Rich stopped by last night to drop a tool off for me and inquired to how I stored my crankshaft. I said laying on its side? Why, what gives? I didn't see any problem as long as nothing was touching the journals. Apparently, there is something like an old wives tale that if you store a crank on its side, it will eventually warp or sag.
I spent the last 15 minutes searching this phenomenon and I can't find a accurate reliable source as to the accuracy of this tale.
Though I did find many people that HAD stored their crank on its side for 10-20 years and it was STILL within tolerance. Even within .0001
Personally, if something is stored standing up, you increase its chances of tipping over by 50%. And once you tip a crank over, you might as well scrap it. Just like a long gun.
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