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    Keller, TX
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    1949 Dodge Power Wagon


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  1. Hey all, I just wanted to heap some praise on a crankshaft shop I've used couple of times. For you who are in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area, there is a shop called Tripple 'N'Gin, (yes, that's the correct spelling) and the guy, named George, has done some excellent work for me. A while back, I took him my 265 crank to have the rear seal surface welded up and ground smooth, and he did a fabulous job, leaving absolutely no sign of the deep pitting that had been there. You couldn't even tell it was welded - it just looked factory original. Other shops in the area had said that portion of the crankshaft was too narrow for their grinding wheels, but this gentleman has many different sizes/widths. In fact, a big local crankshaft repair shop had sent me to him, saying they sub out a lot of their work to him, and that he always does a great job. As best I can tell, he's just a small, one-man show, but I like that even better. Well, fast-forward several months, and I haven't gotten around to installing the crank into the engine yet, and although I had it covered with a plastic bag, some humid air had found its way under the bottom of the bag and onto the bottom couple of journals and seal surface. As it turns out, it was mostly just light surface rust, but I wasn't able to satisfactorily polish it myself, and I thought it might need welding again, so I took it back to George a couple of days ago. He looked at it and said it only needed a good polishing, not welding, and he polished up all of the journals right there on the spot (I was expecting to have to leave it with him). He then coated each journal with a thick, oily substance, to keep them from corroding again. To top that off, after spending about a half-hour with me, he didn't even charge me anything. I tried to give him something, but he wouldn't take it. Now my crank is back in shape, and I thought I owed it to him to spread the word about his good work and honesty. I don't think he has a website, but he is on Facebook. His number is (972)259-2474. If he's away, you can also try his cell phone, which is (214)529-2436. Both numbers are published on his business card and his Facebook page, so I don't think there's an issue with me posting them here.
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    valve guide sizing

    It seems that you could use a dial indicator to measure the clearance, per the specs in the rebuild manual and use those measurements to determine if you need to ream the guides or not.
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    28 Chrysler 25" Engine tare down and rebuild

    This is a very interesting thread. It's fascinating to see the innards of an earlier flathead than the kind that most of us are used to working on.
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    Lifter/Tappet-to-Bore Clearance

    Thanks, that seems a lot more in line with what I would expect. The Buick is not a flathead, right? Not sure if that makes a difference or not, since the lifters in a flathead are closer to the exhaust region. What's the diameter supposed to be on those Buick lifters?
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    Lifter/Tappet-to-Bore Clearance

    No, actually, none of the above. Well, I don't know the mileage on it, but the engine had never been rebored, and the crank journals were all standard size. The engine wasn't particularly gunked up either. It was definitely time for a rebuild, but I don't know why the lifters are as loose as they are. Now, my previous engine - the one with the trails of metal debris coming from the lifter bores - it had been rebuilt at least once before I rebuilt it, so it's more understandable on that one.
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    Lifter/Tappet-to-Bore Clearance

    Thanks, guys. Yeah, I'm really leaning toward getting the bores oversized, as long as I can find a shop that will do a good job of it. A lot of machine shops don't do this kind of work, and I don't want one that says, "sure, we'll try it."
  7. Hi guys, I'm rebuilding a 265 to go into my '49 Power Wagon, and I checked the clearances between the tappets and their bores. One manual says to use a dial indicator, and says the indicator reading is the actual clearance, so I did that, exactly as shown in the figure provided in the manual. Most of the readings are 0.0025 - 0.003", with a couple of them being 0.0035", a couple being 0.0015 or 0.002" and one being 0.004". Two manuals say the clearance should be 0.000 - 0.001" and another says it should be 0.000 - 0.0007". Obviously, my readings are far beyond that, but I also have a hard time believing the clearance should be as small as the manuals say. That just seems like asking for trouble to have such a tight fit. Looking online to find clearance specs for lifters in other engines, it seems that most of them call for a minimum of 0.001" and as much as 0.0025" or some even say 0.003" is ok. Of course, these are for engines like Chevy and Ford V8's, but at least they are for lifters with flat bottoms (not roller lifters). Even so, most of my readings are at or beyond those upper limits. I also measured the tappet diameters and found them all to be less than minimum for new parts (not too surprising, I suppose), and several are approaching the wear limit. The new part dimensions are 0.6235 - 0.6240" and the wear limit is 0.6225". Several of mine were in the 0.6227 - 0.6232" range. I have a set of NOS 0.008" oversize tappets that I could take to a machine shop and have them bore out the holes, but sometimes doing something to fix a problem can cause more trouble. Do I really need to worry about the clearances I'm seeing? I'm a little leery of leaving them as is, because I had a 230 flathead with similar clearances and 3 or 4 of the tappets/bores eventually produced oily trails full of metal shavings. I don't know if that's because of the looseness of the tappets in their bores or something else. I seem to remember that some tappets didn't rotate like they should. I suppose they could have been the same ones producing metal shavings, but I don't know for sure. I'd like to hear your input. If I do use the oversize lifters, what clearance do you recommend? Thanks, Matt
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    Excessive engine noise

