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Old 09-24-2010, 08:39 AM   #31
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I remember taking a control arm to Harbor Freight to get the right wrench. Thing is huge. LOL
I used a six point socket when I did mine, works much better.
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UPDATE:

Here's what I've been up to lately. This past Sunday I succesfully removed the engine with help from a few friends, including DC member DRMRMAN



Installing the new 2002 LS1 Firebird oil pan, windage tray and pickup tube. Check out the height difference between the two oil pans a few pics down...












I freshened up the coil packs and valve cover. Now they aren't so rusty!









Powder coated brackets, pulleys, and timing cover from mike the powder coater
























Myself on the left, Joe (DRMRMAN) and my buddy Tom


















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when you dropping the motor in?
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Mods: Ceasefire is no more...LS1 clone on the way! | 3.73 gears | Cross drilled-Slotted rotors | 18x10 out back & 17x9 up front | Headers | highflow CAT | 2.5" custom exhaust no mufflers

Check out my LS1 engine build thread HERE

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Old 09-27-2010, 11:18 PM   #35
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when you dropping the motor in?
Shooting for this Sunday
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Check out my LS1 engine build thread HERE

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Old 09-28-2010, 01:01 AM   #36
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Great while i'm at college i get to watch you pass me in my swap that i started so much longer ago
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Nice I love to see a motor coming out, fun things ahead. The blonde in the picture after the one you identified everyone in looks real excited. If you didn't already can I recommend you put a new oil pump in that motor before you install it? Also did you use the centering tools for the pan and front cover?

Good luck I'm excited to see pics of you driving it Sunday night.
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...If you didn't already can I recommend you put a new oil pump in that motor before you install it? Also did you use the centering tools for the pan and front cover?

Good luck I'm excited to see pics of you driving it Sunday night.
I was debating whether or not to replace the oil pump, I just figured since it only has 67k miles it should be ok, I'll price one up maybe I still should...

I didn't use the centering tools for the pan and front cover. I've replaced pans before without using the tool and haven't had any problems. Also, I've heard that if you leave the front cover loose, then tighten the dampner, that it will seat the cover where it's supposed to be. What's your take on using the tool, think it's absolutely necessary? The pan is brand new with new gaskets and the front cover has a brand new seal installed.
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Check out my LS1 engine build thread HERE

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Lots of donuts in the SNOW!!
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I was debating whether or not to replace the oil pump, I just figured since it only has 67k miles it should be ok, I'll price one up maybe I still should...

I didn't use the centering tools for the pan and front cover. I've replaced pans before without using the tool and haven't had any problems. Also, I've heard that if you leave the front cover loose, then tighten the dampner, that it will seat the cover where it's supposed to be. What's your take on using the tool, think it's absolutely necessary? The pan is brand new with new gaskets and the front cover has a brand new seal installed.
The guy that built my motor insisted I use the front cover tool when I had to replace my 20,000 mile pump. I hadn't had the car running for just a few days and had no pressure. I bought a Lingenfelter one (needed something high performance in the car) He said it was critical for front cover seal with the balancer going in there. I didn't use anything on the oil pan, it seemed very straight forward. If you do need to change the pump with the motor in the car it's not all that bad, been there. This is my first time dealing with an LS so I took his advice.
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Shooting for this Sunday
If Joe is there.. work his ass off!!
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If Joe is there.. work his ass off!!
You know it!
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New power steering rack installed...

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Lots of donuts in the SNOW!!
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I bet the whole no engine thing made that easier.
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I bet the whole no engine thing made that easier.
It did, but surprisingly it was still a PITA! This is the third time replacing the rack so I'm getting pretty good at it
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Check out my LS1 engine build thread HERE

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