Re: bearcat55 engine how to's

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Posted by Spike ( on October 06, 2005 at 19:07:29:

In Reply to: bearcat55 engine how to's posted by Brad Starkey on October 06, 2005 at 17:33:44:

Powerhead oil is in the upper leg.Port side of the leg 2 or 3 inches below the hood is the oil level indicater plug and about 1/2 way down the leg is the drain plug.Holds 2 1/4 gts.My aftermarket 72 manual states sae 30 type MS oil.Early motor filler is under the hood on the rear port side.65/66 it is just behind the distributor,67 and later port side under the starter.Early motors have a cartridge filter.Later motors had a cap instead.Cap could be used on early motors as well.Battery type ignition point gap .017 to .022.Fuel system should be treated like any long stored outboard.
The powerhead dates back to circa 1949 designed for the Crosley car.Early blocks believe it or not were stamped steel but early on were changed to cast iron.It uses an overhead cam. Only standard production American car to do so at that time.Also head is built into the block.Originally developed 25 hp.Yours Developes 55 hp at 5,500 rpm.110 lbs compression,9:1 compression ratio.Uses J6 plugs set at.025,Firing order: 1342.Valve clearance intake: .012-.014,exhaust: .015-.017.cold.

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