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Old 03-21-2003, 06:27 AM
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I am getting ready to assemble my 383 stroker engine. I purchased a complete rotating assembly from balancer to flex plate. It is balanced and the rods are already installed on the pistons. Does it make a difference which bore they go into? I know enought to place the valve recess up but do the rods have to be facing a certain way? I'm sorry if this is an elementary question but I have spent a lot of money on this my first engine build and don't want to do it wrong. Is there a website to go to for assembly instructions and or pictures? Thanx, Kevin

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Old 03-21-2003, 07:38 AM
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If you look at the rod journal (big end bore)you'll notice one side has a larger chamfer than the other. The side with the larger chamfer will match up to the radius on the rod journals on the crankshaft.
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It will be obvious once you start assembly. If they are already installed, and you put the pistons witht the recess in the right direction, you cant go wrong. If the are 4 eyebrow then you will have to pay attention. The two smaller chamfers will go together in the middle of the journal where the rods touch.

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