What tools needed for engine rebuild?

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    Sbonez Well-Known Member

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    Hello guys and girls, so I am starting my first rebuild soon but I am not quite sure what tools that are needed. Will you please help me so I can buy early Christmas gift to myself :)

    I'm a newbie so some tool names will not register with me will have to look them up, can't wait to start :)

    Pm me if you can give help me out in anyway on rebuilding a mopar 360 engine, if located in az and are willing to help let me know I'm young and trying to grow in the hot rod world thanks again.
     
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    Torque wrench would be my first purchase.
     
  3. godfatherofchry

    godfatherofchry Legandary Member Legendary Member

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    X2,,,,then go to sears and get a mechanic starter set of tools don't remember $$$$s any more but that and what's been said will get you going you my need a few specialty tools I havent been to sears and bought tool since ,,,,,,,,well I don't remember I may have to take a trip there some day cuz I Have a two gal. bucket full to go back hell I will see what's in there and maybe sell them to you sheeeeeeep I'll check with my boy ..Hope this is a help....Artie
    OO ya.. if you have yard sales around you that would be my first place a friend filled his service truck from yard sale tools just look for the ones with car parts around them ,,yep hell I forgot about that!!!!!

    p.s. and sears will also be a good place to get your credit established if you don't have any all ready????? that's were I got started !!!
     
  4. RustyRatRod

    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    The first tools you need are books.
     
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    yeah amen to that. Replies to some questions asked in forums like this can get strange. Installing the oil pump/distributer driver is a one example. "Shut your eyes and throw it in there, then figure out where the plug wires go" is not a completely wrong answer but its not a good answer either.

    I can't get onboard with a lot of chrome 12 point sockets from Sears though. Those crack too easily.
    6 point impact sockets may last you a lifetime.
    If you're going to make a habit of this you should invest in ring squeezer, valve spring compressor, and such but... If this is a one and done project, you might borrow or rent specialty tools.
     
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    subcom Well-Known Member

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    Yep, lots of reading first.
    A lot of the specialty tools you'll need to assemble your engine can be rented for "free" from the big name parts stores. They require a deposit which is returned when you take back the tool.
     
  7. Pawned

    Pawned N.R.A. Lifetime Member - And damn proud of it

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    did you ever respond to people who posted on your thread for AZ people.
    I posted my location and never heard once from you.
    Before anyone bothers to answer you, we need to know where you live.
    I am not going to offer help if you live more than 25 miles from me, if I am driving my car to you. So
    Where are you, and how old are you? What type of car are you working on, what year,engine type and size.
    I was more than willing to help you until you ignored everyone who responded to your first post

    Ed
     
  8. Oklacarcollecto

    Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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    This is the most important first step of the whole process so you don't mess something up and end up with a junk engine.
     
  9. Oklacarcollecto

    Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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    By looking at his information it shows ZIP Code 85085 - PHOENIX AZ
     
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    80fbody Well-Known Member

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    An good engine stand & possibly a crane are good christmas presents if you don't have them. A 6" digital caliper is another good present.
     
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    Pawned N.R.A. Lifetime Member - And damn proud of it

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    I am going to stand by my guns on this. He is asking for help on 2 separate threads he started and God forbid he tells us anything about himself.

    It is kinda like a phone game we played when I was a pre-teen. Call some phone number and in a child's voice ask " Is my mommy there" Then sucker them in to trying to help us. Then hang up and laugh
    Same difference. (that was way before caller ID and even before push button phones)
     
  12. Oklacarcollecto

    Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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    Here is food for thought.... Post all this on the thread that he asked for help on instead of on a totally different thread.

    Now back to the subject about what he needs to rebuild his 360 engine....
     
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    Sorry I didn't see all the replies, thank you for the tool tips and pawns I thought I replied to you I'm sorry about that I'm birthing Phoenix by arrowhead mall kinda. I will on you more location and the info you asked for.
     
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    It is possible the kid had to get up and go to work. Looks like first post was almost 2 am. May be he will be back tonight. :burnout:
     
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    Hammer , Pry bar , and a Channel locks should get you started. Once you master them you can move up to a Screw driver and wrench set. Anything else buy it as you need it.

    I found borrowing them from a friend and keeping them works the best. I lost many tools like that. But I did gain many more friends over the years.
     
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    Buy a foldable engine lift and engine stand, then you can sell it on craigslist for the same price and basically get a free rental. Usually ~$130. I have gotten tools real cheap at a local car show, like $0.50 a box wrench. Sort them and you have a full set cheap, and often good old U.S. made ones. Having extras doesn't hurt since I often have to try several of the same size to get one that fits and lets me swing it. A simple bending-beam torque wrench works well.

    First time, I just pulled the whole engine, stripped accessories, and took it to a shop for a rebuild. I was so naive then that I took it in with the torque converted still bolted to the flex-plate, thinking that was a flywheel (mechanics laughed at the dumF kid). I didn't even have a Haynes manual and no internet to find info in those days. Anyway, I got the rebuilt engine running and learned. Plan here all you need to do first, like maybe roll the engine and lower K-frame out the bottom and rebuild the steering and suspension at the same time.
     
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    do i need a large space to put a engine stand and engine?
     
  18. Oklacarcollecto

    Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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    Before you get too far, you do realize you need a special oil pan, a special flex plate and a crankshaft adapter bushing to use a 360 in your 273 car? Probably more than that so that may be just the basics.
     
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      Sbonez Well-Known Member

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      yes i know i am doing a rebuild and will be getting those and the other parts i need to be compatible
       
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      My 2 ton folding crane only takes about 3-4 foot (square) area of the garage. A stand is a must as the engine will be mounted there likely for awhile. A crane you may be able to borrow if you buddy up with a few locals.
       
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      jegs has a engine stand for 70 holds 1 ton is that a good stand to buy?
       
    • Oklacarcollecto

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      I got rid of the ones I had like that and went with ones that have the wheels spread apart. They are a lot more stable. The narrower wheels on the front are more apt to cause the whole thing to tip over and mess up your engine.


      Craigslist is a good place to pick up some quality items such as an engine stand and a cherry picker.
       
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      X2,,,,,,I will back him up 125%,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Artie
       
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      i have the books im reading as we type
       
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