Originally Posted by Quarter Flash
Use a cam gear with one bolt holding it on to give you some leverage installing the cam. Slightly and slowly turn the cam as you work it in (careful carful) it will take a small drop every time the cam bearing surface clears the block bearings as you go in. Put assembly lube on cam lobs, distributor gear, back end of cam, the bottom of the lifters, both ends of pushrods, and on the end of the valve stems, both cam gears and chain. Make sure you soak your rings in oil also. Check all ring end gaps in the cylinder they will be installed in. This will assure you that no one made a mistake at the ring factory and gave you the wrong ring or rings. If you are not an experienced engine builder I would suggest you buy pre-gapped rings. Check your manifold gaskets and make sure there is no gasket material over hanging into the port or intake runners. If there is carfully trim it back with a razor or buy a different gasket you can trim or one that fits. Buy a tap and die set and re-tap all your bolts and bolt holes even if they are new. Pay attention to the proper torquing procedures and specifications for your engine. I usually torque in three steps example: 20 ft lbs, 40 lbs and 65 lbs on heads these specs may not be right for your engine. Always torque twice at least on each step because by the time you reach the last bolt in the sequence the first can become loose again. Depending on your gasket requirements you may need to re-torque your head gaskets and manifold gaskets after engine break-in procedure, heads first. Check the endplay on your crankshaft and make sure it is not excessive, especially if itís a regrind. Your book will give you the process and specs. Plastic gauge your main and rod bearings before you lube them. Check your manufactures recommendations for specs. Use assembly lube on your main and rod bearings, bearing surface only not on the backside. Use medium strength thread locker on your damper bolt. If your crank is not threaded for a damper bolt drill and tap it or have it done. Properly torque your starter it may save your ring gear. Make sure your ring gear is not on backwards. Check starter and ring gear fit before you bolt your bell housing or trans up and install your engine. Some people will disagree but I like to put a small smear of assembly lube on every other cog on the starter ring gear or flywheel. Donít put a lot on just enough to film the gear. Put your thermostat in a pan of water and make sure it opens before the water boils. Buy new motor mounts if yours are in doubt at all. If you have exhaust donuts consider changing them, now is a good time because you can get to them before you in stall your engine. Re-torque exhaust donuts after your engine break in procedure. I am sure I have forgot a lot of things. Some of what I do may be controversial and therefore I recommend you use what you and others feel is right for you. I am not trying to tell you what to do just suggestions.
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