Engine Assembly Tools - Tool Time

All About Cool Engine Assembly Tools

Dakota Wentz Jan 7, 2006 0 Comment(s)
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ARP
ARP's (1863 Eastman Ave., Dept. SC, Ventura, CA 93003, 800/826-3045, www.arp-bolts.com) new ring compressors are CNC-machined from 6061-T6 billet tube material, and feature a true radius for each different bore diameter. They are relieved for wire O-rings on bottom, and Type 3 anodizing is used for long life. The bore size is prominently engraved in 3/4-inch high numbers for easy identification. Standard stocking sizes are from 4 to 4.65 inches. Non-stock sizes are also available.

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Red Line Oil
Red Line Oil (6100 Egret Ct., Dept. SC, Benicia, CA 94510, 707/745-6100, www.redlineoil.com) Assembly Lube is designed for application to potential wear surfaces before assembly in order to prevent metal contact upon startup before adequate lubrication is supplied. Red Line Assembly Lube will mix with the oil and not plug filters. Red Line Assembly Lube can be used on all lubricated parts such as cams, followers, pistons, and bearings, and bolt threads.

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Royal Purple
Royal Purple's (One Royal Purple Ln., Dept. SC, Porter, TX 77365, 888/382-6300, www.royalpurple.com) Max-Tuff assembly lube utilizes synthetic molecules that tenaciously adhere to metal surfaces to create a formidable, load-bearing physical barrier between surfaces. This minimizes the possibility of boundary conditions (metal-to-metal contact) while providing excellent protection to both ferrous and nonferrous metals against rust and corrosion.

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Isky Racing Cams
From Isky Racing Cams (16020 S. Broadway, Dept. SC, Gardena, CA 90248, 323/770-0930, www.iskycams.com) is the degree wheel. The Isky degree wheel features permanent anodized calibrations in one-degree increments. It's made from heavy-gauge aluminum and instructions for finding T.D.C. are permanently etched on the face of the wheel. The wheel is 7 inches in diameter and has a 7/16-inch diameter center hole.

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Lunati
The Lunati (A Holley Company, 11126 Willow Ridge Dr., Dept SC, Olive Branch, MS 38654, 662/892-1500, www.holley.com) Degree Wheel is CNC-machined with a 10-inch diameter and a 1.250-inch mounting hole. It comes complete with mounting hub and adapters for both 1/2-inch and 7/16-inch crankshaft bolts. The wheel is degreed on both sides. Side A is used for checking lobe centers and side B is for checking cam duration. Instructions are included. In addition, they have a Degree Wheel Kit that includes a 10-inch diameter degree wheel; a steel deck strap and a 1-inch dial indicator with magnetic base stand for easy use.

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Crane Cams
Crane Cam's (530 Fentress Blvd., Dept. SC, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, 386/252-1151, www.cranecams.com) Cam Degreeing Tool is designed to degree the camshaft directly from the cam lobes. The accuracy of this tool eliminates the possibility of error from deflection in the mounting stand or indicator extensions. It's designed to work with 0.842-inch (GM) lifter bores. The tool includes adapters to work with hydraulic, solid, and roller cams and also uses a standard 1-inch travel dial indicator.

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Harbor Freight Tools
From Harbor Freight Tools (800/423-2567, Dept. SC, www.harborfreight.com) is this heavy-duty steel frame engine stand which folds down to a compact size to conserve shop space when not in use. The stand features a 360-degree swivel head, five smooth rolling casters for easy maneuvering, and has a weight capacity of 2000 pounds.

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