OUCH. Now that sucks and squirrel damage is real.
Yeah last thing you need is the build taking longer because parts take longer to get. HahaKing Bearings are coming in tomorrow. 4 weeks lead time is kind of ridiculous but that is the new normal these days.
On the fence about grinding the bearing notches off or machining grooves into the engine block & main caps with a dremel. Probably decide when I get them. With a micrometer measuring the bearing thickness it's easy to check if there is a mistake grinding the notches down. More time and precision required but less mucking with the engine block.
Otherwise, not spending too much time thinking about the Juke these days. When these parts arrive I should be able to finally assembly the rods, pistons, crank and get the short block buttoned up quickly. The cylinder head valve lash caps need ordering and I have some machining on a few of the Ford valve retainers to lighten them before re-assembling the valves & valve guides.
This stuff is takin forever but the critical stuff will be done hopefully in another month or month and a half.
Good question. The pictures below will demonstrate.How will the elongated oil slots work with the oem oil passage ?