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Old 09-26-2005, 08:46 PM   #1
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Need some help with my HCI swap

I just got the email from Mik telling me he will be shipping my stuff probrobly this week. This will be my first time reassembling a motor while I'm this deep into it.

I need to know anything a noob to this might not know. Aka, little stuff that the Haynes manual doesn't tell you.

Any special things I need to do. Do I need to do anything special with any of the gaskets(I have heard the China Wall and Lower Intake gaskets dont mesh perfectly. Someone told me I might have to grease a couple gaskets? Does that make any sense?

What about the lifters, do i have to fill them with any kind of fluid(I have heard tranny fluid will relube them)

Do I have to prime any pumps? Aka Oil and water pumps.

And that damn Timing Chain Tensioner will not budge when I try to cock it. I have already removed the chain and the thing won't move up. Is there a special trick to get it up?


Thanks for helping me, the noob to this, out. I will reward you with burnout videos if all goes well.
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Old 09-26-2005, 10:58 PM   #2
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

When I build an engine I cover just about ever gasket, except the head gasket, in that RTV silicon. Just to safe, fill all the inperfections in the gasket.
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

i have a few idea's but i don't want to give out advice about something i'm not 100% sure about. All i can say is good luck. Take some pics if you can. I'd like to see what you go through since i want to do something similar.
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

corey and rob are the guys you need to talk to. they've done many engines
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

Well, there are a few things that are a PITA. That timing chain tensioner is the worst. It's a 2 person job to get it back up. I used a tiny screw driver and pushed it up, while my friend used a pair of vise grips to hold it in place after I got it up. If you can't get it up and wanna spend the extra $20, you can just buy a new one. The lifters don't need to be loaded or anything, they will load themselves when the car starts. The rebuild should be straight foward. The only thing is that the coolant system will surely have air bubbles in it, but they will work themselves out. Just carry some coolant in your car and check it very often during the first week. And finally, before you start the car turn the car on, but don't crank it. You'll hear the fuel pump turn on for a sec. Turn the car off and do this about 5 times. This is going to create fuel pressure. If you don't do this, your car will crank and not fire for about 10 secs. It's not terribly bad, but will drain the car's energy and could burn out the starter if it's old. That might cover it all, if you have more questions, just ask away.
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

What can I use to put the new Power Steering pulley I got back on, do I have to buy the tool or can I just use a socket/mallet or something of the sort.
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Could you use a mallet? probably. Should you? Personally I wouldn't recommend it. The tool costs like $15 and will make the job so much easier. You also don' have to worry about cracking the pulley with the tool as well.
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

a big thing is make sure the bolt holes are comepletely clean inside

if theres a little water, or a little dirt, your bolt wont torque down properly

for example, if theres some water in your head bolt holes, the water will only compress so far, and your torque wrench will click, but when the engine gets hot, the water will become vapor, work its way out of the hole, and leave you with improperly torqued head bolts

blow them out with compressed air if you can
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

how's this coming along?
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Old 10-08-2005, 07:04 PM   #10
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

Well no progress yet, I mock intstalled my lower/upper together but thats about it. I dont have the heads or cam yet since the heads needed to be welded and resurfaced(dings). It should all start soon but I got some good info coming from this thread.

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damn, that sucks. hope you get them back soon
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Re: Need some help with my HCI swap

I hope to have them by next week. I want to start my car before Oct 30th. My goal.

I still have a few little nit noid stuff to buy but everything expensive I got.
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