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Wrenchin’ Wednesday: how to build a DIY piston stop for $5

Setting Top Dead Center (TDC) is a major step during engine work as it is the point at which all mechanical events are timed to. 

We're going show you how to build a quick and cheap piston stop using a generic spark plug anti-fouler, which costs under $5. These tools can be found online and in many speed shops, but are becoming less common in local parts houses, so we'll dive right in on a DIY solution!

 

Read the full article at Hagerty.com: https://www.hagerty.com/media/maintenance-and-tech/wrenchin-wednesday-how-to-build-a-diy-piston-stop...

Replies (6)

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VERY CLEVER!

Intermediate Driver

Nice to see a reference to a "flat blade" screwdriver when so many call it a "flat head" screwdriver.

Pit Crew

I made one 40 years ago. I broke the porcelain out of a old plug and used a carriage bolt with the curved head so didn't damage the piston. Nut on each side of the shell. Just another way. 

New Driver

So @extech your timing marks are on the exhaust stroke?

New Driver

you know it doesn't matter if it's on the compression stroke or not

New Driver

I made a simple tool for this purpose over forty years ago merely by knocking out the ceramic part of the spark plug itself and adapting a suitable rod to go through the centre. Screw it in and off you go.

Pit Crew