A Complete Guide to Long Block Engine Installation at Top Edge

Auto Repair - Long Block Engine Installation

What’s a car without its engine? Nothing but a beautiful shell! And of course, that shell will be quite useless. When the engine develops a problem, there is no compromising on the engine repair or replacement needed. If you compromise, you will be risking your safety while driving and also end up paying much more in the long run.

Engine rebuilding or replacement can be tough and dirty which is why you should consider reaching a professional mechanic in Denver co. To replace an engine you would need an engine long block. We will dive right into the installation and information you need.

What are long block engines?

Knowing what a long block is, starts with knowing a short block. Yes, short block engines exist but they are like a mini version of the long block. Long blocks comprise of the assembled block, cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, pistons, liners, rings, lifters, connecting rod, intermediate cover, and timed front gear group. Hence, it’s simply a superset of a short lock.

When purchasing an engine for engine rebuilding, remanufactured engines precisely long blocks are a much cheaper and dependable option. They are less complicated during installation and most times a perfect fit. A long block is built to the exact engine serial number of the rebuilt engine. It also gives better performance than a short block.

How to assemble a long block engine

For someone who is not experienced in auto repair, this assembly can be difficult. If you need the help of a professional experienced in auto repair Lakewood, co or Colorado areas, you can contact us here at Top Edge.

Tools and parts you will need.

  • Power steering pulley puller

  • Crankshaft pulley

  • Alternator mounting bracket

  • Power steering pump mounting bracket

  • Timing cover and gasket

  • Valve cover and gasket

  • Water pump and gasket

  • Thermostat and gasket

  • Gasket sealant

  • Sockets

  • Wrenches

  • Engine hoist

  • Engine stand

  • Tool kit

  • Engine sump pickup tube

  • A/C compressor mounting bracket

  • Intake manifold and gasket

  • Exhaust manifold and gasket


The process

  1. Use the engine hoist to lift the long block and mount it on the engine stand. Then detach the long block from the hoist.

  2. Next, connect the flywheel to the crankshaft. Place the intake manifold assembly on the right gasket and bolt it into place. Use a torque wrench to torque the bolt to factory specs.

  3. Now, apply the gasket sealant on the surface of the valve cover – the mating surface – and insert the right gasket. Mount the valve cover on the cylinder head and bolt that in too.

  4. Bolt the gasket and manifold together as well and torque according to the factory specs.

  5. Repeat this process for the thermostat, timing cover, and water pump.

  6. Now connect the crankshaft and the crankshaft pulley.

  7. Lubricate the oil filter gasket and place it on the oil filter mount. Tighten this with your hands.

  8. Attach the oil sump tube and you probably need to turn the engine upside down for this.

  9. Put the greased oil pan on the engine block.

  10. Tighten all bolts and ensure the holes are aligned.

  11. Turn the engine back up, attach mounting brackets, AC compressor, and power steering. Install the starter.