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Old 09-12-2019, 02:44 PM   #31
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I let Carmine off easy, didn't show him why I'm dangerous because he's a TriFive member. Enjoyed meeting another member and helping him out. I forgot to tell him I had a 409 in the basement out of my '62 Impala.

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Oh wow Joe. Now you tell me. I know where you live. I don't work. Don't have a job. I can comeback in a heartbeat for that 409. Just say the word lol. Yes, I did receive nice treatment. Joe and his wife were very hospitable.

Well, I had some free time this morning before taking my 91 year old mother to the doctors. Went out to the garage with the intention of removing the pistons. The crank still wouldn't turn and many of the rods were in a good position to get to. Started to undo the easy ones and was able to knock the pistons out. The pistons weren't necessarily frozen to the cylinder walls. Moreso, they were locked tight on the piston pin. Some wouldn't move at all. I think I got about 6 out and was able to loosen the rod cap on two, allowing me to turn the crank, which was a big help. Got the last two out with no problems. The bearings and crank journals all look good. The pistons are flattops and are most likely original. No broken skirts or rings. I didn't wire wheel the tops to see if they are oversize which I doubt. Boy, are they small. Compared one to a 409 piston. Yeah. Right. The cylinder walls, some, not all,
have some light surface rust. I bet a good honing would clean them up nicely. Tomorrow, I'll be taking the cam out. Can't wait to see if there is a notch in the end of it. Bought several cans of carb. cleaner to help with the lifer removal. After that, then the crank gets removed and any other parts that are clinging to the block. The crank turns nice and smooth. I don't foresee any problems with that. Then it's time to organize and cleanup. I'll get the parts together for the machine shop. I write down the part number and description of everything I drop off. I try to avoid any confusion; mostly on my part. I know the machine shop is busy and no great rush on my part, but I'm hoping to impose just a little and let them check the block right away to make sure it's a good candidate for rebuild. Once I get the go ahead, then it's time to start ordering parts. I already have a list of what I need. I'll have UPS here every 3 days. You gotta luv it. I do, Carmine.
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now we can see the Judge better
Even though I collect Chevys, look at my present project I'm doing, my true love has always been Pontiacs. I've loved Pontiacs since I was about 12 yoa. Not sure why. My favorite models have always been GTO's. I've had 5 of them over the years. Still have one. I know at my age, I should be downsizing and selling off a few, but I just can't bring myself to selling the Judge. Such a beautiful car. I had it out front once for sale, about 2 months ago, many lookers but no calls. Only had it out one day. My neighbor thought I sold it because he never saw it again. Nope. Still have it and I'm going to keep it, at least for now, Carmine.
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I let Carmine off easy, didn't show him why I'm dangerous because he's a TriFive member. Enjoyed meeting another member and helping him out. I forgot to tell him I had a 409 in the basement out of my '62 Impala.

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He's a good sport. Bet he would have enjoyed it, Carmine.
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Finished taking the engine apart today. Once I got the harmonic balancer off, I then removed the timing cover and timing gear/chain on the cam. Lifted the crank out and all the bearings and journals look good. Next was the cam. The lifters weren't frozen in their bore. No signs of rust. Moreso, they were stuck quite well. No movement whatsoever. I turned the motor upside down and using a long thin chisel type tool, I was able to tap them up and out of the way of the cam lobes. I then removed the cam and turned the motor upright. I them taped each one down and out the bottom. The lifter bores all look good. All the lifters show signs of wear. You can see quite well some concaveness in the bottoms. Bottoms aren't mushroomed. The lobes on the cam show no signs of wear. Well, at least not much. I was also pleased to see that the cam didn't have a notch at the end. It was solid all the way around. I believe that is a good sign indicating a good oil system. Now onto cataloging the parts, numbers and list of what I'm taking to the machine shop on Monday, Carmine.
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Following your engine build closely Carmine....Appreciate the updates.
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I appreciate all the help I have received from this site/members also. I would have struggled without it. Thanks to all, Carmine.
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Carmine, congrats on your recent engine acquisition. A re-buildable 57 265 engine is not the easiest thing to find.

Dangerous Joe, well done sir. You exemplify the spirit of generosity that makes this hobby so great.
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Carmine;

Your engine is date coded D1157 (April 11, 1957) so it would have been painted "red" from the factory as opposed to chartreuse (bright yellow).

Do you know if the paint on the engine block is original factory engine paint?

It appears to be more like Chevy Orange than Chevy Red.

1957 265 engines started out at the beginning of the year as chartreuse engine color. In Dec (Flint) and Jan (Tonowanda) the engine color changed from chartreuse to red.

There has always been a question about what 1957 265 engine red actually looked like.
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