looks like in the one pic, that the rod cap bearing surface is scored, I talked to Brian Miller one time about boring one out so I could salvage it and put bearing inserts into it like car engines have.... as I remember the cost wasn't bad, about $25+ shipping... I may be wrong on the exact amount that he wanted. his price included the new inserts.
the rod I wanted to have done looks just fine, not scored or anything, but the machine shop cut my engine's crank and a std rod don't work no more, on an undersized crank
but I went to an auction last year where they cleaned out a guys garage that was a small engine guy for years (garage owner died, kids were cleaning out the house so they could sell it) I bid on one lot just for the new 0.010 undersized rod that was "hidden within" what was otherwise truly nothing but scrap; I backed out as the price was going higher than what just buying a new rod at the local shop would cost;
once they were bidding on a couple lots down I asked the winner if he had a use for everything that was in that lot; since I started bidding just for 1 piece in the pile.... The lot winner asked what I was after and I pulled that rod out of the pile and said that was all I'd wanted from "that" pile, and asked him how much for it and he gave it to me. I knew the part number since I'd been watching Feebay for one
So, I got a brand new 0.010-under rod for my M 12 (same thing as a K 301) for nothin'
Edited by dodge trucker, January 25, 2014 - 06:36 PM.