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Old 08-04-2003, 07:26 PM
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SBChevy Rod Caps appear mixed up

I've always been led to believe that rods and their caps should be matched for life. When looking at my rebuilt chevy I see that basically none of the side's match.

I've had a good 350 sieze within minutes because the caps were on the wrong rods (co-worker mixed them up). Matched them up again with a new crank and bearings and everything was fine.

I also notice blueish/purple heat discoloration near the piston pin area. The engine turns by hand (little tight, maybe).

My question is this: Should I just trust engine builder (assembled in Mexico, but with many errors: bent pushrod, stuck rocker swivel, head gasket leaking oil, mixed head castings, etc). Or would that be foolish.

Should I replace all the rods and put a new crank/bearing set? I can at least use the flat-top pistons I guess right? Truely a nightmare.
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