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motor is back from the shop, now i dont have a problem jumping into it and assembling it, but with the rite instructions and torque specs i will have a nice piece of mind. so anyone seen a post or a link i can go to? i no i can buy a book but just tring to avoid it if possible. thanks!
 

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Yeah you'll want specs and patterns and clearances... buy some plastigauge. I would really get a book if I were you; even though this isn't a particularly hard engine to put together there are plenty of places to go wrong - rings and valvetrain assembly are probably the most often overlooked.
 

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Mains 95-105ft-lb clearance .0008-.0015, allowable to .0026
Crank end play, .004-.008, service limit .012
Rods 40-45ft-lb clearance .0008-.0015, allowable to.0025
Rods side clearance .010-.020 service limit .023
Pistons to bore clearance .0014-.0022
Rings, gap: Top .010-.020, 2nd .010-.020, Oil .015-.055
Cam thrust plate 9-12ft-lb
Cam sprocket 40-45ft-lb
Front cover 12-18ft-lb
Damper 70-90ft-lb
Flywheel 75-85ft-lb
Intake 5/16 17-25, 3/8 22-32ft-lb
Heads in 3 steps, 75,95 final 105ft-lb
Exhaust manfolds 18-24ft-lb
Oil filter adapter 20-30ft-lb
Oil pan 1/4 7-9, 5/16 11-13ft-lb
 

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all of those specs are in a haynes manual on that engine.
 

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ya i would buy a book i am in the process of building 2 400's rite now and i broke down and bought a book it is cheap insurance it gives u step by step instructions and has all tourqe specs and everything
 

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Right now I'm in the middle of my second M block tear down...and I know you said you didn't want a book, but by far the most help to me was/is getting the book called 'Tom Monroe's: How to build a Ford V8.' I dunno if there are any new copies or what, I picked mine up at a library sale for .50, and I see them on ebay for under $10. It has everything from step by steps, to diagnosis to torque specs, etc. This book is waaaaaaaaaaaay more comprehensive than any Haynes or Chiltons and is easier to understand than the Ford shop manuals.
 
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