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The post man came bearing gifts today! But they shorted me on the main bearing support and arp studs. They're investigating at the moment.

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Another day, another box of parts. This time it's a flywheel, 4.030 ring compressor, thread chasers, and a crank socket.

I got tickled at my dad when he asked what the crank socket was for and I told him. His reply was "I just use a bolt." I said "What about when you need to go left?" He's reply was "hammer the bolt with the impact a few times and it'll hold." I just shook my head, chuckled and said "I'll spend the 21$ and not destroy my new crank."

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Ok I'm going to be assembling my new engine myself, I'm on the fence if I should purchase a bore dial gauge to check bearing clearances or just go with the snap gauges I have. Summit sells a nice setup for about 160$ but it's a tool I'll use once every five years or so. Decisions decisions.

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Dropped off the Pistons, rings, and rods at the machine shop. He talked me into balancing it, which I'm shocked he could do because he ships out cranks to be turned. So I gotta take the crank and flywheel by there sometime soon. He sold me a balancer so I wouldn't have to order it. This is the block getting ready to be final bore/honed.

I have to say my wife has been awesome on this. When I called her to let her know there'd be another $350+ out of the check book she just said "no problem."

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" He's reply was "hammer the bolt with the impact a few times and it'll hold." I just shook my head, chuckled and said "I'll spend the 21$ and not destroy my new crank."
Its better than suggesting a pipe wrench on the crank snout.

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Another day, another delivery, and I picked up a stand to do body work on from HF. I planned on taking the crank and flywheel in today but had to run down to the cities and didn't get back in time. Oh well maybe tomorrow.

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I ordered a bore dial gauge from eBay. I'm gonna take it in to my metrology department at work when it comes in and have them check the calibration. Had them check my craftsman torque wrench and discovered it's [email protected] I didn't think that was to shabby considering it's age and use.

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I didn't get to work on the mustang today as winter is on it's way here in the great white North so I had to take our travel trailer to winter storage (the city says it's ugly between dec1 and april1) take down the boys trampoline, and empty the storage unit into our new shed. But I did manage to get the new/used roof and fenders hung up in the new shed. Had to take a picture of it lol.

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Dropped the flywheel and crank off at the machine shop for balancing. He said it should be ready in a couple days. Might have to put off my head purchase for a bit, had an unexpected expense snag a big part of that money. Sometimes being a grown-up gets in the way of car builds.

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Got my bore gauge last night. Going to take it into our metrology department and have them check it. May swap out the dial for a better one.

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Ok, machine shop calls me this am and informs me I'm all done. After CrossFit the wife and I drive up to get it. As he's finishing his lunch it hits me, "you take a credit card right?" Him: "Nope, cash or check." I told him I'll be back tomorrow. Lol the wife was thrilled.

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Ok so with my checkbook in hand I drive to get my short block assembly. I'm so glad I had him balance it, the crank was 225 grams out in the rear. As I'm writing my check he asks "What heads you running?" Me: "I'm gonna run twisted wedge heads. But haven't ordered them yet." Him: "Where you getting them?" Me: "probably summit." Him: I can beat their price." He quoted me them for a hundred$ less than summit. I was shocked. He made a note on my receipt stating he quoted the price as such.

Now do I assemble the short block in the mean time or just wait.

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