Well took the boat out and started to have some engine problems. I think its time to rebuild. I have a gen V 502 450 hp. I am going to put forged pistons and quality parts in the rebuild. I have alot of good tools like feeler guages, ring compressors, dial inticators, dial calipers and torque wrenches but I would like to get some better tools. I need a list well priced quality tools. I would like to build 550hp to 600 hp and I know i need better tools other than plasiguage. Thanks for the help.
and get an economy priced bore gauge...most go from 2 to 6", but a lot of them only have 0.0005 resolution. You want one with 0.0001 resolution. Check ebay...you should be able to find one for under $200. The acuracy of the tool really makes very little difference..all you are using it for is a comparative tool....you'll set the micrometer around the OD of something, then stick the bore guage in the mic and zero it at your OD, then measure the ID of the hole and see your clearance. You don't really care what the size is, just the size difference. most low cost tools can do this just fine. I like analog mechanical stuff over the electronic digital stuff because it won't lie to you as much.
I think it was Starrett that had the slogan in the late 70's: "If it can be measured, it can be made" . A LOT of high performance/race engine building is about being able to accurately measure parts and figure clearances. Like lbhsbz suggested, a good set of outside mics is a good place to start. Dial bore gauges are super easy to get accurate ID measurments, but if you have the touch, you can do it with telescope gages and for a lot less $$. Learn to get the same feel on the t-gage as on the mic and with practice, you can measure within a couple tenths. Take the time to learn to use these 2 tools well, and you'll be way ahead of your plastigage days. Good luck to you.
Originally Posted by gn7
....... David 519 is 100% correct........
Originally Posted by fuelinmyveins82
.....I think people forget that racing is supposed to fun. Losing shouldn't be discouraging it should motivate you work on your pile to make it faster.....
Thanks for the insight. I have been looking at different manufactures and think a good start is the mics, snap gauges and dial bore gauge. Should I get depth gauge and straight edge? I need a list of good basics.
check local ads for an old machinist tool box.guys who were in the trade took care of their tools and the family selling off the stuff doesnt know the value. old b&s or starrett tools are long lasting and will serve you well. ever here the joke about buy a 10 dollar helmet if you have a 10 dollar head, if you want a junk motor buy junk tools.quality tools feel different in your hand and the like someone said before the feel is important to good measurement