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Old 03-20-2008, 01:20 PM
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One thing that I'd like to add to what George said --

The most dangerous object under that hood is that Fan.

I had my thumb cut to the bone. So, be careful where you rest your hand.
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Old 03-20-2008, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by RustyNCa View Post
Oh, one note, only since I did this with a 352 that had sat for 8 years, ran great for about 5 months till a piece of the unbrella seal broke off, got sucked into the oil pump, siezed the pump and snapped the shaft in two places... I'm pretty sure if I had know about and replaced those seals, the 352 would still be running like a champ. When I checked them, all the seals were very brittle and flaking little bits off into the motor. The 390 I bought had the same issue. Replacing the seals ended up being a pretty basic job.

So just pop off the valve covers and check them real quick....
This is solid information... it's very simple to take off the valve covers and have a look before you start. If it has sat that long there will be some nasty crud sitting in there.. scrape\clean it out now before you start pushing it through the engine. Keep us posted, and welcome aboard.
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