Got a lot of stuff done last week. I really feel like I might make my goal of having the engine back in the car and running by the end of the month. Okay honestly I think there is about a 25% chance that will happen but getting that done by the end of Oct is really a solid chance.
First I put on new front wheel bearings, brake shoes, drums, wheel cylinders, brake lines and Tie rod end. This pretty much makes it a rolling frame again need to put the new brake lines on the rear axle but going to do that when I pull the gas tank. Thinking with the tank out I will have more room to sit and should make cleaning up the axle and changing the fluid easier.
Also worked on the engine and got the last piston out of the block and going to call about getting the block cleaned up and ready for new parts. I'm going to order new pistons, and rings but not sure what size yet so after it is clean I can have the shop tell me what sizes I need. Then I got the engine pullies, fan, oil pan, timing chain cover and valve covers cleaned and painted. So they can all be bolted back on the engine when the time comes.
Got the transmission tunnel cleaned up, painted and going to under coat it tonight. Also thinking I can paint the transmission so I can reinstall it this week also.
Also between jobs I fixed two rusty places on my wives Durango, that took a lot of time because it was working for 10 mins then let paint or bondo dry for 30-45 mins.
I will say the front brakes and wheel bearing replacements took 4 times as long as they should have because I pulled that stuff off months ago thinking I would be putting disc brakes, but with putting drums back on it was a little harder then it should have been. Lucky I have done a lot of drum brake jobs over the years but did have to look up some pics because I had never done front drums. Lesson learned for sure.
Thinking about getting the engine back in the car I decided to replaced the Water pump, Alternator, and Starter with all new stuff. The ones I have might be okay but for the price I would rather put in all new and not worry about them. The rebuilt kit I'm look at comes with cam, oil pump and timing chain so that should be just about everything new. Also ordering new clutch kit.
On the fence on the radiator a new one would be simple but $200 sounds like a lot for something that might not be needed replace. End the end I think I will order the new one but not ready to do it just yet.
Did order new wheels and lug nuts, and Headers over the weekend so those should be here this week. Going to leave that stuff in the boxes until time to install but wanted to order them so the parts where here when I needed them.