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Old 01-28-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default I'm taking a file to my motor!

I've got an engine on a stand I'm currently tearing down.

Holy handgrenades Batman! Every damn surface I touch is sharp as a razor. Casting flaws, machined edges, etc. I'm pretty careless about things like that and my hands and fingers are cut to pieces. I've got one slice in a knuckle that I superglued that should have had a stitch or two.

I'm taking a file to my motor!-knuckle.jpg

Screw that. I'm taking a file to every sharp edge that doesn't have to be sharp. I should have worn some of those kevlar gloves for meat cutting.

Makes me look badass though. All my knuckles are bloodied but my face is still pretty!
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Yeah, then I started wearing gloves : P.
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Castings suck. Deburring one edge only exposes another. What I really hated was using rags to wipe something clean, like the top of the block before installing the HG and head. Stupid rags would leave a bunch of lint around the edges. My GF's a NICU nurse though, and brings home their sterile lint free rags all the time. They're 10x better than the standard red ones.
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You just need to be more careful!
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Curly, you've seen my motor. Do you really think I'm worried about lint around the edges! LOL

Careful is for pansies and girls with braces.
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Deburring tool...get one.

I took my work one home after I removed the cams last week and saw the amazing burrs that get left when they hone those bearing surfaces. Hard to believe that **** was just hanging there for ~100K miles.
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Curly, you've seen my motor. Do you really think I'm worried about lint around the edges! LOL
You should be if it's the difference between a sealed engine and a leaky one! Cleanliness is next to godliness dontchaknow.
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Tis only a flesh wound....
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man I've torn 2 engines down this week (miata and e30) and not a scratch!

However i've got a nasty burn on the back of my right hand from touching my manifold on accident feeling for an exhaust leak. Looks like a Herpe.
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Not a scratch comes from knowing what you are doing and paying attention to stuff that could hurt. Neither of those apply to me. Until I had both hands well bloodied I never thought "gee, if this bolt turns loose suddenly I'm going to bash my knuckles". I'm a slow learner and like they said in The Replacements, pain heals and chicks dig scars.

Still, I can't believe how sharp every edge is. I'm going to hone/file/debur a lot of casting flaws out and chamfer some edges. May save some bloody knuckles down the road. Particularly when the engines back in the car.
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I had paper-cut like slices on my finger tips. I was using latex gloves too.
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I ain't got time to bleed... And every 0.00001 g counts.
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Careful is for pansies and girls with braces.
Just brought me back to high school
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Use a piece of pipe as a breaker bar on the end of your rachet so you don't have to apply as much power. Or torque. Whatever.
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Perfect time to use my favorite smiley...



Stop being a ***!

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Deburrinbg your block, Etc. is an old,accepted right of passage when building a high performance engine,V-8 guys have been doing it since the beginning of time.It also removes stress risers that form from vibration and heat cycling,leading to cracks.Not to mention it makes the thing look good when painted.Carbide burr on a die grinder works well for me,requires practice,eventually this skill will lead to porting heads.
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When I read the thread title, I thought you were getting a much bigger turbo...
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Use a piece of pipe as a breaker bar on the end of your rachet so you don't have to apply as much power. Or torque. Whatever.
Ouch! WTF would you trash a rachet like that? If you don't have air tools to break sticky bolts use a BREAKER BAR with a "cheater pipe"! I know Craftsman has a lifetime warranty of hand tools, but why trash do you want to intentionally trash a rachet when you can use a breaker bar?
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I have plenty of ratchets that work fine, and I do that to them from time to time. My dad does it to his old (purchased in the early '70s) ratchets and they're still holding up...
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