Re: swap parts between early 302 and 87 roller 302
Appreciate your help on this and yes, I think I may need some machine shop advice before I go too far.
I picked up the '87 block and new 30 over pistons (with new rings) because the block had just been machined and all new bearings installed. Since the price was about where I thought I would be having my '68 block machined I figured why not go with the newer block. Looks like I may have also bought some issues when I bought the block and pistons.
I was planning on using an early water pump with "normal" rotation, I was not even aware that the '87 had reversed rotation or had the serpentine belts.
I may look into having the '68 crank machined to accomodate the rear main seal and maybe avoid the pulley and balance issues. Since all I have is the block and pistons for the '87 I would have to buy a new crank, balancer, flywheel.............there goes any money I may have saved.
Probably should have talked with you before I started. Live and learn.