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Old 12-03-2011, 04:08 PM
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ok, i dont want to swap out the 225 or the 1 barrel, mayb a little more power on a later date, but as of now i have to think reality, if it is a rod is there a way to do this without pulling the engine?

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Old 12-08-2011, 09:24 AM
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took off oil pan cleaned out the sludge and cleaned did little inspection while i was underneath and have a loose connecting rod so do i have to replace the piston and all its parts or can i just replace whats loose.Ive heard using the ridge reamer its a real pain looking for all suggestions hvnt took the head off yet jus tyrn to get more info as i go along
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If you have a loose rod, that is a symptom of what could be other serious problems. I strongly suggest you pull the engine, disassemble it and have everything checked before something comes apart that will really cost you money. This is not something that can be done with the engine in the car, so if you're interested in reliability.. do it right the first time so it doesn't leave you on the side of the road in a month with a big hole in the side of the block.

A stock rebuild on a slant six isn't that expensive and the engine will last you for years if its done correctly.

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I used to have a dart, 100 years ago. It had a bad valve so I rebuilt the head. After driving it for maybe a month or two a bearing started to spin. The weakest link seems to fail. Your best bet is to pull it out and rebuild it. The good news is they don't get much simpler than this.
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Help This Ol 78 Volare

I don't have the option or the luxury of pulling the engine not that i don't kno how its jus im doin this in the street and in the elements and know its snowing. i was told i could pull the piston and all w/o taking out the engine. i have the oil pan removed and piston located and also have the ridge reamer in my possession and ready to get started pullin off the head. is this true or am i wasting time on a project tht will get me no wher thnks in advance
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