Author Topic: 322 Engine Block  (Read 147 times)

Offline CadDad

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  • Name: Paul Harshman
322 Engine Block
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:05:47 PM »
 Hello,
  Started working on my 37 LaSalle coupe a little while back. The car sat for 10 years in a garage on jack stands and was pretty much left alone. Previous owner did a body off restoration and then got sick and was in a nursing home. Brought car home and found right off that it had coolant in the oil. Removed the heads and found one cylinder had a crack and another had been scored by a broken ring. I have a guy who can rebuild the engine ,but will magnaflux it first. If it has more cracks or other issues, I may be better off finding a good block and go from there. My question is did LaSalle use the same 322 from 37-40? Does anyone in the group know of any suppliers or have a good block to sell, should I need to go that route? I kind of expected something like this might happen, but the rest of the car was in such good condition that I really couldn't pass it up. Many thanks in advance!   Paul
1955 Series 62 2dr. hardtop
1959 Buick LeSabre 2dr. with  Manual transmission
1949 International Harvester KB-1
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1941 Buick Century Sedanet
1941 Packard 110 Club Coupe
1937 LaSalle Opera Coupe

Offline DaveZ

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Re: 322 Engine Block
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2018, 09:37:40 AM »
Hi Paul,
37 is different than all the other years. You can use other years, but the cranks are different, starters are different, flywheels, dipstick etc. There are a lot of variables you need to be aware of, but you can do it. You can even use a 345, but of you do make sure you get the 345 flywheel and pressure plate with it.
Regards
 
Regards,
David Zitzmann
1932 345B
1937 5019

Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: 322 Engine Block
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2018, 04:42:10 AM »
Hi Paul,
37 is different than all the other years. You can use other years, but the cranks are different, starters are different, flywheels, dipstick etc. There are a lot of variables you need to be aware of, but you can do it. You can even use a 345, but of you do make sure you get the 345 flywheel and pressure plate with it.
Regards
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That should read 346 Dave
Steve

Offline DaveZ

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Re: 322 Engine Block
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2018, 03:05:42 PM »
Doh...I should proof read:-)
Regards,
David Zitzmann
1932 345B
1937 5019

Offline CadDad

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  • Name: Paul Harshman
Re: 322 Engine Block
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 05:31:03 AM »
My engine guy will magnaflux the engine early this week and hopefully it can still be used. Otherwise I will keep looking. Thanks.
1955 Series 62 2dr. hardtop
1959 Buick LeSabre 2dr. with  Manual transmission
1949 International Harvester KB-1
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1941 Buick Century Sedanet
1941 Packard 110 Club Coupe
1937 LaSalle Opera Coupe

 

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