The next step - work on the engine....
Fortunately, no motor replacements needed here. But, before we take off, we want to make sure we are not going to have a break down...we hope. This is a Chevy 454 Big block engine which can be accessed from the front & also inside.
For maintenance, we are replacing the water pump, alternator, fan clutch, thermostat (controls the engine temperature), hoses, & belts; flushing & cleaning the radiator, and an oil change.
Also, adding a transmission oil cooler. The radiator had a leak when everything was put back together, so as a temporary fix, Chad put Bar's Leaks PLT11 Pelletized Radiator Stop Leak - 11 oz. in it & put Dap 08641 Clear Silicone Sealant 9.8-Ounce around the joint.
The engine was idling high. Chad noticed that the choke & fast idle we're stuck, so he cleaned the linkages & played with the adjustment. Now it idles around 1100 rpm. (It was 1800 rpm.)
|Access to water pump & alternator|
|Inside engine access. (picture taken after the air cleaner was removed)|
|Working in the rain|
|Chad moved the oil fill location so we can fill it from inside - much more convenient. Also eliminated a 3 foot long pipe,|
|Removed the AC compressor (didn't work anymore) & bracket and other metal that's not needed, really cleans up the engine bay.|
|Using pulley harmonic installer to kit to install the harmonic damper.|