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Work to be done on the block:
Other bottom end work to be done:
Balancing: extra credit
Balancing ensures that every connecting rod and piston assembly has identical weight and is perfectly counterbalanced by the crankshaft. You can have the flywheel and clutch balanced as well. This makes for a smooth-running motor and increases both power and bearing life. A good balance job should cost you between $100 and $150.
You should provide the following parts to the balancer:
Prepare to build your new motor
When, what and if you paint the motor is up to you -- just keep it off the shiny parts and gasket surfaces, and out from behind the soft plugs. Three or four thin coats of Plastikote "Ford Red" will produce a durable finish and a close match to the original color.
Before assembling anything, make absolutely sure that all oil passages in the block are clear of sludge and scale produced during the cleaning process at the machine shop. Run pipe cleaners through them where you can, and squirt some oil through them where possible.
There are a few tricks to building the motor successfully, and we'll help you with them. The most important thing is to think each step through before you do anything. Take your time. Take breaks. Do this over several days. Remember how much you've just spent on your new stuff. Remember how much you've just spent on your old stuff. Let's not damage anything now.
One more step before we start building: coat a lifter with oil/STP, and place in its bore. It should sink through the bore on its own. If it hangs up, hone the bore lightly with a brake cylinder hone, clean it out and try again. This will ensure that the lifters are free to rotate -- this is supremely important if you would like your cam to last more than five minutes or so.
OK, let's put things together.
Next section: Building the motor.