cylinder and piston size question

Discussion in 'Engine Topic' started by classicz28, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. classicz28

    classicz28 Veteran Member

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    If a STD 350 block is 4 inch bore, what size is the piston? It can't be 4 inches as I am sure that must be some side clearance built in. I heard that there is a difference in cast, forged and hyper pistons too... so... what would a std size piston diameter be for a 4 inch bore 350 for cast, forged and hyper? thanks..
     
  2. pdq67

    pdq67 BANNED

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    The clearance is taken off the piston at the factory.

    So a 4.000" bore takes say, a 3.995" piston if it is a forged piston that needs .005" expansion allowance clearance. (Which some of the older ones did!!)..

    AND you have to read the manufacturer's spec. sheet to see where to measure correctly the piston to make sure it is measured correctly to the bore!! B/c some measure 90 degrees from the pin ends, others measure other places like down in the middle of the skirt??? It just depends sorta deal is all..

    pdq67

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  3. classicz28

    classicz28 Veteran Member

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    So it's not as easy as it sounds. Buying a block that is already 30 over does not mean you can just buy a set of 30-over pistons from Jegs or Sumit and have them fit correctly....uuuggghhhh.

    Thanks for the info.
     
  4. retorq

    retorq Veteran Member

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    I did exactly what you want to do, I had the block bored and got the pistons after. I ran into no problems at all.
     
  5. 73454

    73454 Guest

    If you are not racing the thing, you can almost always buy a set of .030" pistons and they will be pretty close to what you need. This is assuming that your block was bored and finish honed to 4.030" and not just honed to clean it up, etc.
     
  6. classicz28

    classicz28 Veteran Member

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    Yep... thats what I have. I checked the block and it is right on 4.030 with the cylinders honed. I was going to buy a set of KB 30 over pistons but just wanted to make sure that I didn't need to do any more work to the block. Looks like I might be ok. Thanks..
     

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