|After twenty years, this 1987 El Camino's original 305 engine was getting pretty tired. What better way to begin restoring the car than replacing it with a 383 stroker motor.|
|The 383 stroker motor has been rebuilt with some bling added. After installation it will get a serpentine system by March Performance.|
|Between the factory air and all the emissions control lines, the engine compartment is a tangle of hoses and lines.|
|Underneath this mess is the A/C compressor and alternator.|
|With the addition of pollution control systems in the 1970's the number of vacuum and exhaust lines began crowding the engine compartment.|
|Access to basic components such as the carburetor, distributor and spark plugs is so restricted it makes simple tune ups a major project.|
|With the new engine, much of the plumbing will be simplified by repositioning parts while complying with emission standards.|
|After removing the cooling system and removing the mounting brackets it's time to start tracing connections.|
|The vacuum lines and electrical harnesses are tagged and disconnected to free the engine for removal.|
|Air conditioner control bundles get unplugged and moved aside.|
|With the driveshaft removed the old transmission can be dropped out.|
|After securely attaching an engine hoist to support the weight of the engine, the bolts on the engine mounts can be removed.|
|Even though the fluids were drained before pulling the engine, there are still going to be drips after it's on the hoist, so a pan is kept underneath.|
|With the motor out of the way, work can begin on a serious cleanup before the next step.|
|Using degreaser and a scrub brush the pressure wash gets the first layer of road grime off.|
|The left side cleanup will involve working around the master cylinder, windshield washer reservoir and various lines and hoses.|
|On the other side, the heater core and air conditioning dryer dominate the firewall.|
|The air conditioning lines, coolant reservoir and battery cover the right fender liner in front.|
|All the wiring and accessories are checked throughout the cleanup process.|
|The steering gear is one location that accumulates heavy layers of dirt.|
|After some hand cleaning the steering box looks more like new.|
|All the steering and suspension components are to be removed, so the power wash is just the first step in detailing.|
|The front springs are still good and will be reused.|
|The left brake rotor has one broken stud that will be replaced when it's turned at the machine shop.|
|With the shocks and springs removed the spindle can be unbolted from the upper and lower A arms. The weight is supported with wire while the brake line is disconnected.|
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