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From: Gadsden, Al
Registered: Aug 99

posted 12-02-2002 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I noticed a hairline crack in the lifter valley of my 557. It's in an area where I would think there isn't too much stress, but I want to be certain it's ok. It looks like it may have been there for a while. Notice the rust on the crack where it dips down into the hole on the close-up pic. What you see is it on the crack. It stops. Doesn't even go all the way through to the bottom of the hole.

BTW, I have seen some blocks where these holes look like they were made with a hammer. Really jagged. Buddy of mine has hundreds of passes on a jagged hole block (low 11's). I would hate to have to toss this block. It's a C8, filled with hardblock, has bushed lifter bores and an Engine Systems 4 bolt conversion.

Someone please tell me I'm ok!

David Cole

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From: dallas NC usa
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posted 12-02-2002 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 67coupe   Click Here to Email 67coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
dont hold me to this but id think drilling a tiny hole to stop it from spreading would be the safest thing to do good luck on whatever u do

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From: Lyons, IL, USA
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posted 12-02-2002 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd do something for sure as it's on it's way to the lifter bore and that will eventually lead to catastrophy with a roller cam. There is a HD epoxy product that is green that works wonders on cast iron.

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From: Connersville, IN
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posted 12-02-2002 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like the crack is horse shoe shaped and heading back to the big hole. It's hard to tell. If it is infact heading back to the hole, I think I would gently persuade that peice to break away. It's a gamble, though! So, don't take my advice.

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From: Gadsden, Al
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posted 12-02-2002 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_C   Click Here to Email Dave_C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I *think* I may be ok. Upon closer inspection it appears to be a natural casting flaw. I used a small dental mirror (my $3200 souvenir from my kid's braces LOL). The mirror along with a bright light let me see it from the underside. No evidence of any impact. No water or oil passage close by. There is a casting parting line on the underside about 3/8" from it off to one side.

The crack does not appear to go all the way though.

I'll drill it be sure though. I have seen virgin blocks that had a whole chunk missing in that area. In the pics it looks like the crack spreads into large U shape, but I think that's just an optical illusion. It disappears under a bright light.

David Cole

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