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Norma66
Norma66 Reader
8/9/18 7:22 a.m.

Yanked the drive shaft. Disconnected the rest of the wiring. This thing needs new wiring bad. 

 

Now for the actual hard part, Reconstruction 

 

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 MegaDork
8/9/18 7:55 a.m.

ahhh, the mandatory puddle of trans fluid. 

 

after about 40 engine pulls/swaps, ive still never managed to do one without dumping trans fluid. even when the trans stayed in the car. its a law of the universe, as near as i can tell. 

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
8/9/18 8:07 a.m.

I thought i would be really smart and put a rubber glove with tape around the end of the trans. The firewall showed me that im really stupid.

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
8/13/18 1:28 p.m.

Old motors sold. Got the new crank 90% of the way in. Just needs a torque wrench and finalize the rear main seal. Then its piston time. yes

stuart in mn
stuart in mn UltimaDork
8/13/18 5:06 p.m.

Keep it going.  smiley

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
8/14/18 9:32 p.m.

So got the crank secured and torqued to spec. Still rotating really nice with no binding.

Went to install the cap and rear main seal and had issues. The assembly instructions call for strongest silicon known to man (actually motorcraft silicon used in power stroke applications ta-31). You smear that on the mating surfaces then put the cap on. Once the cap is in you drive these nails into the seal to tighten everything up. Mine bound up on installation and went below the mating surface. I ripped it all apart and have a new one coming tomorrow. 

This is probably the scariest part of the project for me because I do not want a leaky rear main. Fe’s are notorious for having this leak and I do not want problems.

frustrating that a 9 dollar seal stopped me dead tonight but tomorrow is another day.

wawazat
wawazat Reader
8/15/18 9:46 a.m.

I'm very interested in how this seal works for you as the rear main seal in my Cougar s leaking. 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn UltimaDork
8/15/18 2:23 p.m.

You've probably already been looking at this stuff but there are online guides for installation of the rear seal on an FE block, here's one:  http://fepower.net/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=758.0  I see there are also Youtube videos on the topic.

Gaskets and seals are always the tricky part about dealing with older engines...I fool around with old Pontiacs and have had similar problems.  It's too bad they didn't have the seal materials available today back then.

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
8/16/18 8:19 a.m.

This is a interesting thought. my book doesn't have this step.

Im using Barry over at survivals FE build book. Guy is a dark magic wizard when it comes to FE's. I will write up a more detailed post today of what i did. I plan on dynoing the motor to check this and tune the motor.

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
8/17/18 6:34 a.m.

Pistons are in. Way easier than I thought it was going to be. All tourqed down and ready to get timing gears in and camshaft degreed. The sheer amount of stroke that this motor has is unreal.

Rear main seal is in. What a dumb design

 

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
8/21/18 2:03 p.m.

I cant explain enough how well the dedicated piston ring compressor worked. i will never go back to the old way. We were able to get all 8 pistons in and torqued within a hour.

ARP 900-0000

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
9/5/18 10:37 p.m.

Got all the front suspension off in preparation for the disk brake and suspension swap. 

What’s everyone’s favorite under car degreaser? This things a mess.

Now it’s time to relax after a hard fought battle

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
9/6/18 8:19 a.m.

i start with a sheet of cardboard under the area to be cleaned, and a narrow putty knife.  After scraping off the big stuff, I spray everything with Gunk Foaming Engine Degreaser, and let it sit for an hour or so, then spray it again and start scrubbing with nylon stiff-bristled brushes.   Gunk is stinky stuff, so keep the garage door open.

regarding your choice of beverage, all i can say is Dang you've got a pretty sweet car for a sixteen year old.  ;-)

stuart in mn
stuart in mn UltimaDork
9/6/18 9:20 a.m.

I admit to using gasoline many times in the past for cleaning that kind of grease and grime, but it's not particularly safe.  Mineral spirits or kerosene are probably better choices.  For non-petrochemical cleaners Purple Power works pretty well, you can usually find it at the hardware store.

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
9/7/18 3:48 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

I will definitely try the gunk foaming degreaser. They make it in gell apparently.

Nothing beats a nice cold busch light after a night of wrenching

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
9/18/18 6:55 p.m.

Upper control arms are in. Lowers to get in soon after. Still need to do some degreasing but moving forward.

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
9/19/18 9:09 p.m.

Sway bar is in. Thing could hold a semi through a dirt track corner. 

Lower control arm is in as well. Mosquitoes came out with a vengeance so until tomorrow. Springs and spindles soon.

Norma66
Norma66 Reader
9/24/18 3:00 p.m.

Suspension is all in. What’s killing me now is small stuff on the motor. Seems like I get one thing bolted on a week. Really want to make progress on the motor in the next two weeks. Brakes should show up Monday or Tuesday next week.

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