Today for lunch I decided I needed some me time, well me and the truck 🙂
I did some light reading on the starter on the truck after struggling with it last weekend.
So it turns out that the bendix gear on this starter model is behind the flywheel and the starter is in front of flywheel, and the bendix is pulled forward towards the starter motor to engage the flywheel. Also that the bolts that hold the starter to the bell housing also hold the starter together. So removing the starter, while keeping it in one piece is just one of the challenges. But being forewarned with that knowledge will certainly make removing it easier, so that is on my list for this weekend.
We are coming down to removing the block, so now I’m making lists in my head of what next. I decided taking the fender off the driver’s side at least will make removing the engine much easier, and safer, so that will almost certainly be the next item for the weekend.
I also did some cleaning and discovered that the brake line running across the front cross member was corroded through. Replacing that is not a major issue, I have the tools to bend brake lines, but I’m glad I found it now, I would have found it sooner or later, but sooner is always better than later. So planning for it will fall into the grand scheme of things.
But, where do we go from here… I think the next step is going to be blocking up the transmission and removing it from the block, then it will be time to pull the block…