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ok guy's, I'm gonna need some help...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by solowookie, Aug 24, 2001.

  1. solowookie

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    ok guy\'s, I\'m gonna need some help...

    ok guys...

    my mechanic has not touched Jedi Mind Trick in 2 1/2 weeks, and when I went up there today the short block was still sitting in the plastic...

    the tranny is gone, and the engine is in real need of a rebuild.

    anyway to make a long story short I bought the short block from him, and went and picked up my k5 and all my parts. I've got the t-case pulled, and the tranny pulled except for 2 bolts on the very top... (cross member and everything has been removed)

    anyway I've never undertaken anything like this, but there is one mechanic in town that does this kinda work so if he isn't getting around to it then I guess I'm going to have to get this done...

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    anyway it was kinda funny because the fluid in the t-case was REALLY burnt (I hadn't changed it since I bought it - the only fluid in it that hasn't been changed), and the tranny fluid was REALLY burnt also. I just serviced the tranny less then 500 miles ago, and haven't pulled a trailer or anything with it. this supposedly has a new tranny cooler in it (which I haven't checked out), but it seems kinda weird that in one trip the tranny fluid would be that bad. I'm wondering if that is what made the tranny go out, and I'm assuming it is.

    the good news is I got a tranny from a wrecked k5, and the fluid from it was in perfect condition so I'm crossing my fingers. they guy is guarenteeing that it is functional so I don't think I'll be out anything (including labor).

    anyway I'm going to finish pulling the tranny in the morning, and then I'll work on pulling the engine. once the engine is pulled I will go ahead and put the tranny back in, and then finish building the new engine, and put it in.

    I think at that point I'll take it up to my buddy the mechanic and let him time the thing etc... I think he actually feels really bad, but hey you gotta do what you gotta do

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
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  2. Pugsley

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    We're here for ya! Have fun with it!!

    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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  3. solowookie

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    hey, I forgot to add this part... here is my first question

    how in the blazes do you get to the top 2 tranny bolts on the 700r4??? I'd have the tranny out already if I could reach the stupid things [​IMG]

    <font color=blue> Jeff - may the force be with you</font color=blue>
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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    When I was going to redo my gears. I found a friend of a friend that did them. I paid him half of what it was going to cost me at a shop. And we did them at my place. And I learned a lot from him. Talk to some friends and see if any body is willing to help you out for a few bucks on the side....Good luck..Dan

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    had a simular thing happen to donk. i ended up doing all the work. it was a learning expereance i'll say that fer certain. take your time, read when you can, write down info that seems important. you can do this. stiff upper lip an all that rot. keep us informed an ask questions. ask. ask. ask.

    uh, think it'll fit?
     
  6. solowookie

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    I got the short block that needs the cam, oil pump, and timing chain installed, and then everything the heads on up. and I do have a friend that is a really good mechanic. he told me when I get everything pulled, and I'm ready to start putting the stuff on the new short block then he'd come over and line me out to make sure I didn't screw anything up.

    I think I should be ok getting everything else done up to that point, but I'm sure I will need a few pointers here and there as I go through this thing.

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    The easiest way to do it is to pull out the distributor and go at 'em from the top - get you a little mirror that you can set down in there and see the bolt heads with.

    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    Then you have it made.. And when it is all done. You can say it was Built not bought....Dan

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    OK, let me ask my next stupid question, how in the world do I get the distributor out???

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  10. Pugsley

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    Pull the 1/2" bolt on the distributor clamp, and it will pull straight up and out.


    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    gotta pull that thing anyway so I guess I'll make that my first point of business in the moring. (gotta go try to get an engine hoise and little mirror first...)

    I know I'm going to need a tool to pull the pulley's - is there any other kinda special tool I'm going to need???

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  12. Pugsley

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    You'll need a harmonic balancer puller/installer, a good torque wrench if you don't already have one, and you should be fine.

    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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  13. solowookie

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    OK, will that harmonic balancer already be installed in my short block (where in the world is that thing??? and what is it?) I already got a good torque wrench

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    It's the big disc looking thing behind the crank pulley - usually short blocks don't come with them. You'll definitely need the installer - if you try to thread it on with the bolt, you'll strip out the hole quicker than you can blink.

    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    ok here's your next question, what should my compression be on these things??? I did a compression check on my other k5 today (just the passengers side) and it varried between 80 and 90 for those four... from what I understand that is pretty bad for these things, so I didn't even bother trying the other side.

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    Compression should be 150 PSI for factory specs.

    If the shoe fits, get another one just like it
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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    Ive never done one on my blazer because the motor only has 30,000 miles. But on my firebird I do one every other Saturday during race season. My bird has 9 to 1 compression, and whan I do a compression check mine are between 140 and 150 psi. Hope that helps.

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    well guys I kinda suspected that was WAY off!

    it is funny because I gotta bad head, but the plugs all looked like the were burning corretly (i.e. no oil or coolant)

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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gonna need some help...

    Go to a book store...There is a book out there thats called how to build a chevy small block...step by step.....Thats what I used when I built my engine for the toyota land crusier (FJ40) conversion.....Its worth the 10 bucks.....I didnt have a clue about car engines...still dont...lol....Im a jet mechanic by trade......but guess what ? my wife and I built that engine and it purred like a kitten...good luck
     
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    Re: ok guy\'s, I\'m gon64.94.106.6na need some help...

    Hey Solo.
    To get to those two bolts you can from the bottom also it works best if the transfer is out and the cross member is down so the the tranny tillted down alittle and with a long extension with a wobble socket. I've done it from the the top also, sometimes I just don't like to crawl over the engine. I know it sounds like alot to just get two bolts but if I'm allready down there I'd rather get it all at once. Just make sure that you support the tranny. Have Fun Eric
     

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