I am ready. I am ready for the machining.
When last we met, I was in the garage taking the heads off. Well, I had to put them back on temporarily, as well as the intake manifold so I could lift the engine with the hoist once again. I did this to remove the flywheel off the back of the engine. In order to really get the bolts off the flywheel I had to wedge a large screwdriver into the teeth of the flywheel and brace it against the rest of the engine so it wouldn't move when I was torquing on the bolts. I'd have taken a picture of it, but both hands were full at the time.
Flywheel came off, put the engine back on the stand. Took off all the external bits, like the motor mounts, main pulley etc. Rotated the engine over, so the bottom is facing up, then took off the oil pan to reveal the crankshaft.
To get the harmonic balancer off, I had to buy a special tool that fits onto the bolt holes previously occupied by the main pulley assembly. Then you screw in a large main bolt that presses into the crankshaft and pulls off the harmonic balancer.
|Don't do it this way.|
Then I removed the power steering fluid reservoir.
Then it was onto taking the pistons out of the cylinders. With the engine still upside-down, you can rotate the crankshaft (using the same bolt that held the harmonic balancer on the front, and a socket wrench) until two pistons are at "bottom dead center" that is they are all the way down in the cylinder. Then undo the two nuts that hold the bottom of the piston rod to the crankshaft.
|Just seven more to go.|
Here's a diagram of the piston numbers and firing order (shown in the circle).
|All pistons out.|
Then removed some of the "oil gallery" plugs, but I stripped one. Finally, I put a 1/4" wide 3' long steel rod down in through the newly opened oil gallery plug hole (which runs the length of the engine) in order to push agains the tap-in oil plugs on the front of the engine, and hammered them out.
I now am ready to take the parts to the machine shop.
Does anyone know what to do with lifters/pistons/crankshafts/camshafts etc. that you're not using anymore? I mean they have to be worth *something*, yeah?