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Hello .. First message board posting . I am having major problems installing pistons with new rings in my 88 chevy 350 . All gaps are within specs , machine shop said pistons look good , rings are cast iron from napa , rings are on correctly ( i paid close attention to markings and directions ) piston was placed in the original orientation ( mark towards the front) all pistons slide freely in there cylinders with no wooble( without rings ) , I coated the piston and bore with plenty of oil , and now the piston is completely jammed in the cyllinder ??? I tried the next piston and it also jammed . I used a somewhat flimsy ring compressor for the installation . Could this have caused a problem ? What am i missing? I have never had this kind of problem . All my previous engine rebuilds were water cooled VWs . This is my first push rod V8 .
 

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Hi Brian, welcome to the board.
First, you should post this in the engine section, maybe one of the mods will move it for you.

.. All gaps are within specs , ...
Did you put the rings into the cylinder and measure the gap with a feeler ga?

... the piston is completely jammed in the cyllinder ???
How far down the cylinder does the piston go before jamming? past the first ring, 2nd ring, etc. ?

Are you positive the rod isn't coming into contact with the crank? You can make some ugly nicks that way and have to turn the crank to fix it. I usually put pieces of tubing over the rod bolts just to be safe.

This is my first push rod V8 . [/B]
Just pay attention to detail and you'll be ok.

Roy.
 

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Hello from brian . I found the problem . It took trips to all the major auto parts stores , two chevy dealerships and two machine shops to finally get an answere . From 1987 to 1995 chevrolet made two distinct pistons: deep oil groove pistons and shallow oil groove pistons . My truck was equipt with the shallow pistons . The shallow groove piston ring set is apparently hard to find . Not even did the chevy dealer's parts and service department know about this distinction . I finally found a knowlegeable machine shop who ordered the correct rings. MR GOODWRENCH ?? .

Now I have a new issue . I scarred up two rods trying to remove the jammed pistons , and instaed of having them remachined the machine shop put my pistons on some used 350 rods that were laying around ( for free ) . Later when I got home I realized that one piston was on the rod reverse of all the others , and the two foreign rods had the counter ballances shaved down . Will I have a severe balance problem ? can I reverse the backwards rod to maintain the original piston orientation ( mark towards the front ) ?
 

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You will have to refit the piston. The rods have a thrust side that has to go to the crank side. If that makes scence.

Troy
 
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