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Old 08-13-2019, 03:58 PM
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Still waiting on the shops to finish the heads, crank and block.

Parts are showing up and I am working and scrubbing parts
and prepping as much as I can.
The good thing is they are a pretty easy build so you'll be having some fun once ya get all the parts back...
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:00 PM
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The good thing is they are a pretty easy build so you'll be having some fun once ya get all the parts back...
Just got the call from the guy with the block I'll be picking up today.
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Old 08-13-2019, 09:46 PM
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Just got the call from the guy with the block I'll be picking up today.
No pics yet? WTF that was 5 hours ago! Get movin'!!! :-D

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Old 08-13-2019, 10:28 PM
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:07 PM
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:23 PM
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Ron, What shape were the heads in ?? all the ones I built had to have new head castings because another common issue with those was the heads cracking.

If your heads are good you are lucky... and ahead in the rebuild game.

Another thing I noticed, like your block, you mentioned basically no ridge or the lack thereof and still having cross-hatching in the cylinders...

Most all the ones 5.2L I have done pulled down and rebuilt have had a little over 200k and were exactly that. Ridge none to speak of and still had cross-hatching in the cylinders
they must cast those blocks in steroid impregnated molds er something...

cause that is a good sign you can go back to stock bore, years ago I would always bore oversize, but nowadays, if I can stay with a stock bore I figure a guy is much better off that way...
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:54 PM
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Ron, What shape were the heads in ?? all the ones I built had to have new head castings because another common issue with those was the heads cracking.

If your heads are good you are lucky... and ahead in the rebuild game.

Another thing I noticed, like your block, you mentioned basically no ridge or the lack thereof and still having cross-hatching in the cylinders...

Most all the ones 5.2L I have done pulled down and rebuilt have had a little over 200k and were exactly that. Ridge none to speak of and still had cross-hatching in the cylinders
they must cast those blocks in steroid impregnated molds er something...

cause that is a good sign you can go back to stock bore, years ago I would always bore oversize, but nowadays, if I can stay with a stock bore I figure a guy is much better off that way...
The heads looked good as well, no obvious signs of cracks. Now I have not
heard from the guy machining them in a week, and I am getting a bit pissed
off about the lack of comms... He said 2 weeks and Monday is 2 weeks...

Matt (my son) got his wisdom teeth pulled today. But he still wanted to get
a little work done so we got #5 cam bearing in and the bore plug behind it,
all the other freeze and oil galley plugs and got it mounted on the engine
stand again. He ran out of steam at that point and I had a long day.

I drove the sailor up to Midway and he flew back to Charleston, he starts
Prototype tomorrow. So 6 more months in Charleston then off to the fleet
in a submarine. He graduated on August 2nd, with distinction from Nuclear
Power School and has been on leave since.

After I dropped him at the airport I ran over to our plant it is only 3 miles
from the AP and stopped in to sort some shit out with the lab and our
customers.

I stopped at Eastwood, there is a store on the way home from our plant
and picked up some paint for the engine. Old school Buick Red (gloss) for
the block and heads, and Gloss Black for the valve covers and oil pan.
Matt picked the colors, he did consider gold for the covers and pan for an
Ironman theme, but finalized on the Red and Black.

I picked up a new tool for me as well.

So a busy but good day.
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:10 AM
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Are you using new pistons or the originals?
Either way, if you go through and weigh each one to see if they all weigh the same if not and you have a fairly accurate scale take the lightest one and match them to the same weight will make a good bit of difference...

just need a fairly accurate scale and the drill press and don't take much to balance it. then if you wanted to go further you could port and polish the heads when you get them back you might be surprised in the performance and slightly better fuel mileage with all that and anyone can do it.
and if you want torque and fuel mileage to go with a cam just above a mid-range and degree it in I think you still need a degree wheel and bushing kit for that engine still but all that make a significant difference... a small amount of extra cost to do all that if you do it your self versus having to have it done...

There are some good youtube videos out there that show on how-to/DIY on doing all that yourself...

Don't have to be a street rod to improuve the engines preformance...
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Old 08-15-2019, 12:20 AM
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Original pistons once they are all clean I was going to weight them and see
what I had.

Not plans to port or polish everything is going back to stock, more or less.

Need to get it running.

Still waiting on the crank to get ground so I can purchase the bearings.
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:32 PM
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Heard back from the machinist, all the crank bearings will be 0.010"
undersized. So I got the last of the bearing and rings ordered today
went with Sealed Power brand, USA made and good quality. Paid a
little more for shipping and they will be here on Monday.

Got all the cam bearings in today and the camshaft, got one of the
holes in the throttle body Heli-coiled as well. Need to clean the last
2 pistons, then weigh and sort them out.
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