BodybyFisher

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  1. Rock, The Northstar? The crossover was off, but it wasn't a problem. I'll post a photo I have one on a stand in the garage
  2. I am beginning to see a need for electrical diagnostics experts as these cars age. What do you think about that?
  3. I am not a big Harbor Freight fan but I bought their engine stand and it was well made. I used it with the Northstar I must note, and the 429 is heavier, but I thought I would pass that along
  4. I hear you, you will get it, I think @OldCadTech gave you some good advice. Let us know how it goes.
  5. If it is hanging you may not be able to get enough force on the crank to break it loose. Can you put it on a stand?
  6. Webasto makes many of the sunroofs. Check this site for troubleshooting and distributors in your area http://www.techwebasto.com/documentation/sunroofdocs.html
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    I would call you an expert @Logan don't be modest 😊 that is the kind of info that is very helpful, thanks. I personally would not attempt this swap no need for it. I would buy a compatible engine from a scrap yard, rebuild it and install it then sell the old engine as is or repair it.
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    I don't believe it can, not easily anyway. Let's see what @Logan says
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    I like to group Northstars like this 93, 94 similar engines, using the same intake manifold, OBD1 95 uses a different intake, also OBD1 and could probably be used for 93 and 94, but I have not confirmed that yet 96 to 99 similar group, OBD2 rubbing element lifters similar to 93 to 95 00 to 03 combustion chambers redesigned to allow regular fuel, slight compression ratio change, roller follower lifters greatly reduced oil shear, coil packs, the head bolts were improved 04 head bolts improved Now that is not to say that engines can not be swapped into different groups, there was a member on this board that used a 96 in a 95/94 or visa versa, but to not run into problems the groupings above are advised
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    Mailbag: A/C on causes Overheating

    This won't be easy but I will take a shot at it. You will need the following: A clean, dry place to work, large garage. Use clean lint free towels, and use 'clean room' techniques. Understand aluminum how to clean block deck, mating surfaces. Use proper sealants and assembly adhesives. A decent metric tool set, sockets, deep sockets, extensions, breaker bars, In line wrenches, quick connect tools (fuel line), open end, box end, inch and foot pound torque wrenches, torque angle meter, harmonic balancer puller, water pump pulley puller, rear seal installer, engine flywheel lock, brass detail brushes, hand tools (screw drivers, nut drivers, hammers, plastic scrapers, pry bars, picks) in 1/4 and 3/8 inch. The engine must be locked at the flywheel with proper lock to aid with timing, balancer removal, etc (in my opinion). 1/2 inch drill like Milwaukee hole shooter An engine crane An engine stand including bolts/spacers to attach engine The factory service manual, I wouldn't attempt the job without it, it provides torque specs, R&R procedures, timing chain/cam marks and timing procedure, proper torque sequences, etc Contact the GM dealer for the most current head bolt torqueing specs large baggies for associated nuts and bolts for various components to keep things organized, You should have planned an engine R&R procedure, the AC compressor does not need removal/depressurization and stays with the vehicle tied off to something digital camera compressor with air chuck for blowing out dirt and filings decide which method of repair you will use, 1) Timeserts with kit that includes drills, jig, OEM head bolts, ctc, 2) Norms inserts with tooling plus head bolts or ARP studs or 3) Northstar Performance studs with tooling. The GM recommended repair is Timeserts. It is VERY important that you understand how to drill, what to look out for and how to install the serts. Installing inserts or studs into deteriorated material will cause a failure you must know what deteriorated material looks like. But you MUST know that the block MUST be repaired, not repairing the block will lead to a quick failure of the head gaskets. Do not assume that you can just install head gaskets with new head bolts and be done with it. New head bolts MUST be used, unless you use NP studs. I will not opine on which is the best method they all have plusses and minuses. All parts required to do head gasket like an upper engine seal/gasket set, including head gaskets, intake seals, crossover seals, etc If you plan to do the case half seal, to stop leaks a lower end seal set including oil manifold, real seal, etc Torque converter seal and installer Oil, Oil filter, coolant, top off tranny fluid Anything you find along the way that needs replacing, hard to say what that could be, such as engine mounts, hoses, clamps, oil cooler lines, belts, CV shafts, radiator, o-rings, HVAC cover, evaporator, brake lines, etc Members will post anything I forgot,
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    That is bad news and evidence of a bad head gasket. I am sorry. This is a very very big job requiring special tooling and experience. This out of 5 is a 5 difficulty job I hate to say. This is not a job to attempt unless you are comfortable with removing the engine, drilling and tapping with timeserts, norms or northstar performance tooling, torquing bolts using torque and angle, timing 32 valve engine, etc. This is not like doing a head gasket on a cast iron engine. The job really can't be done easily with the engine in place. You could also find someone to repair the engine correctly. I am sorry, let us know how you want to proceed.
  12. Any check engine light? I believe this is related to the EVAP purge solenoid system
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    Here is the tester you need. @Chris Deville -34°F is the 50/50 concentration point
  14. Nope, this is complex stuff to detail in short paragraphs. Sorry if I wasn't clear. I am looking for more information for you, will advise.
  15. Yes you were correct barczy01, the research I did late last night disclosed that the 429 in a FWD configuration may have a different oil pan, and using the pan for the RWD 429 solves that. I am searching for one now 750 CFM wow
  16. I am NOT sure what you mean. The new TurboHydramatic FWD transmission that fit the 1968 472 came out in 1967. In order for the 429 to fit the new tranny bell housing, an adapter was used, do you understand? So, if you had a 67 Eldo with the 68 tranny, it would be easy to swap a 472 into the 67 but that isn't your circumstance. Removing the adapter, should allow it to fit the TH400 Please post questions as questions not doubts or confusion. Ask for clarification. This is a difficult medium for effective communication especially on a smart phone where being concise is best to avoid fat fingering spelling errors. @Lance Johnson.
  17. The 67's used an adapter to fit the 429 to the 'new' transmission bell so removing the adapter would let you bolt the 472 to a 67 trans.
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    Mailbag: A/C on causes Overheating

