Got the engine from storage at my brothers house and into my garage. I am going to disassemble it and cleaned at least for reasons that will be apparent soon... Made it safe from an hour and half away...
All new and clean...
The harmonic balancer was definitely on there good!
So the GM special tool purchases begin...
My helper removing the timing cover
And then the oil pan...
This looks good as well...
Then we run into this... My brother did not wrap up the oil filter housing area. So dirt dobbers made nests in the oil supply and return lines to the oil filter
I dont know if you have these (dirt dobbers) where you live, but they resemble wasps and they build their nests out of mud in or on anything in the shade. Wikipedia link
So today my helper and I will be pulling the heads off this thing to see what the cylinders look like since the spark plug holes were not covered up either pics up later this evening.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2016 6:13:44 GMT -8 by msrwerks
Thanks Corey! Yeah, he is growing quick. It is hard to believe he is 11 already. I can't imagine 21 just yet!
More work done yesterday... My helper removed the head bolts...
And we found another "house" in cylinder 1
Some other random dead stuff in cylinder 7...
On to the other side -
Dead spider -
Other then that though, this side does not look too bad -
We started looking in the water jackets though and it is looking like several spiders have made their home inside this thing
So we wrapped it up for the day and played some basketball
I have never taken an american made engine apart before but my impressions of what I have learned about these so far is they are like a giant heavy hammer. Or a bull in a china closet. Or more likely, loads of potential waiting to be unlocked. From what I have read about the 305 so far is it got a bad wrap being an "early emission engine. The HP rating on these were less then 200 hp! There are 4 and 6 cylinders running around today that make more then this thing did in its day. So without getting too crazy, because the plan is to keep the Toyota 5 speed and transfer case, I have a plan to get the hp up to the 300 range and call it good.
Next up - We will be taking the camshaft and lifters out, then the pistons and crankshaft. Then I think taking it to the machine shop to be hot dipped. Or whatever they do to make sure all of the passages are clear inside it.
Last Edit: Mar 17, 2016 5:03:52 GMT -8 by msrwerks
We got the lifters, camshaft and 2 pistons out yesterday before needing a basketball break The good news is that the engine does turn over. Before the camshaft came out we couldn't get the thing to turn, but the camshaft slid right out after we took the lifters out.