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Things to do while the engine is out
#1
While reading another thread about checking the rag joints, which I'd never even heard about before, I got to thinking about other projects that might be 1000% easier if the engine is out. Any suggestions? Not that I want to increase the time before I can actually drive the 'vert again, but while I've got it out, what else should I do to take advantage of the situation? Of course, cleaning up the engine bay is a given. Smile

Doc

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#2
new rear main seal and front seal on the engine. new front seal on the transmission. new brake lines if needed. pull and clean and paint brake booster.
all that comes to mind right now besides the obvious of scrubbing. down the engine bay and trans tunnel and repainting as needed.

I like to strip it down as much as possible. remove all wiring, lines, brackets and paint each part separately. new seals, gaskets, clamps where possible and it ends up looking better than new.
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#3
Clean and re-tape the wiring harnesses. Clean the harness ground connections.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#4
re-route all of your brake lines in there. especially the one that goes from the driver side to the passenger side! it took me a 5 foot hose just to reach the other shock tower. it was a hard line to bend while the engine was out.
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#5
Wire harness restoration,

Power booster check with a hand held vacuum pump make sure it's not blown, clean it up and detail.

Steering box clean up and restore.

Replace firewall brake lines

Replace fuel vent system.

With drive line out, service the u-joints on driveshaft.

New fuel line.

Service rear axle.

Service brake prop valve.

Service windshield wiper arm and motor.
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#6
73vertproject;22573 Wrote:I got to thinking about other projects.... Any suggestions? Smile

Doc

Normal people like to replace their rusty battery tray, repaint the engine bay, fix up other stuff under the hood while they are at it.

However, overachievers like me just keep taking parts off until all that is left is a shell. Then you mount it to a rotisserie, after that--lots of sandblasting, rust repair, etc. Then get your wallet out because you are going to spend a lot of money.
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Dave

1931 Ford Model A Station Wagon
1969 Mach 1 - 351C, TKO-600, 4WDB, R&P, A/C, Shaker, Fold Down, etc.
1972 Mach 1 - 351C, FMX, PDB, PS, A/C, Fold Down, Console
1996 Mustang Cobra Convertible - 10psi Procharger
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#7
AH "while-I'm-at-it-itis" a chronic disease suffered mostly by car guys and home renovators. The main symptom is an empty wallet, there is no known cure.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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#8
Hey Doc!!!... nice subjet is this Tongue... I LOVE engine bays! jjeje... and you question is very very right.. there are a lot of things that you can do now or never i could say...

the replacing of all kinda lines the car have is 20 times easier this way, with no engineand trans in the way.... I´m not sure if it is cheap or not, but once you start replacing lines, you will do ALL of them... Be careful when you disconect any brake line from the distribution block... nuts are always rusted and the block is made of bronze (cupper? dont know the english naming) and it is easy to destroy...

A good engine bay treatment we talked before several times and yes THIS IS THE TIME! jeje...

Check your shock towers from cracks, check for rust on the bottom corners of the cowl...

DO EVERYTHING IN ORDER!!... and take notes of everything you´re taking off... you are gonna be painting the bay so, if lines and wires are off... it´s gonna come up great! Wink

Another thing you can do is to change all ruber insulators, seals and grommets down there...

It is a nice time to do mantainence to the steering column too... Ohh!! your SHIFTER!!!... Is your car manual?? if it is, the transmision shifter assy too.. Clutch equalizer??

Bottom line... you can work a hole year down there Tongue

I´m here to help in anything Doc! Remember!!



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#9
Sorry for the delay in responding, everyone, and thanks for all the tips. This will keep me busy for awhile. Smile

Doc

Doc

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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
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#10
Doc check the o-ring on trans tube for leakage, lube the bushings on the front swaybar and now's a god time to clean all the engine bolts. I used a 6" wire wheel on my grinder or and electric drill if you don't have a grinder.

Alan L

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