Subject:RE: Connecting rods Date:Sun Apr 8 18:30:49 2012
Response to:17266
VERY NICE job Don. Go ahead and stock up on a pile of them races and I'll send ya a pile of rods !!! (hehehe)

This is what happens when you have more time than money. I was recovering from a triple bypass and after sitting around with nothing to do after the Silver Sands meet, I decided to rebuild a spare crank for my 56'ST but didn't have a good rod. I did however have several bad ones. (doesn't everybody) So I went to the local bearing store and purchased a needle bearing race, close to the size needed if the rod had a removeable race, and set to the task of grinding. Now the task was a little easer because I have a lathe and toolpost grinder, but not that much. First I chose the 62-63 BT type rod because I had one and it is a lot beefyer than the regular ones, then I had to grind the inside of the rod to except the race, then press the race into the rod, grind the inside of the race to the finished size, then I ground the rod thickness to match the standard so I didn't have to modify the flywheels. Sounds easy, but ask anyone who is smarter than me, it's easier to by a good rod. I have a total of $14.00 in materials and seems like about a thousand hours in labor. But hay $14 bucks aint' bad. Please don't complain about the price when you have someone like MUTT or anyone else work on something, take it from me, IT'S WORTH IT!! Happy Hummering.