My Crankcase Report

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Referring to an earlier topic titled “Crankcase superblends revisited” I had mentioned that I was receiving a crankcase set and that I was going to report on my finding. I have finally received the set with some interesting findings. They are mid to late 72 reinforced cases with superblends.

1. The superblend bearings have 1 dot. 1 dot clearance
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2. I could be all wet on this but it appears that the cases have been machined with a raised area to receive the superblend. No shims needed? I do not see this in older cases. I would like to know what the dimension is for a older case from base to lip of bearing area. .015 per side
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3. There is an additional grub screw adjacent of the sump hole. This was very handy when needing to remove shrapnel. Again, not seen in older cases.
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This stuff is ferrous (oil ring). Found in breather cavity and oil channels.
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This stuff is piston. Found everywhere, especially oil channels.
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1/2 of all this stuff combined was dug from the oil holes and channels.

This opens all sort of questions. The biggest being, what was the true intention of these cases. I presume a racing intent. My opinion is that any maintenance should be concise and complete. Anybody doing a top end has to have concerns.

Another question is how many rebuilds have quickly self destructed due to oil channel obstructions. I am sure the pro’s are aware of this, but many are done by capable amateurs, myself included, who just don’t go far enough.

I know the reinforced cases came around 260000 to 280000 and suberblends around 211xxx, yet this set 2105xx has been machined to take the superblend bearing without shims. Again, I could be wrong about this. It is also said the 230xxx was the last 750 but I have a tranny that is 235xxx. I think that these numbers originated from a best guess at best.

Anyhow, I have a nice set of cases to prepare for next winters revisions.
 
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Unless you know the provenance of an engine you can't assume anything about the condition or modifications. Especially from a single instance. But you have to start somewhere.
 
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