So im currently a grad student and i am headed home for christmas break soon. My engine is apart as I assessed its needs and collected parts. Unfortunately I was unable to put the engine back together before school started back. So here is my question.
My tranny is with a fella who is rebuilding it for me. How much of the engine can i put together w/o having the transmission? Im pretty sure I can put the cam, tappets, valves,and crank into the block and pan. Is that true?
You can do everything except the pan and the manifolds. You will need the pan off to put the transmission back on and off and on and off to adjust mag clearance. But you can put everything else back together.
okay, Im using slingers instead of magnets. do i still need the pan off to put the tranny back on the crank?
Yes, because to properly install the pan so that it is in alignment with the crankshaft and the tail shaft you must have the transmission mounted to the engine. To properly install the pan you should first install the two bolts in front on both sides of the crankshaft, next slip the ball cap over the tail shaft and bolt to the pan with two bolts. ( you don't need the ball cap gasket at this point). If your pan and shafts are aligned the pan and block can be bolted together next, if the bolts won't slip easily through the block and pan then more than likely the pan is out of alignment but your transmission could also be out of alignment. Once the pan is bolted to the block the ball cap should slide easily on and off the shaft and be aligned with the pan. You should have your pan straightened on a pan jig if you can find one in your area.
Cool! Thanks a lot. It has been long enough that i couldnt remember how that piece of the puzzle fit!
Another reason that the pan goes on after the transmission is that you will not have access to the bolts that mount the transmission to the crankshaft, the pan would be in the way.
Much, much much, MUCH easier to safety wire the flywheel bolts with the pan NOT in the way. I did one the hard way once. Hopefully, it will remain only once.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Wayne, the beauty of that chassis puts a thump in my heart and a tear to my eye. I think I'll go out to the shop here in a bit and do something Ford related. Preferably Model T.
How come I see DUST on only the T chassis, everything else around it looks pretty clean???
There is a bolt, maybe two bolts which hold on the magneto ring, the end of which is outside the crankcase and exposed outside the block. You will need to put a bolt in those holes so that you won't have oil going out when the engine is running. Those bolts need to be in even if you don't have the magneto ring in the engine.