Ok, I'm tired of messing around trying to find a needle in a haystack. There are no gen 3 rods to be had and I am giving up. So, being the engineering type of feller that I am, I am taking things into my own hands.
I picked up my crank today after having it turned from that broken rod, I got real lucky and they only had to remove 15 thousandths which is the minimum. I started talking to the man that gave me my crank about everything I need to do to the block, have it magnafluxed, hot tanked, etc... He explained that they offer a very nice service, when I get everything together, bring up my bearings, cam, pistons, crank and mains, main caps, and rod caps and they will assemble and torque everything with a computer torqing machine, then they dip it in some kind of tank, spin it up and balance the entire motor after it is assembled... Top of the line shop I tell you.. and CHEAP too!!! They only want 140 for the service I just described... oh and I almost forgot, they install cam and bearings for me too at that price.
Then we started talking about the inherent weakness of the isuzu turbo 2.2 diesel rods... WELL, he said.. you did notice that we are less than 5 miles away from RIR (Richmond International Raceway), and I've been building race engines for over 30 years now. Technology has come a LONG way since that little trooper was born. I can put you a toyota 4 banger together and have it crank out 400 horsepower with off the shelf parts.
The secret is in the rod and the turbo. You tell us how much horsepower you need and we get the rod and turbo to match it... He also told me that any 4 cylinder diesel that produces 65 horsepower with a 400 horsepower rod in it, you might as well just forget about EVER breaking another rod. All we need to do is to get the specs of your gen 1 rod.
I need thickness, center to center length, crank journal measurement, and wristpin measurement. We can come up with something exactly, or very close on center to center length, you have just a little bit of room to widen the bearing surface, and we'll turn your crank again to match the rod. We may have to line bore the wristpin bearing but thats no issue at all... But we'll use an off the shelf rod, so we can keep the price way down.
So.. with that being said.... can ANYONE dig up the exact specs for a gen 1 rod so that I can get started finding the rod to work with please? Or tell me where to find those dimensions?
I'll keep this post up to date..... and I'll either document a dismal failure, or maybe just find a way to put a lot of turbo diesel troopers back on the road.... wish me luck guys!
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