posted December 05, 2004 10:20 AM
Can't say much about the dart blocks, but I have a set of dart iron eagle heads that have lived through two majorly blown engines! I'm sticking with dart.
Nayr Dirt Full Roller
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posted December 11, 2004 10:34 AM
I had the same deal on a Dart Little M 31132211 block that was new last year. Here is how the whole deal started: I bought the block in IA. When I get there I noticed the cam bearing box had .020 wrote on it. I questioned it before I paid the guy and then to cover myself I called Dart. They told me to look at the main caps and tell them what number was on it. I did so and with in a min the Dart guy was back on the phone and said "yep, it is 400 main 400 bore with billet main caps and a .020 oversize cam bearings". I asked if it was a "blem" and he said Dart doesn't sell blems and then told me to go ahead and buy it . So I did. I go through the process and have the engine built by a reputable eng builder. I get it back and put it in. As I am putting water in I noticed water coming out of a couple of timing bolt covers. Major panic on my part. Then I notice water coming out of freeze plug on left side and nearly s@*t my pants. I knock the freeze plug out and replace it and then remove timing cover bolts and put sealer on them and fire the motor. Motor runs fine. I call Dart that Monday and they confirm that they have had some blocks that were tapped to deep on timing cover and got into water jackets. Told me to seal the bolt and run it.