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Old 02-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Is my 8BA Flathead Crankshaft f*cked (endplay)

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I have been taking apart a 52 8BA Flathead. It seemed to be in very good shape. Oil was clean with very little sludge in the pan and lifter gallery but had excessive crankshaft endplay. You could tug on the crank and it would move alot. Alot meaning it seemed to move 1/16th". Now when I removed the oil pan and rear main cap, I noticed that there has been some trouble. As you can see...the rear of the bearing has been damaged and some of it has chipped away. The rear trust surface (cap bearing) is also heavily scarred. The thin rear crank thrust surface is grooved and appears thin. Now here is where I find if I am in trouble.

I miked the distance between the crank thrust surfaces at around 2.371
and when I mike the outer edges of the cap bearing I get around 2.340
and in some places 2.325!!!

Does anyone know what a stock rear main bearing width is??? Has my crank been destroyed??
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is my 8BA Flathead Crankshaft f*cked (endplay)

I would guess the crank is good. Thrust bearing takes up pressure from clutch being pushed in and usually wears out first.Somebody out here knows the dimension for sure.
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:31 PM   #3
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I just measured the crank and the thrust bearing on my broken 8ba and I got 2.25 with a caliper, also I couldnt get a good read on the crank because of the counterweights. I checked in a flathead book and it says "main bearing journel length,rear 2.255" mainbearing length rear2.251 and wall thickness is.0855 Sounds like you should have .004 clearence. I think a good crank grinder should be able to help you. Hope this helps and goodluck, Tom.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:19 PM   #4
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I also ment to say a good crank grinder that can weld and restore the thrust surface.Your journal width is too wide. Tom.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: Is my 8BA Flathead Crankshaft f*cked (endplay)

Thanks Tom.

In my haste, I read the mic wrong. It was 2.271 overall length which would make the crankshaft thrust fin worn down approx .020. I will have to have the crank restored as you say. Thanks for the prompt information. I feel a little better knowing that it can be remedied.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: Is my 8BA Flathead Crankshaft f*cked (endplay)

I would look for a different crank. 8BA cranks should be available cheap. I've got a bunch of them, but I'm in Wisconsin.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:10 AM   #7
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Default Re: Is my 8BA Flathead Crankshaft f*cked (endplay)

Ok while It wasn't a flathead crank , I had a 289 crank wear in this manner. ( in fact the thrust bearing ate into the crank) Do yourself a favor and find another crank- Flatheads are expensive to rebuild so take the nessairy precautions!
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:35 AM   #8
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That comes from dum'asses holding the clutch in at stop lights and such, maybe a truck with a lot of miles and shifting ,,,,,,
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:20 PM   #9
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Yep...It came out of a big truck so I imagine that it was heavily used. It has been rebuilt at one time or another as the rod caps are stamped and the pistons are 060 over. I wonder if they didnt clean out the sludge in the crank oil passages before they reinstalled. It definately seems like a f*ck up because besides that the motor is
in surprisingly excellent condition.

Anyone near Austin have an extra 8ba crank?????
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:11 PM   #10
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Has this happened to anyone else's flathead?
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