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KLDE Swap(now with pics and updates!)

Discussion in 'Engine Swaps' started by Awesome90sSpeedStripe, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Awesome90sSpeedStripe

    Awesome90sSpeedStripe New Member

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    Well, Today I got busy on the engine, pulled a ton of stuff off it and may have found the problem. Firstly, I stopped back in at Harbor Freight and picked up a T-fitting for my dad's air compressor, some teflon tape, a pair of flashlights, one of those furniture dolly's, and so as not to repeat the demise of my shop crane, a warrantied 8-ton ram for the crane. Then, I removed the torque converter, flywheel, oil filter/adapter, accessory brackets, timing cover, timing belt, water pump, remaining coolant plumbing, cam gears, camshafts, spark plugs, oil pan, and began clearing the way to remove the crankshaft.

    Everything I've removed thus far(aside from the cams that I foolishly allowed to rust a bit), looks to be in excellent condition, and upon dropping the oil pan I was amazed to find not even the tiniest spec of metal shavings. The oil is black as night, but there's nothing but oil in there. Which brings me to the problem.

    When I first glanced over the engine, the spark plugs appeared to be left inside, but initially looked as though they'd been pulled and just dropped back in the holes. In truth, there were some extra spark plugs laying the the holes, and six Bosch Platinums(which appear to be like new and undamaged) still screwed in. I removed them to find that they were covered in oil from the threads down to the tip. I didn't see any signs of coolant mixed in, but for some reason the first though in my sleepy head was "blown head gaskets". I haven't taken the heads off to check the pistons yet, but my dad looked through the spark plug holes with a flashlight and said he could read some numbers stamped on them, which implies to me that they must not be too coated in various forms of nasty.

    Two questions remain: What socket do I need for the mains/head bolts(they use a different head type than... every other bolt on the engine)? And just as importantly, which(if it matters) holes do I use to mount up the KL on a stand? I think my local O'reilly's can answer the first question, and hopefully here, probetalk, or MX-3.com can answer the second.
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    Ugh, disregard my questions in the previous post, I figured it all out.
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    Nice work. You should have kept the valve covers on - those cam lobes look like they picked up some rust.

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