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the 520 has hydraulic lifters like in the diagram?I thought only the 76 series lycomings had those types of lifters

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John Fenner wrote:You have to take them apart and clear all oil from them, if too tight, you knock the tips out of the tubes and trim the tubing to suit.
That's the route I tried to take on the pushrods, but for the life of me, I couldn't get the ball end out of the pushrod. My pushrods look like the ball ends were plug welded. I was advised to lay the pushrod on a hard surface like my vice, and take a hammer and tap on the side of the pushrod where the plug weld is
to break the weld loose, but that didn't work either. Ended up going to adjustables. Disassembling the lifters is a must to get proper lash.
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Something I have run into, unless the oil is drained out of the sump, don't install all the lifters at once. Just put in 1 pair at a time, set valve lash on that cylinder, then move to the next. If the oil system is full, every time you turn the prop it pumps oil and fills the lifters. After a few revolutions you might have to pull lifters back out to disassemble and drain again to get lash set right. Luckily, Lycoming lifters are a lot simpler to clear and test.

In the case of this new build, just don't fill it with oil until it is all together and this won't be an issue.

I'm with cracker, followed the same procedure to shorten the rods, it's a pain, takes a lot of time and you can't make them longer. Prefer adjustable.
I still think I-10 is the Mason Dixon line.
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I dropped off the crank this morning, waiting to hear how it mic's out.

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Crank is ready, light polish job everything above minimums. Ready to order bearings.

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Cool! Sounds like you are on your way,
I still think I-10 is the Mason Dixon line.
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I am I need of a bearing set, #SA427795A3 , standard dia. This is for a phase 1 470 block. I cant find one, every where I look on line is 4 - 6 weeks out, if they even know where to find one. I cant even find the thrust bearing in this set, which is what make the set "odd". Who has one hoarded up on the top shelf in there shop?

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Lacey Everett Superior airboat motor company he is the man to call for a continental engine he's in Orange Springs

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

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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 Ross pistons are on order too. Its a good thing my kids are grown up, Christmas is gonna be light this year!

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D/S are great folks!
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make sure you have your case checked for cracks in the lifter holes while it is a part .

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How do I do that Magnaflux, or visual inspection? Is it something that will be obvious?

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Case is Aluminum. You need dye penetrant to inspect for cracks, magnaflux only works on iron or steel.

Don’t depend on visuals for 100% confirmation, but worth looking with magnifying glass and flashlight first before bothering with dye pen. Just guessing $50 or less at a machine shop, assuming they work with aluminum blocks or cases. Otherwise, you can order/buy a kit from a weld supply house. It is a 2 part process. Spray dye first, then white developer. Cracks show as red dye bleed through the developer. Know any aluminum welders? They might have dye pen kits.
I still think I-10 is the Mason Dixon line.
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How much extra power will those Ross 10-1’s make over the 8.6-1’s. Would it be the same as the Difference between the 7’s and the 8.6’s which is 15hp correct?
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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 cleaning and organizing parts.

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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 cleaning and organizing parts.

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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, like 3/8 of an inch. It almost looks like the head is twisted slightly on #5 jug. All my parts got dropped of at D & S this morning, as well as the cylinders to Moore Performance in Edgewood. I have all parts in hand except for pistons.

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Look and see if you have oil leaking around the head .... sounds like a separated head.

See if you can make it move on the cylinder.....

Better yet do a leak down test

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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!

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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.

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I use anaerobic flange sealant, not even a weep of oil.
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