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Post  AZFairlane on July 16th 2015, 12:18 am

I have a question about a set of Oliver rods that I purchased used here a while back. How do you tell what rods you have, there are no numbers or any designation of any kind that I can find.
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Post  rmcomprandy on July 16th 2015, 9:16 am

Measure 'em.

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Post  kim on July 16th 2015, 12:01 pm

Yup.  And then you can date them by the type of bolt used.  Oliver changes the bolts every other year or so.   So look at the ARP fastner used and you have your manufacture time frame.

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Post  Lem Evans on July 16th 2015, 1:42 pm

There was a period of time when the standard bolt was made by A1....they are not all ARP bolts.

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Post  AZFairlane on July 16th 2015, 11:22 pm

I'm sure these are 6.8, but isn't there a difference between Ford and chebby rods, something about an offset in the big end.
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Post  kim on July 16th 2015, 11:28 pm

Yes.  The chevy ends have a wider main journal.  Because my rods were orderd 2.100 journal end they came chevy width.  After talking with oliver..   they said just mill em down to ford width.  The offset is on the non chamfer side.   Didnt take anything to knock em down to ford width.

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Post  AZFairlane on July 16th 2015, 11:32 pm

About how much material did you have to take off?
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Post  kim on July 16th 2015, 11:38 pm

One of the numbers I dont remember.  Sorry...

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Post  AZFairlane on July 16th 2015, 11:44 pm

No problem, thanks Kim
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Post  Lem Evans on July 17th 2015, 11:12 am

All of the aftermarket crankshafts I've used were set up for the ~ .990" bbc big end width.

How wide are the rod journals on your crankshaft?

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Post  kim on July 17th 2015, 2:24 pm

Customn billet from scat.  2.100 journal, ford width.

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