I am in the process of freshening up the DC. It is a 1953 model year with the 4 inch pistons. I just got the head back from the machine shop. However, when checking the rods and pistons I found some real bad Babbitt on #3 and 4. My question is.... We have several rods left over from some DC's we had years ago. The Babbitts are near perfect. Will I be ok using rods from another DC as long as I shim them correctly? Money is a little tight right now, and I really can't afford to get all new babbits. The crank looks good no scouring that I can see.
Here are the pics of the rods. The bearing caps look perfect... But the rod side is another story
Also, when pulling the pistons out of the block the stamped numbers and piston clamp screws were facing the cam side of the engine. My I&T manual says they should be installed facing away from the cam. How should they go back in???
Thanks for the insight guys. I've been around engines for a little while, but this is my first rodeo with the DC's.