How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 7: Install Pistons in Block

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    When you are pushing the pistons down into the bore with a tapping motion of the mallet (I use the heavy end as a handle and the grip end as the ram) , pay attention to the sound. If it goes from a tick tick sound to a hollow thud and progress stops, DON'T PROCEEED..you popped a ring: back it out and start over. I broke a stroker piston compression ring land during install and I wasnt even tapping them hard! By a stroke of luck, I remembered an old post of a guy who had a set that was the wrong size and he gave me a replacement out of production stroker piston! Thanks again!
     
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      It's not hard to get a ring hung up when installing the pistons... :BangHead:

      That's why I say to not force it when installing them in case a ring hangs up... It's hard to keep the ring compressor sleeve held up to the block when pushing the pistons in...

      Ring lands are very easy to damage...

      Thanks for reinforcing that point... I know you've built your share of engines and are knowledgeable from seeing your posts on the forum over the years... :thumbsup:
       
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