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5.3L Engine Rebuild Page 9

Figure 33
Figure 33
Figure 34
Figure 34

Figure 33. Masked and painted the front cover. Same method as before, several coats of primer, then several coats of engine enamel.

Figure 34. Ground the piston ring gap. When doing this, you grind one side only. Grind a little bit, then measure, then repeat until the desired gap is acheived. Grind in the direction from the outside in, as grinding in the other direction can damage the coating on the ring. One thing you must also do is take a small file and remove the burr from grinding that is left on the piston ring.



Figure 36
Figure 36
Figure 35
Figure 35

Figure 35. The rings are now installed on the piston. Pay careful attention to where the ring gaps are placed on the piston. There are many diagarams available on the internet that show how to orient the rings properly. One thing you should not skimp on is set of ring pliers. They are cheap insurance against breaking a ring when installing them. The style used has a limit screw on it so they can not be opened to far and break the ring.

Figure 36. This is the piston ring compressor/installation tool purchased from Summit Racing. This tool makes it so much easier than the ones where you have to tighten a clamp on a sheet metal piece. These tools come in various bore sizes and are very inexpensive and well worth the money.


 
 
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