Because of the thickness of the Scoggin-Dickey timing chain setup, two spacer plates must be installed between the block and oil pump for chain clearance. Be sure to apply sealant to both sides of the block-left spacer.
Before fully tightening the rear cover bolts, I also placed a straightedge across the bottom of the cover and the adjacent pan rails to make sure that the plate was positioned correctly. The ARP 12-point stainless bolts were then tightened to 18 lbs./ft.
During my file-fitting checks of the top and second piston rings, I used Summit Racing's ring squaring tool. This little guy is an anodized aluminum piece that's adjustable for bore diameter. A lower flange pushes the ring into the bore about a half-inch and allows you to achieve ring squareness in a heartbeat.
I file-fitted our rings using Summit Racing's diamond-wheel ring filer. This is a very fast little grinder that gets the job done quickly while achieving a square cut. After file-fitting, I simply deburred the freshly ground edges with a small file.
Here our rods, caps, bearings, pistons, pins and rings are organized on our Lista benchtop. Notice the cool towel holder? That's Goodson's 300-MPH towel holder, made using aluminum rods that were actually used in Top Fuel engines. The little race slicks even feature the Goodson name. I couldn't resist.
Once the rod bolts were backed off, I split the caps off using GearHead Tools' rod splitter. This beats the heck out of holding a rod upside-down and tapping the bolt heads with a mallet.