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sbc torque list

Anyone got a complete or near complete list of SBC torque values? I mean the whole wazzoo. . engine mounts,head bolts,ring gear etc etc all in kind of list. Sick of scrounging for a number here and one there and all over like that

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Anyone got a complete or near complete list of SBC torque values? I mean the whole wazzoo. . engine mounts,head bolts,ring gear etc etc all in kind of list. Sick of scrounging for a number here and one there and all over like that
You need to pick up a factory manual.

Here's my contribution:

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Fastener Type Torque Spec

7/16 in. outer main cap bolt 65 ft.-lbs.
7/16 in. inner main cap bolt 70 ft.-lbs.
3/8 in. outer main cap bolt 40 ft.-lbs.
11/32 in. connecting rod bolt 38-44 ft.-lbs.
3/8 in. connecting rod bolt 40-45 ft.-lbs.
Cylinder head bolts 65 ft.-lbs.
Screw-in rocker arm studs 50 ft.-lbs.
Intake manifold bolts (cast iron heads) 30 ft.-lbs.
Oil filter adaptor -20 x 1-1/4 long 8 ft/lb
Oil pump bolt 60-70 ft.-lbs.
Cam sprocket bolts 18-20 ft.-lbs.
Harmonic damper bolt 60 ft.-lbs.
Flywheel/Flexplate bolts 65 ft.-lbs.
Pressure plate bolts 35 ft.-lbs.
Bell housing bolts 25 ft.-lbs.
Exhaust manifold bolts 25 ft.-lbs.
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It's in the Knowlegde Base.
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It's in the Knowlegde Base.
for the 3 bolts that hold motor mounts on each side?
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for the 3 bolts that hold motor mounts on each side?

For those I always go with "really friggan tight." Seems to have worked so far...
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For those I always go with "really friggan tight." Seems to have worked so far...
Geez ya. Standing there with a pile of shavings of cast from a stripped out block thread on an 8G motor would certainly be a highlight, or did I just mean to say HE!! NO FRIKIN WAY. Ya it mighta been the latter. I'll get some torque values but thanks the same
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Geez ya. Standing there with a pile of shavings of cast from a stripped out block thread on an 8G motor would certainly be a highlight, or did I just mean to say HE!! NO FRIKIN WAY. Ya it mighta been the latter. I'll get some torque values but thanks the same
EZ!

In cases like that, you go by the bolt grade and thread pitch.

But I'm w/Ap on this- I've NEVER torqued the motor mount or clamshell to the block. And I've never stripped a hole or bolt, or had one loosen up on me either.

Ever tried to get a torque wrench on ALL the intake bolts on a Gen I SBC- w/o a crows foot, etc.?
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Why is it no one wants to help themselves and wants the answer without looking or reading.

If you cant find what you want use the chart for the size of the bolt,
That is why there is a Knowledge Base on the site.

Like my Father used to tell me
"If You Ever Need A Helping Hand, There is One At The End Of Your Arm"

site with torque values,
http://www.portlandbolt.com/technica...FRDxDAodqhzHYA
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Here is one for ya

http://boxwrench.net/specs/chevy_sb.htm
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Thank's, That one has been in the Knowledge Base over a year.
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I love the search function of this site. After reading about different 12 threads I found this one and found what I was looking for and both on the same page: Torque values for simple things on my SBC (header bolts, oil pan, valve cover) and spark plug firing order, awesome! Thanks guys !
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Here's another one for the list (work in progress).
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Nice ! What I haven't found yet is for the carburetor. I'm going to remove it to paint the intake manifold and still haven't found how much torque to tighten the nuts when I replace it.

After reading your page I noticed the thread sealant. Do I need to use High Temp (Permatex High-Temperature Thread Sealant) or Regular sealant (Permatex Thread Sealant with PTFE) for the 4 bolts that hold the water pump to the engine?

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Nice ! What I haven't found yet is for the carburetor. I'm going to remove it to paint the intake manifold and still haven't found how much torque to tighten the nuts when I replace it.

After reading your page I noticed the thread sealant. Do I need to use High Temp (Permatex High-Temperature Thread Sealant) or Regular sealant (Permatex Thread Sealant with PTFE) for the 4 bolts that hold the water pump to the engine?
Yes- on the bolts that go into the water jacket.

Carb to intake torque is about 15-20 ft/lb for a 5/16 fastener. Use no more than 12-15 ft/lbs (spec is 144 in/lb) on the long through-bolts if bolting on a Q-jet or the casting can warp.

If you're using a thick insulator gasket, retorque until it takes a set, don't overtorque it hoping to make it stay tight.

I always recheck the carb to intake bolts on a new build along w/the intake to head and header fasteners after every heat cycle until everything settles in.

Truth be told, you can just tighten the fasteners by feel- snug them down plus "a little bit".
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I'd use a sealant (either will do of the two you mentioned, just not RTV). That area of the block doesn't get much hotter than the coolant temp, so unless the "low temp" sealer is below 350 degrees or so it should be fine.
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