Just when I thought I had everything cleaned up – and after I had cleaned out all the oil galleries. I flipped the block to find some spots where water must have condensed and ended up rusting the block. A good shot of WD40 and a wire brush should do the trick. This side of the main bearing saddles also needed some attention.
My favourite sealant is Permatex Aviation Form-A-Gasket. I’ll coat most threads and gaskets with this stuff to help fight against Studebaker’s tendency to leak oil from wherever it can. The brass plugs are for the oil galleries. Steel would be fine but, I like adding little extras just for the fun of it all.
Maybe now I can get the block back on the engine stand and begin assembly – the fun part.