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Old 08-01-2017, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default Bearing clearances ?

What should the bearing clearances be for a 221 ; mains [2.3990] and also for big end flanged floating bearings [1.9990] ?
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:09 PM   #2
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1940-model 01a- journal diameter 1.9990- bearing clearance .0017 to .0036- rod end play .006 to .014- rod bolt tension 40 ft. lbs.- main bearing journal diameter 2.4990- bearing clearance .000 to .003- crankshaft end play .002 to .006- main bolt tension 80 ft. lbs.
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Thank you!
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main bearing journal diameter 2.4990- bearing clearance .000 - .003
.000 - is that correct?
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:08 PM   #5
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Have you have posted for a Y block [1955] or is that the book date??
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:46 PM   #7
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---From Ford engine repair book---
mains - .0005 to .003, wear limit .005
rod to crankpin -.0015 to .0035, wear limit .005
camshaft to bearing clearance-- .001-.002, wear limit .004
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:13 PM   #8
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.0001 for oil?
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:14 PM   #9
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I've never delt with the flanged rod bearings. On the 21A rods I have then honed .001-.0015 larger than the 2.220 the factory suggests. I also increas the side clearance of the bearing to .020" and the side clearance of the rods to.008-.010 for street and .012-.015 for racing. The reason for tis is to improve oil flow, thus cooling the bearing. These numbers are proven by many laps of hard driving and an old 296 that has over 50 K on it now. Modern oil may make these number obsolute.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:04 PM   #10
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The numbers are from the 1955 Motor's manual. Coverage ranges from 1940-1955. The numbers I posted are for the 1940-model 01a- 221 cu. in. v8 motor. Harley
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Good stuff guys! gotta have more learnin'
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:17 PM   #12
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.0000 main clearance would be a little difficult to oil! Oil does have physical thickness.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:34 PM   #13
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Listen to Ol' Ron. He has been building flatheads longer than I've been driving them. I started in 1962 in a 50 model. Harley
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