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Old 01-18-2012, 08:40 AM   #16
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That sucks. When I was reading back through your description of massive coolant contamination in the crank case, I was thinking either head and/or intake gasket failure, or the much more catastrophic casting crack. That thing looked super mungy internally. You would have had a devil of a time restoring those coolant passages to even marginal condition. You'll be better off with an engine that hasn't been subjected to quite so much abuse and neglect.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:59 AM   #17
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Picked up a Skyjacker 4" lift and installed it. Pretty straight forward installation. Also bought some heavy duty spring plates and u-bolts from IH only and coated them with the chassis paint as well. Scout is pretty level now. I didn't re-use my passenger side spring spacers, front or rear, because pre-lift it was leaning drastically to the passenger side. Once I drop the engine in and let it settle I will see if any other leveling/ tweaking will be needed. Also installed a 2" body lift from IH only. Haven't figured out what I will be doing with shocks yet so I left the stock towers un painted. I'm going to be installing a reverse shackle in the next couple months, from IH only, and am not totally convinced that I want to keep the stock shock towers. Nor do I know if they will even work with the reverse shackle.

These pics, although crappy, show the current height with 4" spring lift and 2" body lift. No heavy duty shackles yet.







The rest of the pics are just random suspension shots after installation of the Skyjacker springs.











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Old 01-18-2012, 09:07 AM   #18
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that sucks. When I was reading back through your description of massive coolant contamination in the crank case, I was thinking either head and/or intake gasket failure, or the much more catastrophic casting crack. That thing looked super mungy internally. You would have had a devil of a time restoring those coolant passages to even marginal condition. You'll be better off with an engine that hasn't been subjected to quite so much abuse and neglect.


Yeah I was hoping for just blown gaskets also. The truck was up in placerville in the snow quite a bit so I figured he let it freeze a few times and it spit out all the plugs and probably damaged a few other cooling system internals but oh well. Was able to pick up a used 345 from a member on here for a great price and will be dropping it in this weekend. Hope to get Maybens old iron revival stuff done to it to see if it is useable now or if it needs to be rebuilt right away. Didn't get to hear the engine run but the guy said it ran fine when it was pulled. For $150, plus I got some interior side panels, I really just need it to be a solid block to make it worth it. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:28 PM   #19
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Dropped in the engine and ran into a few problems. You can read about them in this post.

http://www.forums.IHPartsAmerica.com...html#post53768

Needless to say I'm very disappointed. No worries though. Just going to have to rebuild earlier than I had anticipated. Looks like I'll be staring at my mismatched pizza cutters for longer than I had hoped.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:27 PM   #20
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I didnt realize this was your truck I been watchin this tread I like it so far hope everything from here on out will work out sorry about the engine problem
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #21
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Frame looks great!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:54 AM   #22
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So with the engine still in limbo I have decided to refresh the front d44 with new ball joints, u joints, wheel bearings, spindle bearings and seals, new locking hubs, powder coated calipers, and some dimpled and slotted disc brakes.

Here is a link to my post in the axle tech section:

http://www.forums.IHPartsAmerica.com...html#post55254


With Jeff's advice I am just going to clean the rust off the shafts and seal it all back up.

Here are some photos of what I found during the breakdown:



















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Old 03-06-2012, 06:36 PM   #23
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Got the new u joints and ball joints installed. Also cleaned up and painted the knuckles and axle housing with the eastwood chassis black paint. Next step is to get the wheel bearings, calipers, rotors, spindles, and new locking hubs installed. Here are a couple pics of what has been completed so far.

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Freshly sanded and painted axle housing:








New ujoints and cleaned up axle shafts:

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Old 03-07-2012, 11:54 PM   #24
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Got the spindles all cleaned up and bearings installed.





Wheel hubs are getting powder coated so couldn't finish the job today. Here's what the old wheel bearings looked like. Top one is from the drivers (long shaft) side. Grease is solid black.



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Old 03-08-2012, 10:41 PM   #25
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Wow looking good on redoing all those parts. I want to ask you if u need any engine parts I have a load of brand new stuff if your in need of anything and I still need to come get that old junk one from you. I am planing on going to the hollister meetup on the 24th
im not sure if your goin at all mayby we can meet up some time.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:15 AM   #26
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wow looking good on redoing all those parts. I want to ask you if u need any engine parts I have a load of brand new stuff if your in need of anything and I still need to come get that old junk one from you. I am planing on going to the hollister meetup on the 24th
im not sure if your goin at all mayby we can meet up some time.
Thanks vance. I'm good right now on parts. No meet up for me. I will be working every weekend for the next month on the truck getting it running. Anytime you can pick that engine up is fine with me.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:05 PM   #27
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So I'm still waiting for my hubs and some other stuff from the powder coater so I decided to start prepping the engine bay and parts for the new engine going in next week. Sanded and painted the firewall and inner fenders with some eastwood underhood black paint that is meant to replicate oem sheen. Since I've never seen a clean Scout in person I will take their word for it. I also coated the wheel wells with some rubberized coating for some texture and then painted over that to seal out any water and or dirt that tends to get trapped. Turned out pretty nice.

Drivers inner fender





Passenger inner fender



Also started prepping a bunch of the bolt on engine parts in preparation for the "crate" engine that I've purchased.

Prestolite distributor w/ old cap for masking. This is coated with some vht aluminum paint and a gray engine enamel primer. I am highly impressed with the quality of this paint.



Also coated the timing cover and valley pan in some gloss black engine enamel that will match the engine and intake manifold.



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Old 04-13-2012, 04:50 PM   #28
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Took the powder coater 5 weeks to coat my hubs and numerous engine parts. Initially I was livid until he said that there was no charge.

Got the spindles, hubs, wheel bearings, new disc brakes and calipers installed today. Only thing left to button up the front axle is to get some extended brake lines installed.

Should be able to drop the engine in tomorrow.

Here's the intake manifold in gloss black. Looks brand new.



Here are some shots of the new brakes, calipers and warn hubs installed.







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Old 04-13-2012, 06:27 PM   #29
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5 weeks? Damn. At least they didn't charge ya. Gues I'm spoiled having a good friend who works for a powder coating company with a turn around time of only a few days. And for my own parts for the cost of a 6 pack

looks good though.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:26 AM   #30
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Got the new engine dropped in on Sunday. Engine is a remanufactured 345 long block with a comp rv cam that has been balanced. Sealed it all up with new fel pro gaskets, installed the flywheel and sealed the bolts, rebuilt the oil pump to spec, and picked up all new grade 8 hardware for the install. Dropped it in by myself with the help of some guide bolts which was an idea I picked up in someones thread on this forum. Sent the valve covers off to get chromed. No issues this time bolting up the torque converter. dropped the engine on some of the IH only rpt motor mounts. Can't say enough about the quality of these. Absolutley spot on. Here's some pics of the process and new engine partially put together.

Action photos my wife took without me knowing. Not sure how I didn't notice the flash in the background.





Here's some reandom shots of the engine.

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