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    hosehead Well-Known Member

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    So I scored a 70 a body 340 today (200 bucks). Its standard bore but the crank is turned 20/20. Any idea why a standard bore 340(w/ original pistons, oil pan, dipstick, balancer, etc) would have a crank turned that much? Also, it looks like the crank will polish, but what is the most you can turn a steel 340 crank? Thanks guys.
     
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    doktor_x ronin phantom

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    I'd be curious about the date stamped into the bearing shells. I'm not sure on the absolutes, but the factory may have turned a scratched crank rather than scrap it. Otherwise, a previous owner may have lost oil pressure such that it munched parts without hurting the bore. There are a lot of variables with a 40-year-old machine.
     
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    doktor_x ronin phantom

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    As a general rule, a crank can go 0.030 under without too much trouble. Detonation will tend to be something to avoid even more with the additional soft material within the lines of force transmission.
     
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    I've had a half dozen or so original 340s and have seen this before. They appear to be shot peened and Nitrided. I can only guess that perhaps the crank may have "moved" a bit and it took more to clean up the journals. I think they are surface hardened so it is not deep. If you cut it you may be running a softer journal.
     
  5. RustyRatRod

    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    It will safely turn to whatever undersize bearings are available. I think that's .030", but there might be even smaller available. I've never seen them though. My guess is it spun a bearing. Oh, and rehardening parts nowadys ain't very expensive. Lots of companies offer different processes.
     
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