jhall Posted July 10, 2005 Report Share Posted July 10, 2005 Yeehaaa, Installed the water pump manifold Friday and finished up the front brakes. Filled up the fluid levels and cranked - and cranked- and cranked. Actually, I did the oil pump prime procedure as detailed in the Helms manual - pulled the power from the ICM and cranked the engine for 30 seconds. I replace the ICM connector and it wouldn't start - got nervous. Checked for spark, listened for the fuel pump - all OK. My wife got in and cranked while I tried to hear if the injectors were clicking - it started to catch and on the 6th or 7th crank it started up. Bbobynski told me to just fire it up, but I was too concerned about the oil pressure. Even with the crank procedure, I was sweating bullets at start-up because the oil light took a little longer to drop off than I was comfortable with. After a couple of start cycles the light dropped out in the (more familar) shorter time. I had a couple of lifters doing a tap dance because I messed around with them while I had the heads pulled down. (used a clamp to see if they were still good - yeah, Guru nailed me for that one). Happy to say that once the engine got warm and I raised the RPM, they pumped up and it runs so quite that the crickets were louder than the car was tonight! I did note that some smoke was exiting the exhaust pipe when I goosed the engine (in park) after everything checked out. Not sure if this is a temporary thing. I should be able to see better detail in the daylight tomorrow. See attached pic of the completed engine before I replaced the hood. Headed to the car wash tomorrow to wash her down and get the dust off from 8 months of sitting on the concrete pad. Thanks to everyone for the help on the rebuild - especially bbobnyski. The detail on the power train was extremely helpful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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