Installation of the HEI went very smoothly. I currently have the plugs gapped at 0.045 and the timing at 4 degrees BTDC. Tom Langdon suggests plugs gapped at 0.060 and 10 degrees of advance or more. I will play around with it some, but for now, it just has to start and run. It's not a driver yet.
It's funny how the video camera makes the engine color look more green. The photos show the correct color.
Local auto parts store didn't have the radiator hoses I need so I had to use my old rotten ones. The vendors online probably have what I need. I relocated the lower radiator saddles to the upper position and installed the radiator support panel. Once I had coolant added, I ran the engine and set the timing. Tomorrow I will install the HEI and new plugs. Then I'll post another video of the engine running.
The alternator that came with the 250 does not line up with the fan pulley and harmonic balancer but I didn't notice it until I put it all back together. Today I swapped in the one from my 230 engine and now it lines up properly. You can see that the one in the lower picture has a thicker pulley. It's just temporary so I can use the fan belt. I will eventually install a one wire alternator.
I have some really awesome friends. Here in my neighborhood and lots more on the web forums! I could not have done any of this without their help and encouragement. Thanks a bunch!
Making an engine run is nothing special really. I mean for a mechanic, that is. It's an everyday thing, right? Well for me it's HUGE! I've had to learn a bunch of stuff to get to the point where I actually know HOW to properly insert the distributor so the rotor button was correctly placed to fire the #1 cylinder at the proper time (but I still might be off a tooth - we'll see).
In April and May 2013 I had a parts truck engine that ran and had good compression. Then it all came apart for cleaning. So it went from this . . . .
To this . . . . . .
. . . . . and now this. It still needs to have the timing set, but it runs!
After lining up the distributor, I installed the painted valve cover, exhaust pipe, starter and wiring for the key. Cleaned the plugs, installed the battery cables and hooked up the fuel and vacuum advance lines. Tomorrow it just might run! I'll post a video if I'm successful. The HEI will be installed once she's running.
Today, I took pics of the T5s I purchased last weekend. The 1983 T5 is a nice example of an early S10 case with a cable speedometer output. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my 1988 V6 Firebird T5 can be used for either cable driven or electronic speedometers. The 1988 tailhousing has a gear driven pulse generator. Use it as is for a pulse driven electrical speedo or swap in a cable drive unit like I have on my 88 Camaro T5 and run a cable speedo. It's nice to have options! Naturally, I took pics to show what things look like and will include them on my T5 Info page. Note: It's entirely possible that the internet charts have this V6 T5 coded for the wrong year. Internet charts say it's a 1988 but the salvage yard had 1990 Firebird written on the case cover - but they also wrote down that it was a V8 tranny, which it is not. The gearing is all wrong for a V8 T5 and it doesn't have a 26 spline input shaft. I am thinking that this V6 T5 was originally in a 1988 V6 car.
The following pics will be included on the T5 Info page as I continue to update the info there. Check back for more updates.
The patch panels I ordered last week arrived (DS rocker is on back order). Now I need to learn some body work. Tonight I applied POR15 to the inner rocker, chopped off the lower front door pillar and cut the inner footwell patch to match the needed repair.
Aftermarket patch pieces have a reputation of not fitting too well and I can see that
the lower door pillar will need to be reworked so that it fits inside the rocker
properly. The rocker seems to fit very well.
See my BLOG entries from prior months below:
My Hobbies are:
- Main BLOG Page
- The Purchase
T5 Info Page
- Thinking about installing a T5? READ THIS FIRST
- My T5 videos
- Making a Custom Shifter
- Complete T5 Driveline - Installation from Engine to Rear Axle
- S10 T5 Transmission Jeep Shaft Swap - DIY and skip the adapter plate.
- Camaro Drive Gear Relocation
- T5 Tail Stock with a Cable Speedo Connection
- World Class and Non-World Class versions of the T5 - How to tell them apart.
- How to determine the T5 gearing
- A possible solution for cable speedometers.
- T5 Transmission Identification - What the Tags and Markings Mean
- What's the difference between a Camaro T5, an S10 T5, and an Astro T5?
- T5 Transmission Rebuild
- T5 pre-purchase inspection and questions
- T5 Resource List
- T5 Case Inspection
- Bell housing differences
- T5 Drive Gear and Driven Gear Combinations
- A Camaro T5 with the S10 Conversion
Tips & Tricks Section
- DIY 3 Point Seat Belt Installation
- Easy Clutch Pedal Adjustment
- Making the Steering Column Safer
- How to improve gauge cluster lighting.
- Stripping Paint - Polycarbide Abrassive Wheel
- Jeep Cherokee Door Check Modification - Very Simple
- Keeping the hood aligned
- Alignment Tools - Easier than you think
- Conversion to dual master cylinder brakes 1963-1966 C10.
- Steering column modification
- A simple way to remove old control arm bushings.
- An easy way to adjust brake shoes
- How to remove a pilot bushing from the crankshaft.
- Cutting spot welds
- E-brake clip removal made easy
- Harmonic Balancer Installation - Tapping threads in the crank
- POR 15 with less mess.
- Engine Dolly - EZ to make
- Steering Wheel Restoration Page
- Other Projects
- Random Pics
- Items for sale