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    What is your favorite assembly lube for bearings.
    20 years ago we used Lubriplate 105. Then others, and more recently the Clevite bearing guard. My supplier gave me a bottle of Lucas Assembly lube. Seemed pretty cool. I only used it for 2 engines. (they only gave me a small bottle)
    So, I am damn near out. I have not tried Royal Purple. I have tried Torco. Really, I think any engine that will be primed it does not make a huge difference. But, there are other opinioins.Throw em at me.
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    I used to use the red clevite stuff, but lately I've switched back to using a good engine oil. If the engine is gonna get fired a few days after assembly, I think oil is fine. If it's gonna sit for a while, maybe the thicker goop is better. I generally prime them before I fire em, so I just need it keep the bearings good while I degree in the cam and set the valves. I like thinner stuff because it doesn't add as much drag, and its easier to feel a problem I'd a bearing gets pinched or something
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    I have been using Clevite for the past few years, but they were out last time so I picked up some Akerly and Childs, which I would guess is the same as the old Childs and Albert assembly lube that I used to use in the 90's.

    My personal feeling is that assembly lube on the bearings is primarily to stay in place while the engine is rotated during assembly, including degreeing the cam and valve adjust. If you do much in the way of oil priming, I would think a great deal of it is washed out prior to fire up.

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    for every thing except the bearing, synergyn, royal purple. For the bearings, and push rod tips, Isky Rev Lube 2000. Its a lot like the red line paste, or the stuff the cam companies are sending out now. Sucks as a flat tappet cam lobe lube, but I love it for every thing else.



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    I was very fond of the Clevite stuff. Thick, hung in there. The supplier used to send 1 bottle with every engine kit. 1 bottle would do a dozen engines or so. I am finally out of the free stuff.
    I'll try the Lucas if they have the bigger bottles. I use oil on cylinders, lifters, etc. I also like the thick lube on pushrod ends (rocker end). It clings on there. I have never used moly on the pushrod end. It may be helpful. Oh, I also used a small squeeze of the bearing guard in the oil pump. It is thick, did not run out, primes instantly.
    I always prime the heck out of my stuff. Especially restricted engines (to top end).
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    Quote Originally Posted by wagspe208 View Post
    What is your favorite assembly lube for bearings.
    20 years ago we used Lubriplate 105. Then others, and more recently the Clevite bearing guard. My supplier gave me a bottle of Lucas Assembly lube. Seemed pretty cool. I only used it for 2 engines. (they only gave me a small bottle)
    So, I am damn near out. I have not tried Royal Purple. I have tried Torco. Really, I think any engine that will be primed it does not make a huge difference. But, there are other opinioins.Throw em at me.
    Wags
    I'm still using Lubriplate 105

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    GM's EOS, but as was said prime it before fire up.

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    On the engines i've built i used Torco MPZ on the bearings, and Torco MPZ HP on the cam, push rods, and rockers. I've only built three engines though so far, I'm just wanted to chime in with the big dogs


    http://www.torcousa.com/torco_product/mpz_engine.html

    http://www.torcousa.com/torco_produc...engine_hp.html

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    permatex "slick stuff" which is the same stuff my buddies machine shop
    gets in bulk gallon jugs without the permatex tag - kinda like the camlube
    everyone supplies with the cam now, just stickier

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    I agree We run an A/FUEL dragster with a Brad Anderson Hemi Torco is all I have ever used. Bearings alway look great when removed even after priming engine by turning it over with starter to get oil pressure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    On the engines i've built i used Torco MPZ on the bearings, and Torco MPZ HP on the cam, push rods, and rockers. I've only built three engines though so far, I'm just wanted to chime in with the big dogs

    http://www.torcousa.com/torco_product/mpz_engine.html

    http://www.torcousa.com/torco_produc...engine_hp.html
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    oh ya, and on the cylider walls i use that "Total Seal" graphite stuff.

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    I will go with Lucas if I can get it. Lucas is behind drag boat racing with tons of $$, so it is the least I can do I guess.
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    The parts house (Engine Parts Warehouse) has the Lucas in 2 or 4 (I forgot) bottles, or Joe Gibbs in big bottles.
    I ordered some Lucas and some Joe Gibbs to try.
    I will keep you guys posted. Maybe I will get Lucas with my drag boat membership next year.
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    i got a bottle of lucas assembly lube at autozone, its not hard to get!

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