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how hard is it to put in a long block

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by solowookie, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    ok guys...

    my mechanics that is doing the engine rebuild in Jedi Mind Trick is taking FOREVER... I've probably been waiting 3 weeks for him to get my k5 in and start getting the new engine in...

    anyway when I put a new engine in Insane Ewok I will be putting a long block that is complete with everything (including intake etc...)

    anyway if I get the equipment I'm wondering how hard it is to pull the engine myself, and put the new one in. I really don't want to give a project too large to this guy... also, I'm kinda thinkin if the engine is already prebuilt (and the guy will also put in a new dist. and time the thing for me when it ships...) that it wouldn't be that big of a deal.

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  2. Pugsley

    Pugsley 1/2 ton status

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    I did mine by myself over the course of 3 days. The job is really easy if you mark all the wiring harnesses/hoses, and keep around a ton of coffee cans or write-on freezer bags to keep track of nuts/bolts.

    Dos mas Tecates!!!
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  3. Seventy4Blazer

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    one day to pull the old one ane day to prep the new one and the eng compartment and a day to put the new one in. that is if you take your time.
    i changed my buddies out in a full 28 hours straight.
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
  4. solowookie

    solowookie 1/2 ton status

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    actually I'm really good about marking things, and as far as getting something apart, and remembering how to put it back together, I'm pretty good at that...

    I guess my main question was that I'm assuming everything is pretty much bolt up, but I wasn't sure... I was hoping that there wasn't really any in depth knowledge I would need to do this... I don't wanny try doing something touchy myself that may come back to haunt me.

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  5. Seventy4Blazer

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    if the block is already assembled then you shouldnt have to worry bout much. just make sure what you put on the new one is torqued down right and that you seal anything as required.
    Grant

    1974 Chevy Blazer Cheyanne. but it is on 33's now, with saggy old springs. i am in Yuma Arizona if ya got any parts for me.
     
  6. Pugsley

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    It's all a straight forward, bolt-in job. the only real PITA is putting all the wiring/hoses together.

    Dos mas Tecates!!!
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  7. solowookie

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    well guys, I gotta little while until I gotta worry about doing this, but I think I'm gonna try to tackle this thing!!! man the longer this guy drags his butt on all this stuff the more I end up doing myself, and the less business of mine he gets because I'm more capable!

    I don't care how good or careful a mechanic is nobody is as careful with somebody elses vehicle as somebody is with their own.

    I've been getting much more self sufficient with this thing, and it gives me a stress reliever away from all the technical crap I do.

    my father is a rancher / carpenter. the 2 things that he hates the most is plumbing and mechanics. it just drives him crazy, and blows his mind that I actually do this stuff for fun! LOL [​IMG]

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  8. RedDwarf

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    Do yourself a favor and CLEAN everything BEFORE you start taking it out.

    If you have everything ready and CLEAN, you should be able to swap in well under two days.

    Whenever I do this kind of work, it's really two things that slow me down: things not being ready (I don't have what I need) and filth.

    Lift It, Lock It, LIVE IT!!!
     
  9. RESTORE89

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    do you have a shop to work in and access to air tools???
    these will make it go a lot faster
    me and an experienced buddy swapped a 302 in an f-150 in about 9-10 hours, but i bought all new stuff for the new motor (autozone $600) starter distr water pump fuel pump wires power steering pump etc, so we did not have to swap all that, just bolted on the new stuff
    only diff part was bolting the tranny back to the new motor
    take your time and like others said keep the stuff sorted,a nd it is a breeze.
    [​IMG] good luck [​IMG]

    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
    89 350tbi/700r4h/np208/4.11's
     
  10. solowookie

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    yea, actually I do have a shop to work in, but I do not have air tools... I do have a compressor sitting there so that isn't much of a worry so maybe I'll have to break down and purchase some air tools for the money I'll have on paying somebody to do it! [​IMG]

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  11. RESTORE89

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    all you really ned is an impact gun and an air ratchet
    walmart about $80 total, you can spen ALOT more but for limited use they will olast a long time
    plus they will cut down your time dramatically, imagine that place where you can only get a 1/4 turn of the ratchet, or just having to press the button

    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
    89 350tbi/700r4h/np208/4.11's
     
  12. solowookie

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    well you bring up and interesting point... I was talking to Twiztid about air tools when I saw him the last time... he was talking about after you felt the power you'd go through a LOT more work just to get your air tools handy for a 2 bolt job... LOL

    I'm sure once you feel that power / convience you're never going to want to go back! [​IMG]

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  13. CaptCrunch

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    I had the motor swapped in my buddies truck in about 6 and a half hours. No big deal... the worst part I think is trying to get the block and tranny to line up... everything else is pretty gravey on these trucks... just make sure you lay the headers in the truck and then put the motor down and in, then attach them... much easier to get the headers in then

    -Mikey
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  14. RESTORE89

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    moderation, grasshopper, moderation or in your case "luke"

    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
    89 350tbi/700r4h/np208/4.11's
     
  15. solowookie

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    hey, all you gotta do is ask my wife and she will tell you I know nothing about 'moderation'... LOL how do you think I ended up with 2 k5's and selling my perfectly running 99 grand prix gtp with a $3500 stereo system so I could pay cash for Jedi Mind Trick??? [​IMG] (which I've had less then a month and I've already blown the engine &amp; tranny)

    and to make things worse, now Wes has me convinced to buy a 1 ton in the future... [​IMG]

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  16. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    One thing to know is: if you have the serpentine belt system, you will have to have the puller to get the power steering pully off in order to get the bracket off! For some crazy reason they put a bolt behind it that won't come out otherwise.

    '85 K5 : Run it til it breaks, then fix it and go again!
     
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    I just had to do that to get the stupid bracket off of my Suburban. Somehow that particular bolt got "lost" during reassemmbly. [​IMG] There's at least 5 other bolts that hold it to the engine, I don't know why GM felt the need to make it so damn hard to take apart!

    Don't even get me started on the a/c compressor that won't unbolt from its bracket without removing the pulley/clutch first!!!! What a lame design.... [​IMG]

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    Isn't one of the biggest rewards of doing some of these jobs yourself all the new tools you get? I look forward to new projects for this reason. You should see the tool collection I am building with this R&amp;P swap. I can't wait until I do my engine!

    Brian
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    Who put a stop payment on my reality check?!?
     
  19. muddin4fun

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    One thing to remember is that assembled block doesn't mean the little rod that drives the oil pump is in there or the rod that drives the fuel pump. Be sure in check that!

    It's been lovely, but I have to scream now.

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  20. BurbinOR

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    Go for it Jeff. It is a basic erector set type job..........just as everyone mentioned, mark everything, take PICS if need be and the satisfaction you get from doing it yourself will be worth it.

    Air tools...........mmm, the ultimate. Air ratchet, impact and you will be set. I have 9 different air tools and keep eyeing more.......lol.

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