Originally Posted by 39chevy
I will explain better,my engine is on stand, upside down w/ oil pan off. I am about to install my pistons. Question - does my first piston I install ( no. 2 cyl ) because I am standing in front with eng turned upside down. Does this rod go on journal closest to me?if so then the no. 4 cyl same way piston goes closest to me (front), then same for no. 6 cyl and no. 8 cyl?Advise, explain, Thanks Dana (pic) would be great if u can, I don't want to screw up
When it comes time to install the pistons/rings/rods, you will tip the engine around so the block deck will be about like shown below. Be sure to use rod bolt sleeves to protect the cylinders and crank journals (the guy in the photo isn't using them- and that's a bad practice. It only takes one slip and the crank can be nicked). Short pieces of rubber fuel line can be used to protect the bolts.
Caps only go on one way, be sure they're correctly orientated and turn the crank after each cap is torqued to be sure there's nothing binding.