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> Plastigauge is this plastic "string" you buy. It is very precision made
Not to sound snooty or anything but if you're REALLY looking to blueprint an
engine (or build one playing the tolerances in your favor), you ought to pop
for the proper measuring tools. Plasti-gauge is certainly good enough for a
"standard" rebuild of a stock motor but if you're trying to wring a lot more
power out of one, $500 or so spent on some decent measurement tools is money
well spent. IMHO, YMMV, BTDT, etc.
OK, I'll bite: What's the $500 "tool" to measure a bunch of plain-bearing
As the "common man"'s way of verifying that all the pieces you've got
back from the machinist(s) are bored/ground/etc. to spec, Plastigauge
is hard to beat!