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Old 05-01-2005, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default I'm rebuilding my engine, any tips?

I am in the rebuild stage of my 3.8SC. I had all the block work done an I am getting ready to put it all back together. Any suggestions for HP? I already ordered a cam from seriesoneperformance.com I am also going to get a competition valve job on the heads. I'll take any suggestions.

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Get a SC pulley. What year? 2.2 for 92-93, 2.5 for 94-95. NGK TR55 plugs at .055" maybe .050. Make a CAI. Check out the rice pipe thread.
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Scrub all parts thoroughly with soapy hot water and bristle brushes when they return from the machinist, then, dry them off and scrub them again. Assemble the engine on a stand and keep a trash bag over it when you're not working on it. Follow torque vales precisely, remembering that torque is always taken on a moving, lubricated bolt. !

Check everything once, twice, and a third time before proceeding to the next step in engine assembly. A good engine assembly lube is half STP and half 10w40. Put in in a dish detergent squeeze bottle and oil everything more than you think it needs.

If you're installing a higher-lift cam, check pushrod length and the arc the rocker arm describes over the valve stem.

Invest a few bucks in precision tools (dial calipers, mikes, ring compressor, etc.) and learn to use them. Trust no one but yourself and take your time.

I keep a running journal of engine specs as I assermble and engine. That way if, God forbid, you ever have to tear it down again, you'll know exactly what is wearing and how much.

Good luck. Patience is a virtue.
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