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Old 01-12-2013, 04:10 AM
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No threadlocker on main or rods- right.

Top: Red arrows indicate the numbered sides of the rod and cap. Opposite bank of cylinders have their numbers on opposite side (yellow arrow). Numbers should face the pan rail.

Remember to follow the Ford cylinder numbering system unless they were numbered differently by you or someone else- not all 302s had the rods numbered from the factory.

*If the pistons are on the rods, they'll have an arrow or notch. This faces forward.
*Numbers face the pan rail.
*If you install a rod bearing into the rod and cap, you'll see that it is positioned with one side further away from the face of the rod/cap. That side faces the crank cheek.
*Usually the larger chamfer also faces the crank cheek; smaller chamfer faces the other rod on that journal.<br>
Note: There are exceptions to the chamfer orientation, unrelated to any specific make or size of engine- it happens randomly. There may be chamfers facing both ways in the same engine.
*IIRC small block Fords have the bearing tangs oriented to the inside of the engine.

You need to get this right, so if this doesn't answer your question, post again.

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