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Old January 14th, 2005, 06:25 PM
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Why didn't anybody warn me timing chains are so annoying?

Can't take the distributor out until you take the water pump off.
Can't take the water pump off until you take the belt off
Can't take the belt off until you take the power steering pump off

Then, to top it all off, there's no freakin drain on the radiator? WTF?

And how many brackets does an alternator really need? 3 so far.

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Old January 14th, 2005, 08:47 PM
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Getting to the timming chain on a 3.9 does take allot of disasembly. But the Dist will come out if you relieve the nut that holds the retainer plate in place. It's a PITA to do with a straight but can be done. Better with an offset wrench. Do that and keep the WP on unless the gasket is leaking. There is alot of dissasembly to get the front cover off but some of it can be loosened and rotated aside. I agree that lower brace (tubular piece with two eyelettes) is a bit excessive.
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Old January 14th, 2005, 09:28 PM
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hmmm, have I taken any of that stuff off before? Hmmm let me think. My dist came on and off a bunch of times and I never touched the waterpump, 15mm wrench is all you need. I like to syphone most of the coolant out of the rad before taking any of the hoses off. After doing it a few times you can get the wterpump belt on and off with only a 13 mm wrench and a crow bar. The power steering pump belt comes off by loosening the bolts on it and sliding the pump over to allow enough slack to get the belt off. So yeah maybe.
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Ok, got all the front ancillary parts off.
Anybody know what size the bolt for the balancer is?

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Old January 16th, 2005, 11:40 PM
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Yay, after a nice 12 hour day working on the truck, the new timing chain is on, new head gaskets and new cam and lifters.

Surprisingly, it actually needed them all but I had all the parts (so far)

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