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Need to get a 400 engine up and running
Hi guys. As I mentioned in another post, I jsut recently picked up a 1972 Pontiac YS 400 engine with 7K3 heads and a Turbo 400 transmission. The seller said the engine was running prior to removal from his 1968 GTO. I must admit, other than seeing a video clip of what is presumably this engine running, I do not know for sure if it does run, for I took the seller's word on that.
The engine is complete. It appears as if the entire engine was removed at once time. The engine even still has many of the "bolt-ons" still on the engine, such as a Q-Jet carb, intake manifols, distributor, heads, generator/alternator, power steering pump, exhaust manifolds, pulllies, the fan and even the belts. Heck even the tranny is still attached.
I want to install this in my 1968 GTO convertible as a "drive-around" engine. I am not ready or prepared to do a total rebuild or build up on this engine. I do however want to install it and make it operational and tune it accordingly. Now assuming for a moment that the engine does indeed run, what do I need to do to make it a functional engine (shy of a total rebuild)?
I am assuming I need at the very least, that tune up items (points, distributor cap, plugs, wires, oil filiter, etc) are needed. What else should I expect to need? The seller told me he drained the oil so it would not get all thick and sludge like. I noticed the dip stick for the oil is missing and there is cob webs in the dip stick tube. I do not see any signs of oil leaking from the valve covers, heads or oil pan. Nor do I see any obvious crack or holes int he block. The engine has been sititng in a garage for up to 1-2 years. The oil pan shows signs of wear and tear (a dent on bottom, scratches, etc), but everything elses looks like an engine that has been sitting for a bit. There is little to no grease or oil on the out side of the engine. The carb looks old, and likely would need rebuilding (for me I might just replace it).
So I am thinking at least a good tune up, maybe new gaskets, rebuild or replace carb, and tune up or or replace distributor. What else should I expect or need to do? I am not a mechanic by any terms of the word. So I will be having some help in this venture. In Short, I want my car running so I can drive it. Please help. Thanks.
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