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when working on your engine?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beater74, Jun 22, 2001.

  1. beater74

    beater74 1/2 ton status

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    this is somthing all of us here have had to deal with. When working on your engine what do you stand on, for example when working on the dist. do you climb in or stand on somthing or lie across somthing. So many time people say wow look at all the room, but i say try ajusting the timing or tightening that last header bolt. It could be worse, just want to see what works best for you guys and gals.
     
  2. tRustyK5

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    I usually sit on the edge of the fender for access to the sides of stuff, or sometimes the rad support, but that hurts my bony a$$...[​IMG]
    Some days I wish i had a tilt front end...

    Rene

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  3. AZK5

    AZK5 1/2 ton status

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    I made some 6" and 12" high jack stand extensions for more height. When the truck isn't jacked up I use these to stand on. They're made of criss crossed 2X4's. For the back stuff I just climb in, there's lots of room. [​IMG]
    CB

    1973 K5, 400TPI,TH350, 203/205, Dana60/Detroit/5.38 front and rear, 38" TSL's on steel wheels
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  4. Grim-Reaper

    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    I usualy throw a folded up packing blanket on the core suport sit on the coresuport with my feet on the frame rails straddling that V8. Had the stool slip out from under me a few to many times.
    I also take a 18inch x 36 inch spare steel shelf and set it accross the A/C box and core suport for tools and parts. Almost like it was made to fit there.

    It's not my damn planet monkey boy!
    Grim-Reaper
     
  5. newyorkin

    newyorkin 1 ton status

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    I usually climb in and sit with my feet on the frame/steering box on the drivers side, butt on the fender. I may be rethinking that since my power steering return fitting (that I occasionally can't avoid stepping on) is now leaking... I'm putting a second battery on that side anyway, so I'll lose this seat then. If I'm doing plugs or reachable-from-outside stuff, I use a former family picnic table bench to stand on.

    Now a flip-forward nose is a good idea... Someday I want to put that beautiful 89-91 nose on my '88, and my front fenders are banged up in the front. That wouldn't be a bad time to figure out some method of flipping the nose forward. Rene, Beater74, you've inspired me! I'm going to make a new post for this.

    Ratch
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  6. txbartman

    txbartman 1/2 ton status

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    I usually sit with my a** on the fender and my feet on the frame rails inside the engine compartment, if I am on the drivers side. My a/c takes up all the room on my passnger side, so I usually stand on my front bumper and lean across the radiator. Hurts my gut, though!

    85 GMC Jimmy, 305 w/TH700-NP208, 32X11.5 BFG ATs, 15x10 Eagles, Smittybuilt tube nerf bars and bumbers
     
  7. Stoopalini

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    I have a board that measures about 2' wide x 4' long x 2" thick that I put caddy-corner from the fender to the front support. This way, I can just jump on in and sit comfortably in the engine bay.

    Thomas

    -- '84 K5 Blazer --
     
  8. Grim-Reaper

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    Yeah Getting at #7,8 plugs is a PAIN!. I have often though how nice a tilt front would be for stuff like that. When I was building the truck it I had the fenders off and it was awsome sitting on the tire when working on the engine.
    Even thought about maybe the fenders being quick release and inner fenders being aluminum quick release like a prostreet car. Problem is the older trucks like mine the hood hinges are on the fenders not the firewall like after 80's are. Been too lazy to go past there and figure out how to engineer it. Tilt front would pose some serious problems up front with a winch sitting on the bumper. If I could move the hood hinges and do the fender thing it would be interesting.
    Heck Just removable inner fenders might be the ticket. That wouldn't be real bad and require very little in the way of trying to figure out hoe to support the radiator.

    It's not my damn planet monkey boy!
    Grim-Reaper
     
  9. 1986Blazer

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    My wife, bless her heart, bought me a tire step. An image of it is at my website - at the bottom.

    This version is the heavy duty version from Gateway Auto - a parts store in the Dallas area. They may be online, but if not, maybe a Dallas area member can get their parts catalog for anyone that wants one - it is a special order tool.

