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Mike "Hubbie" Stearns

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About Mike "Hubbie" Stearns

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  • Birthday 12/11/1964

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  1. I was able to get the engine right side up last night. Then I put the flywheel housing on. Cleaned up and and mounted the oil filter base. Tonight i had to help my neighbor with his campers water heater. Then hang a couple of lights in the garage. Then dinner and then I was able to get to work on the engine. I was able to get the head back on with the help from my daughter. She stuck around and learned how to use a torque wrench. She torqued the rocker arm shaft down for me. Then it was time to put it to bed till tomorrow.
  2. After some cleaning, I decided to order a gasket kit from Olson’s. It came in late last week. The reason I decided to to replace the gaskets was I started seeing a lot of blue rtv. At some point someone has replaced the block and didn’t replace the gaskets. Also some were leaking. I stood the engine up one the bell housing to pull the pan so I could clean it and any oil that was left ended up on the floor. After pulling the pan, it was. The rear main seal that was the cause. To change it, I needed to pull the flywheel, and bell housing off to get the crank out so I could get the new seal and s
  3. From my experiences with trying to clear coat aluminum is that the clear won’t last. It will start flaking off. It seems to not adhere to the aluminum. Just look at aluminum rims on older trucks and you will see what I mean. Now when you paint aluminum after a thorough cleaning to remove contaminates the first coat should be self etching primer, the primer, then color, then clear. If you miss the first step of self etching primer, it will start bubbling. Any scratches or dings that exposes the primer will let moisture in and it will start to bubble. I do know that when it is polis
  4. I would suggest that an overhaul is in order. Disassemble and a good hot tank cleaning. It may take some time, but will be well worth it in the long run. Mike
  5. Well today was wonderful. The weather was great and I was able to get to the barn to work. First up to replace the light on the garage that was bad. Then to replace the spindle seal and tune up my father in laws tractor. Then started cleaning parts of the engine for my truck so I can paint the engine. I started last week with the cleaning, but noticed almost all the gaskets had blue rtv on them. So I gave Olson’s a call and ordered a complete gasket kit. It should be here next week. There are several gaskets that are seeping like the oil filter to block. The pan gasket needed replaced anyway.
  6. Not auto related, but after a day of cleaning parts to get ready for paint on my engine. It sure was tasty. Ribeye, fried potatoes,sweet potato’s, and bake beans.
  7. https://tippecanoe.craigslist.org/pts/d/monticello-1973-mg-car-convertible/7286620591.html just saw this if anyone is interested.
  8. I don’t know for sure, but it might have been replaced in the past. The engine I’m using in my truck should have it’s number stamped on the left front side on a boss. There’s no number there. After checking with several sources, they say that the block was probably changed out by a dealer at some point. Mike
  9. That’s like having several Mondays in one week. It just sucks. Just keep at it and it will be all right. Great job. Mike
  10. I have run into a problem with the rims. The rims are lock ring type. The first 2 came apart without too much work, the last 2 fought us a bit. The problem is the 3rd one broke the lock ring about in half. The owner of the place we were at said not to worry about it. It will just need to be held in place when airing the new tires up the first time. I really don’t like the idea, but I have seen broken lock rings before. Dad always scraped them. That’s the bad news. The good news is I have been emailing a company that makes custom rims. I have sent him some photos. He thinks it is possible to ma
  11. I like this idea/ topic. There has been times where I have been on both sides. It’s great to help someone in need and is great to get something that is needed to get a vehicle up and running. I give it 2 thumbs up. Mike
  12. He has helped me several times and vice avert-a. The only problem is he lives about 45 mins away.
  13. I’ve spent quite a bit of my time since my last post doing some research as well as ordering some of the needed parts. I still have a couple of things to order yet. Today it was about a high of 50 and sunny. Spring is coming. Hooray!!! The snow is melting and my work van needs a bath really bad. I’m tired of the snow. One of the items I have to do is tires. I’ve done quite a bit of research on them. After talking to my now future son in law, the company he works for has a set. He finally asked my oldest daughter the big question on Saturday. So tonight after work I took the tires off so I can
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