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Old 12-05-2002, 08:16 AM
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When building a 383 stroker, what is the easiest way to noth the bottom of the cylinder walls to get the clearence needed for the nuts on the connecting rod caps? My friend suggested a rat tail file. But I think that will take to long. Should I just have the machine shop do it, or should I save the money and have the satisfaction of doing it myself. Thank you. Billybob
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Old 12-05-2002, 09:29 AM
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Use a die-grinder if you have one, or you can use a dremel.
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its gonna take awhile with anything. but a die grinder would probly be best
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could you not just gring the rod bolts? if fixin to do this same thing and thats what i was planning to do. of course i this will be my first stroker so im not so sure.
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grind the block, grinding the bolts can get you into trouble.
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I'm going to go out and buy a die grinder for my air compressor today. After I use the die grinder, what would be the best method for the cleanup of all those tiny metal shavings? Have the engine redipped? I wouldn't think just blowing it off with air would work, but let me know what you experienced stroker guys think. Thank you, billybob.
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Old 12-08-2002, 06:36 AM
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Cam bearings and oil galley plugs need to come out if they are in.

Redipped and cam bearings / galley plugs reinstalled.
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Hey I had the same problem with my 347 stroker the best way to notch the pistons is with a die grinder and a good set of hard stones with that combo it cuts through that cast like butter. Be careful with the metal shavings what i did was take a big piece of foil that covers the whole bottom end of the engine then take duct tape and tape both sides of the foil it makes a really cool and plyable material. Once that is done mark where you need to grind the cylinder with white out make sure you clear the rod both ways in case your motor diesels. Ok now take your new material and cut a slot just big enough to expose the part you will be grinding and tape down the material wherever there looks like an opening is for shavings to go. when all grinding is done vacuum as much of the shavings off the material as you can before you remove it to prevent any shavings from entering your motor good luck let me know how it all works out.
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don't use stones use carbide cutters , much faster.
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this kinda stuff is where my paranoia kicks in and since i would want to tank it, i would just let the machine shop do the whole thing, unless i wanted to go nuts and grind off all the flashing material and take my time. it would get hot tanked anyway, and make sure they actually have a real hot tank, so many just dip it in a solvent tank nowadays
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