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All cleaned up, all the new parts are here and correct, we gotten the right gasket sealer...
Alrighty then, let's put this puppy back together!
Main bearings & seal installation
A "Herbison" vastly improves the quality of the rear main seal installation and will prevent people from mistaking your engine for a GMC or a Detroit ... :)
Plastigage is easy to use -- the wrapper provides the measurement. Just match the width of the squished plastigage to a bar on the wrapper to determine the clearance.
Forgot the shims?? No problem! Beer cans provide excellent shims and mostly are the same thickness and material as a shim ... Win Win! Check it with the micrometer, though.
Stovebolt.com advises against drinking beer while rebuilding your engine... You can, however, drink beer while watching someone else rebuild your engine...
The crankshaft has been carefully placed in the block. The main caps are in place but not fully torqued. The timing gear has just been installed using the end bolt jig.
Install the cam shaft
Check the timing
Clean the ring grooves
Install the connecting rods
Install the piston rings
Install the pistons
If inspection of the oil pump indicated excessive wear, then replace the entire pump. But if you are reusing the old pump, reassemble thusly:
Install the timing cover
Install the oil pan
Jerry uses a piece of scrap channel steel (checked for a flat side!) as a die to flatten the oil pan flange for a better seal.
Roll the engine upright ... you are done with the bottom end ... for now. Let's go topside!