TOP CONCERNS BEFORE YOU INSTALL YOUR ENGINE.

 

1          GAS TANK --- AS WITH EVERYTHING IN TODAYS WORLD THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY USED TO BE GASOLINE WILL LOOSE ITíS OCTANE RATING WITHIN ABOUT 8 MONTHS, ALSO IF YOU HAVE A 30 YEAR OLD FUEL TANK BY NOW IT HAS STARTED TO RUST OUT INSIDE --- IF YOU START UP YOUR FRESH ENGINE THESE RUST PARTICLES WILL BE PUMPED INTO YOUR CARB AND LODGE UNDER THE NEEDLE AND SEAT WHICH WILL CAUSE THE ENGINE TO RUN RICH AND ROUGH AND CAUSE INTERNAL ENGINE DAMAGE. WITHIN A FEW MILES --- SO PLEASE INSTALL NEW FUEL AND HAVE THE FUEL TANK CLEANED OR REPLACED.

 

2          RADIATOR --- YOU HAVE MADE A CONSIDERABLE INVESTMENT IN OUR ENGINE --- WHAT I ALWAYS SAY TO OUR CUSTOMERS DONíT TRY TO SAVE A RADIATOR AND WASTE AN ENGINE --- MANY RADIATORS LOOK OK FROM THE OUTSIDE BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE TINY LITTLE TUBES THAT COOL YOUR ENGINE CAN BE PARTIALLY CLOGGED WHICH CAN CAUSE YOUR ENGINE TO RUN HOT ALSO REMEMBER IF YOU REMOVE YOUR RADIATOR AND THAT IF IT SITS DRY FOR EVEN A FEW DAYS IT DRIES OUT INSIDE AND THE TINY TUBES CLOG --- SO BOTTOM LINE INSTALL A NEW RADIATOR ALSO DONíT FORGET TO REPLACE THE RADIATOR CAP.

 

3          FAN --- LOOK OVER YOUR FAN FOR BENT OR MISSING BLADES IF YOUR ENGINE HAS AN ALUMINUM FAN CLUTCH JUST BEHIND THE FAN REPLACE IT THEY LOOK FINE FROM THE OUTSIDE BUT IN MANY CASE THEY ARE NOT GOOD --- BE SURE TO REPLACE YOUR COOLANT HOSES OLD HOSES CAN LEAK OR SUCK AIR BE SURE THE LOWER RADIATOR HOSE HAS A COIL SPRING IN IT OTHERWISE IT CAN SUCK DOWN FLAT AND STARVE THE BLOCK ALSO BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE AIR OUT OF THE COOLING SYSTEM WHEN YOU FILL IT MOST COOLING SYSTEMS AND BLOCKS THAT ARE DRY WILL HOLD ABOUT 41/2 GALLONS OF COOLANT.

 

4          IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED YOUR ENGINE WITH A SERPENTINE BELT SYSTEM THEY USUALLY RECOMMEND  USING AN ELECTRIC FAN THEY WORK FINE JUST BE SURE THAT THEY ARE AS LARGE AS SPACE PERMITS AND THAT THEY PULL AIR THROUGH THE RADIATOR AND SET IT SO THAT IT COMES ON AT ABOUT 180 DEGREES.

 

5          ANOTHER WARNING IF YOU PLAN ON USING YOUR EXISTING FAN AND YOUR ENGINE CAME WITH A SINGLE BELT SERPENTINE SYSTEM THAT HAS ALTERNATOR, POWER STEERING, AND A.C. COMPRESSOR THOSE SYSTEMS ACTUALLY TURN THE WATER PUMP IN REVERSE SO YOU HAVE TO BE SURE TO USE A FAN OR FAN CLUTCH THAT IS DESIGNED FOR A REVERSE TURN WATER PUMP OR DAMAGE WILL OCCUR ALSO IF YOU REMOVE THE POLISHED NOSE CAP ON THE FRONT OF THE WATER PUMP AND PLAN ON BOLTING YOUR FAN ON BOLT LENGTH IS CRITICAL IF THE BOLTS ARE TO LONG THEY WILL BIND UP THE PUMP OR DAMAGE IT --- I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN ENGINES RETURNED BECAUSE THE CUSTOMER THOUGHT THE ENGINE WAS SEIZED UP WHEN ALL THE TIME IT WAS THAT THE WATER PUMP BOLTS WERE BINDING UP THE WATER PUMP.

