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Old 03-18-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Just got my block back today from the machine shop. I had it line bored, cam bearings, notched for the stroker kit and honed. But when I got it home and took it out of the bag OMG !!! The block looks like crap, the inside looks great but the outside is rusted pretty bad. I called the shop and they said they only do machine work. Well I assume they did block dipping but guess not. I pressured washed it but it didn't do a thing. Hate to rebuild my engine and can't paint it.

Anyone know of a good rust eating stuff ? Or should I just take it to another machine shop.

Will the new cam bearings and cylinder hone be ok if I take it to be dipped.
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Before you get all your parts on there you can probably use a wire wheel on a grinder.just tape off any openings so you don't get loose material in the block.
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No, do not dip it with the cam bearings in.Do as dreamstang said or use some Naval Jelly then scrub it good on the outside with some hot soapy water and a stiff bristled brush. Wash all over including behind the ears and don't forget to rinse good too.
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Just got my block back today from the machine shop. I had it line bored, cam bearings, notched for the stroker kit and honed. But when I got it home and took it out of the bag OMG !!! The block looks like crap, the inside looks great but the outside is rusted pretty bad. I called the shop and they said they only do machine work. Well I assume they did block dipping but guess not. I pressured washed it but it didn't do a thing. Hate to rebuild my engine and can't paint it.

Anyone know of a good rust eating stuff ? Or should I just take it to another machine shop.

Will the new cam bearings and cylinder hone be ok if I take it to be dipped.
You can get a rust eating agent at a car quest or napa.. Tell them your story an they'll help you
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I would recommend using the duplicolor engine enamel.it works very very well.it does spray a little funny, and I think that is because it contains ceramic.

I attached some before and after pics.I painted the power steering pump, and alternator brackets.
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I did what you guys said. Went to Napa and explained my problem. The guy look at me and said "been there" and off he went grabbing a basket on the way. A few minutes later he came back with stainless steel brushes, navel jelly, detergent, W.D. 40 and D.C. Engine enamel. Then he said " all ya need is water, elbow grease and time. ...... LoL. Guess what I been doing for 7 hours. Yep

Again thanks everyone I hope my stuff turns out like your.
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I did what you guys said. Went to Napa and explained my problem. The guy look at me and said "been there" and off he went grabbing a basket on the way. A few minutes later he came back with stainless steel brushes, navel jelly, detergent, W.D. 40 and D.C. Engine enamel. Then he said " all ya need is water, elbow grease and time. ...... LoL. Guess what I been doing for 7 hours. Yep

Again thanks everyone I hope my stuff turns out like your.
That sounds like a great employee they have. Some auto parts guys just have no clue..
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I did what you guys said. Went to Napa and explained my problem. The guy look at me and said "been there" and off he went grabbing a basket on the way. A few minutes later he came back with stainless steel brushes, navel jelly, detergent, W.D. 40 and D.C. Engine enamel. Then he said " all ya need is water, elbow grease and time. ...... LoL. Guess what I been doing for 7 hours. Yep

Again thanks everyone I hope my stuff turns out like your.
You definitely got lucky finding a parts man with some knowledge.
But then again I've always had better luck at NAPA parts stores than anywhere else.
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Finished the block today. I looks great again thanks everyone. Hoping to do the bottom half of this kit Saturday morning my first stroker build. A couple of people have told me don't forget to run the rods right. What's right ? is there a curtain way they go. I was told the bevel goes to the crank. They all look the same to me. The instructions don't mention it at all kinda confused !!
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Glad to hear it turned out good.you have any pics? Sorry I personally haven't done a whole lot of bottom end work.but someone will fill you in.
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I see what I can do I not sure how to do photos
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Finished the block today. I looks great again thanks everyone. Hoping to do the bottom half of this kit Saturday morning my first stroker build. A couple of people have told me don't forget to run the rods right. What's right ? is there a curtain way they go. I was told the bevel goes to the crank. They all look the same to me. The instructions don't mention it at all kinda confused !!


Connecting rods must be oriented to the crank’s rod journal with the rod big end’s largest side chamfer facing the journal fillet. In this photo, the rod’s large chamfer is seen at the right. The larger chamfer provides clearance at the crank rod journal fillet.
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Sweet !!!! Now I see the light !! Now I'm good. And just for information. Them twist rings for the wrist pins are a butt to put in.
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Sweet !!!! Now I see the light !! Now I'm good. And just for information. Them twist rings for the wrist pins are a butt to put in.
Nah, with some practice and a few cut fingers you can roll them right in.


They hold so much better than just a plain old clip that they are well worth the extra effort.
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The instruction says to use two per side but I'm having a really hard time getting the second one. A bunch of cussing got the first one but it's not working for the second. Is there a special way the second goes or just get it in there.
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