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Always thinking...
« on: November 29 2019, 04:49:48 PM »
So , I picked up a 4.1 short block a couple months ago. It is said to be .040 over so will need some custom earl brown pistons. Looking at probably doing a half fill of hard blok or maybe more. Still reading on that.


And I want to do a forged crank.
https://www.cnc-motorsports.com/eagle-4140-forged-steel-crankshaft-buick-38l-v6-external-balance-523134005967e.html
Mostly to avoid a girdle and keep the crank and webs in the block. Not a track only. Gonna drive it. There were cheaper forged ones but then we get into internally balanced and strokers.
https://www.cnc-motorsports.com/eagle-4140-forged-steel-crankshaft-buick-38l-v6-523134005967.html
https://www.cnc-motorsports.com/eagle-4140-forged-steel-crankshaft-buick-38l-v6-523136255967.html

That just adds to complexity and cost. I'm not even sure I want to do fancy rods. I'm cheap that way. I just want to get the block checked out, make sure the decks are decent and the bores are straight.

Not even really sure I need a forged crank but I'm not sure what it in this short block I bought so I'm probably gonna need a crank. Though I'd rather spend the money on decent heads.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Always thinking...
« Reply #1 on: November 29 2019, 07:16:54 PM »
Can you you fill a street motor and have it keep cool?
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Re: Always thinking...
« Reply #2 on: November 29 2019, 08:00:47 PM »
That's why I was thinking half fill. I know it is hot here and the oil temps would be higher with filling some or more. Those northern guys seem to get away with it, but they don't fool around in triple digit heat like we do here either. Would go to a big aluminum radiator or have one of these cores I have done up with a four core setup and keep the oil coolers.

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Re: Always thinking...
« Reply #3 on: November 29 2019, 08:45:17 PM »
JMO But I would go with a 3.625 crank for more cubes and keep the boost sane to keep the heads on.


with 30 or so more cubes over a 3.8 at just 15 lbs of boost is like 60 more cubes+
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Re: Always thinking...
« Reply #4 on: November 29 2019, 10:23:10 PM »
That has always been my Intention but with the added cost of the rods I just have been rethinking it. Really it is the perfect time to upgrade the rods too as the Pistons become a wash I would think with the need for custom ones to fit the .040 over 4.1 block I can get the deck height figured/measured and have the compression height for a real zero deck piston.

In a perfect world I'd have a ta block to go with all this fun. But that really out does my budget.


And in reality 15psi of boost would be pretty low. I intend to go e85 and crank it up.
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Re: Always thinking...
« Reply #5 on: November 30 2019, 02:45:24 AM »
Rods really aren't a weak link in these engines.   If you decide to go with a longer rod, it's easy to just move the CH to account for it and put the crown wherever you want it.

I run stock rods in my 4.1 and don't lose any sleep over them being in there.   I did float the little ends on mine, but that was just because I have access to a honing machine and know how to do it.
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