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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:58 pm

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found a small crack in the block on the bottom side by the oil filter boss and one of the bolt holes for the bell housing...motor is for a nova im restoring for a guy...do i try to repair it or do i get a new motor? its an 010 casting 4 bolt block.
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Post by JB2wheeler on Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:16 pm

It can be fixed, but I would trust it just about as far as I could throw it. Why take a chance and when you get it finished you find out you have to do it all over again. JB
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Thu Jul 28, 2011 12:49 pm

thats kind of my thoughts behind it. thanks for the insight
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Post by lagunainnewark on Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:41 pm

I've seen this type of damage before, usually from a longer bolt than needed in the bell housing. I never tried to repair the damage. Is it the original block for the car? The answer would help me decide if I try to repair or not. 010 4 bolt blocks are not that hard to find, 73-80 chevy trucks, haven't pulled one from a truck that wasn't a 4 bolt main block. Good luck, Ron
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:09 pm

no its not the original motor, the car its going in is a 70 nova which is a basket case itself, this kid paid 8k for the car and honestly i wouldnt have paid $1500 for it. the body work is horrible, the paint isnt great, its 4 wheel drums. the worst part was he paid that drove it for a day, and then the car quit on him the next day.
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Post by lagunainnewark on Thu Jul 28, 2011 4:33 pm

Sorry you're so far away, I've got a few to choose from. Best of luck, Ron
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Post by TWBouska AKA Wooderson on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:33 am

appreciate it, unfortunately i think we only have 2 other members on the west coast and only one in my time zone. told the guy its not worth fixing and talked him into buying a new short block from L&R Engines, which is one of best places on the west coast for everything engine. my girlfriends dad has been going there for years so i was able to get a good deal for him thankfully, all is not lost.
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