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First Engine Drop: Almost Done

With the help of Pelican and Bentley I did my first pcar engine drop last week, 86 Targa 3.2. I used a homemade engine stand with castor wheels, and dropped the transaxle with the engine. The number 1 reason was to replace the guide tube. I found the guide was only slightly worn, BUT the plastic bushings for the TO fork were missing, and the fork was rubbing on the lip of the TO bearing, making shifts difficult.

The first three days were spend cleaning....what a mess! I've done engine transplants in old BMWs that were not half as nasty as this engine.

OK, now to the point. The plugs were in good shape, so there is no excessive oil burning. In addition to fixing the clutch, I have adjusted the valves, replaced the fuel filter, new plugs, new bolts for the CV joints, new intake gaskets and phenolic blocks, and new rear shocks while the getting was good. I took off the tinware, cleaned, painted and replaced. The motor mounts and tranny mounts were new 6 months ago. What else should I do before I reinstall?

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Engine Flywheel side main seal.
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Your bushing (at the guide tube) was missing? I hate hackers PO.
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Other things that are a pain with the engine in, so good to do now if you need them:
- sound pad
- trailing arm to torsion bar tube bushings
- decklid shocks (only a half-pain)
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If you want a copy of my list email me chrispetron@teamvanguard.com. I am in the same position and I made a list with part numbers of everything I should do while in there.

It has about 60-65 items on it. Took about three weeks to compile. a few tasty tidbits from a lot of people. The only thing "wrong" with my engine is the clutch needs to be replaced. Somehow though I am going to end up doing about $2500 worth of work to it.
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wasnt there an issue with a fuel rail or fuel line bursting on the 3.2's? Changing them was a pain if I remember reading correctly?

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Quote: "wasnt there an issue with a fuel rail or fuel line bursting on the 3.2's? Changing them was a pain if I remember reading correctly?"

Uh oh. Is this the start of 3.2 Urban Legend #3?
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Quote: "wasnt there an issue with a fuel rail or fuel line bursting on the 3.2's? Changing them was a pain if I remember reading correctly?"

Uh oh. Is this the start of 3.2 Urban Legend #3?
I've never heard of one bursting. On the other hand the ones in my '86 are 18 years old now so I decided to bite the bullet and replace all of rubber fuel lines as part of my rebuild.

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