Saturday, July 20, 2024

Corvette C3 Engine Removal | Project Green Monster

Out with the old 350 so we can build that Gen I block into a nice 383 stroker!

Pulling the motor on a C3 Corvette can be a bit nerve-racking.  Let’s be real, no one wants to repaint anything and the engine must be removed from the side rather than the front.  That long nose makes it nearly impossible for a front removal.  To make the engine removal process easy, be sure to have an engine hoist that has 360-degree casers on all the wheels.  The engine hoise will have to move sideways for easy engine removal.  We chose the Ranger 2-ton folding shop crane for our engine hoist.

Ranger Folding Engine Hoist RSC-2TF

This was our first experience removing an engine from a C3 Corvette, so we opted to be very safe and remove most of the items from the motor.  This allowed us a bit more room and slightly less weight.

Our project was really just to make some power, but once we started to tear down the motor, we quickly realized that someone else has been in this motor in the not to distant past.  Unfortunately, that person was guessing his way through and made some pretty major mistake. while driving the car, we did not notice anything wrong, the rod bearings were severely worn and the intake gasket had failed allowing a small amount of antifreeze to drip into the oil rusting some pushrods.  So this turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Our motor is currently at the machine shop and we are creating our list of parts that will be needed for the 383 stroker build.  Please subscribe to our blog, YouTube Channel and our Social Media to keep following our progress.

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