I'm building a 468 BBC and it's currently in the machining phases right now.
My block is an '86 BBC block w/2 bolt main. I'm also running ARP main studs.
A friend of mine is telling me that when the align bore/hone was performed that my machinist should have installed the studs in with Loctite, torqued the caps and then align bored/honed. Then he is to take the caps off but leave the studs in the block.
However, my machinist didn't do it this way. He simply placed the studs in the block and torqued the caps down and align bored/honed it. After he was done he removed the studs from the block.
Is it absolutely critical for the studs to be Loctite'd in while the block is being align bored/honed? Or can the studs be removed once the align bore/hone is done and reinstalled come assembly time?