First time to post on the XK-Engine forum but have been active on the E-Type one. Just got my engine back front the machine shop and about to start assembling it with new bearings. First engine rebuild so questions follow.
Core Plugs - I have seen sealant used when installing Core Plugs. Is there a preference for which type to use i.e. soft/hard setting, high temp etc ?
When using plasti-gauge to check the main bearing clearance should it be done dry and bolts torque to full spec, or should assembly lube be added ?
I am going to use all new standard bearings as determined by the machine shop. I plan to use assembly lube for the bearing surface that touches the crankshaft. I have seen some use it on the block side of the bearing also but not sure if this is good practice ?
I don’t have the Jaguar tool for sizing the rope seal. Can I size it with the crankshaft and main bearings bolts torqued or should this be avoided ?
Any help appreciated.