Neither the Ford Service Manual, Ford Service Bulletin Essentials or Engine book by MTFCA have the answer for these simple but important engine assembly questions. 1. Should the piston pin clamp bolt be installed in the piston opposite the camshaft or next to the camshaft? 2. Should the expansion slot in the piston be installed opposite the camshaft or next to the camshaft? My recollection is that they both should be opposite the camshaft, but at 79 I'm not as sharp as I use to be. What is your opinion?
Glen, I was about to call you to ask the same question, as I am about to install the new pistons I just bought from you!
This is how my engine was done. The piston clamp is next to the cam.
"Attach the connecting rods, with the clamping bolts on the same side of the piston that will be on the side of the camshaft". According to the Red Book, The Engine, MTFCA page 18, Modern Piston.
Mike is correct. The bolt goes on the side of the camshaft and the slot goes on the side opposite the camshaft.
Thank you Norm.
It doesn't make any difference which side the clamp bolts are for engine opperation, but they should all be the same for removal reference.
As stated, piston slot toward the least thrust side, away from the cam.
Thanks guys for refreshing my memory. Glen
Service Bulletin Essentials, page 42, paragraph 141
I knew that the information had to be there somewhere. I just couldn't find it. Thanks again for the help. Glen
I might add that this is the way the forum is suppose to work. Share your knowledge and help others not just try and find fault and make snide comments about another persons implied stupidity. Those comments hurt and don't help and are completely unnecessary. If you don't have something constructive to add just shut up. We don't need you confusing the issue. Thanks guys, you helped a lot. I appreciate it. Glen