ok, here is what i am dealing with, and very frustrated at this point. in February, i ordered my major parts for my engine, from an ARC dealer. in early May, I opened the rod and bearing box to mock up the piston in the engine to cut the top. when I took the rod bearings out of the bag, there was nothing separating the two halves, nor was there a rubber band around them to keep them from marring each other....here are the pics of the "new" bearings that came with the rod:
notice the black permanent marker ink that is in the oil hole in the insert on the right...exactly the way these came out of the bag, marker, and scratches.
so, I place an order last week with another ARC dealer, trying to get my engine together for the season, as i still have not raced this year
here are pics of the new bearings i received this time, from a different dealer:
that's what i got straight out of the bag, nothing separating them, nor a rubber band to keep them together....even worse shape than the others
I am about to lose it, and it's a good thing it is Sunday, so i can gather myself, and my thoughts, and ask the Lord to help me, before i make a few phone calls tomorrow, and hope I don't say something rash. If this were your situation, what would you do????