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Don Barrington Jr. showed us a slick way to check crankshaft endplay without having to bolt the crank in the block. First, place the bearing half in the cap and position it over the crank. Then use a feeler gauge to measure the endplay. If there is sufficient clearance, you can hose-clamp the two bearing halves together and then gently sand the thrust bearing on a flat surface using solvent on 400-grit wet/dry paper.