Engine Rebuilding

Engine Rebuilding

A beautiful thing! We called this "the three amigos" LOL A beautiful thing! We called this "the three amigos" LOL
Here a 1953 only block, see the hole where you check the timing.. Here a 1953 only block, see the hole where you check the timing..
All 425 blocks have this lump and a casting # that ends in 704.. The 705 block is NOT A 425. All 425 blocks have this lump and a casting # that ends in 704.. The 705 block is NOT A 425.
Bob's beautiful 401. Bob's beautiful 401.
Notice that all the casting flash has been removed around lifter bosses and adjustable push rods have adjusters down. Much easier. Notice that all the casting flash has been removed around lifter bosses and adjustable push rods have adjusters down. Much easier.
Close up of Bob's 401. Close up of Bob's 401.
Monte's 66 425 from his Riviera.  Only the 1966 425 Riv and 66 GS Skylark had red engines. Monte's 66 425 from his Riviera.  Only the 1966 425 Riv and 66 GS Skylark had red engines.
Another 66 425, this one from a 66 Wildcat. Another 66 425, this one from a 66 Wildcat.
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Everything MUST be kept clean. Everything MUST be kept clean.
T/A roller rockers on this 65 401. T/A roller rockers on this 65 401.
See the small hole top left, that is where oil gets from the block to head to oil the rockers. That is where the Felpro head gaskets leak. See the small hole top left, that is where oil gets from the block to head to oil the rockers. That is where the Felpro head gaskets leak.
Oil galley plugs installed. Buick used an odd size, we had them made. Screw in plugs not recommended, may block oil passages if not done correctly. Oil galley plugs installed. Buick used an odd size, we had them made. Screw in plugs not recommended, may block oil passages if not done correctly.
Cleaning the head bolt holes. Cleaning the head bolt holes.
These are the Telesco roller rockers on this 425. These are the Telesco roller rockers on this 425.
Matt hard at work adjusting valves. Matt hard at work adjusting valves.
Here I am with a 41 Caddy and 50 Merc, both owned by Gary Righetti. Here I am with a 41 Caddy and 50 Merc, both owned by Gary Righetti.
Roller timing chain installed. Roller timing chain installed.
Fully dressed nail. Fully dressed nail.
All 3 of these bumps must be removed to install rubber seal. All 3 of these bumps must be removed to install rubber seal.
Die grinder does the job. Die grinder does the job.
See that white line that goes across the bottom of the water jacket?, that is a cracked block, most of the time the cracks are hidden by the starter but this is a long one!. See that white line that goes across the bottom of the water jacket?, that is a cracked block, most of the time the cracks are hidden by the starter but this is a long one!.
This is what can happen to  old two piece exhaust valves! Replace them on early 264-322 heads. This is what can happen to  old two piece exhaust valves! Replace them on early 264-322 heads.
Factory Buick pix of a 54-55 264 engine. Factory Buick pix of a 54-55 264 engine.
Look at that heavy duty engine stand! must have been built for a straight 8! Look at that heavy duty engine stand! must have been built for a straight 8!
Notice the cast crank pulley? all 264's got them. (and very early 53 322's) Notice the cast crank pulley? all 264's got them. (and very early 53 322's)
Cut away view of a 54 or 55 322. Cut away view of a 54 or 55 322.
We built these this year.. LOL just kidding.. This is a early 1953 picture of the GM engine plant, those are fresh 322's.. We built these this year.. LOL just kidding.. This is a early 1953 picture of the GM engine plant, those are fresh 322's..
This is what happens when the timing is too far advanced or poor gas is used in a high compression engine. This is what happens when the timing is too far advanced or poor gas is used in a high compression engine.
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