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Re: 8N connecting rods

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hotdawg22

05-16-2013 19:58:09
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as i took the pistons out i kept the cap on the same rod it came off of. Then i laid them all out in the order they came out so i can re-install the same way. However as i was putting the rings on i noticed that the rods were not numbered so i wanted to ask the question just in case there was an offset to any of them.
Other thing was, the bearing keeper tabs are opposite each other. If i turn them to both being on same side there is a visable difference in that they just do not align up. Is that possible?

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ZANE

05-17-2013 12:31:44
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 Re: 8N connecting rods in reply to hotdawg22, 05-16-2013 19:58:09  
To be safe I would take the rods to an automotive machine shop and have them all resized so as not to get it wrong. The tabs are definately supposed to be together on the same side of the rods.

All facing the left side of the engine.

There is no offset to the rods in an N Ford engine. Will work either way but not sure if the oil hole in the rod would work as good turned the wrong way????????????

Zane

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JMOR

05-17-2013 13:03:35
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 Re: 8N connecting rods in reply to ZANE, 05-17-2013 12:31:44  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seePlenty of documentation out there as to where numbers face, tab positioning, tabs face, oil holes face, etc., but the much more interesting question to me is WHY, other than that is the way the factory did it? Is there any reason why , in this specific engine, that rods facing either way, will not function equally well? I'm fine with rod cap orientation to a rod...fully understand those reasons.

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ZANE

05-17-2013 16:08:28
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 Re: 8N connecting rods in reply to JMOR, 05-17-2013 13:03:35  
If my memory serves me right there is only one oil hole in the top of the rod at tha crank journal. It is either the leading side of the rod or the following side of the rod and I would assume that it is enginereed to throw oil at the piston pin etc at a certain angle???

Got to be a reason and that is whey the bearing retainer tabs go to the left of the engine.

Zane



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JMOR

05-17-2013 16:26:25
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 Re: 8N connecting rods in reply to ZANE, 05-17-2013 16:08:28  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeMay be, but I don't have one in my hand, but the photos look like it is centered. The repair manual says squirt hole front or rear doesn't matter. The FO-4 actually shows spray from both sides in their illustration. Other engine rebuild manuals show or say hole to front..........so, I guess you just take your pick. Opinion: since it is oiling the skirt, I go with 'it doesn't matter'. Sand on left/right tabs side. But, I have no problem with "put it back the way Ford built it"....that is what I would do, but I still like to understand the "why". Might be like the story of cutting off the end of the ham bone before cooking. Granddaughter asked why her mother cut it off, because my mother did. Asked grandma why she did, etc., etc., and finally the eldest said, "because I didn't have a larger pan". We can't ask far enough back....all dead.

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