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304 Engine Rebuild - Part #3
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I got a call from Coleman’s Performance Engines today and they informed me that the engine was all torn apart and was in good shape and was ready to have pictures taken of it so we can start the rebuild process. When I dropped off engine, I talked to Jim at Coleman's Performance Engines in Stratford, CT and we agreed that he would let me do a write-up on the whole process, so when he was at a stage that I could take pictures, I would come down and then take pictures and then have a write-up about them soon there after.

I showed up, took some pictures, and then we discussed what parts they needed to have and which ones they didn’t. I set off to take apart the old motor and figure out what clutch parts I needed to order up. I also need to order up a water pump, however, that is easy, they only made one for the V8 engines from 1973-1991.
So, I took apart the old engine, replaced the intake, oil pan and valve cover gaskets, took pictures so I can post them in the “For sale” sections of the forums and when I was finished with that, I packed up all the stuff the engine place would need and I headed home. I now am going to write up the engine rebuild and place an order for the parts I need. He says that this should take about 2-3 weeks to finish and then I can put the motor back in. Hopefully everything will go as planned!

Jim can be reached at 203.378.8264 for those of you who want to call him directly and can be reached at Coleman Performance Engines via email. Tell him you saw the write-up on CertifiableJeep and he might just give you a good deal like he did for me.
I wanted to show pictures of all the pieces (even those that aren't going to be used) so that everyone can see what happens when you rebuild an engine. This is a very involved process and if you don't have the tools to do it yourself, let someone who knows do it. I have the tools to get the engine in and out of the Jeep as well as transport it to and from the engine shop, but that is where it ends.

These guys know what they are doing. They had tons of racecars in the garage and outside of those, they had Ferrari's and Lambo's in there too boot. I felt confident that they knew what I wanted when I described the rebuild that I wanted to do. They have an experienced staff and will do whatever it is that you want to do.
Our conversation ended with Jim telling me that the engine was in good shape and that we would be able to reused the rods, we would use .30 over pistons after they do the machine work and some of the bearings were a little off color, so they would align hone the main caps on the block and polish up the crank and put the right size bearings in to match. He is going to get back to me with a price and when I have that information I will post it up here.

I am off to order up the water pump and the clutch for this rebuild and when it is all said and done, I will post up a cost tally for the rebuild. This is not for the faint of heart or wallet. Make sure you know what you are getting into and you have the room to do this job. I have overtaken one whole bay in a 3-car garage for this and all the parts from the Jeep are either sitting beside it, in the back of a pickup truck in the garage or in the Jeep itself. You need a lot of room and make sure you take your time and go slow. Bag all the bolts and remember where each and every one of them came out of because you will need to put them back. Also, learn from my mistakes. Make sure you measure up the clutch disc and count the splines on it. This will help you in ordering up the replacement one as well as getting the right alignment and removal tools.
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