|| A Studebaker Reference Guide
This is a list of engine related tips/tricks:
Contents | Chapter 2
- Check each main bearing with plastigauge for
specifications. Do this with the journals dry.
- Check rod bearings with plastiguage for specifications
- Don't use oil or white grease to assemble engine and
bearing assemblies - use engine and bearing assembly lube
- Check crankshaft end play with dial gauge to check for
- To help prevent bearing failure, use a thin walled socket
not a standard socket when tightening main or rod bearings.
- When lubing camshafts, use camshaft and lifter break in
lube on the lobes.
- Stock valve springs will often "coil bind" when combined
with the higher lift of a new camshaft with the valve at a full lift.
There should be a minimum of .06 inches between the spring coils.
- Don't use old lifters on a new camshaft and visa versa.
- Use compressed air blown through the spark plug hole to
hold valves in place in order to replace valve springs.
- Check side clearance of rings on pistons, and check end gap
of rings in cylinders to make sure that they are within specifications.
- When dialing in an engine, the #1 cam journal should not
have assembly lube on it. Apply the lube after you have dialed in the
- Oil wrist pins before installing the pistons in engine with
regular engine oil.
- Oil rings and skirts of pistons before installing pistons.
- Pack the oil pump with grease to prime the pump before
- When installing heads, coat the bolt threads with sealer if
they thread into the water jacket. Otherwise use lubricating oil to
ensure even torque.
- Use "antiseize" compound on header bolts to make it easier
to remove them at a later time.