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Old 10-25-2006, 06:54 AM   #43
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Hummmmmmmm, very interesting problem Andrew. I agree with the angle grinder idea though. Cutting the bumper off is a much better idea than trying to extract the motor any other way.
The crate 502 is likely the best long term fix... not for your wallet but as an investment in time. It's the little things that will brake the bank though. Renewing things like rad, waterpump, belts etc. all add up. Plan ahead.... good thing you're planning to camp in the future.
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Old 10-25-2006, 09:32 AM   #44
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Thinking Used?

I saw 2 trucks recently that had good motors but bad bodies.One was a Cummings diesel the other a GM 454. How about finding a vehicle with good running gear for a trade. Time is money but with the right prospect you could come out ahead. Good Luck whatever you do.
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:49 PM   #45
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Andrew,

I am considering the same job,so I will be watching your progress.My 75,26' burns a quart of oil every 200 miles and has some knocking when I step on the gas.I dont want to do it but theas things never get better by them selves. I am going to try to milk another year out of her.I will say this about the 454 it is one tough engine when i bought mine the plug wires were messed up and i was climing hills and drove her about 400 miles before i figured it out ,after that i drove another 3000 miles. Once home i did a compression test 140-150 lbs. and the oil pres. stays around 40. I have so many other things to fix I want to put off an engine rebuild as long as possible.You should try to find a garage with a flat driveway you could park in front of for a month or two.A real good freind or rent one best of luck to you. oh yeah crate engines run around $2000. eazy to find on internet.

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:45 PM   #46
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Andrew, I got my new Northern Tool + Equipment catalog in the mail today and thought about you. They've got rolling engine stands for not a lot of money. I'm still of a mind to rent the hoist for a weekend on each end of the extraction and reinstall.
How'd you make out on the bumper removal?

Bibbs, the down side to making it last another year is the likelyhood of a catastrophic failure while on the road. If the engine comes apart while you're going down the road I hope it's in just the right spot for a safe recovery.
I once had a Rabbit diesel come apart on my way to work... I coasted into my regular parking spot and left it there for about two weeks until someone came asking if it was for sale.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:44 PM   #47
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glen you are right ill be shure to have towing insurance next time out.I just have so many other projects to do on the beast...and I dont have a good spot to work on it.I need to cut the seccond floor out of my barn and build a new door. that was real good luck on the vw.
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I have the grinder ready!

OK, I have purchased a grinder as I can see this is the only way of extracting the lump ghiven my lack of psycho-levitational abilities. I will plan finding a local welder who can confirm they have the abilities to glue the front end back on once I've done my worst, and then it's all systems go for Ethyl!

While I am scrimping and saving up the money (I know you're hungry child but daddy needs the money for his hobby... Kidding!) for the crate engine from Mr. Goodwrench, I plan on pulling the transmission also, as I have no idea how long since it received a little TLC and suspect it is well overdue in that department. Anyone got any recommendations as to where I might take it down here in San Diego county?

For all you skinned nuckle types, here's a picture of Ethyl's current state showing the two welded fillets i will be grinding off to enable me to remove the front end - unless anyone knows of good reason why I should not...



Stand by Houston...

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Old 11-17-2006, 04:59 PM   #49
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just go for it any welder can put it back,if you can get at it with a grinder he can weld it back.Is that the AC compresser on the top? I am trying to figure it out,as mine was removed brackets and all.
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Argosy AC Compressor

G'day Bibbs:

Yes, you are correct, that's the AC compressor - now removed. I am in two minds about reinstalling it, given it's non-operational condition, weight and potential engine drag/power consumption, though the wife may have other ideas as she's rather partial to her air conditioning.

Anyway, here's a couple of views of the compressor, with bracketry. i have superimposed the label to help you fond a suitable replacement for yours.





I hope this helps?

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Hey Bibbs:

I made this pics large to help in their identification, let me know when you're doen with them and I'll take themn down.

Also, let me know if you need pictures of anything else, I am trying to complete a reasonable photo documentation (mainly to help me remember where everything goes!), so have a few photos available.

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Old 11-18-2006, 10:10 AM   #52
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Andrew, I've lived with just the overhead air and my generator running to provide cooling for day to day travel. I'm with you and the extra drag, not to mention the cost of recommissioning the engine driven a/c.
Good luck with the grinder.
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:40 PM   #53
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Thank you so much for taking the time to post thoes pictures I got it,so you can take them down any time.I dont have a generator that works so i realy want AC when driving.That bracket looks like its an engeneering misfit.I will start looking for one soon.I think you are makeing great progress on your removal.I hope you will keep putting up pictures,of the job.

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Andrew,
Maybe I am seeing an illusion in your picture but it appears to me that if you removed the AC compessor, the intake manifold, dropped the oil pan and oil pump (and possibly removed the heads) all in frame, then it would fit through the opening. Is it width (which looks fine if I follow the square tubing frame back) or height than you are worried about? I would hate for you to cut up the frame if you didn't need to do it.

BTW - that AC compressor bracket does look like a Frankenstein. Mine connects the lower bolts and has an adjustable slotted arm on top so you can tension the belts. It also sits more to the drivers side and lower down than yours.
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Old 11-19-2006, 06:58 AM   #55
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Andrew, Steven hits the nail on the head. I've thought about this too. Once you get all the accessories off as well as the deep oil pan and intake / heads, the short block will be both lighter and smaller. If you're rebuilding you need to be very carful of the bottom end while pulling it out but it should come out of the opening you've cleared.
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Old 11-19-2006, 10:06 AM   #56
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I think so too...

I have a feeling that the engine should just sqeak out. It doesn't seem much smaller (infact bigger) than what I had to work with to pull the engine out of my Astro. Try stripping it and pulling, you have nothing really to loose. Bolting it onto the deck with the intake manifold off will give you lots of room.
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