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    What is the current verdict on big end and main bearings for a high performance (180-200BHP) engine?

    Brand and where to buy....I am seeing glacier, glyco, county, king tri-metal....

    I would prefer Vandervell VP2 but these seem to be rare.....

    Jochem
    Flying Dutchman drives: TR6 - 1973 - 56/11 - CF1xxxxUO - J-OD - Kent 280° - EMU Black - Phoenix - 205/70 on 7x15

  • #2
    If I recall revington TR in the UK commissioned a run of Vandervell bearings.

    And may have sold out.

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    • #3
      Yes, just checked their site.

      https://www.revingtontr.com/product/...ing-set-020-ae

      But it looks like they still only have some 20 and 30 thou over. Maybe worth a call as these are generally believed to be the best type of bearings ​​​​​​

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      • #4
        Thanks. I know of Revington. Just wondering where you guys buy your bearings from...it is hard to believe everyone buys from Revington or drives a standard 100HP engine.
        Jochem
        Flying Dutchman drives: TR6 - 1973 - 56/11 - CF1xxxxUO - J-OD - Kent 280° - EMU Black - Phoenix - 205/70 on 7x15

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        • #5
          The way I read that description from Revington, the bearings are not actually Vandervell but rather AE brand.
          Have you checked out KING bearings from BPNW ?
          That's where I buy most of my engine components.
          You want trimetal and that's fine, but after reading up on some articles and one in particular by King, I recently removed the trimetals in my engine and replaced them with bimetals....
          Driving a 1973 TR6
          Doing ZS carb repairs
          email kencorsaw"at"aol.com

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          • #6
            This is exactly what I mean! Thank you!!
            Revington, TRF, Goodparts recommend the Tri-Metal bearings, I contacted them! Reading King’s website, for iron cast crankshafts, the bi-metal maybe the better choice. So what is going on here?? I can only imagine the following, if you nitrade the crankshaft, the surface becomes harder and after polishing the surface structure resembles steel crankshaft and no longer iron cast structure. Which in that case, tri-metal would be the better choice. However, my studies on materials and hardening go a while back, so I am not sure if this theory is correct. Any thoughts?
            jochem
            Flying Dutchman drives: TR6 - 1973 - 56/11 - CF1xxxxUO - J-OD - Kent 280° - EMU Black - Phoenix - 205/70 on 7x15

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            • #7
              The head engineer at King recommends bi-metals for classic cars. Based on tolerances etc. Tri-metals for new cars. He didn't get into metallurgy of cranks or otherwise. Even if I was building a high performance engine I'd follow what he said. His point was bimetal offered more (thicker) metal for contaminates to bed into that the oil system of classic cars will allow to flow thru the system.

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              • #8
                what size bearings are you looking for in vandervell,I have extras in standard,.010,.020
                Phil

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