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I bought a used motor several years ago. Supposedly running, but needed stuff like intake, oilpan (guy kept the Chevelle pan, I put on an Impala pan for storage), pulleys, etc

I finally yanked the heads off last night.

No ridge in the cylinders, and still see some cross-hatching. some carbon build up on the pistons and chambers...

Since I have the oil pan and heads off, I'd like to check the bearings, and clean the carbon. BUT, I'd rather NOT remove the pistons (I don't want to get int oring replacement, and then a full rebuild, etc at this time)...

1) Is there a "proper" method for removing the rod and main caps and then reinstalling after checking the bearings?

2) is there a certain bearing cap to remove to get a general idea of the overall condition? I know nothing is certain, but is the one rod or main that will show wear quicker? or should I pull all 8 rod caps and all 5 mains?

3) if bearings look worn, but not scored (and journals look fine) IS there any problem inserting new bearings (just to freshen it up)?

4) Is there anything I can use to break up the carbon deposits (chemical) that won't hurt the rest of the pieces (or require hot-tanking, etc)/ Or do I just have to scrape off the deposits? What about those "scothcbrite" gasket removal discs?

5) Should I replace the rear main seal while I am in there? can I do it without removing the crank (just the rear cap and spin the new seal around the crank?)?

6) Torque specs; I have Mains listed at 135 ft-lbs and oil pump at 65 ft-lbs... Sound correct?

Head bolt torque? I recall this also being 135 ft-lbs?

rod torque? I recall 35 ft-lbs?

Flywheel torque?


PS, I posted here because I didn't get any replies in the "Engine" forum...
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