Old Car Engine (Repair and Rebuild)

Once you decide you're going to rebuild your old car's engine, the first step is to make a plan and a budget. Factor in any machine work you will need to outsource.

old car engine build

Read: Does My Engine Need A Rebuild?

Chances are you'll be buying a some new tools. In addition to hand tools, they'll be several specialty tools needed as well.

tools needed for an engine build

Read: Tools Needed For An Engine Build

Camshaft Replacement

Before computer-controlled engines, the 'brain' of the engine was the camshaft. Vehicle weight, engine compression, transmission type - these factors and others must be considered when choosing the right cam for your engine. Replacing the camshaft on any engine requires methodical disassembly, inspection, and careful reassembly of parts.

camshaft installation

Cylinder Heads

Automotive cylinder heads with high-mileage usually need machine shop work.

automotive engine rebuild

Tools needed for disassembling, cleaning, and measuring cylinder heads include a valve spring compressor, gasket scraper, and micrometer.

old car engine repair

Lapping valves does not take the place of a valve job, but it does confirm whether or not one is needed.

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Small-Block Chevy Build

Read: Small-Block Chevy Build

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Pontiac V8 Build

The first Pontiac motor I rebuilt was a 400 V8 out of a 1969 Firebird. The 2nd one I rebuilt was a 389 from a 1965 GTO.

389 Pontiac engine

Read: Pontiac 389 Engine Build

Dual Quad 1965 GTO

Read: Dual Quad GTO

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Stovebolt 6 engine

Read: Chevy Stovebolt Six

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Engine Swaps

Modifying a car to fit another engine, or modifying an engine to fit another car, is only the first step in an engine swap process. Once the motor's installed, it's a multiple series of "mini projects". The transmission, cooling, wiring, etc. all need to be gone over and be properly functioning.

engine swap basics

Read: Engine Swap Basics

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The 10W-30 oil your car left the factory with is not the same 10W-30 that you buy today. There are more flat-tappet hydraulic cam failures than ever before, brought about by inferior foreign lifters as well as the removal of ZDDP additives from motor oils.


Read: Best Oil for Classic Cars

car maintenance you can do yourself

Read: Best Oil For Daily Driver