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Old 08-05-2003, 09:48 AM
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my first engine rebuild

Hi everyone I am doing my first engine rebuild I always wanted to do it and figured I'd get started with gathering the right tools. Theres nothing more annoying than starting a project and realizing you don't have the right tools for the job. Can anyone give me some input on the tools other than an engine lift and stand necessary for an engine rebuild?

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Old 08-05-2003, 09:54 AM
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Assuming you already have all the regulars (sockets, wrenches), I would get a set of feeler gauges, a torque wrench, ring compressors (to install the pistons), and plastigauge (a set of micrometers would be better, but expensive). Other than that, I can't think of anything else. Make sure you start with a CLEAN gargage or work area. Stay organized. When you pull off bolts, put them in freezer bags and write where they came from on the bag with a sharpie. Staying organized will keep the frustration levels way down. But most of all, have fun! I hope I didn't forget anything, but if I did, someone will be sure to let you know. Good luck!!!
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1. torque wrench
2. set of micrometers. the largest will be dictated by the bore of your motor. a 0-6" set is easy to find.....
3. telescoping snap gages. buy the set.
4. dial indicator with a stand, and a set of misc. point extensions.
also sold in a set...

and the list goes on...... more suggestions?

I asked 4Jaw that same question awhile back, he gave a really good list, i'll forward it to you........
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some tools differ from motor to motor, year to year, but some of the general tools that most need go like this:

Good set of sockets (1/2" drive and 3/8"drive)
wrenches, pliers, (at least any tool you'd find in an everyday box)
Feeler gages, deadblow hammer, piston ring compressor, tourqe wrench, harmonic balancer puller, plastigage for the clearances, motor assembly lube, cam break in lube, PATIENCE, gasket sealant, carb tools, depending on your ps pump you may need a gm puller for the pully to take the pump off.

Some of this stuff can be jerry rigged or bypassed but this is just a general list.

Since it's your first and your unsure of practices I recommend you take the block in for hone / bore, heads in for general rebuild, and if your unsure of anything as your working on it, ask around and dig for info before wrecking something. Sorta like the old addum "cut it twice and it's still too short"!! You really don't want an oops on a motor rebuild.

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