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Post  OldRed70 on May 29th 2013, 9:14 am

What is the maximum Main thrust bearing end Clearance is acceptable for a 600 hp street driven engine ?
When We put engine together we had 0 clearance to we sanded bearing down till we got .005 and finished engine. After 1000 miles of driving got engine pulled to modify Oil pan checked end play last night and now I have .012 . Thanks
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Post  the Coug on May 29th 2013, 9:34 am

when you put the main in did you smack the front and back of the crank to seat the bearing? I have never sanded a bearing...
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Post  OldRed70 on May 29th 2013, 9:42 am

We did several times . After that we got .001 thought that was still to tight . I know the spec. Say .003 -.005
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Post  Lem Evans on May 29th 2013, 10:41 am

The Ford shop manual says .004"-.008" end play.

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Post  rmcomprandy on May 29th 2013, 11:27 am

I have sanded one side of lots of lower thrust bearings going into a line honed block where the thrust cap was not resurfaced exact. Just the lower though; not the entire bearing.

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Post  OldRed70 on May 29th 2013, 11:54 am

Is .012 to much ? I have never had any problems with this issue before. Sorry Lem you are correct , I wen't back and looked also . I was going off memory !! Lord knows the memory is not as good as it was 20 years ago . Lol
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Post  OldRed70 on May 29th 2013, 11:57 am

I think that was my problem it was line honed and I sanded the whole bearing .
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Post  69F100 on May 29th 2013, 12:12 pm

OldRed70 wrote:Is .012 to much ? I have never had any problems with this issue before. Sorry Lem you are correct , I wen't back and looked also . I was going off memory !! Lord knows the memory is not as good as it was 20 years ago . Lol

The memory thing just keep slipping away as you get a little older until someone refreshes it for us scratch Rolling Eyes
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Post  OldRed70 on May 29th 2013, 12:17 pm

Absolutely Jim , Lem did it for me !
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Post  Lem Evans on May 29th 2013, 11:40 pm

rmcomprandy wrote:I have sanded one side of lots of lower thrust bearings going into a line honed block where the thrust cap was not resurfaced exact. Just the lower though; not the entire bearing.

That's the deal.....is 'it' the upper or lower....the front or rear of the bearing flange that needs 'love' ?

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Post  richter69 on May 29th 2013, 11:49 pm

i did the same thing, mines been at .012 for 6 seasons now....... not saying its right but it will damn sure work.
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Post  bbf-falcon on May 30th 2013, 10:42 am

richter69 wrote:i did the same thing, mines been at .012 for 6 seasons now....... not saying its right but it will damn sure work.

Id rather have it a lil loose than tight. Especially in a race engine. I prefer between 5/10.

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Post  HorsinAround on July 18th 2013, 4:05 pm

What did you use to sand the thrust bearing surface?
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Post  OldRed70 on July 18th 2013, 4:57 pm

1500 grit sandpaper and a thick piece of Glass
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Post  Lem Evans on July 18th 2013, 10:28 pm

With WD-40 and go slow.

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Post  OldRed70 on July 19th 2013, 2:50 am

Yes Lem we used WD-40 and also sanded in No particular pattern
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Post  HorsinAround on July 19th 2013, 9:03 am

Got mine taken care of last night. Problem was in the cap. Took the #3 cap off and had .006 clearance. With Cap on and 15 ft lbs tq, I had to push on the pry bar to get .001 and had trouble rotating the crank by hand.
After sand paper and WD, I now have .004 and the crank rotates freely with the caps torqued to 110.
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Post  bbf-falcon on July 19th 2013, 7:17 pm

Just my opinion of course but while your at it I would go at least another .001 for shits and giggles Alan.

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Post  HorsinAround on July 22nd 2013, 9:19 am

Yea, I was thinking the same thing.
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