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Old 06-05-2003, 10:23 PM
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well, my bearings arrived today, so after one last polish with a piece of crocus cloth, i took my 'new' crank to the shower with me, scrubbed up with a bunch of dawn and promptly blew it dry with the compressor. afer some wd40, i mic'd the bearings, torqued the caps in place and mic'd 'them. after a beer and 2 pencils, i came to the mathematical fact that my stuff was right. so i unbolted the mains, set the crank in place and gave it a turn, what a smooth spin it was..... set the thrust cap in place, torqued it, checked endplay, none. whooo hoooo.... checked run out on the main journals, >0.001" total. I'm stoked.(can you say that about an engine?) so i got on ebay and bought some actual 390 rods...... wth. all that leaves is the pistons..... found a set of fed-mog speedpro hyp/eut. for $140, guess i'll pull a double some time this week for piston money.... I'm a greasy partswhore.....

any last minute assembly tips from you pro's?

oh, and i took pics with a film camera, when they come back, I'll show you guy's what a motor is sposed to look like.... <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" />


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Old 06-06-2003, 05:23 AM
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The one thing I would say is not to assemble an engine with wd40. If that is what you said above. Go to your local NAPA and get some white assembly grease.

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Old 06-06-2003, 05:42 AM
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I`ve used both. But mostly white grease. I get mine at bumper to bumper.

When I worked for Super Chevy I noticed the big boys used stp or moter honey.

Do not assemble with wd40.

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When you get to the distributor, put it in timed carefully and perfectly. Then when you try to start and the engine backfires thru the carb, take the distributor out and rotate it 180deg and it will be just right and the engine will start right up. This is how I do it every stinking time.

And WD40 for an assembly lube seems strange. I know it works for everything from arthritis to rust but that is a new one to me.
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Old 06-06-2003, 07:46 AM
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I think what Crazy ment was he wiped the parts down after cleaning everything, for protection untill he started assm.
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Final assy and beer don't mix.

Come to think of it beer and first startup don't go well together either! :p <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[drool]" />

Can't wait to see the pics or the first burnout Larry!
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I am about to attack twin 390FEs for the Mysterion project. Will be my first foray into the wonderful world of Ford engines.
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Old 06-07-2003, 09:43 PM
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lmao you guys.

the wd40 was for after washing the crank to prevent rust. when i set the crank, ( this is not the final assembly) i used valvoline 30 wt.

jeez.... wd40 for assembly.... thats something slanty would have pulled.... lmao rip. sniff.

4 Jaw, what you talkin' bout, beer goes wif everything.....

Willys, your engine start up procedure sounds like the one i use <img src="graemlins/mwink.gif" border="0" alt="[mwink]" /> ..... and I've really grown to love the FE during this build up. I think I'll build another one or two before i try out a 460......i want a 500 ci monster to put in a chevy......
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