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Old 02-28-2011, 09:16 AM   #191
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I removed it for a bit of extra space. It'* also a paranoid thing for me. Way back when I was going to automotive school, one of the other students put a wrench down. On the battery, right across the battery posts. Lets just say everyone in the shop knew what happened right away.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:47 AM   #192
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Well..with our lovely TA mount..it always makes it easier to have that out. Soooo is it out yet?
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:04 AM   #193
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No, my son is off school today, so waiting for his therapist to get here. I figure I have about a hour and a half of work and it should be out. Once I get out there.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:03 AM   #194
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Watch out for the drain and don't disconnect any trans fuses while yer in there.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:20 AM   #195
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Maybe i missed this bit of info somewhee in the other 19 pgs of thread(lol) but whats up with your current engine? Are you just swapping because the other engine has fewere miles, is it simply preventative or whats the case?
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his lost a cam bearing. and mine died from rust out. so my motor goes in his car
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:02 PM   #197
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Well, it'* been put off long enough, it'* time

I figured eh, 2 hours, I have a lot done already. Wrong, 3 hours. Had a few issues.
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The bolt on the right motor mount broke the nut loose, and it'* inside a sealed channel. I had to drill out the head of the bolt until I was able to brake the head off.
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Once that was done I started lifting. How did I forget to disconnect the ground cable. Oh well, that'* easy. I knew the rear ground was still connected, I was able to get that easy once I started lifting. Also had to pull both headers before it would come up. Also pulled the front part of the hood, it was in the way.
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Ta da.
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Left a big hole.
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Ready or not, here I come cam.
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The cam looks good, but I still need to sit down and really inspect it.
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Tried to use my snake cam to inspect the bearings, but it just can't get a good look at the inside bearings.
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There they are, but you just can't see the surfaces.
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None of the bearings look to be spun, but this looks to be the problem.
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Pulling my 105# springs.
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Stripped the old engine down.
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re wrapped my ignition harness. Going to do everything up like this.
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Tomorrow I'm going to get going on cleaning this all up.
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Awesome.. and 3-4 hours total isn't shabby. Stuff fights.

I like the jack under the passenger side like we'd need to on a W body. I miss how the H holds it'* own trans up. Looks like your TC pulled forward a little with the motor.

I've seen cam bearings look like that one you show us. Not sure that I've been conviced this is a cam bearing. With the lower oil pressure and knocking, it seems that it would be a better chance of being a rod bearing than cam. Cam bearing would block a lifter or two and starve it, giving you top end noise.
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There never was any lower knocking sound. Just a slow loss of oil pressure until it hit zero, then it started to groan. Another odd thing is I found coolant in the oil. Something I've never had before. So somehow while sitting sense last fall coolant got in the oil. After I'm done getting SSExi back together I may just pull the bottom end off the old engine and check the rod bearings.
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