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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

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 ( 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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