Machine Shop Short & Long Block – Rebuild Video 1

So, the rebuild begins!

Vortec LS block freshly cleaned, decked, honed, and painted at machine shop

Vortec LS block freshly cleaned, decked, honed, and painted at machine shop

The engine was at the machine shop for about 10 weeks. He told me he was busy and it would probably be 8, so 10 was no big deal. I have heard of others waiting 6 months to a year to get their block back.

Crankshaft getting balanced at machine shop

Crankshaft getting balanced at machine shop

I was originally planning on just having the machinist clean, deck, and hone the block, and clean and do some work to the heads. The guy (Scott at A&K Rebuilders – Clover, SC (803-831-2718)) was awesome. He kept sending me updates with photos and I was wowed by his workmanship, and attention to detail. I wanted to rebuild the entire engine myself, but having never done it, (and the fact that this is a daily driver) I had him do the short block. All those micro tolerances kind of scared me anyway, and to have him do it with professional tools & knowledge vs. me doing it with plastiguage and cluelessness made perfect sense.

Camshaft and mains GM LS Vortec Truck Motor

Camshaft and mains GM LS Vortec Truck Motor

Then we decided (together) to go ahead bore it and upgrade the pistons, rings, rods, and valves – and after some thought, I had him just finish the long block. Now that it’s done, I wouldn’t change my mind given a second chance. Not on this motor – the one that gets me to work every day. I’ll have other chances in the future to do it myself.

Freshly cleaned and ported heads w new valves

Freshly cleaned and ported heads w new valves

So, in this video, I show the images he sent me from the shop; I detailed the parts that went into the block, and I wanted to throw a shout out to all the YouTube car guys that helped me get through not only the build, but the tear down as well.

So, check out the video, and be sure to check out my other videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel, and like and comment. Thanks!

 

 

GM Vortec LS Mahle Pistons Scat Rods, Comp cam, lifters, rods, rocker arms, springs

GM Vortec LS Mahle Pistons Scat Rods, Comp cam, lifters, rods, 1.72 rocker arms, springs