Thanks for tuning back in, folks! Hopefully, all the parts you ordered came in, your Honey-Do list is caught up and you are on solid ground with your significant other because ... dude ... this next part is ... like ... really messy. Totally. All that grease, grit and crud that's in the engine right now -- guess where it's about to go ... That's right, Sparky -- all over *you.*
Cleaning. There is no "man clean" here -- It's ginormously critical that you do a very thorough job.
At this point, you already have a lot of time and expense wrapped up in this project, so it would be awful to have it all go to waste if, 30 miles down the road, the bearings scored, spun or locked up, or the oil pump failed or ... any number of things from the "Bad" category happened because some grit or metal shavings from all the machining got lodged in a critical part of the engine.
So let's just take a little time to make sure that doesn't happen, shall we?
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Apply degreaser to ... EVERYTHING.
Scrub the main oil gallery
Under Hotrod Lincoln's careful supervision, Hambone applies a bore brush to the main oil passage. Sweet waits his turn ...
Scrub the block and crankshaft journal oil passages
Scrub & soak *everything* in hot, soapy water
Clean block, ready for reassembly
DJ -- Parts chef!