Engine replacement & tranny rebuild

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  1. bnickel

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    there's also a Bald Knob, Arkansas too..... one of my ex girlfreinds Mom used to work for their local paper when they lived there.
     
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    That's a good project you have there. Can't wait to see the outcome.

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    It's supposed to be in the 50's and a couple days possibly in the 60's all week. Of course I also have to work all week. But I'm going to try to get it in either before work one day this week or if I can't get it done then, I have next weekend off. :banana:

    -Chelle
     
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    The weather warmed up some and the snow & ice melted so here's a pic of the engine bay as requested:

    before:
    [​IMG]

    After powerwashing:
    [​IMG]

    After POR15ing:
    [​IMG]


    The engine has been ready to go in for about 2 weeks now; I'm just waiting for my dad to run out of excuses for why we should put it off until tomorrow. :mad:

    When I finally can get dad to help me put it in, I'm also going to swap the hoods and put old Sadie's hood on. Both hoods have some damage, but old Sadie's isn't as bad and shouldn't be too hard to repair (little bit of rust on the underside of old Sadie's hood vs lord knows how much cracking/flaking off bondo on the surface of new Sadie's hood).

    -Chelle
     
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    Following with interest ....
     
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    Me too. Keep us updated please!
     
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    Ditto. And, thanks for the follow-up pics after the POR-15. I'm considering my options w/ my engine bay. I'm considering yanking the engine, cleaning up the bay, and rebuilding the front susp. when I finish collecting my parts.
     
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    That POR15 looks really good. Can you snap a few more shots on that ? I'd like to see it from a few more angles. If it looks as good from the other angles I think that will seal the deal for my and I'll end up using it as well. Any comments on how hard or how easy it is to use that stuff ?
     
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    Here's one from the side (it's a little dark, though).
    [​IMG]

    I'd heard stories of getting it on your skin and having black polka dots for weeks so my dad brought home a few tyvex suits for me to wear. I only got a little on one hand, but it came off after about 4 or 5 days.

    To paint the engine bay I just brushed it on (after doing all the Marine Clean & Metal Ready stuff) with some of those foam brushed and it went on fairly easily. And considering that it was brushing it on as opposed to thinning it down and spraying it, I really didn't use nearly as much as I thought I would. I used maybe 1/2 a pint.

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    Who sells POR 15? I'm thinking about using in my wife's 68's engine bay and underneath.
     
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    IIRC i think it can only be purchased at their website:

    http://www.por15.com/

    but I dont know for sure.
     
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    I know that when I was looking for mine, I found out there was a local shop that was supposed to carry it, but I could never catch them when they were open so I ended up just ordering mine online.

    -Chelle
     
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    In those first two pics, it doesn't look like the transmission is supported by anything other than the tranny mount. I'd be worried about that mount and the rear tranny seal.

    A trick I was shown to help keep the converter seated is, you take a combonation wrench and run a bolt thru the box end into one of the lower bolt holes that the inspection cover bolts to, the wrench is bent towards the converter and hold it in.
     
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    I asked my dad about leaving the tranny like that and he said it would be fine. So if I have any problems with it, I'll make him fix it. [​IMG]

    Anyway, we got the engine in today and mostly bolted in but we ran out of light so we'll have to finish it up tomorrow after work. But it's out of the garage and in the car so I'm ecstatic.
    [​IMG]

    -Chelle
     
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    Kudos and congrats!
     
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    I can see the light at the end of the tunnel (and this time, it's not a rust hole).

    Pretty much all I need to do now is hook up the wires to the alternator & battery, install the starter, carb, distributer (after priming the oil pump), and replace & hook up a couple more wires (original ones are really brittle & scary). Then I should be ready to fire it up.

    I've also swapped hoods because New Sadie's hood has a bunch of bondo & who knows what else chipping off of the top and is in pretty bad shape overall. Old Sadie's hood just needs a tiny bit of work on the outside (I rattle canned it several months ago so it pretty much matches - not great, but it'll do until I can get the whole car painted) and there's a little rust along the front edge on the underside. So the plan is to cut out the rust on the underside, cut a patch from the underside of New Sadie's hood, and weld it in. That will probably be my next small project after I get her running. And once I get that taken care of, I'm going to remove the hood latch and go with some hood pins because I've had the hood try to fly open a few times while going down the highway so I trust the pins a lot more than I trust the latch.

    And can't remember if I've mentioned this yet or not, but for the tranny, I've decided to eventually pull out Old Sadie's tranny and rebuild it. The rebuild kit is only around $70, I'll learn a lot by doing it myself, and by doing Old Sadie's tranny rather than New Sadie's, I won't have to pull the car off the road for as long.

    -Chelle
     
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    HAHAHA, I know exactly what you mean =-)

    Good idea on rebuilding the other tranny. Minimizing down time is one of the things that really helps you enjoy all the work you put into a project even if it is more wrenching over all. Not driving the project car can drive you nuts and lead to frustration.
     
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    Almost running. We're just hunting down and killing a few gremlins.

    -Chelle
     
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    Jeeezze. And here I am dragging my feet on getting the top end of the Cougar's 351 done.... :nonono:

    Looking good, girl! :nice:
     
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    What's the old saying? Something like: It takes 50% of the time to do the fiirst 90% of the work, and the other 50% to do the last 10%.
     
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