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Engine work in Michigan
#1360721 Sun May 17 2020 04:25 PM
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My 49 3600 (216) needs a new rear seal can anyone recommend a good rebuilder/shop that can handle this without me pulling the engine ? Southeast Michigan is preferable. Thanks !!

Re: Engine work in Michigan
TKM #1367090 Tue Jun 30 2020 02:59 AM
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Jim Hughes in Belleville,mi.is a good shop to use
He worked on my 54 and did good work

Re: Engine work in Michigan
TKM #1370705 Sun Jul 26 2020 01:54 AM
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Thanks Keith ! I will definitely check him out ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Re: Engine work in Michigan
TKM #1390735 Fri Jan 01 2021 02:29 AM
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TKM That rear main seal is a tough job to change...the real problem is you dont have a source for a quality seal. The originals were asbestos braid that is not available today. Do you have PCV or road draft tube positive crankcase ventilation might solve it. If you change be sure its vented or vacuum can suck the gaskets out of it. Also there is a tool kit to help that seal get in there ! Hope i'm telling you right its been 50 yrs. ! If not right someone will chime in .

Re: Engine work in Michigan
TKM #1390745 Fri Jan 01 2021 03:59 AM
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Depending on the year of your engine, these rear main seals are probably the best that are readily available.
https://bestgasket.com/rear-main-seals/

They both have worked for my trucks.


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Engine work in Michigan
TKM #1392011 Sun Jan 10 2021 12:05 AM
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Thanks so much guys, based on your comments and my research, I think Iโ€™ll just put up with the drips for now. Engine starts and runs well โ€” sometimes itโ€™s best to leave well enough alone.

Re: Engine work in Michigan
TKM #1397447 Mon Feb 15 2021 07:06 PM
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TKM In the olden days some mechanics would take down the rear cap and drive a pin punch about up in the seal on both sides then pack a piece of seal in both sides then put in new bottom half,started to say about a 3/16 punch this was to help tighten it up. This was when you could get asbestos seal . Crude way to do !!

Re: Engine work in Michigan
TKM #1399767 Wed Mar 03 2021 12:34 AM
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I've tightened an upper rope seal by driving a piece of the stainless steel strip that retains the rubber in a windshield wiper blade between the upper seal and the engine block, and putting a new piece of rope seal in the main cap. It beat fighting with installing the upper seal section while trying to make a living working for 50% of flat rate time in a production shop.
Jerry


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