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HOW to Fill A block?

Post  powerstrokeace on October 26th 2013, 3:44 pm

OK so I'm building a stock block 557. So i have the Hard Block filler and i'm wanting everybody's input here. This is only a fill to the lower water pump holes
1) torque the main bolts
2) level one side of the block
3) once the mixture is completed fill the block through the water jacket holes
Now this is were i get confused. do you install torque plates or not? and let it harden up.
after all this then bore and hone the block to desired size

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Post  dfree383 on October 26th 2013, 10:01 pm

Installing the torque plate won't hurt IMO
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Post  mikey hefner on October 26th 2013, 10:12 pm

About to go threw this myself, I don't have access to torque plates . Will I be ok without them?

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Post  powerstrokeace on October 26th 2013, 10:33 pm

could you just bolt the Heads on in place of the torque plates

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Post  dfree383 on October 26th 2013, 10:39 pm

Yes, but I've seen them filled with out too. BBF don't distort much if any with the heads on.
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Post  Paul Kane on October 28th 2013, 12:31 pm

powerstrokeace wrote:OK so I'm building a stock block 557. So i have the Hard Block filler and i'm wanting everybody's input here. This is only a fill to the lower water pump holes
1) torque the main bolts
2) level one side of the block
3) once the mixture is completed fill the block through the water jacket holes
Now this is were i get confused. do you install torque plates or not? and let it harden up.
after all this then bore and hone the block to desired size

Ace
How about digesting all the scale and cleaning/prepping/etching the water jackets thoroughly prior to the pour? Some people use muriatic acid (last paragraph in the link below):

http://www.network54.com/Forum/85220/message/1034207213/Here+are+some+block+filling+tips---

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Post  kjett on October 28th 2013, 5:41 pm

I did the mutatic acid deal to clean any scale out of my block prior to fill, then flushed and blew the block out to make sure it was clean and dry. Then like you are planning, torqued the main caps, leveled one side up and poured a little through several of the holes to fill. Just make sure you give the block a little vibration action while pouring to make any trapped air come out. After it's filled to where you want, clean off any spills before it sets and wait until it's firm. Flip to the other side and do the same. I didn't use the torque plates until I bored/honed the block and had no issues. We also put the block in a curing oven to make sure the concrete was fully cured prior to doing any machine work just to be safe.
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Post  mico on October 30th 2013, 4:10 pm

Level the block, fill through the water passages moving back and forth. Use an air hammer to vibrate the block. Use a piece of rod to help move the " mud" around. Let it sit a couple days and do the other side. Then off to to the machine shop to finish machining

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Post  powerstrokeace on October 30th 2013, 5:06 pm

Hey mike I need to talk with you some time very soon. What are you doing Thursday? Are you here or Vegas



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Post  powerstrokeace on November 14th 2013, 12:06 am

blocks filled and ready for the machine shop. just waiting on pistons. it will now be a 557 stroker with completely update port work on the old Motorsports A460 heads for a back up motor

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Post  460pulling on November 14th 2013, 10:33 am

Not bad for a backup motor. Very Happy 

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Post  Dave C. on November 14th 2013, 10:36 am

Are you putting it in the digger or a new project?

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Post  powerstrokeace on November 16th 2013, 12:55 am

For right now it plan is a back up motor. I broke a 514 last April and I had enough stuff less piston to build this. We are also thinking of another car/trailer deal but we need something more than a grudge car for what the ultimate goal it here.
I'm also planning another build with slightly better parts and a set of new style A460 heads and bigger cubes

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