ROCKERS CAME APART, NEEDLE BEARINGS IN OIL PAN

Old 03-09-2009, 06:34 PM
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Default 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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Old 03-09-2009, 06:53 PM
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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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Old 03-09-2009, 07:29 PM
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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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Old 03-09-2009, 08:08 PM
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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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Old 03-09-2009, 11:14 PM
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Where did the brass come from?
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:09 PM
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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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Old 03-10-2009, 08:25 PM
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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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Old 03-10-2009, 08:26 PM
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come on cep your a race master
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Old 03-12-2009, 02:34 PM
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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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Old 03-15-2009, 04:57 PM
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Default 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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