    Try to find or rent a cooling system pressure tester, pump up the system to 16 to 18 psi and see if it holds and watch for leaks. The Northstar can leak from the following points Coolant tank, cracks Radiator end tanks, or aluminum veins Crossover seals Heater pipes behind the engine Water pump seal Water pump body seal Thermostat seal Hoses and clamps Cap releases at less than rated PSI Heater core Under pressure, coolant will vaporize when it hits atmosphere, you won't always see leaks you will smell leaks If the cooling system does not hold pressure the coolant will boil at a lower temperature, it must hold pressure. Adding coolant to the water raises the boiling point at a given pressure, the minimum concentration is 50% coolant and 50% distilled water you can go up to 60% for added freezing and cooling protection. Buy a cheap hydrometer to check the concentration. A thermostat must be used not left out as some think, it is best to use an AC Delco stat as it is calibrated for your engine. A thermostat can bind and cause high temps or overhearing. Check purge line for free flow Check the radiator for clogs and free flowing. You might find a radiator shop that could flush it out and check flow. Be sure there are no restrictions preventing air flow through the radiator like dirt, leaves, tar paper, etc. Check the water pump belt for slipping and cracking. Be sure the tensioner isn't binding and that it applies full tension to the belt. Check the cooling fan operation. With key off grab each fan and check for bearing play or binding. With AC on cooling fans should be running with engine running. Finally, if all of this doesnt solve the problem buy the Balkamp block tester from NAPA online and test the coolant for combustion by products indicating that the head gasket is breached @Chris Deville
  19. That is very cool. What a find. Let me know how I can help, my parents, friends and I owned a ton of them. I miss my 66 and 68 convertibles wow
  20. OK good. Ill do some more research at the library when I get there and post anything I can find. What carburetor is on that 429?, it will probably be a Rochester Quadrajet, the only carburetor I like better than the Carter AFB. Both were a lot of fun to rebuild, miss those days.
  21. I believe yes it will it should bolt right up. That is a Turbo Hydramatic 400 correct?
  22. Ok, I just checked with a good friend at Action Scrap yards, Scott, the 65 to 67 429 is the same engine regardless of whether it is a coupe, sedan or eldo. I hope that helps
  23. Oh yes, the FWD tranny can NOT be used, I believe the tranny was a TH400, with a constant velocity drive shaft. The flywheel/flexplate may need changing