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Hopefully I'll start the rebuild of my 2495 petrol this month.

I've never built an engine, I've done a few cylinder heads, but never an engine.

What assembly essentials do I need? Lubes, sealants, greases, thread lockers? 

I think I've most things, but don't want to be half way into something and realise I'm without......

 

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If it's sitting in the workshop for any length of time, some sort of light oil coating is a good idea, don't want shiny new bits going rusty!

Rock Oil etc. do "laying up" or "fogging" oil for this sort of thing.

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Best advise I could ever give is read the manual a few times first. That will give you a shopping list of all the tools and consumables you'll need.

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A engine stand makes a better working height, 

full set of gaskets for the engine, read the manual, do some dry fits so you know what goes where & in what order, no need to bolt things down for this. 

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Thanks, fogging oil, sounds ideal to spray on the whole Landrover!

I've a decent stand, extended it 18 inches so it's at a useful height.

Thanks. 

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Ring pliers. 

Valve spring compressor (I have a couple of sets, happy to post you one). 

Assembly lube. 

Plastigauge. 

Dial indicator with magnetic base. 

Should be all you need above the stuff you already have or need for a head gasket job 

 

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Assembly lube? How is that different from normal stuff? I've all the rest, except the plastic gauge, which I'll get.

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1 minute ago, Gazzar said:

Assembly lube? How is that different from normal stuff? I've all the rest, except the plastic gauge, which I'll get.

Cams come with assembly lube (at least mine did), I think it's stickier so hangs around while the oil pressure comes up on the first start.

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A tin of carb cleaner to clean threads prior to threadlocking.

I buy clear PVC tube of the correct bore to cut into pieces for covering the threads of the conrod bolts to protect the crank journals from damage. 

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Yes, I'll use brake cleaner, and dress the threads, and I used pipe when I was taking the pistons out, figured that one fairly quick. It's a good tip, thanks.

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1 hour ago, lo-fi said:

Ring pliers. 

Valve spring compressor (I have a couple of sets, happy to post you one). 

Assembly lube. 

Plastigauge. 

Dial indicator with magnetic base. 

Should be all you need above the stuff you already have or need for a head gasket job 

 

Thanks for the offer, I have one, from years ago. 

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1 hour ago, Gazzar said:

Assembly lube? How is that different from normal stuff? I've all the rest, except the plastic gauge, which I'll get.

Yep, Fridge nailed it. Clings to whatever you put it on, doesn't run off or out while you complete the rest of the build. Not essential, but great knowing you've given the bearings the best chance possible as the oil system primes. 

Sounds like you're all set! 

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has it got the annoying cork T seals around the rear main cap? You will need some aluminium sliders to aid fitting them if so.

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Beer can material.

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I find a laptop/tablet open with LR4x4's search facility a god send.

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38 minutes ago, Badger110 said:

I find a laptop/tablet open with LR4x4's search facility a god send.

I find the parts book most useful when re-assembling stuff.

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Got all that stuff, Inc laptop in the workshop.

 

I'm really looking forward to this. 

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What about a box for the nuts and bolts left over ? :ph34r:

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1 hour ago, smallfry said:

What about a box for the nuts and bolts left over ? :ph34r:

The floor? 

Good call, though. I keep a few compartmentalised boxes handy to organise things for reassembly. 

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Cheap cutlery trays work for me.

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3 hours ago, Gazzar said:

Cheap cutlery trays work for me.

Ikea do some nice little stainless bowl things with a magnetic base and a screw-on see-thru lid, honestly they make regular magnetic parts trays look badly thought-out :lol:

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For my strip down I noted and numbered every action on my laptop and used numbered ziplock bags to contain the removed components.  Also, take photos, lots and lots of them, since they don't cost anything.  My complete vehicle strip down is recorded in nearly 700 actions and just under 600 photos.  And I didn't take enough!

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On 2/9/2020 at 9:18 PM, FridgeFreezer said:

Cams come with assembly lube (at least mine did), I think it's stickier so hangs around while the oil pressure comes up on the first start.

And for the rest of the engine I'd use Graphogen (graphited engine assembly paste). I was put into this stuff years ago by Richard Turner (Turner Engineering). He builds all his engines with it. Like the cam lube Fridge mentioned it will not run off over time, so you'll get good first start protection.

Also wear some nitrile gloves, as the Graphogen will make your hands very black 😁

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On 2/25/2020 at 7:42 AM, mickeyw said:

And for the rest of the engine I'd use Graphogen (graphited engine assembly paste). I was put into this stuff years ago by Richard Turner (Turner Engineering). He builds all his engines with it. Like the cam lube Fridge mentioned it will not run off over time, so you'll get good first start protection.

Also wear some nitrile gloves, as the Graphogen will make your hands very black 😁

Thank you, sounds very useful.

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