    I also found one in the Harbor Freight Tools catalog - it is a little larger and less compact when folded but it is cheaper ($20). In case anyone did not know. Harbor Freight is the best place I have found for tools. I got a GM steering pump pulley puller for $10, a Ball joint installer and remover for $40, Tie Rod/Pitman arm puller for $8 and many, many other tools for next to nothing. You can order a catalog at http://www.geocities.com/keywestk5/KeyWestK5.html
     
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    I usually stand one foot on the tire and one foot on the front bumper. Buw when I'm getting down and dirty, I put my foot on the frame rail and sit on the core support or fender. I slipped a bunch of times before when wet (and sometimes I work on the truck with flip flops (yes, I'm lazy), and slip all the time (OUCH!!).
    Anyhow, it's tough for me, since I'm short.

    1986Blazer,
    Hey, that $10 PS pump pulley puller from harborfreight, I wouldn't recommend. Step it up to the $20 pulley puller/installer. You'll need the installer!! I bought the $10 thingy thinking it came with the installer, but no. I tried the long bolt and nut and washer method, but bent all the bolts and even broke one off once. Then I rented the pulley installer and it was sooooo easy!!!
    Anyhow, my .02 on that.
    Boss

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    I got the installer and puller! I also bought nearly every other tool known to man from them and save a crap load.

    BTW....if you order online, you can play with the part number code and get the price lower than even published in the catalog. Example...part number 055655-5bsa can be changed to 055655-2bsa and the price will change - either up or down, but by playing with it you can get really, really cheap tools.

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  12. FRIZZLEFRY

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    I usualy sit on the core support with a couple of fender covers thrown over it for padding.Now what would be realy cool is quick release inner fender wells.That would be too cool.

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  13. Pugsley

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    I've got an old steel milk crate, obtained some years ago by the "midnight crate procurement group". It works great, and will more than support my weight without fear of collapse.

    I'm so poor I can't even pay attention [​IMG]
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    I have a 3 step kitchen step ladder that i stand on. Plus the wife uses it to get in and out of the truck. But when i get my my work shop cleaned out, I have a stand that i made out of 2x4's to put motorcycles on to work on them. I will pull it outside and use it to stand on. It is about 2' tall and 8' long and 2' wide.

    '85 Jimmy in Jax, Fl
     
  15. BlazerGuy

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    1986Blazer - That's one helluva bumper you got on that thing!

    I usually sit on the rad. support and put my feet on the framerails

    Murphy's Laws on Life :
    "The longer you wait in line, the greater the liklihood that you are standing in the wrong line." [​IMG]
     
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    I sit on the battery and wedge my feet under all the junk by the frame rails. Then I et up, hit my head on the hood and fall over the engine because my feet can't move...

    midnight crate procurement group......nice!!!!!!!

    90K5

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    <font color=purple> I usually put my butt on the inner fender and have my feet on the frame when working deep in the engine bay and stand on an upside down 5 gallon pail when wrenching on the closer stuff like alternator and water pump and such .......... I too feel off the bumper and top of grille area when doing my motor swap......I had a bruise a mile long and it looked ugly as hell after a few days.

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    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by riz on 06/22/01 01:17 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
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    The '81 + hood hinges are on the firewall, but the springs bolt to the fenders. Plug changes are easy w/no inners, but w/AC my #8 is still a bit tighter than the others, not too bad, though.

    I currently have a 5 gal. bucket full of sand that doubles as an ashtray when the durn smokers come over. Best stool I've had was a half full pony keg, the Miller ones are plastic, just turn it upside down. Loaned it out and it came back as a full size. Oh well.

    Pete

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    I back up my s-10 in front of the blazer drop the tailgate and stand there to work on it. This works out well because most of my tools are in the bed box in the s-10.

    '71 Blazer CST with alot of rust
     
  20. cityfarmer2

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    When working on mine I straddle the engine now that I have busted my lip for the last time sneakers and oil don't mix and the front radiator lip can sure hurt you and cause some dental bills.
     

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