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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-30-2007, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Semi OT Engine Change tools and Parts???

This is kinda OT because it's for my dad's '90 1/2 ton chevy but the basics are the same for anything. My dad's truck has a blown motor, i'm picking up a "good running used motor with leaky valve seals and 140k on it". My dad's truck is a beater work truck that doesn't see many miles but he's not very mechanical so a little more work right now could save me a ton of headaches. I'm going to be swapping the motor on Beaver Island, parts have to be flown over then I have to drive 20 min. to the air port to get them so I want to try and have everything before I head over.

Here's my list of parts, let me know if i'm missing anything
-5 quarts of oil
-New oil filter
-2 gallons antifreeze
-New exhaust manifold studs and doughnut gaskets
-Full motor gasket kit (probably do everything but head gaskets)
-2 Tubes black RTV
-New cap, rotor, plugs, wires
-New belt
-A couple cans of carb clean
-A can of engine degreaser
-A couple cans of brake clean
-2 Quarts trans fluid
-Front seal for transmission, might as well do it while I can get to it.
-3 3/8" compression fittings for fuel and power steering lines
-2 5/16" compression fittings for fuel and power steering lines

-Basic hand tools including metrics
-Oxy/ act torches
-Floor jack and jack stands
-Cherry picker
-Ballancer puller
-Torque wrench
-What am I going to need to replace the valve seals?
-GM FSM for that year truck

Any other advice for stuff I should grab before I head over.
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i'm picking up a "good running used motor with leaky valve seals and 140k on it".

Huh????? Valve seals leaking? I would need a compression check before installing it or time to rebuild........ IMHO
I put 240K miles on my 1990 Chevy truck and rebuilt the motor due to low power (compression) no oil leaks or comsumption yet.

Anyway you asked for more items, I'm just looking around the shop and listing stuff I see, I know you'll not want to take everything I'm listing:
I always replace the motor mounts, might also think about the water pump and starter.
I flush the 'new' motor if it's been sitting very long (oil & anti-freeze).
I have a 'tool' to pump up the oil before starting .... probably not as important on a used motor.
Timing light
Volt meter
Vac guage
Might need some 'wire covers', usually all broken up from heat on Chevys.
Did I mention RAGS?
Can of Blaster
radiator & heater hoses (can take them back to store if not needed.)
some Vacumn line?
Case of Beer
Did I mention RAGS?
Creeper and/or some rugs on lay on (while drinking the beer).
Drop lights
Knuckle bandages
Some wires always get cut/damaged/broken: wire, splices/connectors & repair tools
Did I mention RAGS?
Gasket remover/cleaner

Good luck

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Thanks for the reply, i'll have my "garage worth" of stuff out there but it's a pain in the ass when I don't have stuff. It's a beater truck that sees maybe 2k a year but that's on pretty rough dirt roads and hauling junk.

When I'm out on the Island i'm either working for some one else and don't feel like putting in more hours in the shop or on vacation so not having to mess with dad's truck is nice. Also when it breaks the mechanic is an arm and a leg, it's over $100 for a new thermostat, $50 to diagonise a master cylinder low on brake fluid, it kills me inside how much he charges. I'm pretty sure If I did work for $25 an hour I'd be able to quit my other job and stay super busy.
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