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    ROCKERS CAME APART, NEEDLE BEARINGS IN OIL PAN

    I just bought this 427 small block that had 2 rockers broken off at the mount. (one of the rockers spilled all its needle bearings) most of them were laying on the head. I pulled the oil pan and did find a few in there along with some brass shavings. the motor runs great but is it safe to keep it going with out a complete tear down ?

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    Re: ROCKERS CAME APART, NEEDLE BEARINGS IN OIL PAN

    Quote Originally Posted by motorobb625
    I just bought this 427 small block that had 2 rockers broken off at the mount. (one of the rockers spilled all its needle bearings) most of them were laying on the head. I pulled the oil pan and did find a few in there along with some brass shavings. the motor runs great but is it safe to keep it going with out a complete tear down ?
    No way would I not pull it apart
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    Metal shavings in oil pan equal shavings EVERYwhere.....Rip 'er apart....If everything looks good including the bearings, clean VERY well including a block dunk and screw it back together. These little things happen for a reason...you'll probably find something within that would have caused catastrophic engine failure anyway. At the very least you'll know EXACTLY what you have !

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    Yep it sucks but you HAVE to pull it apart and make sure everything is ok. Throwin a new set of bearings and new gaskets is alot cheaper than tearing stuff up.
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    Where did the brass come from?
    ***IN GOD WE TRUST***

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    Quote Originally Posted by cepx111
    Where did the brass come from?
    X2,

    it might be from the distributor gear, but i would want to know for sure, pull it apart.

    JMO

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    rip it apart to be safe
    brass could of came from a seat or it might came from the
    bushing around the wrist pin

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    come on cep your a race master

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    I would not guess at what it went thru I'd be tearing it down to make sure ewverything is ok.... :wink: :wink:

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    bearings in oil pan update.

    you guys were right ,I tore down the motor this weekend and discovered serious main bearing damage. Any idea what a machine shop will charge to dip the block, intsall cam bearings, and disassemble / and clean heads for? I have never done any thing this major to a motor before. Thanks for all your help!

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