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Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today... in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; Well I just got my Rear main seal press tool in. This sucker must weigh 10 lbs! Blurry pic, but ...
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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Well I just got my Rear main seal press tool in. This sucker must weigh 10 lbs!



    Blurry pic, but it is tool #42842


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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Oooooh. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's seal press.....

    Does this one look like a good buy to you?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kent-Moore-R...392#vi-content

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Ha! You just answered the question I asked you on your thread. LOL.

    Good deal, but this one comes with free shipping... Better grab it quick!

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/120872508051...#ht_998wt_1185

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Pertaining to the rear main seal installer tool.....

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...confusion.html

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Quote Originally Posted by Faded Crest View Post
    Got it! Thanks - you saved me $15 and it doesn't look like any of the bolts are bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 98eldo32v View Post
    Pertaining to the rear main seal installer tool.....

    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...confusion.html
    Thanks. I had seen that link. tateo's tool looked like a slightly earlier version of the current model. I know $150 is a lot of dough, but after the third job, it will have cost only $50/job. And this is one task you really don't want to have trouble with.

    I would have gladly paid $500 for a Northstar engine removal tool - press, turn and engine slides out the bottom.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Main and Rod bearings came in today... Looks like the wheels are getting ready to start turning again.
    98eldo32v and 98eldo32v like this.

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    Woohoo!

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Good afternoon,

    I'm in the process of doing head gaskets and installing Jake's studs on my 98 Seville. This thread has been invaluable to read and I have learned a lot. This is my first front wheel drive engine so it is a wonderful learning experience.

    I have a question, though. When you itemized the different parts and costs you mentioned head gaskets "and bolts." Does that mean you are not installing studs when you put it back together?

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    Hes going with Norm's serts if I'm correct

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    ^^^^ Correct. Using Norm's inserts. At the time I started this projects studs were not available, and from my research, it is really 6 of one, half dozen of another as far as holding strength goes.

    Glad the thread is useful. There are 3 other N* head gasket threads going on right now too. Regardless of if studs or inserts are used, the labor and procedure is mostly the same.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Faded did you take some pics of the lower end all apart? guess i am being lazy not wanting to page thru the whole thread, but glad to hear your getting back at it, too. I am getting tired of driving the old 94 cavalier with no AC, i so wish this was just a project and not my main ride i am working on! I am stressing over how work and other "chores" is cramping my back yard wrenching time! Hahahaa, i am sure when i look back on this though it will not seem like it took 2 months to complete!

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    What do you need a picture of? My lower end is completely apart right now.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Ohh, nothing in particular i just like seeing what other ppl. are getting into. the more pictures i see, the better is my memory about how everything goes together and the little time saving bits of wisdom from ppl who have been there and done that.

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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Let the reassembly begin!... But first allow me to ask a question... I am about to reinstall the pistons but I was wondering if I should try to remove the buildup on the cylinder walls. What do you think? (sorry about the crappy pics, only camera I had was my phone)




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    Re: 98 ETC Head Gasket project started today...

    Looks like that engine sat for a while. Or maybe the stains are from coolant sitting in the cylinders. Do the rings look okay? Will your fingernail catch on any of those marks? You might see what happens with a little rub of fine (maybe 0) steel wool. The only reason I would be concerned is if the stains will transfer particles to the rings when you start running it again. If it is just staining, it probably won't hurt a thing. Are you planning on installing new rings?

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