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What was the first year insert bearings were used?

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The oldest car that I worked on that had insert bearings was a 1922 Peerless. It also had a roller cam. Most cars did not get insert bearings until the mid 1930's. Not positive about Buick, but I think I read somewhere a while back that it was 1933. Dandy Dave!

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Insert bearings on the mains - early (perhaps '33 as one reader suggested). Insert bearings on the conn rods - later ('49 sounds about right). I purchased a set of conn rods from a later engine to some day slip into my '38. For now my babbitted bearings are still holding up.

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