Piston sleeves

Ok has anyone ever had a block rebored and piston sleeve put in on a splasher 212? Can you do just one cylinder, what would be estimated cost. Can a cylinder with a small hole about the size of a pencil lead be just welded, or plugged, besides JB weld.


  • BillUSN1BillUSN1 Posts: 271Member
    Haven't done a splasher but have had several other makes sleeved.
    It works fine. Normally about $100 a hole IIRC.
    I would sleeve before trying to do a different kind of fix. 
    I think there would be more concerns with the expansion and contraction at different rates since the repair will be a different metal then the original.
    Finding a sleeve to fit may be an issue for the shop doing it. 

  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Posts: 3,631Senior Contributor
    edited February 2018
    Be aware that a 212 has preciously little metal between the cylinders to bore out enough for a sleeve.......Cylinder wall thickness is also not that great....The Stepdown 232, 262 and even the 308 have more meat in them for sleeving if deemed necessary.

  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Posts: 3,631Senior Contributor
    Start looking for a better block........The 175 motors out there used the same block.....just be aware that the 1938-39 blocks had the distributor on the right side of block, and the 40-47 blocks had the distributor at the top rear of the block.

  • getleygetley Posts: 67Member
    Can a small hole like that we welded and then honed?

  • GeoffGeoff Posts: 3,575Senior Contributor
    If there is one hole there is likely to be more.  It is possible to sleeve one cylinder, but the 3" bore blocks are quite weak.  You must leave a lip on the bottom for the sleeve to butt against, otherwise there is a possibility of the sleeve dropping.   Far better to find another block.  Not practical to weld the cylinder, due to distortion, and difficulty of welding cast iron. 
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