It was the last day of August 2013, and Craig and I started early in the morning assembling the rest of the engine and preparing many other parts either by parts washer or wire wheel.
By late afternoon we were ready to drop the engine in. Right away we noticed an issue with the motor mounts
and we had only a few choices and none were good.
We had to modify the new motor mounts and make some miscellaneous changes. We decided to grind a bit of each motor mount down to allow a tight fit. This meant pulling the engine back out of the truck to do so. Once done, we set the engine back in after much wrangling and knew we were setting a pace we needed.
By then, Bruce had arrived and assisted us getting the engine installed.
Tomorrow, tighten everything down, install the clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing and hopefully have time to re install the very heavy transmission.
I removed the rear end housing cover and drained all the gear oil. Craig will put the pinion seal in and refill the housing.
The front brakes are ready to be put back on and wheel bearings repacked. Then the front wheels and tires can be put on.
I re-installed the spare tire on the side of the truck.
We organized the garage and stowed the engine hoist and engine stand -- two of the three items we bought that were so important; the third being the parts washer. Without these three items, life would have been much more difficult. All three can be resold at some point.
It was a wonderful feeling watching the oil pan go on, the mechanical lifters and push rods being installed.
Then, the side cover and eventually the exhaust manifold go on.
Lots of progress, months of discussions, some a bit testy at times but we worked as a team with one mission in mind.
Generally speaking many of the items will go much easier now even though there are some items to do yet. Set the valves, put on the carb, and install the exhaust, put the radiator back in and a new thermostat and radiator cap. Two new hoses and one belt. The generator and starter go back in and a battery needs to be installed, a new wiring harness, and the seat redone and installed with seat belts.
I do need to buy a center link and tie rod ends. The drag link is slightly bent and not worth trying to correct.
Having two great brothers jump in to help and drive this project has me a bit speechless. As stated before, Craig has done all the heavy lifting, and organizing of this project. His superior talents has gotten us to this junction. Without him, we are nowhere on the radar screen.
Having Bruce there today was an added bonus as another set of eyes and another set of muscles to take over our sore and tired ones were a blessing. Also, he learned a lot in a short time today. We took some pictures of the three of us and look closely and you will see I have the biggest smile. The biggest smile came from the fact my two older brothers care enough about me to do this very dirty, tiring work.
My nephew Matthew was here removing an old gas tank and re-installing the new one while scraping and cleaning the truck in the interior. I really appreciate his hard work. He showed me once again he has class.
This day was tiring and at times frustrating but having that engine in is huge.