V8 Staff

Soon it was time to check out the 396 cube V-8 that came with the ‘57.

The car had run many years ago, but the engine’s condition was unknown. We performed a leak down test and determined that several cylinders had very low compression, and the major source of the air leaks was through the valves. The piston rings we’re not perfect, but this car definitely needed a top and rebuild.

We checked clearances on the main and rod bearings, and they appeared OK.

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