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Old 02-12-2012, 07:55 AM
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gbody regal sbc

Hi all! I have a 83 Buick t type regal currently with a sbc, (3.8 turbo blew up) car is converted to a Buick gnx I love being different and don't care for haters all I can say I'm on a budget so my question is I have motor out of car I just finish rebuilding it took me two years added a few hi performance parts all done by me. How is it possible to put motor back in without someone there to help? I have nobody helping me since nobody wants to lend a hand or expect them to cough up hundreds or have no experience. I was told its easy to do oneself if your an expert but this is my first time putting a motor back into a gbody I have done for other cars but it was years ago so this is to say new to me. I know I gotta put drivers side header in first cause of the space the rest is lining up the motor to tranny and motor mounts any suggestions?

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It is indeed a one-person job, but really there are no secrets. Just work slowly, stop often to check every angle, and expect some back-tracking to correct minor details. It just takes patience. Keep your phone handy in case you do need to call 911, ( not likely ) but don't answer any calls.
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Thanks whyholdback! That's all I needed to be confident in putting back motor I will do it myself and will stay away from 911 or any calls lol
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I prefer to pull the engine and trans out together, I've done several g body engine swaps never a v6 tho. I actually like working by myself that way you know everything is tight and done right.
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I prefer working on my own anyways seeing how some have done it I guess it will work for me I can't wait to get started thanks all for responding now I can say I did it myself and be proud of the work I had put into it
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I did my first engine by myself and it wasn't that hard. What I don't know is if the Buick v6 motor mounts will line up with a Chevy small block. Look into this before you have the small block in the air.
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I did look into Buick v6 motor mounts they don't work for sbc motor I have v8 motor mounts from a v8 Monte works good for conversion they do sell v8 motor mounts for the conversion from a v6 I highly recommend the swap can't wait to put motor back into car
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If you're working alone then an engine hoist load leveler is handy. I think harbour freight sells them too.
Here's a sample.
http://www.shoppingnexus.com/tools1/...er-4000lb.html
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I'd make sure you can get the motor mounts bolted in first because on g-bodies they can be a real pain. You might have to drop a control arm to get to the nuts.
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