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Okay.....got the parts from Jegs this weekend, never done this
before so would appreciate any input. Got new flat pistons,
crank, cam, rings, etc, etc, etc, engines on stand torn to
it's birthday suit. when finished Awesome 72 should look even
more Awesome.!!! just hope I can put it back together alright.
 

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IMO, take it to a engine pro that does it for a living....you need at very minimun a set of calipers to check every bearing for clearance, then fit every wrist pin, then the rings need a compressor, and the gaps set/filed....

I have attempted ONCE to help assemble a buddy's engine, and it did not work out at all.....

I suggest you let a pro do it....much more than meets the eye...

you maybe able to DIY but I would not bet on it....one screw up and it's over and you done shot a whole bunch of money and time/effort.....

take it to a pro....

NOW, above I referring to the short block, it's fairly easy to slip the cam in place and install prepped fresh heads, adjust valves...etc....

but short blocks are where the true machine/assy work is....NO room for error either....

:cheers:
 

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IMO, take it to a engine pro that does it for a living....

but short blocks are where the true machine/assy work is....NO room for error either....
:agree: Well said..
to set up the Crank requires some very delicate tolerances, especially the thrust Bearing clearance for the rear Journal. Only a seasoned Pro knows how to measure and set it up correctly. They could set up the Rods and pistons while their at it, though it sounds like you could do that. The rest is mostly bolt up , Even I have done it :laughing: . just..Understand and follow the assembly instructions closely, ask on the forum if you get confused ect.
You could save some bucks and have some hands on fun with your new engine:thumbsup: .

The shop probably wouldnt warranty the engine if they only set up the crank ,though . Maybe thats a consideration..

Please post your decisions and progress, this stuff is very interesting to Lots of Us on the tech forums.
Good Luck
 

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IMO, take it to a engine pro that does it for a living....you need at very minimun a set of calipers to check every bearing for clearance, then fit every wrist pin, then the rings need a compressor, and the gaps set/filed....

I have attempted ONCE to help assemble a buddy's engine, and it did not work out at all.....

I suggest you let a pro do it....much more than meets the eye...

you maybe able to DIY but I would not bet on it....one screw up and it's over and you done shot a whole bunch of money and time/effort.....

take it to a pro....

NOW, above I referring to the short block, it's fairly easy to slip the cam in place and install prepped fresh heads, adjust valves...etc....

but short blocks are where the true machine/assy work is....NO room for error either....

:cheers:
:agree:
 

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:agree:

Disassembling an engine then bolting it all back together is something
even a Cave Man could do...:rolling:

But building it "RIGHT" is another story. I was lucky enough to have a
buddy who works for a local Speed/Machine shop help me "spec" the motor
out.........he was even nice enough to balance everything for me as well.

This is the motor out of the 4X4. Can't wait to get finished.
 
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