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1987 Chevy El Camino engine swap project PART I

1987 Chevy El Camino engine swap
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.
1987 EL CAMINO
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The 383 stroker motor has been rebuilt with some bling added. After installation it will get a serpentine system by March Performance.
383 STROKER MOTOR
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Between the factory air and all the emissions control lines, the engine compartment is a tangle of hoses and lines.
TANGLE OF HOSES
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Underneath this mess is the A/C compressor and alternator.
BURIED COMPONENTS
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With the addition of pollution control systems in the 1970's the number of vacuum and exhaust lines began crowding the engine compartment.
VACUUM LINES AND SMOG CONTROL
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Access to basic components such as the carburetor, distributor and spark plugs is so restricted it makes simple tune ups a major project.
MORE HOSES AND LINES
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With the new engine, much of the plumbing will be simplified by repositioning parts while complying with emission standards.
BACK AND FORTH
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After removing the cooling system and removing the mounting brackets it's time to start tracing connections.
DISASSEMBLY
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The vacuum lines and electrical harnesses are tagged and disconnected to free the engine for removal.
DISCONNECTING HARNESSES
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Air conditioner control bundles get unplugged and moved aside.
ELECTRICAL BUNDLES
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With the driveshaft removed the old transmission can be dropped out.
STOCK TRANSMISSION REMOVED
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After securely attaching an engine hoist to support the weight of the engine, the bolts on the engine mounts can be removed.
STOCK ENGINE REMOVED
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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.
CATCHING THE DRIPS
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With the motor out of the way, work can begin on a serious cleanup before the next step.
THE EMPTY ENGINE BAY
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Using degreaser and a scrub brush the pressure wash gets the first layer of road grime off.
ENGINE MOUNTS
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The left side cleanup will involve working around the master cylinder, windshield washer reservoir and various lines and hoses.
LEFT SIDE AFTER POWER WASH
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On the other side, the heater core and air conditioning dryer dominate the firewall.
RIGHT SIDE AFTER POWER WASH
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The air conditioning lines, coolant reservoir and battery cover the right fender liner in front.
RIGHT FRONT AFTER POWER WASH
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All the wiring and accessories are checked throughout the cleanup process.
LEFT FRONT SIDE AFTER POWER WASH
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The steering gear is one location that accumulates heavy layers of dirt.
STEERING GEAR
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After some hand cleaning the steering box looks more like new.
CLEAN STEERING BOX
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All the steering and suspension components are to be removed, so the power wash is just the first step in detailing.
CHASSIS, STEERING AND SUSPENSION
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The front springs are still good and will be reused.
FRONT SPRING
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The left brake rotor has one broken stud that will be replaced when it's turned at the machine shop.
BRAKE ROTOR AND CALIPER
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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.
LOWER A ARM EXPOSED
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