Mark Kikta

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About Mark Kikta

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  • Birthday 04/07/1951

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    lothian, MD
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    BCA # 50157
    1922 Buick Touring (22-45)
    1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Town Sedan
    1967 Chevrolet Impala convertable
    2012 Cadillac SRX ( wifes)
    2015 Buick Enclave
    2018 GMC Sierra

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  1. Today I painted my cylinder block. I think it came out nice.
  2. Yes he told me to drill 6 - 1/8 in diameter holes in each piston for the oil rings
  3. You talented machinists could make such a thing where I could not. I used a socket for years but decided to spring for this tool which I thought might be good for many things.
  4. Tonight I felt like I have turned the corner for sure. I got the freeze plugs installed. I used a thin coat of Permatex Aviation form-a-gasket around the edge of the hole and then installed the plugs using my freeze plug installer. I’m very happy with the results.
  5. Morgan thanks, Sounds good to me. sign me up!
  6. I agree with you on that. I'm looking at those wrist pin bushings today to get some.
  7. Don, Dave at Otto Machine said I should use them to keep the plugs from fouling so much. I hope they work well. Not to belabor the discussion on oil control and the wrist pin, Dave also said the same thing you said Don, about the #3 ring (the one above the oil control ring) in that it did most of the scraping of oil off the cylinder walls and he was the one who showed me that the oil control groove under that ring and down to the wrist pin funneled that oil it took off the cylinder walls into that groove and back to the wrist pin where the hole in the wrist pin allowed the oil to lubricate the connecting rod bearing as it went back into the engine crankcase.
  8. Great Morgan! Dave is a wealth of knowledge about rings and associated issues. I wish you the best of luck by 4th of July !!😁
  9. Even my 39 Chevy has dippers to lube connecting rod bearings
  10. Tonight I checked end gap on my new pistons before installing them. I installed the new rings on #1 piston just to see how they looked. End gaps on the oil control rings were all .015. End gaps on all the other rings were between .030 and .025 . I used a tool from Summit to ensure the oil control rings were square in the cylinder before measuring and used the piston to ensure the others were square in the cylinders before measuring them further inside the cylinder.
  11. So what folks are saying is that the the hole in the wrist pin under the connecting rod bearing/bushing is for oil to migrate out to the cylinder walls from below? Im having a problem believing that. I believe the oil is collected between the top and bottom rings and the grooves on the outside of the piston leading to the wrist pin are to give that oil a path off the cylinder walls and aid in lubricating the connecting rod bearing
  12. So my my concern about using the Teflon plugs at the end of the wrist pins is for lubrication. If the pistons have grooves to feed oil to the wrist pins and there is a hole inside the wrist pins to feed that oil to the connecting rod bushing, won’t the Teflon plugs prevent oiling the connecting rod bushings properly?
  13. Dave at Otto machine told me that end clearance on my 1922 should be between15 and 50 thousands. I too have 3 3/8 bore.