recommendations for rod bearing service

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17 Nov 2016 00:40 #31916 by charlesflick
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I need to have my rod babbitt bearings redone. Anyone with a recommendation or warning would be much appreciated. Was thinking of using egge

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17 Nov 2016 04:37 #31917 by mikespeed35
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I think most people us inserts now days. I'm sure I will be corrected if wrong.
Cordially Mike

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17 Nov 2016 13:32 #31918 by Curt Schulze
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You are correct Mike ! Auburn engines use MoPar rod bearings and Allis Chalmers mains.

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
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17 Nov 2016 13:59 #31919 by Joel
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If you want to stick with Babbitt for some reason, Harkin Machine in Watertown South Dakota is the place to go. (605) 886-7880

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23 Nov 2016 04:39 #31927 by Jonathan Richards
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Just so there is no confusion out there ,some of us purists still employ babbitted main and rod bearings in our Cord FB and FC engines. I know they are old fashioned and technologically old school but they do the job. Going back to my earliest days of automotive experience as a base for opinion it seems to me if babbitt was good enough for 4-cylinder Model A Fords and 12-cylinder Auburn 12-160s it is good enough for my 8-cylinder Cord Supercharged. Commentary anyone? Happy Thanksgiving.

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23 Nov 2016 11:07 #31932 by Thomas Wilcock
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The problem I see with using inserts is that you lose the oil feed to the wrist pins and also the squirt hole which shoots oil to the thrust side of the cylinder walls as designed by Lycoming engineers. This extra oil up top would also help to take heat away from the top end. The babbit also goes right to the outside edges of the rods and around the radius at one end and thus gives more bearing contact surface. I have 72,000 miles on my 4 cylinder Indian motorcycle which I babbited myself and it still runs 45 LB oil pressure. I have just finished babbiting my own Cord engine. Tom

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