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Poneyman 04-01-2013 11:41 PM

Siezed up rebuilt cleavland
I put a rebiult 351c in my mach1,,after the install it sat for a few months over the winter. I finally got time and put it the battery in..turned the,,click,,nothin. Anyhow i put a socket on the front of the crank,,and it wont budge. The moter was never run..but turned over fine when i put it in..{bolting flywheel to torque converter}\ I spent big bucks on this i just want to sit in the corner of garage with a 40 0z and cry,,,I removed plugs and sprayed in realese-all and wd40...not sure what else to do..could use some advice...thanks.:(

68NovaSS 04-02-2013 12:57 AM

Have you tried to rotate it by hand at the flywheel to make sure it's not the starter or electrical? Unbolt the converter and try it. Using the crank bolt isn't recommended.

Richiehd 04-02-2013 06:42 AM

Im with 68Nova. Im thinking you have something going on in Flywheel/tranny section. Maybe flywheel bolts or something.

Mr. P-Body 04-02-2013 06:47 AM

One way to move it ever so "slightly" is to put a pry bar between the ring gear and block, and "pry" it about one "tooth". If it moves without massive resistance, you should be okay. Remove all the spark plugs, re-prime the oil system and try the starter again. If it resists, then "pops" free, you have fretting corrosion from the rings to the walls. It will have to come out, be re-honed and new rings.

Best of luck.


Poneyman 04-02-2013 07:43 AM

Ya im gonna remove starter, when i first hit the key it sounded like it jammed..then loosen flywheel if that dont work. It's been in garage the whole time so it has me cunfused. I will post later today of my progress. THanks

Poneyman 04-02-2013 02:45 PM

Oppsy daisy*
WEll boys i got er now...This is embar-assing to say the least. I crawled under the car to inspect the flywheel..low and behold..the torque converter wasnt even bolted up..the bolts welded to the converter were half way in between the where even close to the they bound up against it..i cracked the tranny loose..spun the torque..lined up holes..and actully put nuts on em this time..wala!! turned key..motor spins out like the wife on a friday night..awsome help guys..checkin the flywheel really panned out for me. I thought i had done that..but i guess when i was bolting moter up i should have left the budwieser in the fridge...thanks again.

68NovaSS 04-02-2013 04:34 PM

Great! I would still prime the oil system before firing it. If for some reason you can't, watch for pressure the minute is starts, but keep in mind it will still be considered a dry start. :pain:

Northern Chevy 04-02-2013 07:31 PM

It might not hurt to place a little engine oil in the cylinders before you put the plugs in and turn the engine over by hand after you've oil primed the system as that way there will be better lubrication on the cylinder walls as soon as the engine fires. Not to say that it will be an issue but penetrating oils are very thin and wouldn't be as good as a nice thin coating of engine oil on the cylinders. Then leave the engine sit for a bit to allow the excess oil to slip by the rings before you try firing it up for the first time.

Poneyman 04-02-2013 09:52 PM

Yes again you guys helped out..I did squirt some oil into the cylinders..and let it sit..i fired it up after some timing adjusments..and it sounds awsome..a bit of smoke at first but that cleared up...thanks again.:thumbup:

Mr. P-Body 04-03-2013 11:01 AM

Glad it was a simple fix!


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