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Old July 17th, 2011, 02:39 AM   #1
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Can I rebuild my engine myself?


So, I have a question, I have never rebuilt an enginw myself and am interested in pulling my cobra motor and tearing it down, would it be safe for me to do in my own garage by myself? I would rate my engine knowledge at about 7/10. I also have a couple Sean Hyland books on rebuilding our engines and the Haynes and you guys So question is, would this be okay or am I looking for trouble?
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Old July 17th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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sure you can. Just make sure that you take the block to a machine shop so to hot tank it and hone. Also make sure that they get the rotating assembly to balance it.
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Old July 17th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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I did. 383 in my 1970 Cuda.

+1 on taking it to a proper shop for things like hot tanking, magnafluxing, and any machine work that needs done. But other than that, IMHO, if you can spin a wrench, read a book, be patient and organized, then you can rebuild an engine.
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Wrench? Whats that? Ooooh!!! One of these!



I'd spin it!

Lmao, but yeah im in no hurry, I have my wifes car for a DD if I need too, I just want to make her run smooth and quiet again, and I dont mind breaking her down again when I get my forged internals later on...
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Originally Posted by manolith View Post
sure you can. Just make sure that you take the block to a machine shop so to hot tank it and hone. Also make sure that they get the rotating assembly to balance it.
Man I hope all that isnt too expensive...San Diego can be quite pricey lol
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I did it with out any books, and used the net and this forum as my resource....I kinda cheated though by ordering a shortblock from MMR...did everything else myself though
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