I'm unfamiliar to your particular vehicle, but I've taken apart a lot of big things in my time. If has the chance of hanging you up, getting damaged, or places something in an unsafe situation, remove it.
What do you recommend as the best piston ring compressing tool for this job?
I have the motor out, gear box off, head off, sump off. The oil pickup had so much crap in it, That was probably the tapping.
yes that's the plan/ I am having problems taking the filler bolt out of the gearbox. Ive rounded it, trying to get it off. I tried heat. I don't know if I should drill it. Any ideas, would be much appreciated.
Thanks. I have a set of removal tools, which i have already tried, to no avail. Ill give the stillsons a go. I havent got a replacement plug, Not sure where to go for that. Everything is out, I'm down to the block. Getting quotes on machining etc.
After pulling the motor down, Ive found the water ports in the block are corroded a bit. Ill attach pics
Im looking at thousands to get these done, professionally. Head from the wreckers may be my best option. The block is my concern.
Hopefully you can see the depth by the pics. The second one isn't as bad.
They'll be fine that fairly normal for old blocks and heads; just make sure you use a quality head gasket. The scoring in the top of the cylinder would concern me more; I assume you will hone them to the required cross-hatch pattern after first removing any ridges at the top of the bores with a ridge reamer.
Thanks. Ive never done either of those, but Ill give it a go.
Any links to the equipment ill need for the Ridge Reamer and the Honing tool?
Is this straight edge suitable for what I need?
And if the straight edge isn't suitable
Most of your links have been very helpful
That corrosion around the water galleries is normal. The holes in the head gasket are usually larger than the gallery so it corrodes a bit there. As Aussieblue said just be sure to use a good quality gasket.
I enjoy the challenge. Do you think this is doable with my lack of experience? Having said that, I have found a place that will face the head and block, plus hone the block at a reasonable price.
If I hone the block, will the pistons and rings you recommended be alright or do you think the machine shop is best?
I think you can do it yourself. The first time I did mine I had no prior experience and there was no such think as You Tube. The recommenced rings will be fine. But if you are being offered a good deal to have it done and it is all the work comes with a warranty (there will be a limited implied one under consumer law anyway) that's the safest option and worth considering.
Vacuum Test Valves, Mill Cylinder Head and Check Hardness, straightness. $153.66
Dismantle and Assemble Cylinder Head $118.12
Clean Cylinder Head $80.86
Face Valve 12 $10.98
Cut Valve Seats 12 $10.97
Deck Block $111.72
Bore and hone cylinders $200.00
Workshop Supplies and Environmental Charge $10.00