    FYI - I spoke with George Asche last year, regarding engine rebuilding, and recommended using a drill bit to open up the hole in the little oil nozzle that oils the chain. He said the factory size is a little small and doesn't provide quite as much oil as it should for long chain and sprocket life. He didn't know exactly what size drill bit he uses, but just said, "it's the first one in the set." Of course, the size of the first one in the set all depends on which set one owns. At any rate, I'm sure opening it up any amount at all will help.
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    Another 230 build thread

    I guess you must be talking about a recommendation from George regarding break-in oil? When I spoke to George about a year-and-a-half ago, he recommended using Amsoil for the regular oil. He said he got somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 miles out of one flathead that used Amsoil. If there's no harm is using zinc, I may use it too. It's not like it's gonna break the bank or anything. It's been a while since I looked at Amsoil's website, but I think they have a zinc additive available. If we're worried about cost, then we probably shouldn't own these cars.
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    Time for an overhaul...

    I think the slow-turning fan was just an illusion caused by the camera recording speed. I believe the engine was idling the whole time it appeared to be cranking slowly. You can see the fan appear to speed up, slow down, even go backward throughout the video. Maybe you knew that and were just joking, but I thought I'd mention it, in case you weren't joking.
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    Rebuild of 230

    Andy Bernbaum, Terrill Machine in Texas, Vintage Power Wagons. These are just the ones I can think off-hand. I know there are others. Also, you can get some parts, such as pistons, crankshaft bearings, piston rings, gasket sets, timing chains and gears, valves and valve guides from places like O'Reilly Auto Parts and NAPA, although they won't have complete rebuild kits.
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    Head bolt questions

    Ok, I wonder if they got some more in stock. Last time I inquired about them (last year, I think?), they said they could not get them anymore. I may have to check back with them. Thanks.
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    Head bolt questions

    Not trying to hijack this thread, but I've been wondering what you guys do to mount items to the top of the engine, when you no longer use the factory bolts that have the threaded recesses in the heads? For example, on my engine, there are short bolts that hold the horn in place by threading into the recesses in the heads of the head bolts. Many people use new bolts that are intended for Chevy engines, and they work fine for the primary function of holding the head in place, but they don't have threaded recesses to accommodate the bolts for the horn and other items.
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    Rod Bolts

    Hi Walt, I did the search just now, and I remember seeing that post before. The thing that strikes me is that someone else chimed in and mentioned exhaust lock washers, thinking they were the same as the ones you mentioned, and thinking they were the same as the lock washers used on our rods, but I'm pretty sure those exhaust washers are what VPW had, and they turned out not to be correct. I just caution the buyer of any such washers to be observant to see how the washers fit. It's not difficult at all to tell if you have incorrect ones. It was fairly obvious that the ones I bought were not correct, when I test-fitted them, as they did not fit down into the rod cap washer recess.
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    Rod Bolts

    Regarding the rod washers, I had also gotten some washers from VPW, and they were too large. They looked kind of close but they didn't sit properly in the recesses of the caps. So make sure yours fit correctly into those recesses. That was just last year, and the washers for the 265 are the same as for the other flatheads. A for the nut torque, I spoke to George Asche, who has rebuilt literally hundreds of these flatheads in his long life, and he said he applies engine oil to the threads and torques up the nuts to 45 ft-lbs.

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