<VV> Removing piston connecting rod caps & journal care

Charles Lee Chaz at ProperProper.com
Wed Nov 10 00:27:31 EST 2010

I may have misspoken when I said "file down the journal" when I meant "sand down" or something less potential dangerous.

I got the 2000 grit wet-or-dry paper since it was the finest I could find, but since have heard that 600 would be sufficient ?  

If the 2000 removes it, I'll stop there, and get coarser if needed, up to maybe 600.  

Thanks for the help trying not to make this job any bigger than it already has been !!!!  (It started out as a tune-up !)


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tony Underwood 
  To: Charles Lee 
  Cc: virtualvairs at corvair.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 8:12 PM
  Subject: Re: <VV> Removing piston connecting rod caps & journal care

  At 05:33 PM 11/9/2010, Charles Lee wrote:

    On #3 (the problem cylinder in my case) I noticed a tiny nick in the
    journal, that I can barely feel only with my fingernail about 1/2" CCW from
    the oil hole (looking forward).

    In either case, is this fatal ? or can it be filed down (as recommended by
    NAPA) leaving a slight low spot ?  
  NAPA says to file down a nick?   WTF??   NO do not touch the crank with a file, ever. 

  Use 600 grit wet-or-dry sandpaper with your favorite brand of penetrating oil and polish until the nick is gone.   


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