Restore it, Dont part it!
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- Aug 10, 2011
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That's great info on the cam degree I wish I would have thought of that before I put all the pistons in lol. Oh well now I know for next time. I read in my book to lube the rings really good so that's what I did i do plan on going back and wiping them all down before I put the heads on. The lube I'm using on the pistons and rod bearing is the permatex red engine assembly lube. On the cam bearings and main bearings I used that green sealed power assembly lube. It is super thick. Its thicker than the permatex I figured it would be better for the bearing surfaces.Just two little FYI’s for you.
One is that is a TON of lube on the cylinder walls and rings. It makes the engine dirty on start up and inhibits ring break in. I put a LITTLE on the skirts, wipe the cylinder walls with paper towels and ATF or Marvels Mystery Oil until the proper towels come out clean, and then wipe them dry.
Then you just install the pistons with what’s on the skirts. You’ll find out that the cylinder walls will get plenty of lube from the skirts, and the ring pack won’t be loaded with lube or oil on start up.
I stopped lubing the hell out of rings like that in the 1980’s.
The other is just slipping the number one piston without rings and degree the cam, then put the rings on and install the rest of the pistons.
With 8 pistons and rings dragging it makes it difficult to degree the cam accurately. Can you do it? Sure. I’m not sure how many times I’ve degreed a cam in the car. I hate it, but I can do it.
Its just easier to degree the cam without all that drag on it.
Love the build. BTW, what assembly lube are you using?