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Date:  7-15-2018
Number of Hours:  6.00
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Brief Description:  Install engine

The big day for engine install! I did this solo over about 1.5 hrs of easy, deliberate effort. I read all the VAF posts and every other blog about how to do this and the various horror stories. Granted, I was a bit worried about how difficult this would be.

I ran throught the pre-install checklists to be sure I had all the hard to install fittings in place prior to installation.

I elected to go against conventional wisdom and install the engine bottom bolts first, as posted in:

http://myrv8.com/2015/08/hanging-the-engine/

This site seems to be down, so the full recipe is posted below; highly recommended!

1. Prepare all the hardware. Make sure the (slightly) longer bolts will be used on the bottom mounts. The shorter ones go on top.

2. Note that the mount biscuits are of two types – one is a little less think and is harder, and the other is slightly thicker and a softer rubber. They look different. Refer to the drawing. Also, refer to the drawings, and then do so again. Don’t get this wrong. The engine’s weight load goes on the harder halves, meaning at the top mount points they are closest to the firewall/on the back side of the mount points, and on the bottom they are located on the front side of the mount, between the mount and the engine block. The side that gets squished by the weight when the engine is hanging on the mount in a positive-g, upright position is where the thinner/harder ones go.

3. Refer to the drawings. Know them well.

4. There are metal spacers tubes in the kit which you will use. Don’t forget them like I did with one. They slide onto the both in the gap between the mount halves and prevent the rubber mounts from squeezing too close together, and prevent them from bottoming out.

5. Hang your engine on the hoist. Remove any hoses or items that might get in the way.

6. Make sure you have inserted the oil pressure line’s restrictor AN fitting at the right top rear of the engine. It faces outboard and the 45-degree fitting needs to be inserted before you mount the
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Engine with bottom bolts in

Engine with bottom bolts in

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Top bolts sliding in after 2x4 treatment

Top bolts sliding in after 2x4 treatment

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Mike inspects the job!

Mike inspects the job!

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