Oil Pump and Pan Installation

Oil Pump and Pan Installation Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, long screwdriver or pry bar, gasket scraper Cost: approximately $50 for pump, $50-$250 for pan Tinware: pan and pump, oil pan gasket, gasket sealer Tip: When working with an engine on a stand, make sure it’s on a flat level surface and the rotation […]

Transmission Removal and Replacement

Transmission removal and replacement Time: 4-5 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, floor jack and jackstands, torque converter holding tool (optional), transmission jack (optional) Cost: varies depending on tools required or transmission selected Tinware: transmission fluid, transmission tailshaft plug, new transmission mount (recommended) Tip: After removing the driveshaft from the rear of the transmission […]

Steering Wheel Restoration

How to Restore Your Steering Wheel Text and Photography by Jeff Ford Time: 3-4 hours (approximately) Cost: Approximately $45 for Eastwood’s Steering Wheel Restoration Kit (available at Eckler’s) Tinware: Dremel tool kit, or similar brand. Steering wheel puller, selection of putty knives, various sandpaper grits ranging from 80 through 600-800 grit Tip: Thoroughly degrease the […]

Carburetor: Dual-Feed Conversion

Time: 1 hour (approximately) Tools: socket set, flat-blade screwdriver, small putty knife or scraper, adjustable wrenches (optional). Cost: (varied) approximately $100-$300 Tinware: center-hung float fuel bowls (if needed), metering block and hardware (sold as kit), metering jets, replacement gaskets, dual-inlet fuel line. Tip: transfer the carburetor from the engine to a clean, open workbench. If […]

A/C: Converting To 134A

GM Upgrades: Keep it Cool! Converting to 134a Courtesy of Classic Auto Air   Classicautoair.com Until 1995, most cars with air conditioning used R-12 Freon refrigerant that is said to have a negative side effect of damaging the ozone layer and is no longer produced in most countries. Now, the industry standard is R-134a, which is […]

Drum Brake Rebuild

Drum Brake Rebuild Time: 3 hours approximately (per pair) Tools: lug-wrench, flat-blade screwdriver, rubber mallet, needle-nose pliers, various specialty brake tools (recommended) Cost: rebuild kits approximately $250 for 4 wheel drum brakes Tinware: brake shoes, drum brake hardware kit, other items may be necessary depending on the condition of your existing parts Tip: When rebuilding […]

Installing New Weatherstripping

Time: approximately 30 minutes (for one part: eg. door, trunk, etc.) Tools: putty knife, utility knife Cost: price varies depending on seals or number of seals Tinware: new weatherstripping, weatherstripping adhesive, weatherstrip remover (aerosol can). Tip: If you happen to break or lose a plastic retainer during installation, try using 3M weatherstrip adhesive in its […]

Understanding And Installing Torque Converters

Understanding And Installing Torque Converters Time: 1-2 hours Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, torque wrench Applicable years: all Cost: $200-300 (average for non-specialized units). Prices on ultra-high performance torque converters can run into the thousands of dollars, depending on application. Tinware: torque converter, transmission fluid Tip: Consult with torque converter manufacturers before selecting a […]

Crankshaft & Bearing Removal

Removal and replacement of the crankshaft and main bearings Time: 2 hours Tools: standard socket set, crankshaft socket, breaker bar, feeler gauge Cost: approximately $50 for bearings and supplies Tinware: quality set of replacement main bearings, Plastigage Tip: If you plan to remove the crankshaft while leaving the rod and piston assemblies in the bores, […]

Connecting Rods And Rod Bearings

Removal and replacement of connecting rods and rod bearings Time: 3 hours Tools: standard socket set, rubber mallet, crankshaft socket, breaker bar, feeler gauge Cost: approximately $50 for bearings and supplies Tinware: quality set of rod bearings, Plastigage, 3/8”rubber hose Tip: To avoid scratching or damaging the cylinder walls when removing or installing piston and […]

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