Getting ready to order the parts I need to reassemble the engine. Machine shop reccommends the Sealed power rings, and Clevite 77 bearings. Also will be ordering ARP head bolts & either main bolts or studs. Either one better than the other for a mostly street driven motor? Cost difference is minimal. Also any one have a good source? FE motors are not to common at Jegs & Summit. Found a bunch of options at carparts.com but have never ordered from them. Anyone have any experience with them?
I'm using both the rings & bearings as you, no problems. As for head bolts or studs, with it being a street engine & the money is about the same I'd stay with the bolts, just because they're factory. But some people might want studs. No wrong answer here I don't think.
I would use ARP studs in a race engine, but if you are building a street engine that is not overly radical, use the bolts. The studs require that you re-line hone the main bearing bore after installing the studs because they create a different "set" for the main caps.
Side note; I have never figured out why this happens but I know that it does, I've miked it. Anybody know why?
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PS, that's my 'bird...... My Mustang is too ugly to take pictures of yet........*G*.
I've ordered from CarParts.com before - Jeep stuff only. They're like any other online parts store. Make sure to call and confirm the part you're ordering is actually the part you need! I had to return parts and that was no problem either - I believe they even paid postage.