring with an internal mic, turns out the finish hone had not been done, another 160 to find.
    Serdi are ordering me some wider cam bearings from Dura Bond.
    This is a common tweek in the Ford racing world.
    Gives a 0.80" wider surface than the standard bearing to spread the load, particularly on the front bearing that takes the load from the dissy and oil pump.
    All the bearings on a BBF are the same diameter and do not get smaller as they go back in the block like a lot of engines.
    Due to the bore hone they asked for the pistons to make sure all fitted OK, second round trip involved
    Just waiting for the final bill!

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    Hey at least if it's being finished machined over here it should be correct...I would be chasing the yanks for some cashback now...

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    Serdi are good.

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    They seemed very conscientious.
    Pointed out things that I would have no experience with.
    They are sorting out the new bearings etc.
    Can't wait to get started on the actual build.

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    Some progress at last.

    The block is back from Serdi. Have to say Matt there is a top bloke. The cam tunnel was at the low end of tolerance so got honed to spec.
    He also pointed out the "finished hone" I'd got from the States was a bit rough. I dropped the pistons down to them and they did a finish hone for me to the correct size. He said there was 0.001" clearance originally so the pistons would have fitted OK then the engine would have seized solid after about 2 minutes.
    As Serdi a Dura Bond bearing dealers they managed to get me a set of the wider bearings for a BBF. The cam now has more surface area to sit on and spread the load better. Particularly on the front bearing as it takes the distributor and oil pump drive.


    Only problem now is to clean it all down again before I can continue.

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    Boxing Day in the garage...Yaaay

    Cam finally in! Turns smoothly

    Lower King coated racing main bearings being installed.


    Crank in place, Eagle forged 4340, 3 inch mains, 2.2 inch rod journals, ESP coated, and balanced by Bassett Down


    Bearing tolerances checked on No's.2 & 4 saddle. 0.003", spot on.




    All main caps on. Crank spins beautifully.


    Finished for the day.
    Last edited by fabphil; 26-12-18 at 07:48 PM.

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