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Old 09-20-2021, 07:15 AM   #1
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Hello online friends.

I acquired a '93 KA24e 4x4 with 185k miles.


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Anyone in Southern California familiar with the Grapvine? It did okay towing 1600lbs northbound. Struggled coming back with the even more massive incline and I cooked the bottom end. :^)

Out and at the machine shop. Might as well rebuild the whole thing right?


Any while you're in there ideas?

I've already replaced every vacuum line, fuel lines, and clutch/fly/pp is on standby.
It passed smog every year of its life, so I'm not sure if there is any emissions equipment I should change that is easy to get to now rather than when the engine is back in.

We also didn't remove the thicc shaft going to the transfer case when we removed the engine. Should I remove it to install, or is it worth (oilpan clearance) wrestling it in?

I appreciate this forum, each and every one of you.

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I’d have them clean out any build-up in the egr system now, and also replace the pcv valve.

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Id have them clean out any build-up in the egr system now, and also replace the pcv valve.
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edit: Ooooooooo, bummmer!

Some have dropped a Sm Block V8 under the hood... search it out.

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Welcome aboard. Rebuild and bring back to life. I hope it all goes back together well for you.
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The engine rebuild is done. They confirmed that a rod bearing spun which was enough to warrant a new rod as part of the rebuild. They also installed all the timing components and timed the engine for me too. Ignition timing was done incorrectly though - distributor shaft was 180 degrees off.







Loaded the engine into my father's truck bed and realized I forgot my straps.
I live 5 miles from the machine shop, so I limped it home on the streets.



That evening, I tried dressing up the engine as much as I could since my friends and I scheduled to install it next day. Ambitious, I know.
Plan was to fire it up same day. Luckily, the only thing I forgot to purchase was a thermostat.

I used the bed of my father's truck and a tire as an engine stand, don't laugh.



Next morning my friends arrived. Rented a pilot bushing puller tool, slide hammer, and torque wrench in order to swap in the new clutch and pressure plate. The bread trick didn't work on the pilot bushing.

Once that was out of the way, we hoisted the engine out of the bed and mentally prepared ourselves to drop her in.

I say this because: we didn't use a leveler and we didn't remove the front differential for oil pan clearance. Something every forum thread told us to have and do.





A combination of violently wiggling the engine, using ratchet straps to pitch the engine up, and jacking up the trans to level the two together in order to mate finally worked. It took us probably a whole hour+ or so in order to bolt the two together since we didn't want to remove the diff and we had some mating issues.




Anyways! She's in!



My dashboard is cracked to shit, so I figured one more hole wouldn't hurt.
Installed VDO Oil temperature and oil pressure gauges. HVAC vents all around are on the way in the mail.




It was at this point we realized the machine shop timed the ignition incorrectly, because it ran like shit. But it started first try!
Happy with our accomplishment, we decided to call it good there and set the ignition timing tomorrow because an exhaust leak was also masking engine noises which we wanted to hear in order to be confident with its running status.

Next morning, I fixed the exhaust leak (it was one of those circular crush gaskets at the Y-union that fell out during install) and my buds set the ignition timing correctly.
I can't believe how quiet this tappy engine is now.

We took it for a drive to break it in.



Had some celebratory parking lot lunch as well.




Then, something something Murphy's Law this or that happened. As I was pulling up to my house, an absolute RACKET - I'm talking marbles in the valvetrain noise erupted. I was gutted.

Friend and I removed the valve cover. Time yourself how long it takes for you to spot what's wrong.









LOL. Cam sprocket bolt.

Maybe the machine shop intern was responsible for the timing assembly, I don't know, but luckily the receiving threads weren't ruined and the cam sprocket bolt spun back in.
I don't know if it's possible, but I'm thankful the sprocket didn't walk off and/or bolt didn't fall down. The cam's key(?) was still in the keyway.

We torqued it down to the specification required and she's been running great since.




I'm Happy!
Also extremely thankful to have friends to help me out and share the same hobbies.



Thanks for reading.

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That is why I have problems of shops building engines. Good to see the truck on the road again.
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