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      THE only point to my post was this

      Clean is good, DIRT inside the engine is bad.
      I don't think Derrick was saying to assemble a dirty engine.

      I always remove all the plugs in the block and wash the block several times with high pressure water (outside). Then blow it dry and coat the cylinders with oil.

      Proceed with assembly.

      Here's a good torque wrench from Home Depot : http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-3-8-in-Click-Torque-Wrench-H3DTW/202916179#specifications

      The best engine assembly book was written by David Vizard : "How to rebuild your SBC"

      Get a decent engine stand, one with 4 legs, not 3 : http://www.harborfreight.com/2000-lb-foldable-engine-stand-69521-8970.html
      This stand is normally $90 on sale.

      And you don't necessairily have to have mikes. You can check piston side clearance with feeler gauges and use plastigauge on the journals. A dial indicator is cheap at Harbor Freight, you can use that for thrust bump check and piston deck heigth measurements.
      http://www.harborfreight.com/1-inch-travel-machinists-dial-indicator-623.html
       
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      I don't think Derrick was saying to assemble a dirty engine.

      I always remove all the plugs in the block and wash the block several times with high pressure water (outside). Then blow it dry and coat the cylinders with oil.

      Proceed with assembly.

      Here's a good torque wrench from Home Depot : http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-3-8-in-Click-Torque-Wrench-H3DTW/202916179#specifications

      The best engine assembly book was written by David Vizard : "How to rebuild your SBC"

      Get a decent engine stand, one with 4 legs, not 3 : http://www.harborfreight.com/2000-lb-foldable-engine-stand-69521-8970.html
      This stand is normally $90 on sale.

      And you don't necessairily have to have mikes. You can check piston side clearance with feeler gauges and use plastigauge on the journals. A dial indicator is cheap at Harbor Freight, you can use that for thrust bump check and piston deck heigth measurements.
      http://www.harborfreight.com/1-inch-travel-machinists-dial-indicator-623.html

      I get that. He posts about things like that often . I think he was just making the point that it can be done at home with good results without a fancy shop etc.
       
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      I don’t have a dial indicator with the plunger on the back of it,
      https://www.harborfreight.com/1-in-travel-machinists-dial-indicator-63521.html

      May not be the case with Mcleod but I installed another brand 5 speed and had to use an extended pilot bushing as upon measuring found the input shaft was only engaging the standard pilot bushing approx 1/4 inch. After talking with Jody he said the input shaft should engage the pilot bushing at least the same dimension as the the diameter of the input tip. Which on my transmission is 5/8.
      How are you going to measure the concentric if you don't have a set up like the Harbor Freight item?
       
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      I don’t have a dial indicator with the plunger on the back of it,
      https://www.harborfreight.com/1-in-travel-machinists-dial-indicator-63521.html

      May not be the case with Mcleod but I installed another brand 5 speed and had to use an extended pilot bushing as upon measuring found the input shaft was only engaging the standard pilot bushing approx 1/4 inch. After talking with Jody he said the input shaft should engage the pilot bushing at least the same dimension as the the diameter of the input tip. Which on my transmission is 5/8.
      How are you going to measure the concentric if you don't have a set up like the Harbor Freight item?
      I actually have that dial indicator from Harbor Freight. The indicators with the plunger on the back of the dial seem to be what’s needed for checking parallelism.

      I will make my dial indicator work. I just need a pack of 3/8” shims for the bell housing.
       
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