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Gas Engines » Deck height measurement on 348 chevy W block » 10/02/2015 2:09 pm

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We have a chevy 348 we're checking the deck height on.  Prosos says, "9.0315"  We are assuming that is measured from the intake manifold side of the cylinder where the deck comes closest to the actual cylinder wall.

Anyone have a method they use to measure that as a bare block without
the block up? Often, just to get close, we use a bar through the mainline and check upwards to the deck. but with this being at an angle, that method goes out the window.  

We may just have to put a rod and piston in and do it that way.


Business Development/Management » Cam Bearing R&R labor charges ?? » 10/01/2015 9:34 am

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Northern Indiana here. We charge $40 to install most all of our passenger car cam bearings. We get more for Diesels, Tractors, you know, anything industrial.  Anything semi-fit that we have to bore, we charge completely different for of course.

If we have to fit some to get clearance we do not add on any charges.  Like most things it would be nice to raise some of these prices to a more ideal shop labor percentage, but when we doing an entire engine rebuild, we might lose some business.  Shop rates, and individual charges are something we are constantly thinking about, and trying address shortcomings.  

Perhaps I'll look a little closer at how much time this operation takes.

MrBill, quite interesting about cams converted to reamers.  Just a slot ground in an old cam I assume?  

General Discussion » Ceramic Taper Plugs For Crankshaft Welding » 10/01/2015 8:23 am

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We also have difficulty finding ceramic plugs.  ra1946 were you ever able to find a supplier?  We have used carbon plugs in the past, made from carbon electrodes, but prefer not to use them due to how it it hardens the weld surrounding it.  

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