Engine rebuild tips
I'm rebuilding my '87 4.2 and would love to read about some of the tips you experienced people have. I already have the block, head, manifolds, pistons, crankshaft, etc. back from the machine shop and ready to assemble. The reason for the rebuild started as a leaking rear main and a oil pan that refused to come off. I'm glad I decided to rebuild as I found 2 cracked pistons, worn timing gears, and peeling cam bearings. I'm not new to rebuilding engines... it's just been awhile and I know that there could be some new things I can learn.
One question I have... the Haynes manual says to put the crank in first. Unfortunately that doesn't leave a lot of room for installing the cam. Can I install the cam first?
Anyway, any tips you guys have would be appreciated. I've been down for 6 months due to a job loss and would really like to get this thing back together.