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Old 04-21-2003, 08:55 AM
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I am in the beginning stages of rebuilding an engine and transmission. (olds 350 and a TH 400). I haven't bought the car yet that i am going to put this motor into. I was wondering how do you store an rebuilt engine and transmission that hasn't been broken in? (in case that i don't get the car this year) Should i wait till i buy the car and then rebuilt it but that is a lot of work to do in one year because i would like to rebuild the car. thanx for your time on this question!

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Old 04-21-2003, 01:44 PM
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You can get a special engine assembly lube that has good clinging ability, get a big bag (they make special engine bags but a heavy duty ,clear, bag of any kind should work) and I always like to put a small bag a descecant(sp?) in before sealing the bag. Always prime an engine prior to firing even with these precautions.
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Just what woodz said.I would not ajust the rockers just to make extra sure that nothing can get in the cylinders and duct tape the exhaust ports and every other hole that could let any thing in.And for good measure we used to put a vacuum hose in the end of the bag and suck the air out before sealing it.
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I was at an engine seminar once and the big boys (Jasper, Atk, Rebuilders,etc) were saying that one of their biggest warranty problems was failure of engines that had been stored in warehouses for extended periods. It seems that they haven't really discovered an economical assembly lube that will last in storage for long periods of time. I know everybody has their own preference of lubes and secret formulas but these guys sell thousands of engines a year and say they have problems with anything stored over 20 months, so be advised. Also when you do want to start it oil the valvetrain and try to get oil down the pushrods onto the lifter area, prelube with a pressure tank if possible.
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How about setting it up to run on the stand so you could fire it up once a week?
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hey BOBCRMAN:
Did they say what the failures were? Was it any particular area of the engine?

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Mostly cylinder scuffing and camshaft lobe wear.
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