Its become a pain driving across the state for line boring. Some folks will do the boring if they do the whole engine only. I would rather do my own engine.
Looking for ideas from folks who have done it. I have my own ideas after seeing a KR Wilson set up work but its designed for a new crank. Some one might have a Gene French set up for sale. Thanks for information!
Gene French has one for sale in the classifieds right now: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/3487/515119.html?1422848480
See if you can find the book by Vic Zannis. I bought the book, made the boring tool and did 4 engines with it. Worked fine and the gear mesh was perfect. Unless you own a mill you will have to have the locator blocks made for you. Other than that it is easy to make the tooling.
Thanks Roger and Gary. I Thought Gene had passed probably over careful but there is scams to avoid.
I will look for the Vic Zannis book.
Found a Vic Zannis book Rebuilding The Model T Ford Power Plant.
Is that the book describing the line boring set up Gary?
Paul; that is the book with the jig details.
Thanks both Garys!!
I used a Zannis rig for 4 blocks then bought a Gene French unit. If you use the Zannis rig buy the pouring jig from French. It will save you hours. The Zannis rig will work if you spend a great deal of time with it. The French unit works much better but will need new bushings etc. after about 10 uses.
Thanks all! Finally think I have the right Gene French. I have had about six hours of watching a KR system work---some parts of it would have been done different way for me. Its going to be a learning curve but it will save a ton of driving and use my blocks and cranks up for some one who needs them.
My plumber warned me about moisture blowing up lead in pipe joints. I witnessed that with Babbitt at a much higher temperature.
Why not buy a set up from Gene French.
He will likely have them at Chickasha again this year. I looked them over and visited with him there. I think his setup is well thought out and well made and reasonable for what you get.
Exactly what I ordered today Ted! This thread gave bits of information unknown to me before it.