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HameltonRacing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted February 14, 2005 09:01 PM  
Building a new 383 for my hobby this year and i'm trying to leave as many parts on the other motor as i can, in case i need it later my question is, i bought a new timing chain cover and it doesn't have a timing pointer. Can you buy these ar do you make your own and hope it points right to zero when your done or what??

crc1124
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted February 15, 2005 08:42 AM  
You can buy them. Look up sites like Speedway, Midwest Motorsports, or even Day Motorsports who is one of this sites sponsors.
I read that this is your 1st 383. Did you check your clearances on your rod bolts to cam ? You also need to watch your oil pan rails. I built my first 383 last year and these were the two critical areas I ran into. Just tryin to help out if you already know this.

HameltonRacing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted February 15, 2005 11:11 AM  
well this motor is no one i assembled or had assembled, its a "crate" i guess you could say, so i know the rod to cam clearences are good, but what about oil pan rails?? I bought a kevko 7 quart circle track pan for it. is that gonna work?? i saw somewhere where there are oil pan gaskets that say trimmed for strokers. what does this mean. i would hate to fire this and something go wrong. any info is appreciated.

Burque
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted February 15, 2005 11:37 AM  
You could pick up a timing pointer at your local auto parts store for like ten bucks they bolt on to your existing timing chain cover they will probably be chrome though. But they work just fine just prutty.

21racer
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted February 15, 2005 06:26 PM  
mr. gasket makes two timing pointers you can pick up at any parts store. one for a small balancer and one for a large balancer. measure your balancer and get the right one.

stockcar5
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posted February 15, 2005 07:32 PM  
the kevko pan will be fine as far as clearance goes. its when you get into the really big stiff you hafta be carefull (420 and 434s). set your oil pan gaskets on and spin the motor over and see if the crank will hit the gasket. if it does just trim the gasket. its not the worst thing if it does hit the gasket. the pickup should block any leftover stuff that gets knocked off if you miss some.

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crc1124
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted February 15, 2005 08:46 PM  
I used 6" rods and my rod bolt near the # 8 cylinder hit the oil pan rail big time. I also had to clearance the bottom of the cylinders to clear my rod bolts. I didn't have any problem with the gasket.
I think you'll be very happy with the 383. This is by far the strongest engine I've ran yet.

HameltonRacing
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted February 16, 2005 09:21 AM  
Thanks for the reply's everyone. everything is already cut out of the block as far as those clearences go (rods, bolts, etc.)I spun the motor over to check and make sure. I did have to trim up the pan gasket a little bit but not to much. I hope to be very happy with this motor

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