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Old 01-16-2006, 07:21 AM
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Hello everyone. i need to know if you could build the top half of the engine before you put in the crank, pistons, cam etc. could i go ahead and install my heads and intake on the motor itself. thanks alot!!! Have a Good one.. Allen

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No. You wont be able to get the pistons and rods in with the heads on. However if the heads need re-worked obviously that can be done before you put the bottom end together.
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If the engine is in excellent conditon you may get away with doing that..However I have had the experience of putting fresh heads on an old engine and promptly blowing out the rings from the increased cylinder pressure...Also if you are putting in a large lift cam the piston to valve clearance needs to be checked so the valves do not hit the pistons in operation..

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ok thanks alot guys. have a good one.....Allen
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You can't install the heads before the pistons and rods. The pistons and rods go in from the top as a unit. Put some rubber tubing over the rod bolts to protect your crank journals and be sure your ring compressor has all the rings compressed properly before tapping the piston in.
If you want to know if you can rebuild the heads before rebuilding the the engine, the answer is yes, but depending on the condition of the engine, it could begin burning a little oil due to blow by.
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