Sactownog

1933 Dodge BARN FIND - HARLEAN'S COMEBACK

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This weekend I was able to get the Intake & Exhaust Manifold sandblasted and painted. piece by piece this engine will come back together. 

these two pictures are before (right off the engine) and after sand blasting (no paint yet) 

 

 

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then painted with 1200+ degree silver paint and ready for install when engine is done. 

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You are VERY lucky those came apart without incident. Looking GREAT!

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10 minutes ago, keiser31 said:

You are VERY lucky those came apart without incident. Looking GREAT!

yeah, So far the only thing on this engine that is giving me problems is the water tube in the block. 

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UPDATE:  was able to slide hammer out the water jacket in the block which came out in one piece (thankfully). 

I got the engine in the steam washer for the 1st hour to see how it cleans up and it did come out pretty well. 

I will be putting it back in the tank on Monday to clean even more.

ALSO: I did the measurements on the crank, the crank has been turned (.30 under on Main) (.20 on Connecting Rod's). the only issue I have is that finding .30 under main bearings is going to be hard to find I guess. I might have to have the crank turned .40 under spec to be able to get new bearings or deal with putting the engine back with the bearings that were in it which do not seem to have any issues. 

as for the connecting rod's, I will get new bearings and polish the crank so that should be an easy step. 

 

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UPDATE: I have got the stock piston's and rod's cleaned. put the engine into the hot tank again to try and get the remaining grease and crud off the block. 

The paint has for the most part come off and the water galley's are getting less clogged. 

the pistons are clean and once I get the mic spec's on them and the cylinder walls with a bore gauge, I will decide if I am going to use the pistons again or buy new ones. 

 

the crank has been turned .40 over and the rod journals are also .40 over. I found bearings from Old Moparts.com and have been buying majority of the things needed for this build from them as they are very helpful. 

 

the cam bearings have been banged out and I will be putting in new bearings for the stock crank. was going to put a HP cam in but I dont feel this is the type of engine that performance upgrades would really make a difference in, so its getting a refresh and put back together. 

 

plans: put back together, paint silver, and run it. 

 

stay tuned. 

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If you want all the crud out of your block, get a pressure washer and blast out the block through the casting/freeze plug openings.  I could not believe what came out of my 48 Plymouth block - two large pails of rust and debris.

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i did not shoot the interior of the block with a pressure washer, I did however soak with PB BLASTER/WD40, then put the block in the steam bath, then used air hose to blow out all the holes and I know what you mean, I got a ton of crud out of the block. makes me think how bad the radiator is. it ran cool (not hot) but I am sure there is crud in the radiator that needs to be flushed. 

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Fun stuff alright.

I will usually poke around inside the water jackets with a wire coat hanger or the likes along with water pressure. Don't forget to do this to the head as well.

Same with the oil galleys.

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16 hours ago, Sactownog said:

i did not shoot the interior of the block with a pressure washer, I did however soak with PB BLASTER/WD40, then put the block in the steam bath, then used air hose to blow out all the holes and I know what you mean, I got a ton of crud out of the block. makes me think how bad the radiator is. it ran cool (not hot) but I am sure there is crud in the radiator that needs to be flushed. 

I had my 29 dodge DA block acid dipped and then sonic tested for wall thickness.

My first block had thin wall between the upper water jacket and valve guide area and couldn’t  continue with the rebuild.

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UPDATE: 

Got the new connecting rod bearings in and torqued, need to get them measured to know if I have any problems to attack. 

I know the crank and main bearings will work, I also got the cam bearings out and need to get the new ones in, they will be placed in a freezer prior to instal to help shrink the bearings before being installed. 

 

little by little this engine is getting put back together (I Hope)

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59 minutes ago, Surf City '38 said:

Do you plan to balance this engine?

this will be done once the connecting rod's are confirmed to work with Crank and the piston's are confirmed to go back into the engine within spec. 

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update: 

got the front lower cross member rivets cut off and got the cross member removed which will make for easier engine install. 

the rear cross member which holds the transmission upper mounts and center sifter has been removed and both will be sand blasted and painted. 

 

the engine spec's are in tolerance for the main bearings and rod bearings. 

 

I will start measuring the cylinders for pistons and find out if I can still use the same pistons or if I need to get new pistons. new rings will for sure go in. 

 

I got a dremmel to take care of the intake and exhaust valves and may open up the ports a bit depending on how I feel.

 

 

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44 minutes ago, stakeside said:

Do you plan to rebuild the oil pump?

actually, I have seen some guy's rebuild the pump and do some UPDATES to them to make them more efficient, however I can not find the person who does this. it was on instagram and for some reason its been a pain in the A$$ to find that person. so now I am considering purchasing a new pump so that it is brand new and not rebuilt. 

 

do you have any opinions? I would like a high flow oil pump but have not seen them anywhere. 

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well after searching I have found that there is no High Pro oil pump and the old one is all I get, so I will buy a new one and go with what I got. 

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