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Old 04-29-2019, 01:21 PM   #81
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Glad that worked. It looks like you've got a better place to start than most. Now, hope for no cracks.


Knock on wood but Iím feeling real good about it so far! I havenít been able to find any cracks yet.

Not bad for $200!


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Old 04-29-2019, 08:55 PM   #82
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Use a good penetrating oil and then give those stuck valves a tap with a wood block, or brass drift. Should free them up.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:27 AM   #83
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Hi "sharp", try to find a shop who will use a block-plate to finish-hone the bores, it's fairly important on these Flathead castings!

Also, make certain you have it pressure-tested, do not rely on "magging" only!

Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

P.S. Would also strongly recommend some stainless valves and some bronze-lined guides so there will be no valves "hanging" down the road.
I spoke to my machinist last week about using a block plate, and he laughed, but mine will not be a performance build. Supposed to start machining this week. Fingers crossed.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:39 AM   #84
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I spoke to my machinist last week about using a block plate, and he laughed, but mine will not be a performance build. Supposed to start machining this week. Fingers crossed.
Ziggster:

I've had more bad and expensive machine work done in the past than I care to admit.

Please listen to others here, find another shop. If he doesn't think a torque plate is necessary, what other short cuts is he taking?
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:55 AM   #85
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I'm no expert, and I'm sure having one honed with a toque plate gives piece of mind, but he simply doesn't have one. I trust him based on feedback from those that have used him in the past and I'm comfortable with any potential risk. I found this post here on HAMB, but I'm sure there are others that say the opposite.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...gines.1055001/
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:54 AM   #86
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I'm no expert, and I'm sure having one honed with a toque plate gives piece of mind, but he simply doesn't have one. I trust him based on feedback from those that have used him in the past and I'm comfortable with any potential risk. I found this post here on HAMB, but I'm sure there are others that say the opposite.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...gines.1055001/
I'm no expert either, but I rely I expert opinions. Different builds may require different tools. My motor is at 3 3/8" +.030. That is a big bore. A flathead deck is thin and there is no doubt in mine or my builder's mind that a bore that big with a deck that thin it needs a torque plate.

I pulled a quote from the the thread you copied. I feel a flathead block falls into the same category as a Ford 302 block in terms of this.

Think about it. There is a reason why Ford added 3 more studs to the block when it went to 239 c.i. A cast iron head clamping down on that deck with one big hole and many smaller holes on a thin casting is going to move.



from what I have seen the lighter the block the more it needs a plate. A 302 ford will move enough to mesure but a big block 460 its hard to see. The ones I did we bored without the plate on a rotler bar then put the plate on the 302 pulls around the head bolts about .0015ish big blocks you could berly get .0002
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Old 05-11-2019, 01:28 PM   #87
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No progress as such, but just got this in the mail so Iím ready to continue




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Old 05-11-2019, 02:09 PM   #88
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One of these pry bars will come in awful handy when pulling the horseshoe clips as well.
Once the clip is out you can sometimes pry up on valve from bottom, tap down and repeat, using lots of PB blaster.
Or you can get the other tool here and make the job even easier.
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Old 05-12-2019, 06:50 AM   #89
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Iím always happy to buy more tools!


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Old 05-13-2019, 07:22 AM   #90
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If you get another motor......keep them separated......they breed like rabbits!!!!!....Mark
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:44 AM   #91
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One of these pry bars will come in awful handy when pulling the horseshoe clips as well.
Once the clip is out you can sometimes pry up on valve from bottom, tap down and repeat, using lots of PB blaster.
Or you can get the other tool here and make the job even easier.
The KD valve tool is an excellent edition to anyone's flathead tool arsenal.
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:24 AM   #92
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Oil pump drive cover off. Now how to get the idler gear out while the block is on the stand...?



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Oil pump drive cover off. Now how to get the idler gear out while the block is on the stand...?



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Get a little pry bar or light duty puller. It's been a while since I've torn down an 8BA motor, but I believe it is just riding on a bushed post in the back of the block.

It may be stuck on from years of oil goop and muck.
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:25 AM   #94
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"Sharp" - Just a question about an obscure item. Is the oil pump drive cover stamped steel or cast iron? Every Ford car 8BA I've seen had a stamped cover, while the Merc's (admittedly only two) had cast covers. Your's looks cast (maybe because it's a truck engine 8RT)?
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:03 AM   #95
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I remember making a 'slide hammer' out of a short piece of all thread (or a long bolt) and some nuts and washers. It just needed to be the same size thread as the idler gear center. It came out pretty easily once I got that rigged up.
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:04 AM   #96
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If you don’t want to damage the idler then get a puller. Screw bolt into threaded hole then pull slowly.

P.S. Tubman, I just looked at an 8 RT motor I have torn down, cover plate is stamped.

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Old 05-15-2019, 06:21 AM   #97
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Valves! No progress. Canít get the horseshoe retainers off and canít get anything going.

I wonít need to reuse any of these will I? Can I just cut the spring then cut the valve stem down low?


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Old 05-15-2019, 06:55 AM   #98
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I just cut the valves to get them out.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:56 AM   #99
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I had the same problems with my teardown. Ended up getting out the plasma torch to cut the springs & valve stems, then pulled the valves out from above (some with the help of a slide hammer) and drove the guides down into the valley. Only way to do it in some cases!


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Old 05-15-2019, 12:34 PM   #100
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This probably isn't the best way but it worked for me. Pry up the spring from the bottom and see if you can't get the 2 little keepers on the valve stem bottom off. If you can, then the valve should just pull out from the top. A little of the aforementioned acetone/trans fluid on the valve guides will help. I was then able to pop the springs out (wear eye protection). After that I tapped the valve guides down and out from the top using the right sized socket and extension.
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