Figure 21. Here the block has been cleaned and scrubbed, then sprayed down with WD-40 to keep it from rusting. The block was cleaned with hot water and Dawn dishwashing soap. It was then rinsed with water, then blown dry with compressed air, before spraying it down with the WD-40. The Mr Gasket engine cleaning brushes were used to scrup it all down. The block came with a black powdercoat. It was going to be painted copper, but the black paint is very tough and we deciced to keep it as is, and paint the covers copper instead.
Figure 22. The main caps have been removed to install the bearings for plastigage checking. Everything gets wiped down with Brakleen before the bearings are put in.
Figure 23. The upper bearing shells are installed. The 3 notches in the side of the thrust bearing must face the rear of the block.
Figure 24. Clean the journals on the crankshaft with Brakleen, then carefully set the crankshaft in the block. Do not rotate the crank, as there is no lubricant on the bearings at this time, we are just checking clearances at this time.
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