This tip helps prevent flying debris when cutting wires, cotter pins and even tie wraps. Using standard side cutter pliers, clean the recessed area by the cutter then fill it with RTV silicone. When it dries, make one cut with a razor blade so the pliers can open. Now it will catch anything you cut off.

Will Kendall
Baxter, MN
Modified

I couldn't find my ring squaring tool so I had to get creative. I used a 1" wide roll of masking tape to square the rings. It works really well, and you can adjust it to fit different bores and the width gives you the right depth.

Just place the ring in the bore near the top, then place the roll of tape on top of the ring and push down until the top of the roll of tape is flush with the top deck of the block. Remove the tape and measure the ring gap with a feeler gauge, knowing that the ring is one inch down and parallel to the top deck of the block. Repeat as necessary. Note the blue roll of tape in the cylinder.

Larry Arndt
Eau Claire, MI
Ford Mustang/UMP Late Model

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