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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by txturbo, Jun 24, 2014.
Anyone ever successfully repaired cracks in this area?
I've heard of guys pinning them, but I'd consider that a boat anchor. Those cracks are as common in a flathead as a SBC in a Ford!
Done all the time take it to a good machine shop and have them stitch it up that is not rocket science.
I that's the worst flaw in the block, I wouldn't consign it to boat anchor status quite yet.
Yes I had a crack like that on an 8ba block. My machinist sent it out to a specialist welder experienced with caterpillar diesel repair and that weld is still holding without any problems. That was fifteen years ago. As has been said, these flathead blocks commonly experience this kind of crack and before deep-sixing another salvageable flathead I'd first consider sinking the boat you needed an anchor for. You just need a good machinist with requisite skills and contacts in the biz.
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Yeah it looked salvageable to me but the shop that had it gave up when they found the crack.
Give up on that machine shop.
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