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Old 05-04-2004, 08:16 PM
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federal mogul engine kit

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I am rebuilding my first engine, a 327 and am looking into the federal mogul complete engine kit with all the bearings gaskets pistons cam lifters oil pump and everything else. Has anyone used this, is it a good idea and are there any other kits out there that are better.

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Old 05-04-2004, 08:18 PM
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I have for the most part been happy with federal parts. Somethings I probably wouldnt buy from federal, but I would trust a rebuild kit from them.
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Be aware, that if the pistons are the standard 4 valve relief jobs without coated skirts, they likely have .020 off the tops, but if your looking to do just a basic rebuild for street transportation it`ll be fine.
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sorry for being an idiot but what does .020 off the top mean, actually what does it do.
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They are as good as any for stock rebuilds. Don't order your kit until the engine has benn taken a part and measured. Nothing worse than odering a nonreturnable kit with .020 over piston and rings only to find that it will take .030to clean up the bores.
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What .020 off the tops mean is, the compression height of a 327 piston is 1.675, the pistons in the kit are 1.655, this has 2 effects, it lowers compression, and makes quench non existant.
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Old 05-05-2004, 12:18 PM
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I like federal mogul personally. I have used the bearings a good bit and never had any issues. Some people swear by federal mogul bearings. They are what GM used to and may still install from the factory from what I have heard. The pistons are likely the old TRW/Now Speedpro since I believe that FM owns them. Nothing wrong there either.

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