Oil Catch Can System Installation & Inline PCV – Rebuild Video 11

Oil Catch Can

Oil Catch Can

The Holley Tall Valve Covers do not have the hole on the top for the stock PCV.  They do have a nipple on the back side of the driver’s side valve cover, which is perfect for an Oil Catch Can.    In this video, I run an inline PCV from this nipple around the back of the block over to the front of the head on the passenger side to an oil catch can.  The catch can catches the oil and then another line runs from the can to the top of the intake manifold.  There is a 3rd line (the fresh air line) which is in the same location of the stock configuration.

Inline PCV

Inline PCV

Before I rebuilt my engine, it was consuming about a quart of oil per every oil change.  It was not leaking oil so I know this oil was exiting the valve cover via the PCV and getting dumped directly back into the intake manifold.  YUCK!  All that excess oil and carbon back in to the intake manifold and the heads, not good!

I got the catch can for $30 and mounted it on the front of the passenger side head.  Installation was cake and it looks nice too.

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Oil Priming a GM Truck Vortec LS Engine – Rebuild Video 4

The Vortec (LS) engine does not have a distributor for spark. It has a coil for each cylinder. This means we can’t use the old trick of using a drill in the distributor to build up oil pressure. Luckily, with some ingenuity and a little patience, these engines can still be pre-lubed.

Drill motor used to help prime GM Vortec LS Truck Motor

Drill motor used to help prime GM Vortec LS Truck Motor

Using an old oil pressure gauge and a drill powered motor to build up oil pressure, I was able to get oil through all the passages and oil up all 16 push rods to the rocker arms. I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and created a hybrid solution from my favorite vids.
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Install Timing & Rear Covers, Harmonic Balancer and bolt – Rebuild Video 2

Special tool for getting the harmonic balancer on safely

Special tool for getting the harmonic balancer on safely

GM Truck Vortec LS Engine back from machine shop

GM Truck Vortec LS Engine back from machine shop

The first thing I did when the block came back home was paint the oil pan to match the rest of the block. I had never taken the old front and rear seals out, so out they came. Next, I put the new front and rear seals back in and then used a special tool to get the harmonic balancer back in properly without damaging the seal or the block.

Next came a little measuring of the crank shaft snout to the hub of the harmonic balancer, and finally the insertion of the new ARP harmonic balancer bolt.

 

Harmonic balancer tool in use

Harmonic balancer tool in use

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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