Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Richmond, VA
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360 swap, the saga continues (a bit long)
Well I finally got the entire thing torn apart. Woohoo.
As I was cleaining up a bit my friend's machinist (the one who does all of the work on his dragster engine) came over to chat with me about my project. He seemed very intersted in my rebuild and offered a few pointers (always open to suggestions).
1. If you are going to go through the work of tearing apart an engine and replacing most of the stuff you may as well bore it because it will save you time/headaches/money in the long run.
2. 360 rockers are very prone to wear where the bridges mount to the arms. These should be replaced to prevent the unnerving tap tap tap sound when the engine is running.
He stated that he could probably...
1. Hot tank the block
2. replace all the freeze plugs
3. replace the cam bearings
4. replace the rest of the bearings
5. bore the engine .030
6. press new pitons onto rods
7. install new rings
8. polish crank (if needed)
9. tank the heads
10. grind valves and seats
11. install new valve seals
12. match the heads to the block
13. guides, etc.
he said he would have to check prices for parts, but he could probably do it for about $500
he would have to check on the prices for the rocker problem.
so the project has now slowed down a bit. i figure if i am going to do it, i may as well do it right. now i have to see if i can talk the jeepwife into letting me have a little bit more of my money. well see...