Articles from krazykuda

  1. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 7: Install Pistons in Block

    In this chapter I am going to go through installing the pistons in the block... In the last chapter I showed you how to install the rings on the pistons... Now it's time to install them, or as we used to call it back in the engine factory "shoot the pistons" into the block...

    This is the next step to continue after Sections 1 - 6... If you missed them, you can find it here...

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 1: Block Prep

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 2: Cam Bearing Install

    How...
  2. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 6: Installing Rings on Pistons

    In this chapter I am going to go through installing the rings on the pistons...

    This is the next step to continue after Sections 1 - 5... If you missed them, you can find it here...

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 1: Block Prep

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 2: Cam Bearing Install

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 3: Install Water Jacket and Oil Galley Plugs

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 4: Pre Flight Inspection After Machine Shop Before Assembly

    How to Rebuild a Small...
  3. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 5: Crankshaft Install

    This is the second stage for assembling the engine... In this chapter I am going to go through installing the crankshaft and checking the bearing clearances with plastic gauge...

    This is the next step to continue after Sections 1 - 4 where we tore the block down and cleaned it up, then put the cam bearings, freeze plugs, and oil galley plugs in, and verified everything was done correctly... If you missed them, you can find it here...

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 1: Block Prep...
  4. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 4: Pre Flight Inspection After Machine Shop Before Assembly

    This is the first stage for assembling the engine... If you go to a machine shop for your block work, this is where you want to begin... In this chapter I am going to go through inspecting the block after a machine shop to make sure everything was done properly and give some sources for parts... Not every machine shop is familiar with Mopars and can make mistakes, you want to verify that they did their work properly and catch it now before you begin to assemble the engine...

    This is...
  5. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 3: Install Water Jacket and Oil Galley Plugs

    In this chapter I am going to go through installing the freeze plugs and oil galley plugs in the block...

    This is the next step to continue after part 1 & 2 where we tore the block down and cleaned it up, then put the cam bearings in... If you missed it, you can find it here...

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 1: Block Prep

    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 2: Cam Bearing Install

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    Hello everyone, it's Krazykuda...
  6. How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 2: Cam Bearing Install

    In this chapter I am going to go through installing the cam bearings in the block... If you don't have the tools or experience to do this at home, then have a qualified machine shop do it for you, but make sure to check the bearings are installed properly by probing the holes with a coat hanger to make sure the oil passages are free flowing as described in this chapter...

    This is the next step to continue after part 1 where we tore the block down and cleaned it up... If you missed it, you...
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    How to Rebuild a Small Block Part 1: Block Prep

    Hello everyone, it's Krazykuda here to show you how to rebuild a small block... This article is to help any newbies through rebuilding a small block Mopar LA engine, but may have a few tips that some of you seasoned builders may find useful... If you haven't ever built an engine, I will show you what you need to know to do it yourself...

    The goal of this series is to show what you can do at home in your own garage... Go at your own pace and ability and then take it to someone...
  8. How to do a Basic Wire Splice

    Hi everyone! I'm here to show you how I splice electrical wires. One of my old bosses was an electrical engineer and he gave me some advice on how to properly splice electrical wires.

    I've seen many attempts at splicing wires with my cars over the years, and I've seen some real hack jobs. I will walk you through how to splice two wires together for long term service and dependability. This will include soldering, as it is more permanent and will give you many miles of trouble free...
  9. How to Check Compression

    Hello folks! The subject has come up on how to check compression. This is a thread to show you how I check MY engines for compression when I build them. I find it easy and simple to do this way, so I thought that I would share it with all. :D

    I do ask, since I am writing this on Labor Day 5/26/14 and it will take more than one post to complete, that you not post any questions or comments in this thread until I finish posting and say "That's all Folks". This is to keep the thread...
  10. Hose and Hose Clamp Basics

    Here's a quick thread for the newbies on hose clamps and how to properly install them.
    There are two basic types of clamps, constant diameter (screw type) and constant tension (spring type).

    Constant diameter clamps are the screw type that you adjust to the proper diameter with a screw driver/nut driver. Below is a picture of the constant diameter/screw clamps:
    The second type is the constant tension or spring clamps. These are made for a certain size of hose and apply pressure to...
  11. How I Made My Engine Dolly

    I'm so sick of buying those moving dollies and them breaking when I put an engine on them, even the ones rated for 1000 lb. Hell, I could build a better one myself at home that won't break so easy, or even at all.
    So that's what I did.

    I had an old metal one with wheels that held the engine on the oil pan on the pan rails and you could move the engines around. I tried to call the company from the sticker on it, but the phone number is now used for a phone sex line (wtf?).

    So I used that...
  12. How to ID a Small Block Oil Pan 60's - 80's

    Some people have been asking how to identify a small block oil pan. Here is how to tell the differences in the pans from 273-318-340-360.
    Basically the 273-318-340 are interchangeable and there were two basic "series" of them.

    Also the oil pans for the trucks are different than the oil pans for the cars because the "hump" in the pan is in different locations. For the truck pans the "hump" is on the end, and for cars it is more toward the center. You cannot use a truck pan on a car as the...
  13. How to Assemble the Front of a Small Block

    Hi guys and gals. I have someone asking me how the front end of an engine goes together. Since I don't know how to attach images for a PM, I'm going to use this post to show him what he needs to know and any of you newbies can also learn from this.

    First I'm going to assume that you have the front of the engine torn down.
    Now The first thing that I look for are the two oil galley plugs that go into the holes behind the camshaft thrust plate. Some people have argued that you don't need...
  14. How to ID a Small Block Engine Block:

    Many people ask how do I find out what a small block engine is? You can find out alot about it if you know where to look....
    The first question is: "How do I know what size it is?" That can be easily found out by looking at the driver's side of the block (the one without the oil filter). The casting number is found on the driver's side (left side) of the block as shown here:
    Here is a close up of the casting number. You can see that the engine size is cast into the block at the end of...
  15. How to Install a High Press Spring in a Small Block Oil Pump

    Hello folks! Krazykuda here to show you how to install the MP high pressure spring in the small block oil pump. This will work for all oil pumps for the 273-318-340-360 LA engine.

    Some people like to run higher oil pressure, and some don't. This is for those who choose to run a little more oil pressure than "standard" stock pumps put out. For those of you who don't buy into increased oil pressure, please move on and not leave any negative comments.

    Use this information at your own risk....
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