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Old 02-29-2004, 01:07 PM
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Hi guys, newbie here.

Is there a step by step (in detail) of how to assemble an engine, specially a Pontiac 400ci? Here's the deal. I just got my engine back from the machine shop (short block) and was hoping on assembling the rest myself. But, I come to realize that I'm already in trouble as I don't how the oil pump shaft stays in place. All the books I have are not specific enough. Another example: I know where the timing cover goes, but don't know if anything else gets put on first, other than the gasket.

I know this sounds like a basket case, but I really want to do this.

Any thought, suggestions, advice?

dino
PS: I'm man enough to let e pro do it if necessary.

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Old 02-29-2004, 01:18 PM
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Sounds like you need to get some books and read.

Did you take the engine apart? That would have been a good start in learning how everthing goes back together.
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Old 02-29-2004, 03:25 PM
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There should be books on rebuilding pontiac motors at places like Jegs, Summit or PAW. Do a little reading first. Im still learning about cars, so dont get discouraged. It will come along. HG
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Old 02-29-2004, 06:52 PM
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Thanks I appreciate the encouragement and I am aggressively seeking manuals. I went ahead and started painting the block and various attachments. Hopefully I figure it out.

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Old 02-29-2004, 07:50 PM
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I use several books, but the one that I use most is How to Build the SmallBlock Chevrolet, written by Larry Atherton and Larry Schreib.

Lots of books at Barns and Noble on engine building.

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Old 02-29-2004, 08:02 PM
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Barnes and Noble or any other major bookstore would be a great place to look. Chances are they will have what you need in stock so you can flip through the pages to make sure it's what you're looking for. If it's wrapped in plastic, just unwrap it and throw the plastic in a good hiding spot behind another book or something.

I believe you could also go to the GM dealer and get some exploded diagrams printed up for you. Depends on who's behind the counter on whether you get much help.
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Old 02-29-2004, 08:57 PM
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I was wondering who was unwrapping the books for all of us to read. JK

I unwrap lots of books at B and N, I'm not going to buy a technical manual unless I can browse through it, the only person that gets pissed when I unwrap a book is my wife.

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