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Okay, an ounce of preventure is worth a pound of cure, right? I had my 351W on the stand apart with the heads off and was working on cleaning things up and putting it back together. then I had to leave down for a week unexpectedly and didn't have time to cover things up. When I came back, I had some light surface rust down in the cylinders and on the surface between the block and where the heads go.

So my question is: how screwed am I? Am I going to need to have this thing machined and overbored now, or can I scotchbright the surface rust off or something?

Thanks for your help. My knowledge of mechanics is a lot like my car... a work in progress.

1967 coupe with vinyl top. 351W engine with C-4. Work in progress.
 
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Next time, coat it with white lube, or at least motor oil. I'd hone the cylinders, and use a #0000 steel wool on the mating surface.

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it'll be fine....run a hone through it (not too much) or just some steel wool. Be sure to wash that thing out very thoroghly and then coat it with WD40 or somthing...

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1970 Fastback, 4V 351C, various colors with black interior
 
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