Shop Solutions

CrackedRodsNot Your Father’s Block Repair
Sometimes the front of Oldsmobile blocks get warn and chewed up by the camshaft flange. This is often caused by additional load from a high pressure or high volume oil pump, which makes the distributor work harder and pulls the cam back towards the block.

As shown above, I machine the backside of the cam flange down to the same diameter as the bearing journal and as deep as the width of my Torrington bearing, approximately .125”. When fitted to the cam it is larger in diameter than the cam flange and picks up the original material height of a warn block. The small lip on the torrington bearing fits neatly into the I.D. of the cam bore and does not interfere with the cam bearing. The bearing is from a GM 4L60E transmission, GM part #8642215.
Randy Quam
Competition Engines
Eagan, MN

CBN SharpeningHow to Use Your Seat Machine as a Mill 
When we need to plunge-mill or drill an irregular object, such as when removing a broken bolt or stud in a motorcycle part, we use our seat and guide machine to hold and locate the part. The air clamp, air float and roll over fixture make short work of holding and locating the part, cutting setup time considerably. Our machine also has an auto tap function that is handy when its time to thread the hole for a Helicoil type insert. In my opinion, the machining of an irregular part is not the biggest portion of the job, it’s finding a way to hold the part.
Timm Jurincie
Tuff-Enuf Auto & Marine Performance
Avondale, AZ

line DeburingRear Main Seal Sealing
I use RTV on the back side of most rear main seals. This is a great safety measure on rubber seals and a must on early rope rear main seal style blocks when using a neoprene type conversion seal. Splitting the alignment of the seal to block is always a good idea. Excessive use of RTV in any application can be detrimental to the engine.
Darrin Anderson
Sterling Bearing Inc
Kansas City, MO

Bare CastingHarley-Davidson Guide Replacement
On older Harley-Davidson Pan, Shovel, Ironhead and other cylinder heads, flanged guide removal can lead to damage to the host bore in the head. Many times the guide is distorted and will tear up the bore as it passes back through. To stop this, use a guide boss cutter that is smaller than the guide and simply machine away the whole top flanged guide flush to the head. Then, heat the head and drive the guides out from the spring side to the port.

You will need to cool the head and mic the guide bore to get the correct oversize guide sizes and home for an oversize guide, if needed. I like to machine them from oversize guides in the mill, holding the guide by the collet and turning it against a fixed bit in the vice. While I do this, I will also machine down any guide length that is hanging in the port to reduce wear on the head’s guide bore while pressing them in. Tapering the intake guides is a nice touch.
Ron Flood
Cedar Machine Service
North Branch, MN

Piston Ring RemovalUnderstanding Ring Land Accumulator and Mini Grooves
Before removing press-fit pistons that we plan on reusing, we immerse the piston in a coffee can of motor oil. You only need enough oil to submerge the piston.
We use synthetic oil for the EP and high temperature qualities. We then heat it to about 250 degrees. This expands the piston away from the pin to minimize scratching of the pin bore and lubricates the pin in its travel through the rod end.
Our hotplate is an industrial type with a thermostat, so we set the temp and don’t have to worry about overheating the oil and having it burst into flames.
By using this method, we seldom have to pin hone the pistons, and have never distorted one, but polishing the pins is still required. Many of the engines that need to be balanced use inexpensive pistons with broached slots in the pin bores, which makes pin honing difficult.
Engine Pro Tech Committee
with special thanks to United Engine & Machine Co.
Silvolite, KB and ICON Pistons