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Old 09-17-2021, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default 1930 Model A engine

First time on this site for me.

My 1930 engine has a cracked block on the side of the engine below the valve valley or chamber. It had a weld repair done many years ago by an earlier owner which I ground smooth and did my own dye-check inspection. Found many cracks in the thin section which I chose not to attempt a weld or brazing repair even though I am experienced in both methods. Thin, old cast iron likes to crack even when being repaired, so I punted and chose to use high temp epoxy and a plate patch over the affected area. What did I have to lose and what could go wrong? Then I discovered the babbit on the rear main bearing was broken and a total loss. I'm looking for an engine rebuilder in the Sacramento area who might be able to help me rebuild this engine with either insert bearings or babbit. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-17-2021, 11:40 AM   #2
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Maybe Turlock Machine, I have no experience with them.
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Old 09-17-2021, 12:13 PM   #3
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If the block needs work anyways, I would say find another one without cracks.
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Old 09-17-2021, 02:36 PM   #4
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Steve, too bad you’re far away. I have a Diamond A block that needs bored and inserts. I’ll probably never use it.
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