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#1917531 - 09/22/15 03:31 PM 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block
69 lawndart Offline
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This is my first post here so hi to everyone.
I am working on a new 420 cid small block with a Ritter aluminum block. the heads will be RFD W9RP heads, crank is 3.875 stroke with 6.300" long Oliver rods. and Ross flat top pistons. Not sure if the pictures are attached.


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IMAG1564.jpg

Description: Bottom end

IMAG1572.jpg

Description: 1,3,5,7

IMAG1574.jpg

Description: gears



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#1917547 - 09/22/15 04:19 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
Bad340fish Offline
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Judging from the background there I would say this is going in a 4 speed car! Very Nice!

Be prepared for lots of questions about the block

Clark


Edited by Bad340fish (09/22/15 04:20 PM)
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#1917551 - 09/22/15 04:25 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: Bad340fish]
69 lawndart Offline
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Yes sir, its going in the Dart with the 5 speed. The Cuda will keep the 468 in it. Question are not a problem.

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#1917568 - 09/22/15 04:45 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
greendart408 Offline
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Good luck on your build, I hope you have better luck than all the others that have tried to make those blocks work. The metal welded in the crank to balance it there is not a good idea. Everyone I have seen done that way over time come out. Not trying to be negative, trying to help.....
Maybe it's not heavy metal welded in there, hard to see in that pic.


Edited by greendart408 (09/22/15 04:52 PM)

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#1917575 - 09/22/15 04:50 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
ksj Offline
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Needs to go in my Dart MC.

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#1917587 - 09/22/15 05:09 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: greendart408]
69 lawndart Offline
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You are right, its not heavy metal he just needed to fill in a drill hole a few oz. I hope the block turns out, that's why I am posting here. Hopefully people will say the problems they have had with their blocks so I can try and solve the problems before I get it in the car.
Thanks
Mike


Edited by 69 lawndart (09/22/15 07:19 PM)

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#1917589 - 09/22/15 05:14 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
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Good luck with it, should be a fun piece.

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#1917667 - 09/22/15 07:05 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
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#1917668 - 09/22/15 07:06 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
340Cuda Offline
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Registered: 04/04/03
Posts: 1973
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Welcome, looking forward to seeing the build.

I saw you in Cordova but did not have a chance to talk.

Really looking forward to seeing you back on Drag Week next year, I assume that is the plan.

Bill Lamb

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#1917674 - 09/22/15 07:16 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
69 lawndart Offline
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At this point in time that is the plan, I saw you and was wanting to get over and talk to you and see what you have updated on the car. I hope to have this thing back in the car by the end of the year. That gives me all of next year to sort it out. I have talked to some of the guys that have had problems with these blocks and so far most of the major problems were fixed when I got the block. There have been a few small things but nothing major.
Thanks
Mike

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#1917676 - 09/22/15 07:18 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: J_BODY]
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Thanks I have been following that threat since it started.

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#1917746 - 09/22/15 08:57 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
justinp61 Offline
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I can't comment on your bock but I will say your head guy is one of the best in the country. Everything Curtis works on runs hard. Keep us updated.

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#1917752 - 09/22/15 09:06 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: justinp61]
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I hope that the new blocks. Are better than the old ones. Did he fix the rear main cap so the oil passage .would line up with the pump.i would love two see a pic with the oil pump gasket laying on the cap
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#1917761 - 09/22/15 09:16 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
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Looks killer. An engine like that deserves a billet timing chain cover!


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#1917768 - 09/22/15 09:26 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: WHITEDART]
rickraw Offline
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I had a talk with lawndart, smart & knowledgable man. Sounds like the main issues the earlier blocks had have been corrected. Hope to see good results on his build. Since there aren't any r3's around, I might spring for a aluminum one for my demon.

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#1917773 - 09/22/15 09:35 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: AndyF]
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Originally Posted By AndyF
Looks killer. An engine like that deserves a billet timing chain cover!
different bolt patterns
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#1917778 - 09/22/15 09:39 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: WHITEDART]
69 lawndart Offline
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I will take a picture of the gasket sitting on the rear main, the oil hole in the main lines up with the block oil hole.

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#1917792 - 09/22/15 10:09 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: WHITEDART]
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Originally Posted By WHITEDART
I hope that the new blocks. Are better than the old ones. Did he fix the rear main cap so the oil passage .would line up with the pump.i would love two see a pic with the oil pump gasket laying on the cap


No sir it does not line up. I took some pictures and will and will attempt to post them, its an easy fix now that I know about it I will put it in the mill and mill a nice slot to the oil pump outlet. Thank you for pointing this out.
Mike


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IMAG1575[1].jpg

Description: Rear main with Gasket

IMAG1576[1].jpg

Description: Rear main without gasket



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#1917796 - 09/22/15 10:15 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: 69 lawndart]
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it would be pretty cool to know that there are two operating Ritter blocks in existence. I'm truly hoping for the best for you. Small block guys need this option to basically stay alive.

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#1917798 - 09/22/15 10:18 PM Re: 420cid build with a new Ritter Aluminum Block [Re: AndyF]
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That's a nice timing cover who makes it?

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