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by rowdy1
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I was going to try to tap the hole and put a set screw in it. You way is probably easier!
by rowdy1
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Brand new Optima 1000 cca battery, good cables, clamps and grounds. The aircraft starter doesn't have the nuts to turn it. Hopefully by noon tomorrow the new setup should be ready to spin it.
by rowdy1
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I got a Norman Clays starter/alternator set up delivered Thursday afternoon. I will get on it Saturday morning and hope to have this thing running by Sunday.
by rowdy1
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Latest update. The engine is now ready to run! I pressure primed the engine with a home made contraption so when I hit the started button it only took about 20 seconds before I hade 40 psi on the gauge. The problem is, after I put the plugs it in and tried I start it, it has so much compression the ...
by rowdy1
Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

That's the answer I needed. The lifters are dry except for the wd40. The motor is on an engine stand, standing on its nose. No way to get oil into the lifters. (no oil pump or pan on it)
by rowdy1
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Ok guys my adj. push rods came in today. I have re- read all of you posts as well as the manual on setting valve lash. I need a little clarification. Do you take the lifter apart to get all of the oil out of them? I had my lifters rebuild, they are dry, I did squirt a shot of wd40 in them for lube w...
by rowdy1
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Maximum lash is .200, I think the range is .60 - .200 I have two intakes at nearly .250. I live in a world where .035 valve lash is huge, .250 is a quarter inch! I ordered adjustable push rods from Smith Bros this morning. I hope to set them all at .85 - .90 at least they will all be the same.
by rowdy1
Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I spent this weekend bead blasting and painting parts for final assembly. However, I have 2 intakes that I can not get the valve lash right on. Both are .200+. I have swapped all of the pushrods that I have and can't get there. they have slight preload but to much lash. What do I do, let it ride? Or...
by rowdy1
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 408 Ford stroker build underway! Direct drive
Replies: 140
Views: 15579

Re: 408 Ford stroker build underway! Direct drive

That is less than my 520!
by rowdy1
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Project update: Bottom end is together. All rings are file fitted, all cylinders are loaded, four are installed. All parts are in hand. I spent as much to rebuild the motor as I purchased it for to begin with. $100 to mag and polish crank $1300 for bearings, gasket set, nose seal, ect $2700 for cyli...
by rowdy1
Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: GPU oil catch can setup
Replies: 2
Views: 515

Re: GPU oil catch can setup

I put a catch can on my 520 and all it did was make a mess. First I installed the can at the rear of the motor connected directly to the vent, with a K & N style breather on top. The low pressure in front of the prop sucked the oil out. (big mess). Next I installed a crank case evacuation system on ...
by rowdy1
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I had Moore Performance recondition the cylinders, the finish hone left the worst one .006 above minimums. According to Keith they are in air worthy condition other than the ADs. He did not look up the ADs to see what it was for. I also found a chart online that has Superior ring part #s and recomme...
by rowdy1
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I have file fit rings before on automotive engines, I measured down .75 from the deck. I was sure that I needed to check the gaps down in the choke rather than 1 - 1 1/2'' down in the bore on the aircraft cylinders. The factory spec is .033 - .044 for the top and .030 - .046 on the second. I didn't ...
by rowdy1
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Im ready to start file fitting piston rings. Is there a standard for how far down in the bore I need to push the rings to measure the gap? Also, I have 10-1 Ross pistons and P5 superior rings, should I use factory specs for the ring gaps? Should I build it on the tight side or loose.
by rowdy1
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I have been waiting on parts! I gat a call from Larry at D & S, my cam, rods and rocker arms are done. Abner called 30 minutes later, pistons and rings will be here by Friday, cylinders are also done. Its a good thing I did all of my yard work and took the wife to dinner last weekend, cause nothing ...
by rowdy1
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

That is what I was told as well, I just wanted another opinion.

Thanks
by rowdy1
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Is anyone using permatex or any other sealant to reseal a/c cases/ Mine had silk thread when I took it apart. I know several people who use permatex, and one that used a product called anaerobic sealant. Catapiller uses this on all of their high pressure pumps and machined surfaces.
by rowdy1
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

It is an old worn out nikosil cylinder. Im going to use it to hold the door on the back porch open. Or maybe yard art!
by rowdy1
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I found 2 bent pushrods this weekend! One was bent so bad it was rubbing the tube. That might have been the problem all along. I also noticed that the intake tubes did not line up between #3 - #5 when I took it apart. I mocked it up the weekend and no mater which intake I use #5 is off a little, lik...
by rowdy1
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

According to 1 builder, just the considerable weight difference between the cast stock pistons and forged Ross pistons, should give it a lot more snap. Then add a point and a half of compression and hopefully it will be magic. Bearings and gasket kit came in today, I'm gonna spend all weekend cleani...
by rowdy1
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

According to 1 builder, the considerable weight difference alone between the cast stock pistons and forged Ross pistons, should give it a lot more snap. The add a point and a half in compression and hopefully it will be magic. Bearings and gasket kit came in today, I'm gonna spend all weekend cleani...
by rowdy1
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

How do I do that Magnaflux, or visual inspection? Is it something that will be obvious?
by rowdy1
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 470 conversion???????confused
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: 470 conversion???????confused

I have a matched set of 8.6-1 Superior pistons I'll sell cheap if you want to do the 520 thing. I have 2 nice sets of valve covers for 470/520 angle valve cylinders also.
by rowdy1
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

Aircraft Specialties found them. No one could get the complete set, but after they found the thrust bearings separate the rest was easy. Bearings and gaskets are all on the way. Also, I'm sending my rods and rockers to D & S Cams for a referb. as well as the cam and lifters for a 292H grind. 10 - 1 ...
by rowdy1
Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 10208

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

That's who built the motor to start with! I want a new set of bearings.

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