More engine assembly

Now that the valve train is together we are ready for a dry run.  First I need to drain the oil.

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It seems like a shame to throw out oil that I only put in a few weeks ago but it is very likely that coolant, carb cleaner, and who knows what else fell down into the pan during all this.  Cheap insurance to change it.

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This is also a good chance to put a new sealing washer on the drain plug.  The old one is a broken mess and a new one came with the gasket set.

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The best part is just dumping the fresh oil on top of the engine.  I put in 4 quarts of  fairly cheap oil and a bottle of a ZDDP additive.   I will run this oil for a bit then change it again.

Next I pulled the spark plugs and cranked the engine.   All the valves are moving and oil seems to be circulating.  Win!

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Intake manifold time.  The rubber seals in place on the ends of the valley.  I used a little RTV on the ends to make sure there are no leaks.

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The gasket set says I don’t need any sealer on the intake manifold gaskets but a quick spray of copper coat seems like it can only help.

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Intake manifold is on.  I made a mistake here.  Do you see it?

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Tightening the bolts with my torque wrench.  Still making a mistake here.  Right about here I realized I forgot to put on the bracket for the throttle cable.  Doh!

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There is the bracket in place. And the valve cover.

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The other valve cover is also on.  I feel much better now that the engine is more or less sealed up.

It is getting late but I decided to do one more bit.  So I installed the thermostat and gooseneck.

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Yet another gasket.  I sprayed this one with the copper coat as well since I had the can out and everything.

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New 190° thermostat installed.

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Done.  The last thing I did was grab the engine paint and touch up the bolt heads on the manifold and valve covers.  Good night!

 

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