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Old 01-28-2012, 02:58 PM
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can I bore my 196 rambler engine for a 1959 custom cross country

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I bought a 1959 custom cross country and in rebuilding the engine I found out that I'm going to need to bore out the cylinders but I can't seem to find anything on how much I can if I can at all. Also, if I do bore it out how can I get pistons that will fit the new bore?

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Galvins Rambler, Kennedy American, and Kanter sell the parts for a rebuild. Pistons will be on the expensive side but they do exist.. I think there safe to .030 over but you want to bore the min amount you can
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The old 196 can be bored up to 0.125" over (yes, 1/8"!), but I wouldn't go past 0.080" without checking the block just to be sure. They were cast that heavy because they didn't know how to cast them thinner back then, no one did.

Galvin's (www.ramblerparts.com) can get pistons, so can Kanter or Egge Machine. I'd go straight to Egge, I think that's where the others get their pistons from now. Kanter wants $368 (plus S&H) for a set of six. I've got a set of NOS 0.040" over pistons I'll sell for $300 including S&H (I'll pay that) in the continental US. PM if interested.
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ramblin on, Welcome to Hotrodders! I can't help you with your Rambler, but I would sure like to hear about the Pontiac Safari 2 door wagon pictured in your avatar.
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