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Popped off rod and main caps - looks new, ARP main studs and factory (I think, may be ARP though - they were torqued to 55 FtLbs). Heavy Duty rod bolts. Back together it goes.
This is my first experience with the MW stage II PN# 2406395 rods. Big time beefy, if I had known about these before, I probably would never have used H beams in my past builds, they look to be that strong (I beams). If I can remember, I'll get some pics of them before I button up the bottom end. I don't know if they came bushed and free floating wrist pins but these have been bushed and are free floating. The pistons are MP forged units (PN# P4876451, 0.060" over). The crank is a stock forged 440 unit and the journals are perfect. Bores look good, still some cross hatching present, cam bearings look new - the timing chain was tight with no play (a billet double roller 3-bolt cam unit), it looked like new and like I said, no stretch. I gave the Hughes solid cam, lifters, springs, retainers/locks and that timing set to someone who needs it since I'm replacing with a Isky solid roller setup and Cloyes 3-bolt timing gear set.
The head gasket was a Felpro 0.039" compressed thickness. The pistons are zero decked and the CC is 81cc (head chamber). Calculated CR was in the neighborhood of 11.69:1, I'm installing Felpro 0.051" compressed thickness gaskets to bring that down to 10.9-11.0 CR with 81cc MW iron heads. I will probably have to add some good stuff when I flog it at the track but should be manageable cruising with good 93.
I've been dealing with Isky on the new valve train. I got a call from Ron Iskenderian (Ed's kid) a few minutes ago (2114 EST or 09:14pm EST) about sorting out the new grind. Now THAT's service from an American company. I've run nothing but Isky stuff since 1976 and this is the reason why besides the fact that their stuff runs great in my builds. I still remember the days when Ed would answer the phones (yeah, I'm old now), always a class act and treated everyone the same, big time or small time (me).
New AMD 63 Plymouth B-Body bumpers got here today. I'm whipped so I'll unbox tomorrow and give you guys my impressions. They sure are packed well though. Picking up the hood, deck lid and K-member up from the dippers tomorrow afternoon, I'll post up some pics.
Here's some pics. Had an unpleasant surprise on the hood. Pinholes galore on the front leading edge (really no surprise there, it's common on 62-65 B's). AMD bumpers are very nice, great chrome and stamping.
Just received the NOS Dana 60 Powr-Lok and Dr. Diff D60 overhaul kit with Timken bearings and a Motive D60 4.10 R&P to replace the Strange D60 spool and 4.56 R&P
Invested in a nice balancer puller/installer, ARP thread chasing set (long time coming for this one, had to do it but they are PROUD of them - $113 for 4 chasers)
Stocked up on lubes and thread sealants (sealants are necessary for the MW heads, no blind outer exhaust threads on these babies)
I am in parts waiting hell from Isky & PTC converters - both should ship next week and then I can degree and button up the bottom end. Going with a 9.5" PTC converter to replace the 8" I had in there.
MW heads are done and picked them up yesterday. Shop said they hadn't seen a 1 angle valve job in a while. Now it sports an up to date 3 angle VJ. Springs are waiting on Isky, so I'll finish setting up the heads when I get the Isky kit in. I'll get some pics up when I finish the job. These are unported examples and don't need a full port job for my future use - rare to see unmolested MW heads. Had to replace 2 guides and the rest of the guide heights were all over the place, so Mike squared them up and we're all good now. Mike Rion at Treasure Coast Auto Machine in Stuart FL did the job (he handles most of what I need to farm out - good shop, if you need anything, give him a holler.
I need a new driveshaft, so the rusted unit is going to a shop to duplicate this week or weekend.
Hopefully the 65 slip yoke PB trans is back from the builder next week.