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Discussion in 'Projects' started by joshbob, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. joshbob

    joshbob Well-Known Member

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    Finally got my .030" over pistons and am sending everything off to a motor service shop in High Point, N.C. I found the man to do the work on the shovelhead forum.
    Things will move along much quicker now . . .
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    Good for you Josh, hope you got a good guy
    to do it right, will you have it back in time for spring?
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    I don't know; I'm just thankful I found somebody to do the work. I still have to get a cam, rocker arm & shaft assembly, base gaskets, odds 'n' ends. Lots to do yet.
    My job will be ending in June and I hope to ride down to the Smokeout in Rockingham by then.
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    well endeavor to persevere
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    Taken from Lone Watie? (Chief Dan George). Probably my favorite Western (from "The Outlaw Josie Wales", for you poor uninitiated souls). Lots of great lines to choose from. I do my Ten Bears rip-off voice ("I am Ten Bears") just about every time I pull out my Browning BPS 10 gauge shotgun ("I am Ten Gauge"). Though I am probably the only one that enjoys it!

    Glad to see someone else is as warped as I am.
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    yeah I can't remember why I walked into the living room
    but I can tell you what was said in 1978 in Dirty Harry
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    Harry: Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

    I remember that...now where the heck are my Jeep keys?!

    By the way - that was a 1971 movie....slippin' again, eh?
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    Speaking of whale shift Briggs what have you come up with


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    Remember Ramon, When the man with a 45 meets the man with a rifle, you said, "the man with a pistol is a dead man." lets see if that's true...
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    If I may degress back to the original topic . . . I got my cylinders back from being bored and getting ready to start rebuilding the top end. They were bored .010" over instead of .030". Next is a cam and rocker arm & shaft. As usual, I have lots of time and not enough $$$ :rolleyes:.
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    The smallest overbore you can get away with and clean them up is good,but do you now have .010" over jugs and a set of .030" over pistons??
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    Nah. The machinist traded in the pistons for .010" ones. He also honed the barrels after boring and gapped the new rings for me, too.
    I finally found a reasonably priced set of base gaskets, and as soon as I get over my cold, I'll start putting that part of the motor back together.
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    thats good he did you right josh, going 10 over vs 30 means
    you can rebuild those cylinders again. if you went 30 that
    would probably be the last time you could do anything
    with them.
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    Good stuff, wash 'em out with warm soapy water ,dry,then give them a thin coat of oil.
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    Will do. I got the paper base gaskets from Ebay and are they rough looking. The through bolt holes aren't even round, but I suppose you can't expect much for $7 for the pair, though. Going to show them to Tattoo for his opinion.
    The only other ones I can find are metal at over $32 with shipping and I hate spending that much if the paper ones will work.

    Naturally, I got a good set of metal James head gaskets. Can't cut corners with those.
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Josh, buy once, cry once, I'd look for james or cometic cyl base gaskets.

    Shovels will find every loose bolt, nut and crevice to weep oil.

    I'd hate to see you put cheap gaskets on the cyl base only to find it leaks
    and you have to redo the whole thing.

    Search Ebay for james or cometic gaskets, I found a ton for shovels, couldn't remember what year or model, just stuck in 1970 flh.
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