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I just wanted to say thank you all for the heads up.

I am buying a girdle for the insurance. Its too late to get a better block as the engine is almost done. Its going in a factory five cobra chassis.
A girdle will do nothing to prevent a block from cracking. Just something to keep in mind.
 

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Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying don't to it if you've got your heart set on it. But it's not going to prevent the block from cracking if it decides to crack. That seems to be a crapshoot if it will or won't.

I'm still of the opinion that internally balancing the crank is the best thing you can do for a factory block, even if it's crazy expensive.
 

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With that kind of budget i would be into a better block. Its a catch 22.
No, I know, it's a hell of a thing.

Has your shop align-honed the block yet? If not, make sure they align-hone with the girdle and fasteners of choice in place. That's one part I disagree with in that video you posted, they (apparently) just plopped it on with (probably) Moroso bolts and let it fly.
 
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