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Old 07-22-2004, 09:31 PM
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head rebuild in truck?

I've got a 350 thats burning tons of oil (~a quart per tank of gas). I haven't done the compression check yet, but It blows lots of smoke all the time. I'm assuming that i'll have to rebuild it or get a new crate engine very soon. My question is, is it possible to rebuild the heads while the engine is still in the truck ('64 gmc)?

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Old 07-22-2004, 09:49 PM
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uhh, not really because you fcan't check the seats and you risk dropping crap in the engine. You could put new valve seals on it but that's about it.

Doesn't sound like the heads are your problem anyway man...

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Old 07-22-2004, 11:59 PM
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You could pull the heads off while the short block stays in the truck.Yes
But like said,if its that bad you prolly need a whole new motor or rebuild.Especially being a 64 its prolly got a bazillion miles.
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Old 07-23-2004, 05:43 AM
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Thanks. I figured it was a long shot, but what the heck, cant hurt to ask! I think I have some planning to do.
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So i just reallized well mabye everybodys wondering why dont this dude just take that engine out and do the job. well, i'm in brooklyn ny and dont have a garage or shop space to take an engine out in. I've done all kinds of work in the street but i'd probably be in over my head with the head (Ha!).

Also, even if I could do it, it probably wouldnt be as much fun... I replaced the intake gaskets a while back and it was fun but hectic 'cause i had to move the truck to the other side of the street by the next morning for parkign regulations. Not my ideal situation. believe me, If I move out of the city I'd say 50% of the decision will be so I can really get to work on my truck and have fun with it.

but in the meantime, my engine is dying...i'll do a compression check and see what that reveals...
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Old 07-24-2004, 11:07 AM
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If your burning that much oil chances are your gonna be tearing a lot deeper than the heads. Your piston rings are probably pretty toasted.
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