Line up front timing cover & rear cover to spec; Oil pan install – Rebuild Video 3

Measuring for a proper seal for a Vortec LS GM Truck engine

Measuring for a proper seal for a Vortec LS GM Truck engine

I took a lot of care to make sure the front timing cover and rear covers were on correctly, and within specification. Without a proper seal all the way around, oil leaks are inevitable, so I went slow and cautiously.

One thing I realized is that I forgot to drill out the rivets on the oil pan and had to do this carefully as I had already painted and had the oil pan cleaned at the machine shop. I did not want to get any metal from the drilling into the pan so I triple taped the thing up and that took some time, but the peace of mind was worth it. On went the gasket and the oil pan and I started to feel like I was making some progress with the engine rebuild.

Painted and installed oil pan for LS Vortec GM Truck Motor

Painted and installed oil pan for LS Vortec GM Truck Motor

 

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Remove Harmonic Balancer GM Chevy Tahoe Vortec Engine LS Video 4

Remove Harmonic Balancer GM Chevy Tahoe Vortec Engine LS

Remove Harmonic Balancer

The harmonic balancer pulley, biggest challenge so far!  When it was all said and done, it took 5 minutes to get it off.  Unfortunately, for me – it took a grand total of several days.  If you haven’t been following this series in order, let me remind you that I am a complete noob at this car stuff.  Some guys might say, I have no business attacking a challenge like a cam swap with no prior experience at all.  Then there are guys like OldSkoolFunk on YouTube who encourages noobs that they “CAN DO THIS”.  So I did.

That harmonic balancer pulley is a bitch to get off.  You need a special tool to do it.  Google ‘OTC 6667 Damper Puller’. Buy it and it might save you days of frustration.  However, for absolutely NO CHARGE, you can rent one from a store like Advantage Auto, or AutoZone.  The puller is the same, but the kit I got did not have a rod long enough to get the harmonic balancer pulley off.  Hindsight is 20/20 and I could have found something around the garage that could have substituted for the longer rod.  But, at the time, I didn’t have a clue as to why the kit didn’t work.  Cut me some slack – I’m learning as I go.  Anyway, the OTC 6667 was the bomb, and the kit, with an air wrench got the pulley off in seconds.

In order to even get close to the harmonic balancer, you need to remove an ass load of other components.  I am by no means, a “how to” guy when it comes to automotive, but you can check out some of my earlier videos starting with video 2, and hopefully they might help you through the process.  I include references to videos that helped me along the way.