Well I've done a lot on cars over the years and rebuilding my sons Opel engine soup to nuts is a first well at least doing a bottom end. I got the block back from the machine shop and my goody list from Gil came in today so I'd thought I try and get the crank installed. The block and crank were checked and polished and needed stock crank bearings.
I took the bearings out, lightly lubed and installed with a plastigage on number 2 (no lube or oil there) and torqued to 36ft lbs per the manual etc etc and came up with 0.002 which was in specs per the manual. So I proceeded to lube all the bearings and journals and firmly finger tightened them all down. I was able to freely spin the crank at this point with little effort.
I then lightly snuged them down offset towards the center to maybe 20 ft lbs. I then tried to turn the crank and it seemed locked solid. Does this seem right? I thought before I torqued it down it should still be somewhat able to spin but it felt like I needed a serious amount of strength to turn it.
Should I need that much strength before torquing down to 72 to turn the crank? I expected it to be tight when torqued down but not barely past finger tight.
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