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Don't worry about the rods, watch the block!!

So after having nothing but problem after problem since my last engine build exactly 1 year and 33,000 miles ago, I am at it again. The final straw was coolant in my oil. Probably a blown headgasket. But either way, EVERYTHING was getting tore down and inspected. So today I found out the block had several cracks in it. Boat Anchor. I had only dyno'd at 457, and used no drugs. My power combo was Swamps injectors, Gen3 big oil, a GTP38, OEM forged rods and a 99 block. So now what I have to wonder is can the block handle even 450hp for a length of time without help? Keeping in mind easily 10,000 miles of those 30 was towing a 12,000lb trailer.

So as I gaze into my crystal ball I see a main girdle, fire rings and maybe rods. And another few months of driving my 66 jeep.

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would it be possible to be caused by any side effects of your WVO system?

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sh!t, I hope they can hold together.....I want just about the same power and I pull 16-17K alot..... damn!
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would it be possible to be caused by any side effects of your WVO system?

That would be a pretty far stretch. Just about anything else I could see, Injectors, Scored cylinder walls, gummed up valves, but not sure how WVO can cause the block to crack at the main webs.

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Well mine did that much for years. And I towed about every other weekend or so for those years.

One reason why my block is slightly filled.

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Well mine did that much for years. And I towed about every other weekend or so for those years.

One reason why my block is slightly filled.

Is that like being kinda pregnant

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Sorry to hear that Jason!!!

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I'll keep saying this because I like sounding like a broken record.

The block and crank and PLENTY strong if the engine is put together properly and there aren' casting flaws, etc.

If the blocks and cranks were as bad as everything claims Double overtime would not be able to have run two seasons now I think on the same crank and block and heads. There are also several HEUI powered 7.3's that are holding up at big HP just fine.
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I'll keep saying this because I like sounding like a broken record.

The block and crank and PLENTY strong if the engine is put together properly and there aren' casting flaws, etc.

If the blocks and cranks were as bad as everything claims Double overtime would not be able to have run two seasons now I think on the same crank and block and heads. There are also several HEUI powered 7.3's that are holding up at big HP just fine.
Very Good Point, thanks for bringing that up. Helps me feel a little better about dumping a bunch of money into this thing. I am considering having the new block completly deburred though. What DO has done is enough to keep me motivated. Actually got to see the truck in person in Houston. And asked about 5,000 questions.

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