 

6          HEADERS IF YOU PLAN ON USING HEADERS IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW SOME INFO BEFORE YOU ORDER THEM --- FIRST THING THEY WILL ASK YOU ARE THEY STRAIGHT OR ANGLED SPARK PLUGS WE ALWAYS USE STRAIGHT SPARK PLUGS HEADS 2ND  THEY WILL ASK YOU IF THE PORT IS ROUND OR D SHAPED WE USE THE D SHAPED PORT HEADS 3RD THEY WILL ASK YOU WHAT SIZE DO YOU WANT FOR TUBE SIZE WE RECOMMEND 1 5/8  UP TO 500 HP 1 ĺ  FOR OVER 500 HP THE REST WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE MAKE AND MODEL OF THE VEHICLE ALSO A WORD OF WARNING WHEN YOU INSTALL HEADERS YOU MUST RETIGHTEN THE BOLTS AFTER THE VEHICLE IS RUN FOR AN HOUR OTHERWISE THE GASKETS WILL SHRINK UP AND LEAK.

 

7          IF YOU HAVE ORDERED OUR SERPENTINE SYSTEM WITH THE ONE WIRE  ALTERNATOR IT IS DESIGNED TO RUN THE WIRE ON THE BACK OF THE ALTERNATOR DIRECTLY TO THE POSITIVE ON YOUR BATTERY BE SURE TO USE AT LEAST A 10 GAUGE HEAVY WIRE    WARNING DO NOT RUN THIS WIRE INSIDE THE VEHICLE IT IS DESIGNED TO RUN IT ONLY TO THE POSITIVE ON THE BATTERY KEEP IT CLEAR OF ANY HOT EXHAUST WE ALSO RECOMMEND A CIRCUIT BREAKER BETWEEN THE ALTERNATOR AND THE BATTERY POSITIVE TERMINAL WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU PUT A SEPARATE HEAVY GROUND STRAP FROM THE ENGINE BLOCK TO THE FRAME OF THE VEHICLE REMEMBER YOUR ENTIRE ENGINE SITS IN RUBBER MOUNTS.

 

8          IF YOU HAVE ORDERED AN ENGINE WITH A POWER STEERING PUMP WE USE TWO DIFFERENT TYPES 1ST IS THE TYPICAL PUMP THAT INCORPORATES THE RESERVOIR ON THE PUMP THIS PUMP IS BASED ON A 71 CHEVY IMPALA IT USE A 1 INCH FITTING ON THE BACK OF THE PUMP THAT HAS A FLARED FITTING ON THE PRESSURE SIDE YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INTERCHANGE YOUR FITTING IF THE THREADS FROM YOUR LINE ARE DIFFERENT --- 2ND TYPE IS A PUMP THAT USES A REMOTE RESERVOIR THIS PUMP IS BASED ON AN 86 PONTIAC SUNBIRD PUMP THIS LINE USES AN O-RING TYPE FITTING IN SOME CASES YOU MAY HAVE TO HAVE A CUSTOM PRESSURE LINE MADE AT YOUR LOCAL AUTO PARTS STORE.

 

9          IF YOU HAVE ORDERED YOUR ENGINE WITH AN AIR CONDITIONER COMPRESSOR THESE PUMPS HAVE THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF REFRIGERANT OIL IN THEM THEY ARE ALSO COMPATIBLE WITH THE LATEST REFRIGERANTS WARNING DO NOT HOOK UP THE COMPRESSOR WIRE UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO CHARGE THE SYSTEM WITH REFRIGERANT.

 

10        ALL ENGINE FACTORY ENGINES THAT ARE SUPPLIED WITH THE FUEL LINES IN PLACE HAVE BEEN INSPECTED AND PRESSURE TESTED FOR LEAKS.

IT IS THE INSTALLING PERSONS JOB TO CHECK FOR LEAKS UPON IMMEDIATE START UP --- SOMETIMES DURING INSTALLATION SOMEONE CAN MOVE A FUEL LINE TO INSTALL A BRACKET ETC. AND CAN CREATE A FUEL LEAK  NEVER USE A DROP LIGHT WHEN WORKING NEAR OPEN FUEL LINES IF THE DROP LIGHT FALLS AND THE BULB BREAKS THE GLOWING FILAMENT CAN CAUSE AN INSTANT FIRE.

 

PLEASE BE SURE TO READ AND STUDY ALL OF THE ABOVE ITEMS THEY ARE ALL IMPORTANT AND WILL MAKE YOUR ENGINE INSTALLATION EXPERIENCE A SAFE AND PLEASANT ONE.