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Product and pictorial log 1 Colton Hunter
The rebuilding process of a motor
Saturday, August 20 11:00 am- 5:00 pm (6 hours)
This morning I went to my project facilitators house to start working on my project. The first thing we had to do was take the hood off the truck and let all the air out of the tires to make it easier to work on the motor. Then we moved on to drain all the fluids out of the motor and radiator. After this, we climbed up top and began pulling everything off the motor and disconnecting everything. We had to take the front end of the motor off like the entire belt system along with the power steering pump, water pump, alternator, fan, fan clutch, radiator, starter motor, harmonic balancer, and the carburetor. Once we were all said and done with this, We needed to start unbolting the motor from the transmission and the motor mounts. The transmission bolts were so tough to get off because they were all the way behind the motor and were bolted down super tightly. Once I unbolted it from the trans, I had to crawl underneath the truck and slowly pry apart the motor from the trans to make sure the trans didn’t come with the motor when we pulled it. When we finally pulled the motor out, I took it outside to give it a good wash down. After this we took it back inside and I took off the valve covers and began to tear the motor down to the block and that’s when we found the problem. After that we called it a day and started ordering parts.
This is a picture of me taking the bolts out of the motor mounts and making sure that I took everything off the motor before we pulled it out. I was so ready to get it out and find the problem!
This is a picture of me underneath the truck making sure there was nothing still holding the motor to the transmission before we pulled it. It would've been bad news if we pulled the motor out along with the trans!
This is a picture of me after I pulled the motor out. My project facilitator (Joe) is watching over me to make sure I'm doing things right.
This is a picture of the motor when I took it outside to give it a bath. It surprisingly cleaned up nice after being in the truck for about 12 years!
On the way up to work on my truck, I was skeptical about my knowledge and didn’t know if I would be able to do most of the stuff on my own. After getting there and talking out a plan with Joe I realized it wasn’t that big of a deal because all it involved doing was just ripping things apart. Once I got started I felt more confident in myself to get the job done because I had done similar stuff before and it was a breeze. The hardest part though was taking it out of the truck. I was so scared of dropping the motor and damaging it further but with the watchful eye of my facilitator, everything went smoothly. Although I have to say that after this one day it really opened my eyes on how this was going to be a very time-consuming job but also a huge learning experience that is going to help me out in the future.