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1592 for Racing

Discussion in 'Rootes Racing' started by jdoclogan, Apr 20, 2020.

  1. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

  2. Eleven

    Eleven Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thank you. I did not know the earlier engines ran dished pistons. I have an SV with flat. Interesting thread, BTW
  3. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    The SV all had dished pistons as well in stock form. The 1725 piston while hsving the same bore as a 1592 has a larger dish to control rhe compression. It was a 7.5cc dish iirc
  4. Eleven

    Eleven Platinum Level Sponsor

    So mine was rebuilt at some point?
    I am starting a new thread on gasoline in Stock Alpine, I hope you can answer some questions for me. This is more interesting now!
  5. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    I have been casually looking through my STUFF, for a piston that came out of an Alpine engine from England.

    This piston fits the the "New school" concept of having a smaller pin.

    The smaller pin lets you have a longer rod, a shorter piston and less reciprocating weight.

    I'll find that piston eventually, in the mean time just use your imagination of a piston with a WAY smaller pin.

    ...even though it doesn't take full advantage of a longer rod...

  6. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    I found the piston.

    The picture has a stock Alpine piston on the left.

    The center piston is forged, for use with a Chevy rod/pin.

    The right piston is used with a custom/GT6 rod with a .866 pin.

    You can see there is Real Estate above the pin hole to move the pin up,

    with a longer rod.

    And/or a yet smaller pin.

    Last edited: Dec 2, 2020
  7. RootesRooter

    RootesRooter Platinum Level Sponsor

    So you have flattops in your Series V? I don't remember your head having been shaved much, if any. If there's any hint of pinging, better back the timing off and/or start running supreme in it.
  8. Eleven

    Eleven Platinum Level Sponsor

    Dick, it does knock. I filled it with Supreme a bit ago but am concerned about the alcohol. I have a source of non alc gas but the octane is in the low '80's. I bought some octane booster but the instructions are not helpful: "Treats 24 gallons of gas. Pour the entire bottle into the tank before refill". Who has a 24 gallon tank? I have 6 gallons of room plus the 2ish that is in there. I guess I will have to try and scope out what 1/3rd of a bottle looks like. Helpfully, it has a very attractive multi-curve shape... I also got some alcohol treatment that is supposed to help protect against the bad stuff alc does.
    I have the timing backed off a bit but don't want to go any more. Car is running great for the first time. We should take this off line, a little off topic.
  9. jdoclogan

    jdoclogan Platinum Level Sponsor

    Dan, where did the "center piston is forged" come from?
  10. Thor 1211

    Thor 1211 Silver Level Sponsor

    A bit off topic, but does anyone have a source for flat top pistons? I did the Vizard on my series V head and want to get some of the compression back.
  11. jdoclogan

    jdoclogan Platinum Level Sponsor

    I'm working on the same sourcing for flat top pistons.
  12. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    Thor, maybe because you are talking a STREET engine? But, YES, getting a flat top piston for an Alpine is a challenge!

    I just ordered a set of flat top pistons, to go with the extra Long rods, from Racetec.

    I have not decided what engine to build, 1592 or 1725. One factor I just added is the fact that I currently DON'T have 1592 in service..

  13. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    The center forged piston came used off ebay, but at this point, I'm not likely to put it back into service.

    I just put it in the mix to show all the extra Real Estate above the pin location.
  14. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    ...Just had an odd thought, STROKE a 1592.... ? Hmmmmm

  15. jdoclogan

    jdoclogan Platinum Level Sponsor

    Was Racetec better to work with over Ross racing?
  16. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    Well, Time will tell about Piston sources. Racetec is markedly less expensive than Ross.

    However, Racetec is doing a Land office sales business, most likely because of price.

    The good news is, at least in the past, Piston quality has been excellent from ALL sources.

    ...knock on wood...

  17. alpine_64

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    In Australia it used to be easier to get flats than dished.. Try contacting JP pistons
  18. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    JP provides flat top pistons in various oversizes. Their skirt is a bit shorter that's why their weight is less than comparables. However they do come with crap 4 pc oil scraper rings. Don't waste any thought about them and replace with a modern 2 pc design:

    Out of the box:

    Last edited: Dec 20, 2021
  19. bernd_st

    bernd_st Bronze Level Sponsor

    Like shown here:

    jdoclogan likes this.
  20. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    I would remind that this thread is in the Racing section...

    So in that light, here are reasons NOT to use OEM spec pistons:

    1) Piston is Too heavy.

    2) Rings too big, heavy and inefficient.

    3) piston pin Too big and heavy.

    4) Pistons are cast.

    For street use, the only thing of concern is #2, the rings.

    For the record, the weights of the 3 pistons above are:

    Stock type (+.040) 458g with 152g pin, 610g this also has the heaviest rings, not included here.

    Chevy rod (+.060) 373g with 106g pin, 479g this would have med weight rings.

    GT6 rod, (+.060) 380g unknown pin weight. this would have the lightest rings.

    I expect the Racetec pistons to come in the range of 340-360 grams, with the potential of even lighter.

    Hmmm, 2 pc oil rings are modern??

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