4-Bolt Splayed cap 395 short block Nitrous F-body.
Callies Ultra Rods, Diamond custom pistons, Callies crankshaft.
Here is the core. This has a
ProGram main cap for center 3 and the front and rear. Took
about 1 year to receive these.
Block returned from 4-bolt main cap installation and
bore/hone/decking procedure. I still need to do quite a bit
of prep work on the block. I'll grind and buff off sharp
edges and clearance the bottom of the cylinders for the extra
stroke, (rod clearance), and thread tap the front oil gallies, and
clean and paint.
Here she is after grinding and buffing. I do all of this
work outside (even if it's cold outside). I brought the block
back inside to do the oil galley thread tapping, (photo not taken).
The outside of the block is smoothed basically to help it look
better after the paint job.
Looks like I've already cleaned the block with my hot water
pressure washer and scrub brushes. It also gets blown off with
compressed air and oiled with WD40 and wiped with micro-fiber cloth,
You should be able to see the clearanced area at the bottom of
I've been making an oil drain back path for every block at the
left front. Most head gaskets do not block this spot but the
MLS Cometic gasket blocks off in this area.
Painted outside too. Brought inside to warm and dry.
I mask with a used MLS Cometic head gasket and old timing cover
and rear main seal housing. The paint on the deck surface is
on purpose. That will help prevent rust when the engine is in
Now every engine is painted with Eastwood 2 part ceramic
catalyzed urethane. $24/can. It's as strong as POR15 but
goes on with better coverage and faster drying. One can per
block. This method is about 3 times the cost as the
Callies Ultra connecting rod arrives clean enough to install but
this is part of the blueprinting. More cleaning. This is
5.850" long and 2.100" at the big end.
Custom Diamond piston
-5cc, 1.223" CH, 1.2/1.2/3.0mm ring grooves.
All parts cleaned and laid out for error prevention.
Check out the extra duty wrist pin to the right. Trend H-13
Also note the photo below shows the round wire pin lock of which I
prefer over the spiro-locks.
Rob bolt bolt stretch check.
Spec is .0055-.0065" at 80ft-lb
Here we have .0060" (for an example).
Every rod bolt came in at spec.
Crank rod journal at 2.0990".
All rod bearing clearance from .0023 to .0025"
Using King 807XPN bearings at standard size.
Verifying clearance. Here at bottom dead center.
#1 piston/rod needs another round of grinding.....grinding on the
block that is.
This is another photo of #1. I'll
mark all of the areas that require more block grinding and then tear
down to bare block, then grind, then do a final cleaning of the
block prior to installing cam bearings and prior to final assembly.
I always grind at the inboard (cam tunnel) side of the bore.
The rod shoulder will bump here.
Also checking each piston in it's assigned bore. Piston to
bore clearance spec is .005" and I have .006" for all 8
pistons. Good to be on the loose side.